You don't hear a lot from the African Blender community, so I was excited to see this modest production.
I made this video using Blender, the idea was to make an animated commercial using an open source or free pipeline. The video is meant to serve as a proof of concept since animation is not big in Southern Africa and the continent as a whole. So hopefully other brands and companies would require similar services, enabling us to start making money using Blender.
We are a small design agency in Namibia called Manjaro Design Agency, Manjaro is an Afriindie Design Boutique specializing in Multi-media Design, Animation, Graphic Design, Web Design and Business Solutions. We intend to use Blender to bring some overlooked African stories to life. We haven't really seen many Blender posts from the African continent, so this is us representing.
The voice was recorded using audition, all the animation and models are Blender products. For composition, we used Davinci 15, the free version. We use an open source or a free pipeline because we don't feel like the other big software were made with consideration to 3rd world or African countries. One of our biggest challenges is that we buy tech at a price higher than that of most people in the world because of import fees, tariffs and markup. At the same time, our markets don't allow us to charge as much for our products as the more developed countries do.
So at the end of the day, it's not really as profitable compared to other countries. But open source and free software help with alleviating the burden by democratizing the creative sphere. We also strongly believe that the future for Africa is open source.
So thank you Blender and the Blender community, and you do have a user base in Africa. Whats missing are blender African meet ups or a Blender African Conference.