The official Khumba soundtrack by Bruce Retief is now available to buy. Find it at your nearest store or get it at Amazon or iTunes. Read the recent article on Bruce in Screen Africa to find out more about the talented composer behind the music:
Bruce Retief, composer of animated feature films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, released by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, produces albums and composes and arranges music for various artists in South Africa. However, these movies were his big break into composing film scores.
“I knew about the plans to make Adventures from Zambezia from early on, and I waited for a director, who turned out to be Wayne Thornley, to be attached to the project so I could send my music to pitch to him. Apparently I was one of 12 applicants, and Wayne chose me.
“It was my and Wayne’s first full feature so we walked a road together and discovered what we wanted as we went along. This process took two years! Wayne is the type of director who prefers to have examples shown to him to work from, so I would come up with an idea for a scene, play it for him, and he would give his comments and make suggestions and changes. Most of the time we agreed on the emotion that was required for the various scenes,” says Retief.
Khumba animators and artists were invited to this year’s Kunjanimation Animation Festival 2013, to share their experiences at the Triggerfish studio with students, industry professionals and the general public in Johannesburg. This is the 3rd edition of the SA animation festival.
After a week of business-related Kunjanimation seminars, the last day appropriately rounded the festival off on a creative note with inspiring art-related discussions and seminars as well as the highly-anticipated Kunjanimation Exhibition – all hosted and catered for at the WITS School of Arts. The line-up included two talks on the making of Khumba.
Experience the essence of Afro Optimism when SA is represented at the Absa VUKA Showcase this year in East London. Taste, listen to, and see the talent and creativity streaming out of the borders of this ever-developing country. Over the weekend of Nov 1-3 Triggerfish will be attending the inaugural event as part of the Vision showcase Programme. Producer Mike Buckland will be discussing the making of Zambezia while director Anthony Silverston will talk about Khumba. Animator and Shot Supervisor Kane Croudace will also be on hand to demonstrate the animation software. Says Buckland “Triggerfish is excited to be represented at an event with the positive theme of Awakening Afro Optimism since this aligns with our greater vision to portray a positive vision of Africa and its talent to the world.”
For a full line up of presentations, visit http://absavuka.co.za/
Over the festive season, Triggerfish had been presented with an exciting opportunity to work together with the Durban Art Gallery in a Digital Art Outreach programme.
Mdu, Tessa, Tom and Tumi, our Triggerfish team, were eager to enlighten the passionate learners of the Ntuzuma Township with an introductory course to Animation. The course provided the learners with the opportunity to participate in Texturing, Modelling, Sculpting and Animation – some of the combined specialities that a Studio like ours needs to bring about an animated feature production.
The excitement, passion and commitment shown by the learners had shown us just how eager they were to learn. The ability to share our knowledge with the Ntuzuma Township learners was a truly rewarding experience.
A very special thank you to Mdu for organizing this outreach and to Musa and Titus from the Durban Art Gallery for all their support, as well as the Ntuzuma Township, for giving our Triggerfish family, Tessa Comrie, Tumelo Selamolela, Tom Kleinenberg and Mdu Cwele this fantastic opportunity to spread the gift of knowledge.
Come listen to Triggerfish CEO, Stuart Forrest, speak at Stellenbosch University’s MIH Media Lab on the 5/11/12.
More details here:
Innovator to speak at MIH Media Lab