As I type this the first episode of Tinga Tinga Tales goes on air in the uk. C-beebies, weekdays. 4.30 p.m.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Tiger Aspect on-line have uploaded the intro video for Tinga Tinga Tales. Inspired by African Stories and developed to match international sensibilites, I’m hoping this series will be appreciated by kids everywhere. Not just children but anyone who loves a good story. The intro video shows a snippet of what I promise you is a beautifully conceived show.
We are past the halfway mark on animation I think episode 30 (of 52) is starting animation in a few weeks. A lot of hard work has gone into this show and some of the episodes are truly spectacular. It’s also the reason why I focussed less on my clients and halted production on my own animated short. Its not a great feeling having to look at puppets that you’re too tired to animate everyday, but I guess that it’ll only be 10 months before I pick Olokut up again.
Ok, here it is. Remember, its a visual snippet:
I have been so tied up working on Tinga Tinga tales and other projects, that I found that Olokut’s production slipped into hiatus. I need a roadmap to figure out how to complete this film. In the meantime, I’ll use this blog for other stories.
Stories like the Association of Animation Artistes (A3) symposium dubbed Genesis. Working in partnership with the British Council, The Ministry of Information and Communication and Unesco, the event is meant to present a business case for the animation industry. What that means is if you require animation services in Kenya or are trying to figure out how to create an animated production, then there will be panelists there from the industry who will talk you through the business and logistical side of animation production.
Paula Callus from UK’s Bournemouth University will also talk about the history of African animation and there will be workshops as well as a showcase of the best of Kenyan animation in the afternoon. All this takes place at the British Council next Saturday Starting at ten.
I gave a talk to USIU students a few weeks ago about the business of animation. That went well and has led to more invitations so…
I will be doing a stop motion demo at an all day seminar on the 6th of December, 2008 at Sarit Center organized by the Kenya Film Commission in conjuction with Majiqmud and Mo productions. Read more about that here.
Then on the 9th, I will be talking to Design Students at the University of Nairobi on animation, design in general, skills required by professional designers and why they are extremely lucky to be alive at this time.
No damage. But I have a story to tell. I was ready to buy two red-reads this month to work with the green screen. The lights (according to the shop attendants) cost thirty thousand a piece. I had exactly 60, 000 shillings and was about to pay for two lights when the shop owner walked in. He said that thanks to a spike in the dollar rate. He would be literally killing himself if he sold them at 60, 000. He wanted 66,000. I didn’t have it and was rather disappointed at the fact that i faced paying almost an extra hundred dollars over the eight hundred. So I left.
I will be interviewed by CNBC Africa next Thursday morning (16/10/2008) on The Business AM Show. The discussion will be centred on the developing of the animation industry in Kenya. Tune in from 7.15 to 7.30 (East African Time). A lot of progress has been made over the past eight years and the efforts of those that paved the way is beginning to pay off. However, these are critical times for us, because we are at a point where we are in the process of defining how the animation business is going to be run in Kenya and this will affect the careers and livelihoods of the people who will join the industry over the next few years.
I will also touch briefly on the other project I’m working on called TINGA TINGA TALES and how that project is helping in the development of a skilled resource base that will be of great value in future. Click HERE for an article about Kenyan animation by Carol Kimutai. See you on Thursday.