Big Game cracks 100 000 views in under two days

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2013 is quickly rolling to a close, and that means many things. On one hand, we have to say goodbye to a fantastic group of young adults whom we have seen grow not only in skill and ability, but also as people, over what we’re sure most of our students would call a challenging, but rewarding, three years.

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TAS third years deliver the goods

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Our third year students have finally completed and submitted their final short films. To say we’re impressed with the results is an understatement! We’re incredibly proud of all the late nights and hard work that went into each and every short and we’re very proud to be able to share them with you here.

The Return

A man breaks into a library to return an overdue book at night in order to avoid the creepy old librarian who is in love with him.

The Element

In a post-apocalyptic world, two humans go on a journey of discovery to find the source of life. In a parallel story two elemental guardians are locked in a power struggle, one bent on destruction and the other fighting to maintain the last traces of life. As the battle intensifies, the people are getting closer to their final destination, unaware of what they will find. In a final surge of power and desperation, the guardians lunge towards the element of life. At this moment the humans burst in on the scene to witness the final outcome of this life-changing battle.

Electric Love

A lonely junk yard robot pursues his attraction to a female vacuum cleaner, as he tries to impress her.

Consumed

Consumed in technology, a man re-discovers himself through an unexpected journey.

Big Game

Bobo, a lonely monster, is set to spend another birthday alone, until a cunning monster hunter throws him a killer surprise party.

Somnium

In a world where order suppresses independent thought, a young girl uses her creativity to break free from the oppressive societal system.

Recluse

Tim is a recluse who sees the outside world as a frightening place, he wakes up one morning to discover that he has run out of milk and he now has to leave his home and face his biggest fears.

Khumba tops box office

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Khumba tops box office

Animated feature film Khumba, made by Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation Studios — home to many alumni of The Animation School, was the best performer at the South African box office when it opened on the last weekend in October, raking in over R1,7m in ticket sales.

Triggerfish was founded in 1996 as a boutique stop-frame animation studio and initially made its name creating commercials. Today it’s one of South Africa’s largest animation studios, home to some of the best animators in the country, and one of the inspiring local companies that demonstrate just how far local animators can go.

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TAS kicks off Johannesburg info presentations

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Over the last weekend, The Animation School took yet another bold step in its Johannesburg expansion plans.

Hosted at our brand new campus in Rosebank, Johannesburg, we invited prospective students to come through and enjoy a two hour presentation held by our principal and co-founder, Nuno Martins.

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Johannesburg, here we come! rAge 2013

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We’re slipping into end of year mode here at The Animation School and that means a few things. Firstly, most of our students are manically working like crazy on their end-of-year projects, and secondly, we’re starting to look ahead to the new year and all the exciting things it looks set to bring, including our expansion to Johannesburg.

As one of SA’s leading animation training institutes, it was only a matter of time before we spread our wings and opened up a campus in the country’s most populous city, and it’s a move we could not be more excited for. We’re obviously doing a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure that all of Johannesburg’s most talented potential students know about us, including attending rAge, which we’re super excited about!

On top of that, we are hosting presentation sessions in October and November at our brand new campus. These sessions will provide prospective students and their parents with all the information they need in order to decide if a career in animation is right for them.

We have secured a fantastic location for our Johannesburg campus, and we look forward to sharing photos as the development takes shape. In the meantime, if you’re a Matric student based in Johannesburg, then why not join us at one of our presentations in October and November?  Drop us a mail to secure your spot, and if you’re headed to rAge next weekend, then be sure to stop by our stand and say hi!

Disney reveals 10 brand new movies in production

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In case you missed it, Disney recently pulled the curtain back on no less than 10 brand new animated movies, all due out between 2014 and 2016. Generally speaking, a single movie announcement from Disney is a pretty big deal, so having 10 simultaneously unveiled is huge for animation fans.

Of the ten newly announced films, these are our picks:

The Good Dinosaur (30 May, 2014)

Conceptually brilliant, The Good Dinosaur is set in a world where the catastrophic meteor that killed the dinosaurs never hit earth, and as a result, humans live and learn to thrive alongside the massive lizards. The story follows a friendly teenage Apatosaurus named Arlo who sets out on a quest to restore peace to his once tranquil community after an unspecified traumatic event occurs. Among the confirmed voice cast, are Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and John Lithgow.

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6 Little-Known Animation Facts

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At the core of our love for animation, is a love for the hundreds of TV shows and movies that have been created over the course of the industry’s existence. Many reading this will have grown up enjoying classic features and shows from the likes of Disney and Dreamworks, and in honour of this, today we have dug up 6 little-known facts about some of the movies and characters that we all know and love so much.

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“The Animation School Announces Johannesburg Campus” – Art South Africa

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Taken from Art South Africa, 22 July, 2013. Read original

Cape Town based specialist animation training institution, The Animation School, has formally announced the introduction of a fully equipped Johannesburg campus in response to significant student demand.

The campus, which is now receiving applications, will commence operations in January 2014 by taking in its first class of new students. Although the facility is expected to offer a three year undergraduate Diploma in Animation, post graduate studies will be included as the Johannesburg site expands.

Located on 181 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, the Animation School Johannesburg is centrally situated for students residing throughout the city.

Established in 2000, The Animation School is one of South Africa’s only formally accredited animation and visual effects training centres. Recognised as a leading global institution, TAS issues its graduates with Diploma in Animation and Visual Effects governed by an industry wide education body.

Close partnerships with major industry players such as Gobelins l’ecole de l’image (school of imagery) – the prestigous Paris based school in animation and visual arts is widely regarded for its student work and ability to produce world class animators. On the local front Triggerfish – the Cape Town based animation studio responsible for the feature films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, also offer students exciting opportunities for growth following their studies.

“When we established The Animation School in 2000 we did not expect it to take off in the way that it has. In many ways, the introduction of our Johannesburg campus is the realisation of a long term goal for us and signifies that the South African animation industry is growing rapidly” comments Nuno Martins, Principal and co-founder of The Animation School.

“We are extremely excited to bring The Animation School to Johanneburg and have already begun receiving applications from a number of talented prospective animators based in Gauteng”.

Prospective students eager to learn more about The Animation School Johannesburg and its offerings are encouraged to attend one of several evening presentations, hosted by Martins in October and November 2013.

Student Interview: Michael Hlatshwayo

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Last month we chatted to one of The Animation School’s talented first year students, Christopher Thwaites to find out more about life on the campus.

Today, we are profiling another one of out students: Michael Hlatshwayo!

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Trailer Watch: The Lego Movie

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Animation fans are spoiled for choice these days. Not only are there thousands of animated shorts and demos to be enjoyed for free online, but the big screen seems practically inundated with huge releases. Hot on the heels of Monsters University at the end of June, was the release of Despicable Me 2, not to mention the locally produced Khumba, which is a must-watch for any self respecting South African animation junky.

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