Thursday, October 29, 2009

South Africa toons embrace S3D

'Jock,' 'Zambezia' go into production (as published in Variety Oct 27th 2009)

South Africa has two animated feature films in production, both of which are using S3D.

“Jock of the Bushveld,” directed by Duncan MacNeillie, started production in 2007 and is scheduled for a late 2010 release, while “Zambezia,” directed by Wayne Thornley, has only just gone into production for a 2011 release.

Neither project was originally planned to be in S3D. MacNeillie decided to adopt the format after visiting the Annecy animation fest in France in June, about a year after starting production, while “Zambezia” made the shift during pre-production, on the recommendation of its international sales agent, Cinema Management Group.

“Jock” is based on Percy Fitzpatrick’s much-loved 1907 novel about a plucky dog, while “Zambezia” is the story of Kai, an isolated young falcon who leaves his home and father to make a life for himself in the amazing bird city of Zambezia.

Both “Jock” and “Zambezia” have been budgeted to travel internationally. “Zambezia” has already sold to a number of territories worldwide, while MacNeillie said, “‘Jock’ is Africa’s only animal classic and was inspired by Rudyard Kipling, who visited Sir Percy Fitzpatrick in South Africa. We believe the project will appeal to the world market.”

“Khumba,” Triggerfish’s follow-up to “Zambezia,” will also be produced in stereoscopic 3D for its 2012 release, according to director Anthony Silverston.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Production begins, Triggerfish expands

Friday 2nd of October marked the official start of production on Zambezia with an Induction Day for the new team. With pre-production drawing to a close, various positions have been filled for the production team as Triggerfish expanded its team in order to tackle the momentous task of producing a full length feature in a year.

Since we announced the call for positions in June, we have had over 550 applicants and it has been a steady process of shortlisting and interviewing potential applicants for each of the positions.

The day started with a brief history of the company and project from partners Stuart, Mike and Anthony, and then a vision for the way forward from Wayne, the director. Vanessa Sinden, line producer of the film and Cathy Bradley, our HR manager rounded off the briefings before the entire team took some time to get to know one another over a braai at our new premises.

Wayne eating some of the cast from Zambezia

Vanessa and Cathy

Over the next few months, the crew will expand even more as the animators and remaining members of the team join the project. This marks the beginning of an exciting new future for the Triggerfish team and we heartily welcome all the new Triggerfishies!

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Exciting time for SA animation

As published in Screen Africa October 2009.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

IDC film shoot

A director and crew from Suburban Films recently spent a day with us at The Barn, shooting an insert for the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
The aim was to highlight Triggerfish's feature film Zambezia and how the IDC helped to bring it about. Director Akin Omotoso interviewed Triggerfish Exec. Producer Stuart Forrest and Zambezia director Wayne Thornley and shot some fun footage of the animators at work and play.

Watch SABC3 Wednesday 22nd October at 19h57

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

SA Promo Magazine feature

Issue 29 October 2009.

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