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R.I.P Sir Terry Pratchett

R.I.P Sir Terry Pratchett

It’s with a heavy heart that I write this article since Terry Prachett has been one of my favorite authors while growing up (and still is). Not only was he a genius with story arcs but he had amazing analogies and a way with words.

Interview with Mind’s Eye Creative Animation Studio

Interview with Mind’s Eye Creative Animation Studio

Minds Eye Creative is a local animation studio in Johannesburg who have an impressive portfolio of clients and skills. They’ve recently contributed to Pixelsmithstudios to help us with our crowdfunding campaign and that shows a rare quality of helping others in the animation industry.I applaud Minds Eye Creative for the dedication and resources that they pool in the local animation industry to help it grow. That’s why I didn’t think twice about asking for an interview. Without further ado, we’re proud to feature what happens behind the doors of Mind’s Eye Creative! 1. Where did Mind’s Eye Creative start and where are you headed? We started out as strangers cobbled together to rescue an animated series outsourced from France. After a dizzying learning curve, the team managed to deliver on the studio’s promises. Delirious and emboldened by what we had accomplished, we pooled our resources, performed the blood ritual and formed Mind’s Eye. Ultimately, we want to create original shows of all genres and formats for all platforms. 2. Did you start off with 2D Animation as your specialty? Yes, the skill sets we gained from demanding projects made us 2D specialists by necessity. Our form began by experience, but improved by passion. 3. Could you tell us more about a typical day at Mind’s Eye Creative? Loads of banter. Grovelling for coffee. Ingenious pranks. Geeky glee at the latest software tools or the new techniques our artists apply to their work. Deep, meaningful conversations. Scarring each other with weird and obscene videos. Between service projects, we craft the creative ideas fluttering around the office into market-ready development materials. 4....
Interview with Animation Rigger Michor Lu

Interview with Animation Rigger Michor Lu

Michor Lu is a freelance 3D artist and he’s been in the industry for years. He’s worked for various South African companies and on large scale projects such as Khumba. He’s a man of many talents (Modeling, Texturing, Sculpting, Python Development, Rigging) and that’s why we asked for an interview! Tell us about yourself? I am a 3D Artist working in the industry for almost a decade. Originally from Gauteng and currently now in Cape Town. Right now, I am in the process of making a move into doing more coding/programming. Tell us more about your journey in the animation industry? I started my studies in IT but realised I wanted to make games so that lead me to do research on game creation. In the process I discoverd 3D animation and I just got hooked. I later left my IT career behind me and started my studies at Open window. After my studies, I worked at various companies in JHB before making my journey to Triggerfish in Cape Town. After Khumba, I had the chance to work at Black Ginger. You started out as a modeler and texture artist, what’s your favourite model you created? Well I’ve never been really fond of a lot of the work I’ve had to do for the various companies, as all the creative direction was not exactly my own. So I would probably have to say my favourite models have been for the piece “Zinderella”. You provide animators technical support, tell us more! Anything that breaks and animators don’t know how to fix it, then I’ll will troubleshoot and fix it. Tell...

Animator Mike Scott Interview – Honorable Mention

The first time I learned about Mike Scott was when I saw the Goldfish animated music videos. The style was different than what I normally experienced and the script of the animation was always classic or extremely far out (which I loved). That’s why when I went to go watch his work on youtube for the millionth time ( I basically have most of his videos on loop) I took the chance of contacting Mike. In our email chats Mike was friendly and accommodating, even though he has major deadlines, and that’s what makes me enjoy his work and himself as an animator even more. Mike made me realise this morning on the train as I read the final on the inteview… “It’s not the animations I love, but the animators behind them” – Ruan Smit Yeah, my first official quote, thanks Mike! So without further dawdling I present to you one of our favorite animators in the animation industry, Mike Scott.   Hi Mike! Let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself?  I’m a dude, 31, I used to live in Joburg, now I live in Plettenberg Bay, sometimes I stay in Cape Town with my brother for work stuff. I used to play drums in his band ‘The Kiffness’ (we started it together) and now he’s got so many gigs that I decided to carry on with animation. I like Plett’s beaches – bit of surfing, chillaxing. I’ve got a thing for pixel graphics and I have zero kids.   How did you get into Animation?  I started doing animation tests during junior school with my...