FROM EBELE OKOYE (THE FOUNDER]

Introduction by the founder, Ebele Okoye [Omenka Ulonka]

MTTS 003 (SPECIAL EDITION)

Ten years ago...

…under our former name “SHRINKFISH”, we held the Shrinkfish Media Lab (smedLAB2013) which was Nigeria’s first-ever animation course. Motion to the sound, is a sustainable version of smedLAB. In line with the evaluation, and implementation of results for sustainability, Motion to the Sound is celebrating the smedLAB 10-year anniversary with a Special Edition.
1) NATURE & DURATION
The MTTS challenge will run once this year. This edition is not a competition where you can win prizes, rather is driven by mentorships and professional animation production training.
2) SPECIAL COLLAB
Aligning with the SDG goals Nr. 5 (gender equality) we decided to ACTIVELY involve girls and women in the MTTS challenge. So we have invited  the “Ani-Jolly Girls’ Special Mentorship Program” to be an integral part of the next MTTS edition
3) SPECIAL FOCUS: POETRY, WOMEN & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Poetry – inherently activist-is the most powerful form of expression for underrepresented voices. Though very rare or even nonexistent in African Animation, our research revealed that creators are ready to explore and embrace this genre.
Therefore, this current edition will be interpreting a poetry piece written by the award-winning Poet and spoken word performer, Loveth Liberty
4) THE AUDIO FILES
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MTTS 003 (SPECIAL EDITION)

“Poetry Women & Entrepreneurship”

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    IN A NUTSHELL

    Empowering underrepresented voices in Animation
    If you are a freelance minority animator struggling to find your way around the maze of, creativity, recognition, and visibility, then the “Motion to the Sound” is for you.
    “Animation challenges” abound on the internet, just as much as challenges abound in the industry

    Motion to the sound is a unique highly sustainable initiative set up to EMPOWER black, African and PoC freelance animators and foster NETWORKING. “Motion to the sound” brings a new, unique, sustainable, and innovative approach that is different from any other existing Animation challenge in the world. Having seen and experienced the challenges in the global animation industry, we teamed up with producers, writers, voice-over artists, sound designers, musicians, career coaches, animation instructors, journalists -even actors- to provide solutions to these issues.

    We are passionate about underrepresented voices.
    So, we seek them out and give them not only a chance to learn how to tell stories but also leverage career advancement. Through continuous animation challenges, we push them to harness their talents, sharpen their imaginative skills, take control of their stories, scale the production hurdles, and establish their voices globally Next to the exposure by screening the works in our partner festivals, our prize format INCLUDES paid internships in which the participants go for hands-on production experience in partner studios, and we take care of their gages for that period. This goes a long way in smashing exploitation as connected to “internships” Also, in some cases, the winner gets to choose which of the available prizes would be useful for them in their career. That way we avoid redundant prizes which only sit on the shelf and gather dust
    "They who FELT it, know it"
    Having been on the freelance journey for decades, we know the difficulties young Animators, especially black, African, and PoC identifying ones can face, lacking not only the basic equipment but also lacking guidance, motivation, essential knowledge, and industry practices needed to successfully enter the market.
    Read the turbulent journey of Ebele Okoye, the founder HERE and you might begin to understand the passion behind this.
    The industry is for everybody, not just a selected few.

    If you are an animation or motion design talent, with great visions and story ideas but are daunted by the challenges involved in professional productions,
    and most probably end up only with WIPs and clips "for the gram", you’re definitely seeking something different... right?
    Well, it’s time for change!

    PARTICIPATE NOW!

    If you still have questions, Head over to the FAQ section. where all your questions are answered. Guaranteed!  #UnitedWeStand

    We said: The industry is for everybody, not just a selected few.

    You own a festival, animation studio, an animation training facility, a sound design studio, a marketing/promotional facility or you are in any position to help us achieve our aims and objectives or implement the prize format successfully, or help create the awareness needed in order to give underrepresented voices VISIBILITY, we would like to partner with you!

    BECOME A PARTNER  NOW!   DONATE NOW! (Any amount is helpful)

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    the winners

    1st Prize

    OFFER: Cash prize or a paid hands-on experience in a partner studio
    SMART CHOICE:  Hands-on experience in a partner studio.
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    Kenichi has been with Jolly Squid as a remote staff ever since//
     

    Kenneth Omollo “It has been almost thirty years since I first held a pencil in an attempt to express myself creatively and ten years since I first learnt how to do the same on a computer…” Watch the clip to hear what he has to say

    2nd Prize

    OFFER: Cash prize or a paid 4-month internship in a partner studio
    CHOICE: 4 months paid internship with a partner studio

    David Saah:  “(I love challenges), I came up with a handful of scenarios and storyboards, which were tweaked with the help of the MTTS team”.

    HONOURABLE MENTION

    Samuel animates on an Android phone. 
    As the option of getting him a full system is currently beyond our means, EVERY  SUPPORT is appreciated.
    Just hit the DONATE button. Any amount helps!

    EVERY PARTICIPANT of the inaugural edition IS A "WINNER"

    In line with our aim of empowering the participants towards visibility, stronger networking and guide to self-sustenance, every participant of the inaugural edition has a permanent first call advantage/partnership with Motion to the Sound and a free access to the Afriilancer platform. Furthermore, each gets an honorable mention certificate.
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        THE PRIZE CONCEPT

        Following our main goal of fostering sustainable knowledge gain, cooperation, skills improvement, and career-building for minority freelance animators* as well as cooperation with minority-owned* animation studios, below are some of the prize concepts.

        *minority = black, African, PoC

        The produced clips will be showcased in special screenings in our growing list of partner festivals, with The festival of Animation Berlin and The Silicon Valley African Film Festival on the forefront.
        Motion to the sound runs every quadrimester (4-monthly challenges) At the end of each year, three selected participants will be deployed to a partner animation studio for a fully paid 4 – 6 months hands-on experience or internship. In simple words, They work for the studio and we pay their salaries. This concept is developed to foster UNITY and healthy CO-OPERATION amongst the studios while at the same time smashing the exploitation which comes with internships.  
        All three runners-ups in each challenge will also be given free access to the Afriilancer platform as well as all our career building workshops in co-operation with the Pan-African Freelancing Co (This means that in one year, 9 people will benefit from this) READ MORE

        we need your support

        We need support in raising the necessary funds to effectively implement the prize concept like salaries for the hands-on studio experience and paid internships, gadgets, the winner’s first short film production,  training costs for the masterclasses and many more…
        Any amount is appreciated!

        become a partner

        To implement the prize concept, we would like to partner with industry professionals, especially animation studios and festivals. Let us unite to give underrepresented voices in animation VISIBILITY!
        Fill in the details below and we will contact you for further discussions. Thanks so much in advance

        WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES

        Aligning with the end of each challenge period and in co-operation with our industry partners, we have extensive workshops and masterclasses covering everything any freelancer in the creative business needs to make a viable career in the creative industry.
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