Monday, May 31, 2010

Wat sê julle mense?

Last week Triggerfish gave a presentation on the process of animation to the members of MENSA South Africa.  MENSA is an international society that provides a forum for intellectual exchange among members and this was part of a talk that takes place every month. 

rough concept sketch by Allan Cameron 

Anthony, creative producer and partner of Triggerfish spoke about what it takes to get an idea from concept to screen as well as the (many) processes involved in bringing 3D characters to life. 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Beat the Beak

The Zambezia team came 'beak-to-beak' in this week's 'Beat the Beak' competition. It wasn't pretty....but there was no doubt that Hayley was the deserving winner.
Matt is a carnivorous bird of some sort - he searches for his victim....
...and finds one. Nikki just stands by while Andrew is devoured.

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Meet.....the Triggerfish All-Star (Remi)

“Seeing the final modelled character come to life is a feeling like no other”.

Remi first joined the Triggerfish team as an intern in 2006 and after 6 months it was clear that we could never let him leave.  He is our resident all-rounder with a talent for character design, storyboarding, animation, modelling and texturing which means he often gets pulled in different directions amongst the various departments.  Remi did a one-year course in 3D modelling and animation at Prestige Academy and it’s been inspiring to see him develop to his full potential over the last five years he has been with the studio. He finds the process of storyboarding a script particularly exciting as well as the challenges that come with character design.  Animation classics from Walt Disney to the Warner Brothers’ Looney tunes have been influential on his work with his favourite character being Donald Duck. “Sometimes I can be really clumsy and really put my foot in it. Often I walk away from a Donald Duck cartoon with a great sense of happiness. I feel that I want people to feel the same happiness and satisfaction after being in my presence.”

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Meet.........the Lighting Artist (Kenosi Modise)

“I love Kung-fuuuuuuu!”

Kenosi originally studied Fine Arts at the Vaal University of Technology before being snapped up by a government-funded internship with Anamazing in Johannesburg. He started out working in animation but quickly moved on to texturing and lighting which he felt more comfortable with. Before joining the Triggerfish team, Kenosi worked at Clockwork Zoo. Disney classics like 'Jungle Book' and 'Pinocchio' are among his early influences with Pixar being his inspiration for 3D animated films. The character he identifies with most is Po from 'Kung-fu Panda'.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

School's Out

The 3rd year students from The Animation School recently had some time off from their studies in order to visit the Triggerfish studios where many of the School's past pupils are employed.
Just remember, you're going to need more than a great showreel to get into Triggerfish - we are protected by ADT, after all :) 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Meet.......the surface artist, animator (Greg Murray)

“Travelling is usually when I feel most alive and independent....this then hopefully translates into confidence, spontaneity and inspiration!”
Greg has managed to squeeze in a number of Triggerfish projects in between surf trips to Indonesia, visiting his girlfriend in Holland and ...uh, making a bench before joining the crew working on Zambezia. He started off doing texturing but he is now part of the animation team. His small-town upbringing has had a lasting influence on him and he is particularly inspired by traditional photography and people who are honest. What he enjoys most about working in the animation industry is learning about the subtleties of movement because, for Greg, they evoke a "feeling" in the viewer, instead of being exclusively visual. Greg says that if Bill Murray in "The Life Aquatic" was an animated character he would like to identify with him, but he thinks he’s usually more of a "Shaggy" from Scooby Doo.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Farewell Laurence Mitchell

Last night, members of the Cape Town Film and Animation industries bid their farewells to Laurence Mitchell who has been a champion of our industry during his time at the Cape Film Commission.

Caricature by Daniel Clarke

To Laurence Mitchell who has tirelessly promoted the animation industry in the Western Cape and helped ensure that Cape Town is the animation capital of Southern Africa - thank you!! Your continued support and belief in us at Triggerfish and your constant enthusiasm for our work has been an inspiration to us all.   
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