Walt Disney Animation Studios and the dish African entertainment company Kugali disclosed the main pictures of their long awaited Disney Plus original series “Iwájú” during a show Wednesday night at the Annecy Animation Festival.
Set in a futuristic version of Lagos, Nigeria, the series offers what production designer Hamid Ibrahim described as a “Kugali-Disney mash-up.” “This is a true collaboration. It’s not Disney in some ways pushing our vision onto Kugali,” said Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer Jennifer Lee. “It is a collaboration in that both companies are getting something out of it and supporting each other.”
During the show, the show’s makers creators a revealed a sneak peek at their futuristic vision of Lagos, a sprawling mega-city that straddles a lagoon and is divided into a thickly populated territory and a more princely island. “That physical separation…means that we have a very unique set-up for storytelling already built into the DNA of the real-life Lagos,” said Kugali co-founder and “Iwájú” cultural consultant Tolu Olowofoyeku. Writer-director and co-founder Ziki Nelson said the creative team was “building a futuristic world rooted in the contemporary setting.”
Ibrahim uncovered the main pictures of a metropolis whose glittering towers soar above the packed cityscape below, and showed off the sleek flying cars and augmented reality glasses that will be a feature of daily life in the Lagos of “Iwájú.”
Despite the fact that details of the storyline and its main characters are as yet hush-hush, Nelson said the plot would zero in on the disparity that is a “feature of everyday life in Nigeria,” as well as “challenging the status quo.” “It’s really about that inspiration, or aspiration and desire, to try and engineer society for living in a more positive way,” he said.
Working remotely across three continents, production on “Iwájú” includes creatives in Burbank, London, Montreal, Lagos, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The aesthetic draws on Kugali’s signature comic-book style, which Nelson described as a “visual experience that you can’t really find anywhere else,” borrowing on both Eastern and Western art styles while incorporating “traditional African art styles that we’ve infused into that aesthetic.” Disney VFX supervisor Marlon West (“Frozen, “Frozen 2”) added, “It may not look like a Disney film, but it needs to look like Disney quality…. We’re going to bring our A-game.”
The childhood friends Nelson and Olowofoyeku started their joint effort with a podcast recording zeroed in on comics, video games, and animation from across the African mainland and diaspora, prior to changing gears. “We realized that what the community needed wasn’t someone to talk about the content and put it on the map. They needed someone to actually create the content,” said Nelson. The partners rebranded and before long launched as the comic book organization Kugali.
Lee reviewed her first encounter with the makers, when she ran over a BBC story about an African comic book organization that was wanting to take on Disney, in which one of the co-founders insisted they were going to “kick Disney’s you-know-what.” “I was like, ‘OK, let’s connect,’” she said, laughing.
The Disney executive was soon “blown away by their storytelling,” noting that “there were stories with themes that I had never seen put together in that way. There were ideas [based on] folklore that I had never had access to.” The company’s vision, she added, dovetailed with her own philosophy for the venerable animation house. “We, as Disney, can tell the stories of the world, but by the people of the world, and having people tell their own stories,” she said.
Head of story Natalie Nourigat, whose animated short “Far From the Tree” premiered at Annecy on Tuesday and will be released in theaters with Disney’s “Encanto” this fall, portrayed “Iwájú” to act as an illustration of a steadily growing “hunger for authenticity, and…for new stories
“This project is proof that there is a place for whatever story you want to tell in the world, and there’s a hunger for it,” she added. “If you’re not seeing yourself represented, if you’re not seeing something that’s true to you represented, or something that you care about represented, please make it.”
The Mouse House showed it was intensifying its drive for more different narrating on Thursday, with a declaration initially uncovered by Variety that it’s anything but’s a yield of rising African toon abilities on “Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire,” a Disney Plus Original compilation of energized films set to debut on the organization’s streaming stage in late 2022.
Motivated by the continent’s diverse histories and cultures, the 10-part anthology is an action-packed collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories that will present bold visions of advanced technology, aliens, spirits and monsters imagined from uniquely African perspectives. Oscar-winning chief Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) will fill in as executive producer.
Talking during the Annecy Festival on Wednesday, Lee recognized that both Disney and the liveliness business all in all have had a “struggle to diversify.” “There’s so much more we can do in storytelling if we diversify our storytellers,” she said.
She channeled the words of the company’s originator, who said that “storytelling must continue to evolve,” when noting that Disney’s unprecedented global reach offers a platform for a wider range of storytellers to “reach the world.”
“There’s so many different filmmakers, artists out there, who have a voice that we can help the world hear,” she said. The benefits flow both ways, she added, noting that the collaboration with Kugali has “made us better storytellers at Disney…[by] shaking up how we work.” “It’s making us move towards the future.”
Hardwork Is The Key Behind The Success Of Music Producer, Non Native
If there is one golden rule to success then that has to be hard work. It wasn’t any different for Non Native. The music producer is getting accolades for his musical choices. But few know that these choices have a deep root.
Early in his career, he had to really strive and work hard to learn. For anyone associated with music it is extremely necessary to get the grammar right. He learnt the grammar of music by working with different musicians at different stages in his life.
