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MY BETTER WORLD

My Better World follows the adventures of 6 African teens as they navigate the complex challenges of school, family and friendship.

It is a 55 episode life-skills education series produced in collaboration with Fundi Films for Impact(Ed), formerly Discovery Learning Alliance.

My Better World poster image with fact sheet.

Fundi Films brought us in to collaborate on the initial development of the series and to produce all the animation once the scripts were recorded. Each episode has a live action doccie insert (produced by Fundi Films) that compliments the animated story with an inspiring real world story. We also worked with fellow Jozi studio, Minds Eye Creative, who helped out with the massive volume of character animation. In addition to animation, MAAN was also responsible for storyboarding and final compositing. Foley and final audio mix was done by Sound & Motion Studios in Johannesburg.

My Better World production

We are humbled that My Better World is an Official Selection for the Annecy Animation Festival for 2020 – and the only completely African production in the TV Film category this year! It is also part of an outreach program in more than 1500 schools across Sub Saharan Africa as well as drawing upwards of 2 million viewers every week on Kenyan TV (with more countries to follow).

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CREDITS:

Series Producer & Director – CHRIS MORGAN (Fundi Films)
Director of Animation – MICHAEL CLARK, JOHAN SCHEEPERS (MAAN)
Series Creator & Executive Producer – MAUREEN LEMIRE (Impact(Ed))

For MAAN:
Production Management – MICHAEL CLARK
Character Design – JOHAN SCHEEPERS, ANGELICA FOURIE, KGOTHATSO ‘BRUCE’ MALATJI, MICHAEL CLARK, KLEA TSELENTIS, CHARL SMIT, CHRIS STAUB, RHULANI RENGANE
Storyboard Artists – CHARL SMIT, RUDOLPH BOONZAAIER, MICHAEL CLARK, KGOTHATSO ‘BRUCE’ MALATJI, MIKE SCOTT
Animation Director – MICHAEL CLARK, JOHAN SCHEEPERS
Lead Animator – KGOTHATSO ‘BRUCE’ MALATJI
Animation – TEGAN HAMMERICH, CHRIS STAUB, CRAIG MARGOLIUS, RITA DU PLESSIS, GERTAN AGENBACH, DAMIEN HES, RHULANI RENGANE, THABO TSOLO
Compositing – THORSTEN REISINGER, CHRIS STAUB, JOHAN SCHEEPERS, DAMIEN HES
Editing – MICHAEL CLARK, THORSTEN REISINGER

For MIND’S EYE CREATIVE:
Production Management – JENNA GIEN, NICK CLOETE
Lead Rigger – ANDREW GROOME
Animation Director – STEVE CLOETE
Animation Supervisor – ARNO CUPIDO
Animators – ARNO CUPIDO, RYNO VAN DER SPUY, SAMANTHA MUNRO, NATHASHA WEEDMAN, BOKANG KOATJA, DANIELA DEL CASTELLO, KEVIN GOLIATH, LAUREN JANSONS, MATTHEW MILLAR, NTOKOZO TWALA, ROSS LELLIOTT, KARI HAMILTON, LOLA AIKINS

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  • MAAN Creative.
    A boutique creative studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and run by Michael Clark and Johan Scheepers.