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.
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.
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.