Sunday, November 22, 2009

Meet the intern...Langelihle Ntombela (21)

“Great stories inspire do beautiful, striking images.”

Before joining the studio as an intern, Langa studied at The Animation School. As a kid, he was a big fan of Japanese Anime and his passion for drawing sparked his interest in animation in his early teens. Since he got “sucked in” as he puts it, Langa hasn’t looked back. He is still deciding what his area of specialization should be but is leaning towards character animation. One of his favourite characters is Eeyore (from Winnie the Pooh) because he is a bit of an outsider. Pin It

Friday, November 20, 2009

Yo, Mo Bro!

In support of Movember, the bro's at Triggerfish downed their shaving tools and these are the results so far......scary stuff!

Movember is an international, moustache-growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health. Movember South Africa will raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).

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Who said animated characters aren't real?

Some of the Triggerfish crew attended The Animation School's end-of-year party last night. As you can see from the photos they went to a lot of effort to dress up from head to...ahem..toe.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Meet the intern.... Jovan Janari (22)

The Cape Film Commission and Animation SA, with the financial support of SETA, have joined forces with the aim of creating 10 000 jobs within the animation industry by 2020! The 6-month internship program is part of the first phase of what has become known as the Animation Industry Development Initiative (AIDI).

Meet Jovan, one of 5 interns who have recently joined the Triggerfish team.

“I have always been interested in the strange and the odd."

When 3D first took off Jovan got hooked on animation and in his last year of high school decided to study at The Animation School. He is inspired by the artists Gerrard Brom and Jason Chan, and by the films of director, Guillermo Del Torro. For Jovan, villains are always the coolest characters and he most identifies with Mark Hamill as the Joker. He is currently working on Triggerfish's first feature, Zambezia. "I'm mainly modelling and u.v.-unwrapping - it has been a very rewarding experience so far." Pin It

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hooray for Stop-Frame!

It was great to see the stop-frame shorts made by participants in Animation SA and UNIMA's recent series of animation workshops. The films were screened at last week's animationXchange and will be showcased again at the Unima "Out the Box" festival in March next year.

The aim of the workshops was to help professionals broaden their skills into the world of 3-dimensional animation. Experienced and established animators (including those from Triggerfish) were asked to facilitate and give their input on all aspects from character design to post-production over a period of 6 weeks. Participants teamed up to create a short piece of stop-frame animation and for just 6 sessions with only 2 of them as shoot days, the results were impressive!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Just another day at the office........

“From the permanent rainbow hanging over the falls caused by the misty spray to the beautiful gorge.... the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls were beautiful and inspiring” – Wayne Thornley

Director Wayne Thornley, along with Mike Buckland (technical producer) and Allan Cameron (production designer) recently took a research trip to Victoria Falls to immerse themselves in the real-life location on which the movie, Zambezia is based.

To capture...ahem...a “bird’s eye” view of the area the team took a helicopter ride around the falls while a sunset cruise allowed them to get up-close and personal with some of the wildlife - including the abundant hippos.

Wayne, Mike and Allan returned to the studio inspired and armed with several new ideas to incorporate into the movie. The technical teams are now pouring over the photographs and videos of bark, rock, leaves and geographical features in the area. That's how amped we are! Pin It

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

IDC inspirations

Triggerfish was recently featured on a TVC showcasing the projects in which the IDC (industrial development corporation) have invested.

IDC inspirations from Triggerfish Animation on Vimeo.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Khumba promo on the big screen

The promo for Khumba, our second feature set to go into production early next year was screened as part of International Animation Day (IAD) on 28th October at Ster-Kinekor cinema in Cavendish Square.

IAD was launched by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) in 2002 to celebrate the art of of animation, commemorating the first public performance of Emile Reynaud's Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, in 1892. The day is celebrated in more than 40 countries and in South Africa, IAD was organised by Touchvision, Toonboom, Animation SA and the Cape Film Commission. Pin It

Another milestone for Zambezia

Drawings by Remi Abrahams

At the end of last week we couldn't help ourselves and celebrated the completion of pre-production on our first feature, Zambezia. But the pre-production wrap party wasn't just an excuse to for a well-deserved Friday afternoon drink! We also wanted to show our appreciation to the team who worked so hard to make sure that we met our deadline:

Lindsay van Blerk (storyboard supervisor) who drew many of the scenes himself and managed the team churning out thousands of drawings and to Allan Cameron (production designer) who set the look and feel of the whole movie with his amazing concept drawings of action scenes. And of course, Big UP to the rest of the storyboard team made up of Iain Bold, Remi "aw shucks" Abrahams, Daniel Clarke, Aibe Elukpo, Michel Smit and editors, Duane Busa and Warren Coetzer.

Now with the entire storyboard and scratch track laid down, it's all systems go! Pin It