On the 3rd to the 5th of March 2017, Animation SA hosted the Cape Town International Animation Festival. We were honoured to be invited as guest speakers to give a 1 hour joint talk with Colin Payne from Polymorph, entitled: VR, games and apps – Animation as the language of interaction.
The festival was amazing. We had such a great time, met other industry leaders and made some new friends. The opening keynote by Shuzo Shiota from Polygon Pictures Inc. was a treat. He gave an eye-opening and entertaining overview of the last 34 years of the company’s history in digital animation. His closing remarks tied in well with our talk’s theme of animation being the language by which technology interacts and communicates with us. Animation is no longer reserved for film and telelvision, but plays an intricate part in how we as users interact with technology on a day to day basis. Other notable local companies that were represented at the festival were Triggerfish Animation Studios and Seamonster.
We presented to a fully packed auditorium, and from the discussion and comments we received, it is evident that people are very interested in the future of VR, AR, emerging technologies and animation, and the bigger picture of how it all fits together.
We also had a spot in the exhibition hall over the weekend, where we had the opportunity to demo the Microsoft HoloLens to all those who were interested. People were quite amazed at the technology and what it could mean for future applications.
Thanks again to all the organisers of the animation festival who worked tirelessly to make it happen, and for inviting Sozo Labs to represent the VR industry. This is truly an exciting time in the animation and creative software industry and we are proud to have been a part of this amazing festival.