Free Online Animation Editing Course Launched in South Africa

If you want to learn more about editing for animation, you’ve come to the right place! South Africa’s animation industry is set to benefit from a new partnership between Triggerfish, one of Africa’s leading animation studios, and the Employment for Skills and Development in Africa (E4D) program. ) funded by Germany, a German government technical assistance project. .

Announced this weekend at the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), the ambitious three-year partnership aims to expose 10,000 school leavers to the animation industry, give 6,000 creatives portfolios and improved market access, and to create 200 additional jobs.

Free Online Animation Editing Course

At CTIAF, the partnership launched a free online course on editing for animation. This is now available at Ballista Academy, a free digital learning platform that opens access to African animation industry experts.

The course is presented by Kerrin Kokot, animatic editor for a DNEG/ReDefine animated series, who also worked in the editorial department on Triggerfish’s upcoming feature. seal team and the Oscar-nominated short film revolting nursery rhymes.

Kokot also presented an editing workshop for animation alongside Clea Mallinson, who recently edited Sunrise Productions Jungle Beat – The Movie. This was one of four workshops the partnership helped organize at CTIAF.

The partnership also announced a ten-second animation contest for 18-35 year olds that is to open until November 14, 2021.

“While so many businesses have been strained during the pandemic, the animation industry in Africa has exploded,” says Carina Lücke, director of the Triggerfish Foundation. “Among other recent breakthroughs for the African animation industry, Disney has commissioned Kizazi Moto: Fire Generation, Kiya, Iwaju, and Love; Netflix is ​​in production on The Mama K 4 team; Cartoon Network airs my cartoon friend and has the green light Garbage Boy and Trash, and YouTube has renewed Super Sema for a second season. So despite everything, there has never been a better time to be an animator in Africa.

Kizazi Moto: Fire Generation. Picture: provided

Gavin Watson, E4D’s team leader, says they have identified animation as an industry sector that is attractive to young people and rapidly growing. He adds that animation opportunities extend beyond the traditional film industry, into areas such as advertising, app and web design, architecture, engineering, games, industrial design, medicine and the automotive industry, not to mention growing sectors such as augmented reality and virtual reality. reality.

The 2021 Annecy International Animation Festival awarded Triggerfish the Animation Industry Mifa Award for “the pioneering role the company has played in animation in South Africa, and in Africa more largely”, according to Véronique Encrenaz, director of the Mifa.

In Annecy, Triggerfish was announced as lead producer of the Disney+ Original animated anthology, Kizazi Moto: Fire Generation, which brings together a new wave of animation stars to take you on a hugely entertaining journey into the future of Africa. Oscar-winning director Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), which first appeared in South Africa at CTIAF in 2019, will executive produce the anthology, which features directors from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Triggerfish also announced a Pan-African Story Artist Lab supported by Netflix. This gives 20 story artists three months of paid skills development with international industry experts, overseen by Nathan Stanton, a story artist on Oscar-winning feature films like Brave, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc..

The partnership will capture the lessons of both Kizazi Moto: Fire Generation and the Story Artist Lab. These will shape future modules of the free digital learning platform Triggerfish Academy, among other initiatives.

“We want to bridge the gap between animation training and the animation industry so that our training is delivered by industry experts and targets the skills gaps identified by the industry,” says Payne. . “In the past, animation had a high barrier to entry, but through free online training, we are opening up access to both skill development and the industry itself. We want to help to build a diverse industry to tell their stories to the world.

The partnership is one of many Triggerfish initiatives aimed at nurturing and diversifying the next generation of African animators.