Thursday, December 14, 2017

Taonga: Concepts for new animation

For the last few months I've been working on an animation about a young Māori girl named Māia who finds an ancient flute in the forest and has a big adventure because of it. The working title is 'Taonga'. 

  It's going to be about 25 minutes long and because I will be doing a large amount of it myself I figured I might as well document my journey. So once I had the story laid out, I hired a scriptwriter from South Africa to fill in the details. By getting someone else who doesn't really know anything about Māori culture to write the draft script we were able to get a solid story that I was sure foreigners would understand. From there I rewrote the script placing in NZ colloquialism and more Tikanga Māori stuff. 

Once the draft had been finalised I brought on a Māori translator/QA guy to translate the entire script into Māori as I wanted the animation to be Māori dubbed with English subtitles. While he was translating I spent a couple weeks coming up with character designs. Here are a few of those.

Birthday and Anniversary Dedications

Blessed to be able to do a little bit of everything as part of the production team at The Render Gathering

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Native animals

Some native NZ animals I've drawn lately for a childrens game

Snail from Munro Te Whata on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Concepts for cross culture collab

 Haida culture concepts

 Boy concepts




Monday, November 2, 2015

Maori work

More images of Maori Myths I've been work on lately.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Concepts for new work

Some concepts for a new project i have on the go...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Samoan mythology

Some of the inks for this new book Im working on. I have to do 30 and they will be coloured eventually.