This 21 year old music producer is highly adaptable and is a fast learner. His ability to adapt helped him get comfortable with various genres. Today he is excited with all different genres of music and this has helped him make varied choices.
Non Native’s career graph has been a learning curve. This goes on to prove that updates are extremely important for anyone’s professional growth. Flexibility is also one of the qualities that one can learn from Non Native.
Although he is popular with his musical partner Bordeaux. But his collaborations aren’t limited to Bordeaux and in fact his most popular collaboration has been with Grammy winner H.E.R. ‘s Debut album.
‘Love Me Lex’: Help rejuvenate another eccentric web series
A group of nearby creatives is preparing to rejuvenate another screen project.
Love Me Lex is a 8 section web-series, with every scene being around 7 minutes, and it’s set to be shot here in Perth. It’s the tale of a lady in her 40s who is bouncing once more into the dating pool and searching for adoration.
To raise assets for the series the group have dispatched a crowdfunding effort, and there’s only a couple of days left for individuals to show their help.
Maker Sanja Katich imparted to OUTinPerth what propelled her to compose the undertaking.
“I was motivated to compose Love Me Lex as I am energetic with regards to eccentric portrayal on screen, yet additionally on the grounds that I believe have strange individuals recounting eccentric stories. Such countless strange stories are told by individuals who don’t have the lived insight of what our identity is and how we carry on with our lives.
“Something else is that there is so little portrayal of ladies in the 45+ age section in lesbian screen. Such countless stories address youngsters coming out, twenty-something party young ladies, or ladies in their 70s coming out following 50 years of a mysterious love. These accounts are additionally so vital and address issues and stories that are genuine locally, yet single moderately aged ladies are generally minimized, or not present by any means.
“I needed to make a show that could resound with a Queer crowd as a rule, yet particularly with a so regularly prohibited segment from Lesbian screen content.” Katitch said.
It’s hard when you’ve passed that enchanted ‘Life Begins at 40’ mark and you’ve concluded that it’s an ideal opportunity to discover your individual. Dating is difficult enough for Millennials and Gen Zs, however for the more ‘developed’ among us – best of luck! Include the additional layer of being a lesbian, and the dating ‘pool’ psychologists to a greater degree a puddle! Follow Lex’s experiences as she staggers, falls, gets herself – and rehashes everything – in her journey to track down her One.
We need to make this web-series on the grounds that there’s not a great deal of portrayal of ladies in this age bunch on our screens – solid female characters and female driven stories, made by female authors, makers, chiefs and entertainers. These accounts are rare and we need to address that and right this wrong!
‘Love Me Lex’ is a 8 section web-series, with every scene being around 7 minutes. To make a series like this happen we need cash! What’s more, we would adore on the off chance that you could offer whatever you feel alright with to assist us with making our amusing, heartfelt, sensational and particular show.
Our inventive group are generally local people to Perth Western Australia, just like the cast and team, and we’ll shoot in and around Perth. ‘Love Me Lex’ will have an extremely ‘Australian feel’ to it – you’ll experience the glow of the Perth daylight in every single scene!
Here’s how Rumour got inspired to become a world-recognized musician today
There is no doubt that “School of Rock” is a great movie and is even considered to be a legendary one by quite some people. However, to think that it has inspired someone to make music their passion and afterwards- their entire career is truly astounding. The person in question is Rumour, a multi-instrumental, multi-talented musician from Maryland.
Rumour was born on the 16th of November in the year 1993 in Brandywine, Maryland. He went to a Catholic School called St John’s. Although music wasn’t a necessary part of their curriculum Rumour would find himself surrounded by it in every area of his life. Soon he learnt to play the guitar, the piano and even the drums. Singing along with these instruments didn’t come much longer after that. Apart from the movie mentioned above, another old memory that shaped Rumour and his love for music today is a special day he spent with his stepfather. “I can remember going to a music store with my stepdad and purchasing my first studio where I would make rap songs with my friends for fun. But then I started taking music more seriously and writing songs I would record myself singing and would practice over and over and I am still to this day recording writing and practising.”, Rumour adds.
Another name that strikes out in Rumour’s career graph and is responsible for his present success, is Aliem Jumpp, Rumour’s first manager and mentor. He was the one who taught Rumour everything he needed to know about being in the music industry. Rumour, like many other newbie artists, was under the impression that one could do well just by creating good music. However, this is far from the truth and rising to the spotlight takes a fair bit of marketing and business skills. With his experience in the industry, Aliem Jumpp did Rumour a great favour for which Rumour is forever indebted.
Now that he is in a position of influence himself, Rumour speaks out to all other rising artists who might be unsure of whether or not they are talented enough to create a niche for themselves in the music world. According to Rumour, it was his passion to create music that in itself motivated him to stay in the game even after several ups and downs. “My dream is to be an amazing father and husband and never stop creating music”, he says when asked about future plans.
Stay tuned for Rumour’s future releases and follow him on the streaming platforms linked below:
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