The KURA Question.

The idea for KURA came about in late 2016. I was trying to deal with a nagging sense of frustration about issues to do with the perceived, and probably real, state of Kenya’s leadership over time. I also felt very unprepared and ill equipped to perform my duty to vote in the 2017 General Election, which was fast approaching.

At the same time, I needed to do a test on some new animation processes and this subject seemed a good story to build the project around. The short film is the core idea behind what is actually a much bigger action thriller story, which we did not have the resources to produce. But rather than shelve the idea altogether, we undertook to do what we could within the limitations of what we had and began production in January 2017.

I wondered, to myself, what is this “democracy” thing? Am I qualified and equipped to make a rational informed choice? What is our track record on elections? What are the vested interests? Are we using the vote to effectively install leadership that is a good fit for the job of delivering good governance and desperately needed development?

It quickly became apparent that I was quite ignorant about Kenya’s history. How has our country conducted itself in the pre-colonial, transitional, and post-colonial eras? After reading a variety of books and articles, it seemed (sadly) that we had not done well at all. Since the 1960’s, available information seems to indicate that our electoral process has been questionable at best and a complete sham at worst. As such, as a population, are we citizens under consensual government from a popularly elected leadership, are we subjects under imposed government from cliques of influential rulers, or are we something altogether different?

I don’t yet have all the answers I’d like, but by at least engaging with the issues, some answers have begun to distil in my mind. I firmly believe that WE CAN DO BETTER! We can get better informed; we can deliberately break away from the tribal approach to politics; we can make better use of information technology to deliver efficient and reliable electoral processes; we should be able to think of our country almost like a business and seek to install a critical mass of highly competent managers of integrity who will deliver the best performance and return to the citizens of Kenya i.e. the shareholders.

Kenya, we can do better. Each one of us has a role to play in making our country better. What is your role? How will you respond to this question?

Verily Kenyan,

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On the Trend with Larry Madowo

In this candid chat, award winning journalist Larry Madowo gets the scoop on two RECON-Digital projects. Gatumia shares about struggles, successes and failures of “Spotkick Challenge” a casual game app developed at RECON-Digital. The occasion was also the moment when the teaser for “Concord”, an animated science fiction show currently in development at RECON-Digital, was premiered on live Kenyan TV.

Special thanks to Larry Madowo and the #theTrend crew.

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N.B: Please note that we have stopped work on the Spotkick Challenge project until further notice. Thanks to our 50,000+ users for your participation. It was great FUN!

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CNBC Looks at Broadcast Film Music Africa 2014

BFMA is East Africa’s largest annual media and entertainment conference attracting more than 2,500 professionals from the creative communities. CNBC talked with various delegates, among them Steve Njuguna, an animator who trained and worked at RECON-Digital, who shared some interesting thoughts on the state of animation in Africa.

Special thanks to Meredeth Beal.

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Career Day Blues

Here’s another instalment of Domestic Disturbance entitled, “Career Day Blues”. As the day for Junior to “discuss” his career choice with Dad’s friends comes closer, he is still firmly undecided and seriously stressed out. For some the choice about what path to follow seems so clear, while for others it’s just not that simple.

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Driving Test

In Kenya, where our driving tests are conducted by Police Officers, it’s not hard to imagine what a fearful event it can all be for candidates going to do their test. But for one youth about to do his test, in a bizarre turn of events, an unexpected guest examiner shows up and the driving test takes a very strange “course”.

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Two Old

Apprentice Short Film.

Alex and Gee, residents at the Never Say Die Retirement Home, are fierce rivals and when Alex disrespects Gee, they engage in a struggle of truly geriatric proportions. Their escapades may just shed some light into the question, “What do old people do when nobody is watching?”

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Africa’s Next Top Poet

Apprentice Short Film

The search for Africa’s Next Top Poet is on! Auditions are taking place and for those brave enough to face the panel of distinguished judges, semantic stardom could be just round the corner. It’s the chance of a lifetime! One young aspirant is about to deliver the Desiderata like you’ve never heard it before. Come joins us as we seek to discover Africa’s Next Top Poet!

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
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Animation Apprentice Programme

African Animation Apprentice RECON-Digital

The inaugural RECON-Digital Animation Apprentice program came to an end on November 30th 2012. But back in March 2012, at the beginning of a 9 month Animation Apprenticeship, who knew what would come of a handful of aspiring animators and their first time instructor. Well, the fruits of this initiative are apparent in the 7 short films developed over the course of the training exercise.

RECON-Digital is a Kenyan animation studio carving out a niche for itself as a studio telling African stories for Africa and the World. The Animation Apprenticeship Programme was set up to identify, train and retain talented individuals to work with RECON-Digital in achieving its quest to become the most respected name in African Animation. During the apprenticeship, a small group of young Kenyans trained in character animation for 9 months under Gatumia Gatumia, of one of Kenya’s leading animators.

We believe that entertainment and indeed animation in particular have huge growth potential in Africa. We expect that as demand for more original African content increases, RECON-Digital will work to establish a strong presence in the Animation sector.

We will announce subsequent Training Programmes as and when they are confirmed.

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