My name is Ade Sanni, and I have recently finished my university where I studied Film Production. Now I am a writer and a film director, and I also freelance my services to various companies. My day job consists of administration and assisting in media production, which pays the bills. But in my off time, I work on my personal projects to get more exposure of my work. I work mostly on short films, and I enter them to festivals and competitions alike. I am also working on a historical fictional novel, which I have spent three years researching.
Q: You are a writer, a film director, and an editor. Tell us about your early work and how you started building a name for yourself.
Q: Besides short films you have also delved into animation as you submitted an entry into the Reed Short Film Competition. Was it a natural transition from writing, directing, to animating?
Absolutely. To me, animation is practically the same thing as live-action films - there are characters, a world and a story. Except that animation take longer to create. But what I love the most about it is that I can do it on my own, and on a lower budget. I don't need a huge crew, to hire locations and rent cameras and equipment. It is just me, the computer and my story. And sometimes it can be more rewarding that way.
Q: How did you discover CrazyTalk Animator, and what made you want to use this software?
A friend forwarded me a notice for the Reed Short Film Competition. I immediately had an idea for what I wanted to do but I only had two weeks until the competition ended, and I had no big budget to work with. So I thought about animation. But a traditional animation would take months to make. I scurried around the internet for a simpler animation software that would make it easy to animate but that could give me the freedom to create my own characters and my world. It was really hard finding a software that is as flexible as I wish. Then I saw CrazyTalk on YouTube, and I had to have it. It was exactly what I needed, and I was able to make the animation just in time. The animation is the short, 'Madam Trotter's Taunting Heads'.
Q: Do you believe that a tool like CrazyTalk can help writers and directors get their stories across through animations?
Q: Are there any future animation projects in the works?