From Beijing To Cape Town

Kevin Geiger's animation conference in South Africa.

South Africa’s Cape Film Commission, Services SETA and Animation SA brought Magic Dumpling Entertainment President & CEO Kevin Geiger to Cape Town for a week-long series of seminars in topics covering the animation process from development through distribution, January 17th – 21st.

Kevin Geiger at the seminar venue: Triggerfish Animation Studios.

Kevin demonstrates how to pitch an animation project.

Mr. Geiger enjoyed meeting animation industry colleagues in South Africa, touring Triggerfish Animation Studios, and viewing a work-in-progess cut of their upcoming animated 3D feature film, “Zambezia”.

With Tim Argall of Bugbox Animation (left) and Stuart Forrest of Triggerfish Animation.

Seminar attendees from Cape Town and Johannesburg.

A South African "pavement special".

An attendee from South Africa’s Clockwork Zoo commented:

It was an amazing opportunity to learn from an animation industry veteran who has over 15 years of technical, artistic and organizational experience in the animation and special effects industry… Kevin is incredibly open and willing to share, and is widely considered to be an expert consultant in the area of the Business of Animation, having worked on animated features with budgets ranging from $10 million to $100 million. He’s also in the unique position of having experienced the business from both sides: as an artist and as an executive… Kevin shared his insights about project pitching, development processes, pipeline creation, management, investment, distribution and marketing… (he) highlighted that animation companies should always be evolving. A company that has not had changes in the past year is one that is stagnating, especially in the light of the global economic crisis.

Reports on the conference seminars can be found online at Animation SA, Clockwork Zoo and Triggerfish Animation Studios.

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