It was definitely a breadth of fresh air to see a 2d animation project like KARIBA. It was short, beautiful and very pregnant with a bright future. and was done by a very lean team. We spoke with Daniel Clarke about the project and now have some scoops
Based loosely on the Nyami Nyami legend, the Zambezi river God or Zambezi snake spirit, one of the most important gods of the Tonga people. Variously described as having the body of a snake and the head of a fish, a whirlpool or a river dragon, the Nyami Nyami is seen as the god of Zambezi Valley and the river before the creation of the Kariba Dam.
Contrary to what people may think, the youngster stand at the ledge of the dam is actually a female and the teaser is actually a teaser trailer made as a proof of concept for a full length future film.
Speaking with Daniel Clarke, the creator and director of the short teaser, he mentioned that the teaser is meant to create a following and also funding for international partners.
When asked when we should expect more, Clarke said
“Haha, wow, well probably quite a while still! We did this completely in our spare time, and now we have to farm it around at markets festivals looking for partners and funding”
The project which was executed with a team of about 10 who worked mostly in their spare time making the project take about 6 months to complete.
When asked about if the project will be a truly African piece or expertriate hands, Daniel replied by saying
“No ways, I would love to use as manny local people as possible”
We definitely wish Daniel and his team al the best as he success of KARIBA will definitely impact the 2d animation industry in Africa as a whole.