Africa’s Best Animation of 2018 Is Featured On YouTube
Belly Flop is the story of Penny, a brave young girl learning to dive, unmoved by a talented diver who continuously steals the spotlight.
The heart-warming film received the Best Animation award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and also won Best In Show at Longwood Animation Festival among many other accolades.
Belly Flop was also screened at Oscar-qualifying festivals such as Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and the world’s top animation festival, Annecy, where it was shown alongside DreamWorks’ latest short film, Bilby.
The film is based on a screenplay which won an internal scriptwriting contest at Triggerfish in 2011.
The Producer of Belly Flop, Kelly Dillon said that the character of Penny was inspired by a girl that she had au-paired for when she was at university. Dillon said that when the little girl started taking swimming lessons, her persistence in learning to dive properly was admirable even though she kept belly flopping.
Jeremy Collins, the other producer of the animation, is a freelance animation director living in Cape Town. He possesses over 20 years of experience in motion graphics and short-form animation.
Collins said that the process of creating Belly Flop had been a lot like Penny’s day at the pool: a mixture of hard work and perseverance. He also expressed that he could not wait to share this little movie with a broader audience, especially on African ground.
Belly Flop is the latest hit from Triggerfish, Africa’s number one animation company, who helped in the animation of Revolting Rhymes, Magic Light’s BBC One Christmas version of the Roald Dahl classic.
Triggerfish is currently working on their third feature film, Seal Team, among many other projects.
Credit: This article originated on www.screenafrica.com