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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

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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.

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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

  • www.animationsa.org - a Drupal powered community site for the Animation Industry in South Africa - recently launched
  • www.theblackheartgang.com - wordpress powered site for this infamous trio - received over 230 gigs of traffic in 3 days…
  • www.mzikishareblock.co.za - wordpress powered quick site for a Hluhluwe based Game Farm - more an internal tool than public site.
  • www.pocko.com - recent updates to this London based Artist Agency/Publishing house , also a wordpress/custom artist management system.
  • neil.iaminawe.com - a wordpress blog site for my brother with his always amusing stories and articles.
  • www.xamtours.co.za - 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…

New Galleries and Flippenbooks

Iaminawe has launched a cool new gallery that allows you to comment on, rate and view a wide range of our work. It uses the magic of Flash Remoting to allow for a seamless interaction between you and the work and we encourage you to participate and let us know what you like and what you don’t. The gallery is found at iaminawe.com/gallery and features illustration, packaging, posters, drawings and a whole lot more.

Also take a look at our Flippen Books… yes, these little flipbooks are packed with new work and old and each one represents a collection of images from times and places in iaminawes evolution… just click the corner :)

Work has just been completed on a new animated music video for Goldfish and it will be posted as soon as we return from the Grahamstown Festival.

Annecy and Africa Animated

Back in Cape Town after 8 weeks of animation bliss… inspired and refreshed. We have just attended the Annecy Animation Festival in France, where we were doing some serious showreel dealing and just soaking up the cool vibe, big screens, paper jets, great training conferences and incredible variety of animation in competition. Definitely a place to go back to… pictures to be posted soon.

We have spent the past 5 weeks in Durban working with 15 very creative and talented people from around Africa in UNESCO’s Africa Animated! 2 Workshop. The animations we produced are having sound added in Kenya now and iaminawe is creating a website to showcase the finished pieces, so look for that. I worked with the talented Zimbabwean Carl Ncube to produce a stop motion animation called “Dear Mama” which is posted below.

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April Animation Xchange

Its been ages since the last news update and for this we apologise but its for good reason and you will see why soon. There has been lots of cool projects on the boil lately and a lot of time has been going into the new release of iaminawe V4 which is to be released as soon as I can squash a few annoying bugs…there just never seems to be time to just finish it…

Iaminawe will once again be hosting an evening at Animation Xchange on April 13th at Michaelis. We will be showing some of our latest work as well as showreels from some of Cape Towns hottest animation talent so come along and check it out.

Animation Xchange Meeting

Tomorrow night we will be hosting the local Animation Xchange meeting in Cape Town. We will be giving feedback and showing animation from Annecy 2005 and Africa Animated as well as launching our 2005 Showreel…There is going to be lots of great local work with a screening of Beyond Freedom and some new stop motion Sesame Street pieces from Triggerfish.

Animation Xchange Poster

The new version of our flash site is ready enough for some feedback and bugspotting so so if you dont mind some occasional broken links and weird looking areas… sneak in for a preview and give your feedback here.

CNMA Awards Finalist

This year has already been full of interesting projects so far with animations for an Opera on a floating stage, a new music video for David Kramer, 2 Labyrinths, Art for Appletiser and a whole bunch of new websites and identities for a variety of causes, purposes and reasons.

Although our wallets boycotted the recent Design Indaba held in Cape Town, we popped in briefly to accept a finalist certificate for the “Onnerwater” video in the motion graphics category of the Construction New Media Awards. Thanks guys, its a lovely piece of shiny gold card.

We are moving offices at the end of the month to a huge studio space in Muizenberg (near Cape Town) where we will continue to create all manner of media in our usual fashion. Its opposite the beach and is going to be great as a venue for many workshops, screenings and events… so if you are in the area, come and visit.

The new version of the iaminawe web site will be fit for public consumption soon with a neat little flash frontend sitting on a heaving asp backend busting at the seams with unpublished illustrations, articles, photos, animations and designs.






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