Interview with Brian Tarus, Winner 2018 Kalasha Best Animation Production

We interview Brian Tarus, the winner of the 2018 Kalasha award for Best Animation Production for his film, "Isolated". We find out more about his journey as an animation artist, his experience of winning the Kalasha award and his aspirations going forward.

The Kalasha Film and TV awards are accolades presented by the Kenya Film Commission. Inaugrated in 2010, they are a mark of achievement, of quality and recognition by the industry of stellar production and performances. In 2018, there was a special focus on animation.

Brian Tarus, a student at the Technical University of Kenya and currently working with SDL Studios and Twaweza Communications, created a 3D animated film called "Isolated". "ISOLATED" is a short thriller film that centers around a patient, Mosa, who wakes up to find the hospital that he is admitted to has been attacked and patients murdered by a mysterious creature.

We had the pleasure of interviewing him and talking about his experience making the film, being nominated for and winning the Kalasha award.

Here is the award-winning film. Warning: it contains some graphic images.

For more information about the making of the film and for behind the scenes footage, including use of the motion capture studio, the first of its kind in Kenya, visit infoation about the making of the film and for behind the scenes footage, including use of the motion capture studio, the first of its kind in Kenya, visit information about the making of the film and for behind the scenes footage, including use of the motion capture studio, the first of its kind in Kenya, visit Brian's blog here.

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