Dreyersdal Farm is a quiet spot, against the traffic, close to shops and what's more - the nearby lake which is teeming with bird-life provides the perfect inspiration for Zambezia :)
Two of SA's finest artists in the animation field, Lindsay van Blerk and Allan Cameron were recently appointed to oversee pre-production of Zambezia.
Triggerfish producer Mike Buckland with Allan Cameron and Lindsay van Blerk
Lindsay van Blerk, one of SA's most experienced animation directors was appointed as storyboard supervisor and in just one month, has already completed a first pass of the film together with his storyboard team.
Lindsay is well-known to Triggerfish, having founded Xyzoo in 1991, working with original Triggerfish founder, Jacquie Trowell. Starting in 1983 at Klaybow Films, Lindsay has produced, directed animated and designed over 60 commercials as well as five award-winning films including “The Velveteen Rabbit”, winner of the Booklist USA Editors Choice 2004, amongst others. Most recently, Lindsay has been developing new projects and supervising storyboard on TV series at Clockwork Zoo.
Allan Cameron, another top veteran in the SA animation industry has joined the team as Production Designer, relocating from Johannesburg for the project. Allan has a wealth of illustration experience and is no stranger to 3D either, having worked as a designer/director in CG since 1994. He has worked on at least 60 commercials, various pilots for a range of projects, working internationally at studios such as The Works, and locally at Luma and VideoLab. For the last few years, Allan has been at Anamazing Workshop, working as series director, and designing story, characters, sets, storyboarding for their APTI project as well as handling art direction and direction on a feature film project of “Liewe Heksie”.
“The creative department is working extremely well together,” says director Wayne Thornley. “I welcome the best idea in the room and here we have a constant flow of ideas between the artists. It is an exciting and fun environment to be in – and a pleasure to witness such creative minds as Allan and Lindsay collaborating to create something special and unexpected”.
We’ve had an overwhelming response to our call for applications for the various positions for Zambezia. Our new HR consultant, Cathy Bradley is helping us structure recruiting and training and we will be contacting all applicants as soon as we can. We have been encouraged by the level of experience and talent of the applicants, and are busy drawing up a short list. Thanks for your patience! And to all of you still wanting to join us on this exciting project, fill out your details here: http://www.triggerfish.co.za/jobs/