Rankuwa: Music, Cyborgs And Unlikely Friendships

It’s one thing to live as a young music-loving cyborg in a dystopian cyberpunk world and another to have your dreams literally stolen. To keep on believing and dreaming despite the odds, however, is the true show of strength and Rankuwa, the titular character in this 3D animated short embodies that spirit.

 


Interestingly, Rankuwa means “we are taken” and in this context, could be a metaphor for how deeply rooted our lives are into technology and vice versa. (Is this far-fetched? Tell us in the comments).

 


This moving animated short is about a young boy getting through life by playing his music and the unlikely friend he makes along the way. The animated short was created by a team of students in their final year of study at the Animation School based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa sometime in 2016.

According to the school’s website, “The Animation School is South Africa’s leading provider of higher education in the field of animation as we consistently produce award-winning graduates who are employed by top companies locally and abroad.

If you’re interested in studying animation, the Animation School’s introductory video might be all the convincing you need. Watch it below.

Visit The Animation School South Africa for further details.

Rankuwa was created by the talented team of Sandro Pellarini, Farron Swartz, Tess McGraw, Jani van den Berg, Matthew Hardaker, Robin Myles, and Jason Finklestein!

This animated short film production has been created by students of The Animation School in their final year of study.


Gleaned from CG Africa.

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The Kwezi Animation Signals Exciting Times Ahead For African Comic Books

Kwezi, one of the superstars on the African comics scene is getting the animation treatment and that’s a sweet dream come true! The Kwezi animation screen test is an adaptation of the superhero comic by the talented Loyiso Mkize from South Africa. Continue reading “The Kwezi Animation Signals Exciting Times Ahead For African Comic Books”

Squid Alley with Sonwabo “Sonik” Valashiya

SONWABO Sonik VALASHIYA describes himself as an “emerging creative with BIG dreams and awesome ideas for this industry” in a feature on him for Conté Magazine. (Check them out, pretty awesome stuff). Sonwabo is an illustrator and graphic designer from Pretoria, South Africa. He has an uncanny talent for fusing calm hues, grit and pop culture that leaves you gasping for air and ready to re-imagine present realities. And oh, he might have a thing for guns.

Let’s shoot.  Continue reading “Squid Alley with Sonwabo “Sonik” Valashiya”

Dear South African Illustrators On The Come-Up, How Dope Are You?

Very? Then this is right up your alley!

MTV Breaks (platform that offes budding creatives their first breaks – on a global scale) is searching for creative illustrators and colourists to translate the multi-award winning television drama, MTV Shuga into a unique and original comic book.  Continue reading “Dear South African Illustrators On The Come-Up, How Dope Are You?”

African Animation Network, Digital Lab Africa Team for Transmedia Pitch Category

As seen on Animation Magazine with slight modifications (links and video insertions), May 10, 2017. Post by Mercedes Miligan.


Following last month’s announcement of the pitch competition partnership between DISCOP, the African Animation Network and Annecy International Animation Film Festival & Market, Digital Lab Africa has been confirmed as the partner for the Animation Transmedia category of the inaugural Annecy-MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde in the continent.

Continue reading “African Animation Network, Digital Lab Africa Team for Transmedia Pitch Category”

Inktober in Africa: A Collection of Our Favorites

For the love of illustration, October is a wow month! Continue reading “Inktober in Africa: A Collection of Our Favorites”

The Gods Must Be Crazy…em…Children – This Is Orisha Pikin

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Obatala and Shango. Illustrated by Charles Universe.

Picture Shango (the god of thunder and awesomeness) as the sore loser in a gaming duel against Obatala (the god of purity)! Now picture Obatala’s impassive face in stark contrast to Shango’s fuming visage coupled with childish outbursts (we all have that one friend who doesn’t take losses well). That delightful glee is what you’re served in Orisha Pikin, the newest title by Vortex Inc.

While gods are often depicted as captivating, well-sculpted jewels of perfection whose exploits are nothing short of epic sagas, Orisha Pikin awesomely deviates. Continue reading “The Gods Must Be Crazy…em…Children – This Is Orisha Pikin”