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.
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.
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.
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.
A lonely junk yard robot pursues his attraction to a female vacuum cleaner, as he tries to impress her.
Consumed in technology, a man re-discovers himself through an unexpected journey.
Bobo, a lonely monster, is set to spend another birthday alone, until a cunning monster hunter throws him a killer surprise party.
In a world where order suppresses independent thought, a young girl uses her creativity to break free from the oppressive societal system.
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.
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.
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.
The Animation School is nothing without its students, so from now one we are going to be putting them in the spotlight with regular blog interviews and features!
This week we are chatting to Christopher Thwaites, one of our talented first years, to get an idea of his relatively new life at The Animation School.
We are very pleased to announce that we will be attending the Career Indaba in Johannesburg later this month.
The Career Indaba is Johannesburg’s leading conference of its type, and will boast a wide variety workshops.
The expo takes place on 20-22 June 2013 at the Sandton Convention centre. Find out more and register for the workshops here.
If you subscribe to our Facebook and Twitter profiles, then you might have noticed a recent surge in our online activity. The blog post you’re reading right now is part of a deliberate decision to develop our digital footprint, and it doesn’t end there . Pretty soon you will see The Animation School popping up in the media; on TV, magazines, the radio, and across the internet.