Nafuna raises local digital animation bars

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AS the Zimbabwean face of technology continues to evolve, the valley of creative design is also being raised by her ordinary, yet innovative, sons and daughters each day that passes. From the not-too-ancient introduction of software-based design, many platforms like Corel Draw, the Adobe Creative Suite, inDesign, Serif Pageplus, to name only a few.

All these have been brought forth to transform the way realism is appreciated in the nation, the way stories are understood and also shifting the whole view of digital communications. Great minds have been discovered and recently on the limelight locally is NAFUNA.

By Phinias Shonayi

Nafuna is one of the most vibrant brands in the Zimbabwean startup scene. The Tech Lair last night hosted yet another ICT showcasing event which was attended by a mound of local delegates from various fields of ICT. Nqobizitha Mlilo of Nafuna presented his multi-award winning online TV blog and wowing designs. 12years ago he was introduced to Web and Graphic Design in Bulawayo, and has taken a long journey of amazing creativity over the years.
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Nafuna.TV, a local online platform in the ranks of popular Youtube, is a video blog where the Nafuna studio uploads content items spanning animation all the way to documentaries. The animations onboard are mostly 2D and also 3D.
2D (two dimensional) animation figures are created and/or edited on the computer using 2D bitmap graphics or created and edited using 2D vector graphics.

They are used mostly for stylistic, low bandwidth, and faster real-time renderings.
Being the easiest and most common, most digital animation concepts have been based on it for many years in Zimbabwe. Angry Mwana is a 2D short film by Nafuna based on a hilarious child ranting over various everyday situations. Find Angry Mwana on www.angrymwana.com.

3D describes software that creates 3 dimensional imagery popular especially with block buster movies such as Toy Story, Lord of the Rings, Finding Nemo, Spiderman and many others. 3D also describes IMAX screen effects made popular with the movie Avatar.
It’s also used in the video game industry such as Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo consoles.
Tanga Nyika is still-in-the-process 2D animation feature by Nafuna. The initial research and technological work-flow drafting has been completed. Promo videos of the work are available on Nafuna.TV.
Nafuna has a highly skilled Sound Engineer who manages the sound and audio vocal in both production and post-production stages.
With dozens of animated logos and TV commercials under its belt, the company has won many local and international awards including:
• Best Animation Company at the ICT Achievers Awards of (2012)
• Zim Dancehall Awards Best Music Video for Winky D’s Vashakabvu (2014)
• Google Top Ten- Africa Connected innovation for Nafuna.TV (2014)
The other productions by Nafuna are Nafuna Show, an African lifestyle and entertainment variety TV show which started first as a web show to promote the Nafuna.TV online platform. The Show should broadcast on both terrestrial television and the company’s online blog. Under its blanket will be:
• The Nafuna POV
• The African Automotive
• Nafuna Meets
• Nafuna TECH among others
Nafuna’s goal is to develop and enhance the use of graphic and video animations and also to train video and web developers in the country. The video blog (vlog) Nafuna.TV is linked on www.nafuna.tv. The next Tech Lair event will be held on the 14th of August.

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