WE LAUGH ALL DAY
Boomerang wanted to localize their universally loved kids shows for African kids – what better way than to write an original song performed by local child star Mila Smith, filmed in colourful Johannesburg and Lesotho with a bunch of fun dance moves? Our little audience agrees.
After composing this song internally and getting the fab Mila Smith to perform it in her stellar way – we were off shooting. Not in the land of Oz – but close. Lesotho. With our frame by frame drawn storyboard in hand because each action had to be planned throughout as rotoscoped characters would be interacting with our kid actors. The 2 x 3 meter screens had to be driven on a separate truck for 5 hours into the mountains until they were on the highest mountain peak with the best view! All the kids and their parents were in other vehicles together with all the camera equipment and crew. This is also where we learned an Audi Q5 – is not a 4x4 in the true sense of the word as the director had to leave the car up there. Come rain, hail and sunburn – the kids did great dance moves and we were on our way back! Next stop Johannesburg – CBD. Putting our 2 x 3 meter handmade screens in the centre of a very busy crossing, the energy is electric and after compositing nearly a 150 Boomerang characters into the scenes – a winner with young and old alike! The final product was graded and colour corrected in Da Vince Resolve, matching even Mixo’s pink hair colour to the correct brand colours. Can you spot the characters we had to redraw?
ECD | Nicci Hattingh
DIRECTOR | Nicci Hattingh
DOP | Jo Oosthuizen
PRODUCER | Edmund Braatvedt
WARDROBE AND STYLING | Kwanele
DESIGN & ANIMATION TEAM | Jared van Damme, Tristan Winslow, Dineo Morulane, Waldo Büchner, Kyle Lutchman
COLOUR CORRECTION & GRADING | Nicci Hattingh
MUSIC COMPOSER | Lehlohonolo Mokoena
ORIGINAL LYRICIST | Zama Zikhali
VOICE RECORDING | Ross from HEYPAPALEGEND
VOICE DIRECTION | Nicci Hattingh
FINAL MIX | Audio Militia
VOCALIST | Mila Smith