Anew­era of an­i­ma­tors

Bloody Samoan is help­ing youths see a fu­ture in the arts.

Papakura Courier - - OUT & ABOUT -

Moana, Dis­ney’s Pa­cific Is­land princess, took au­di­ences in south Auck­land movie theatres by storm.

And now, An­i­ma­tion Col­lege is bring­ing that op­por­tu­nity to more en­thu­si­asts with its Manukau cam­pus.

Samoan comic book artist and wrestler Michel Mulipola came out in sup­port of this pro­gramme to en­cour­age cre­ative youths.

Born and raised in Man­gere, he runs a web­site called Bloody Samoan, shines light on the pos­i­tives of Pa­cific Is­landers, and shares his pas­sion for comics.

‘‘It [bloody Samoan] is one of those terms I heard a lot as a kid. And I thought it would be re­ally funny if I took that neg­a­tive term and turned it into a pos­i­tive one,’’ he says.

Grow­ing up he didn’t have the op­por­tu­nity to learn the art of ‘‘draw­ing for comic books’’.

The self-taught car­toon­ist says youth are now see­ing a fu­ture in the arts.

Stu­dents will learn tech­ni­cal and pro­duc­tion knowl­edge, le­gal re­quire­ments, an­i­ma­tion his­tory, di­a­logue, scene plan­ning etc.

An­i­ma­tion Col­lege sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Gene Har­ris says even though Moana was writ­ten by Taika Waititi, it still had a dis­tinctly Amer­i­can flavour.

‘‘We should be telling our own cul­tural sto­ries. There is so much cre­ative tal­ent right here in South Auck­land, but there are lim­i­ta­tions with tech­nol­ogy,’’ he says.

The two-year Diploma in Ap­plied An­i­ma­tion - 2D pro­gramme is priced at $9299 per an­num. It will be run at An­i­ma­tion Col­lege, Westfield, Manukau from April 24.

It is NZQA ac­cred­ited with Studylink loans avail­able. Ap­pli­cants must hold an NCEA level 1 or equiv­a­lent.

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