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What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« on: December 17, 2015, 02:55:45 PM »
The animation space in Africa is still small with limited professional hands available. The absence of quality studios with the necessary technical know how is a challenge that sees individuals starting studios all over Africa in order to meet the needs in the market for animation.

Looking at the animation space in Africa and the challenges faced by the stakeholders, can you tell us what you think about this problem and how it can be resolved
« Last Edit: January 08, 2016, 02:44:00 PM by drmayor2004 »

abiagoodluck

Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2015, 04:46:39 PM »
I think the public needs to understand more about this 3D graphics.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2016, 12:43:14 PM by drmayor2004 »

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Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2016, 12:36:01 PM »
@abiagoodluck Well you are right in a way but i think the Government and the stakeholders needs to invest more in 3D industry in Africa. Beside, the infrastructure in Africa such as power supply, access to latest information etc are not available.
However, the only solution i could think of is that all the 3D artist in Africa especially in Nigeria should come together to build the industry.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2016, 12:43:35 PM by drmayor2004 »

femi

Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2016, 10:32:56 PM »
I think the public needs to understand more about this 3D graphics.

Yes I agree. One thing I think can also help is if the movie industry gets more serious. Since it's demand and supply- if there's more demand for 3Ds in movies, more people will move into it and the public will know more about it. @abiagoodluck
« Last Edit: January 08, 2016, 12:44:06 PM by drmayor2004 »

belkassem

Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2016, 06:26:20 PM »
How can we have "Studios" interested if we don't even have a sample to show?. What we need is this kind of website, open and fully oriented on tutorials and training. But I am little septic, the time I sent my request to register on this site and the Admin reply I've already forgot.

zheedimensions

Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2016, 06:35:58 PM »
CG Animation is the next big thing in Visualization outside Virtual Reality. I think Africa is ripe for such but one of the major challenge is Hardware investments. The hardware required for animation is capital intensive. Financial support from Small Business Enterprise initiatives would be a much welcome development. But because it quite often misunderstood for cartoons. Business viability often appears to inconsequential or even non extent.

femi

Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2016, 08:25:43 PM »
CG Animation is the next big thing in Visualization outside Virtual Reality. I think Africa is ripe for such but one of the major challenge is Hardware investments. The hardware required for animation is capital intensive. Financial support from Small Business Enterprise initiatives would be a much welcome development. But because it quite often misunderstood for cartoons. Business viability often appears to inconsequential or even non extent.


@zheedimensions I agree with you, Africa has a problem of hardware however, I believe also that it's a game of demand and supply; if there's enough market to justify investment in hardware, Africans (at least some select few) will invest in hardware.

Think of CG in movies, and taking Nollywood as a casestudy: although the industry keeps churning out large volume of movies, the overall quality of these movies are poor. Now It's a no brainer that we have the intellectual capability to produce better movies in Nollywood but the incentive to expend resources is not available- almost zero guarantee of returns (due to Piracy, street hawking of movies and broken cinema channels).

In summary, it's garbage in garbage out. If market is available, capital (hardware investment) will come

kkbassey

Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2016, 05:49:12 PM »
We can wait for people to throw money at us or we can make smarter choices regarding hardware and software.
We can't adopt the same software as the big Hollywood studios where the average VFX shot cost around $40,000(the budget of an entire movie around here) in our underfunded industry without taking a serious hit in output quality.
I adopted a gpu accelerated workflow to allow handle small to medium scale shots at a fraction of the cost it would take to setup, license and maintain a render farm. On my last project I rendered cg cars with over 3 million polygons, multi layer materials and 4k textures in less than ten minutes per frame.
If you've ever tried to render cg cars you can understand how much time and money was saved with this technology. Whether you can render a shot in a matter of hours or over a couple of days or weeks determines how relevant your work is to a time and cost constrained production.
We have to be innovative with our software and hardware choices and take advantage of the latest advances in software and hardware engineering if we want to be relevant to an underfunded industry like Nollywood, it's the only way forward because if we want to wait till movie producers have millions of dollars to throw at us, we might have wait for a really long time for that to happen.
« Last Edit: January 13, 2016, 05:58:05 PM by kkbassey »

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Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2016, 12:21:29 AM »
We can wait for people to throw money at us or we can make smarter choices regarding hardware and software.
We can't adopt the same software as the big Hollywood studios where the average VFX shot cost around $40,000(the budget of an entire movie around here) in our underfunded industry without taking a serious hit in output quality.
I adopted a gpu accelerated workflow to allow handle small to medium scale shots at a fraction of the cost it would take to setup, license and maintain a render farm. On my last project I rendered cg cars with over 3 million polygons, multi layer materials and 4k textures in less than ten minutes per frame.
If you've ever tried to render cg cars you can understand how much time and money was saved with this technology. Whether you can render a shot in a matter of hours or over a couple of days or weeks determines how relevant your work is to a time and cost constrained production.
We have to be innovative with our software and hardware choices and take advantage of the latest advances in software and hardware engineering if we want to be relevant to an underfunded industry like Nollywood, it's the only way forward because if we want to wait till movie producers have millions of dollars to throw at us, we might have wait for a really long time for that to happen.

@kkbassey Your analysis are correct, however you cannot rule the issue of power supply. Imagine, it is not feasible to render a huge scene on generator- it is not cost effective. The implication of this to drop the quality of the scene to reduce the rendering time and cut cost.

As for the hardware setup you mentioned above, please could you share a full details on how to set this up ( on this forum http://www.cgafrica.com/forum/cg-computer-hardwares/).
 
I strong believe, that your solution will benefit others.

Thanks

kkbassey

Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2016, 10:09:07 PM »
I agree power supply is an issue, rendering on a generator is expensive, i lost one of the systems on my renderfarm to power failures, but i don't think any of us can really do anything about it.
But i still maintain that building client confidence in our abilities is important if we want people to invest in our talent.
There are problems facing the industry, lots of them, but getting clients to trust us requires that we show a willingness to work around our limitations. This usually means adopting unconventional workarounds.
I've seen lots of people do walk cycles and animation tests but that won't convince me to put my money there in the hopes of doing a movie because i know animations take time and that might create a bottleneck in a real prodution, what i would like to see as an example is somebody using a cheap, cost effective motion capture solution like the microsoft kinect or playstation eye to fast track their animation process.
For me, it is very important that we show that we are willing to accommodate a much smaller production environment. Pixar had Steve Jobs backing them in their early days, but i don't think anyone here has a billionaire backing them. So let's find ways to accomplish more with less resources.

femi

Re: What are the hindrances to African Animation Industry?
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2016, 09:04:56 AM »
@kkbassey Good insight. Rome was not built in a day. Could you please share some of the tricks you use for cutting down rendering time? We can all learn from each other.