Africa’s Next Top Animator open for entries
Ever wondered how Dragon Ball Z or the latest Pixar movie was animated? Animation studio, Triggerfish, is offering aspiring African animators the opportunity to learn about the principles of animation and the tools they need to make their first short film with just a smartphone, an internet connection and some time to explore.
In partnership with the Goethe-Institut and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, Triggerfish has developed a step-by-step guide at academy.triggerfish.com. Aspiring animators may use this to learn how to write and animate their own short story, then post their animation on YouTube and send it to Triggerfish. While it’s set up so that youth may play with it directly, it’s also been designed to double as an activity plan for teachers, NGOs and after school programmes to use. Schools, organisations and other animation studios who’re interested in using it may contact Triggerfish Academy for additional free classroom resources.
Additionally, to be in the running to be named Africa’s Next Top Animator and to have their winning films screened at the most-important event for the African animation industry — the Cape Town International Animation Festival — animators must enter by Thursday, 31 January 2019.
There are separate categories for animators under 13 and under 20, with additional ‘all ages’ prizes awarded for animation, character design, storyboarding and storytelling. The winners will receive mentorship from animation professionals working at Triggerfish. Films must be between 30 seconds and three minutes. Terms and conditions are on academy.triggerfish.com.
“It’s easier than ever to get started in animation,” says Stuart Forrest, Triggerfish CEO. “We’ve been amazed by the quality of films we’ve been receiving from children as young as 11. In today’s visual world, animation is an in-demand skill but, more importantly, it’s really fun. We know Africa’s youth are going to enjoy playing with animation — and may discover an exciting new career path at the same time.”
Check out what African youth are creating, then get started on making your own.
The Brick Mirage by Ethan (11 years)
Balloon by Liwei Zhu (18 years)
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