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Greetings from Canada

Well it seems strange that the last blog post written here was all about moving because once again that’s what this one is about. Our nomadic notions kicked in again but this time involved a significantly bigger mission than moving over  a few websites between servers.We decided to make the big move from South Africa to Canada to introduce Aurora to her Canadian family and explore what opportunities may exist north of the equator for us.

But first let me fill you in on some developments since the last blog post written here oh so long ago. With the arrival of little Aurora there was joyful chaos that made all night creative sessions and crazy deadlines that much harder to achieve.

We kicked off 2009 with an awesome theatre project called “Tree Boy” that called for some quite complex multi projector animated visuals and a shiny new poster. The show was written by my brother Neil and he was quite a perfectionist which made for many late (but fun) nights.The show ran at the Natal Playhouse and we were very proud of the results and will post a full case study soon. The video above gives a taste and there are more visuals over at

I was offered the position of Web Producer for Design Indaba and I happily spent the next 14 months working for Interactive Africa on this high profile website.”It was a great experience and I have a huge amount of respect for Ravi & Leshni Naidoo and their talented team. I will post a case study of the site and write more about the experience soon. You can view the result that was created in drupal at

Angella continued to fly the iaminawe flag high with new album art and packaging for Goldfish and their remixes album, some awesome identities, a few epic posters and a beautiful book cover, all that will be featured soon on our new site currently in development.

Nearly 2 months ago, Angella, Aurora and I tearfully said goodbye to our epic view and creative haven of 8 years perched on the Fish Hoek mountainside overlooking the sea near Cape Town in South Africa. We had many happy years at that house and it was sad to say goodbye to so many friends and memories. We sold off our stuff, spent a month with family in Durban, enjoyed 2 weeks of World Cup and then headed for Vancouver via London.We spent 10 days in Vancouver exploring the city before moving over to Edmonton to visit family and to get settled for a few months. The first day we were in Edmonton we saw an app building competition called Apps4Edmonton being advertised in the newspaper and we decided to put our first month in Canada towards building a web and iphone app to start making some contacts.

The city released open data feeds for developers to access and we decided to build a web/phone app for the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre festival, North America’s longest running and biggest theatre festival that just kicked off today.

home.jpgWe used a combination of open source tools including Drupal to pull the data feeds and build the web app  at and then Titanium to code and compile the i-phone app to interact with it. The web and mobile app allow visitors to the Fringe to view a full schedule and directory of shows and allows them to rated and reviewed by the community. They are also packed with interactive maps, useful info, contact info and tools to monitor the festival buzz. The app is available for iphone for $1.99 on the AppStore.

We won the Official Fringe Special Distinction Award with our entry and the right to use the official wordmark on our application which was awesome. Our app is also in the running for some of the $50 000 worth of cash prizes being awarded at the end of the main competition at the end of the month. Please help us in the competition by filling out this simple registration form and then voting on the app. We dont know many people in Edmonton yet so are hoping that you the internet can help us out :)

Its been getting some great coverage with a radio interview on CBC yesterday, an article in the Edmonton Journal covering our story and another on the app

There is a TV interview with Global HD a little later today and its great to see the exposure starting to take its effect on site traffic and app sales.

Lastly its worth mentioning that we have been busy working on a new iaminawe site in Drupal. Its taken a while to migrate all the old stuff off this blog and we are aiming for a mid September launch date with all the work completed over the last 2 years being added. It will replace this rather dated blog.

Follow me on twitter @skabenga or Angella @angellaiaminawe to keep up to date with our news and future releases.

Breaking the ice….

Well I have fallen into the trap of waiting too long to update this blog…with each day that passes it becomes more difficult to do until eventually the relatively simple task of writing  a few lines about a few projects morphs itself into a huge task destined for extreme procrastination. So this post is just a general ice breaker to feel like we can chat again … you know… make logging in a little less awkward :)There has been so many cool projects completed over the last year and it feels like so little time to post them on the blog. This has been a year of changes and so I preclude the next flurry of blog postings with a bit of backstory as to why things have been so quiet on our little space on the web. These are not excuses as much as they are happy reasons for inactivity … or something like that


Aurora Samantha Grace Coppen was born on 27/06/2008 and brought with her the overwhelming joy and  explosive disruption that only a newborn can do. She arrived 2 weeks after her predicted deadline and has been a glorious, hysterical, smiling, screaming little bundle that has kept us on our toes and bouncing on a pilates ball ever since. The past 4 months have been so rewarding and the first few weeks I really battled to tear myself away from her little blue eyes and get on with the work quietly mounting up in the background.We moved - physically and virtually - unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our amazing studio space in Muizenberg as the building was sold from under us. Right across from Muizenberg beach, the studio was a creative and productive place for iaminawe for 2 years and we will miss the surfs, the collaborations, ping pong, bergies and crazy neighbours.


Virtually we also made some tracks with a long put off server move taking place at the beginning of the year. We moved about 30 sites (and their databases) in total from the fast deteriorating Fasthosts to the awesome HostGator and so far have enjoyed a much better level of service and support. The move was not without its fires but most were put out pretty quickly and our clients are enjoying a much more flexible service.Unfortunately in moving to Linux/Apache/Mysql servers we had to say goodbye to some of our own Asp/Access (read evil microsoft) powered work. Unfortunately that includes the latest Version 4 and previous versions  of our iaminawe flash site as well as our intranet and accounts system. I will restore the flash sites when I have some time and have already sourced far better php based intranet and invoicing systems. Its a pity to have temporarily lost so much of our flash content but the move from asp to php was so long overdue.We found Drupal - yes- after getting a bit Wordpressed out after creating a variety of blogs and wordpress integrated custom systems  - a new content management system came and swept us off our feet. Wordpress definitely still has a time and a place but Drupal has been the focus of the last years web output and has changed the way we think about creating web sites… it is a powerful beast and has put the power of community building at our fingertips.I will go into more detail about each project in seperate posts but here are a few of the sites we have built this year

  • - a Drupal powered community site for the Animation Industry in South Africa - recently launched
  • - wordpress powered site for this infamous trio - received over 230 gigs of traffic in 3 days…
  • - wordpress powered quick site for a Hluhluwe based Game Farm - more an internal tool than public site.
  • - recent updates to this London based Artist Agency/Publishing house , also a wordpress/custom artist management system.
  • - a wordpress blog site for my brother with his always amusing stories and articles.
  • - a Drupal powered site for this local Tours & Safaris company.

Then there were some pretty exciting  animations mashing up 7de Laan (local soapie) flavoured TV remixes and footage we shot out in Delft,  for the dark Afrikaans drama Steriel. The show featured an ambitious three projector and live feed stage setup and is currently on Tour in Europe after a successful second run in Cape Town.There were some animated panoramic park scenes and a finale involving portraits in the falling snow that we created for the German Opera, Werther, performed at the Artscape Opera.Then another highlight of the year was the animation we created for “The Greensman” , a compact fast paced piece of theatre being performed every day at the Green Point Stadium as part of the stadium tour. The animation was starkly styled white linework on a black background and the huge screen is pretty impressive in the cavernous theatre built in a piece of the old stadium.Thats some of the highlights of the year so far but we will be posting pictures and videos of some of the above projects and talking about them in a bit more detail when we can spend some time. There have been a few more projects than that, but some are still top secret and others will make their way onto the blog in good time.Watch this space…

MonuMental: Re-riding History animations


Iaminawe created these two animations for production company Atomik Pictures for an exciting new skateboarding documentary called MonuMental: Re-riding History. The Red Bull initiated documentary follows seven of South Africa’s best young skateboarders as they ollie, kickflip, carve and grind their way through, over and on some of South Africa’s most formidable Apartheid era monuments.


Written and Directed by Amanda Evans, the documentary has some beautiful 16mm footage of the skaters as they travel around South Africa from monument to monument meeting with controversial figures and severe but skateable architecture from South Africas dark past. For these young skaters, it is a chance to learn about their history as much as it is a chance to skate where no skater has gone before.

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sShadoworkss Website launched


Iaminawe created this wordpress site (no longer live) for legendary Cape Town underground event/tour/artist management outfit, sShadoworkss. These guys are the shadows behind some of Cape Town’s great parties and pulsing electronic music scene and they know how to keep the basslines rolling, the glitches glitching and the dancefloor rocking until the early hours. These behind the scenes shadows and their musical minions are exploring new areas of the sonic frontier with their fearless approach to redefining genres and inventing new ones.

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HIV Vaccine Animation

iaminawe recently completed work for Pandamonium Productions creating a four and a half minute animation to be used in the testing of a new potential HIV Vaccine at various centres around South Africa.


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This was undoubtedly one of the most challenging briefs we have come across so far and included creating an animated sequence that in very simple terms explains how the very complex virus works. It was important to explain what the virus did and the possible benefits of a vaccine yet also had to be very clear that this was undergoing trials and was in no way a miracle cure (yet).

The client requested a very simple and informative animation style and every storyboard and script change had to be approved by an ethics committee based in the USA. Needless to say this stretched the whole process out over about 6 months of “hurry up and wait” but was an important step in making sure that the script and visuals were understandable and that the message was clear.

To contextualise what you are seeing, the animation posted here was edited into a 20 minute live action video that comprehensively covered what being a part of the trials would mean. Unfortunately this does not have the final soundtrack and effects applied but you get the idea.

Angella designed the people and scenarios in Illustrator and I animated and edited them in After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

Did I mention that the animation had to be created in 5 languages !!
Seriously… English, Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and Tswana…. it was a mission but we made it in the end…whew..

2006 Showreel

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We are proud to officially re-launch our new showreel of animated motion graphic goodness. This is a best of collection of all the different music videos, motion graphics, theatre projections, and animations that we have created up until November last year. The soundtrack is by Cinematic Orchestra.

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