Sparks Flew develop original IP for long form animation. The core team consists of Daniel Snaddon and Julia Smuts Louw, two creatives who run a marriage as a side project. Daniel is a director and storyboard artist who has worked with many of South Africa’s top character animation studios. Julia is a writer and former creative director with a professional background that spans advertising, TV and animation screenwriting. Both love to tell stories. To see our current projects, follow the quicklinks in this section.
A CGI family feature in development.
A 3D family feature concept developed with Bug Box Animation.
A multi-platform project developed in collaboration with MAAN Creative and radio personality David o’ Sullivan.
A 2D feature developed in collaboration with Blue Forest Collective.
At the beginning of the school term, Sparks Flew launched Draw for Life, a foundational course in the principles of drawing for animation offered to at-risk teens in the Cape. Draw for Life was founded in partnership with Animation SA, PASCAP Trust, and The Animation School. This month Triggerfish Foundation have come on board with funding too.[…]
South Africa had a dreamlike year at Annecy this June, raking in good news including the country’s first French/South African coproduction for Bugbox, a residency for writer Clea Mallinson, a Best First Film Cristal for Naomi van Niekerk and ‘n GEWONE BLOU MAANDAGOGGEND, and most excitingly, the overall award for Best TV Production to Dan’s[…]
My mother, the legendary MP and legislator Dene Smuts, passed away unexpectedly on April 21st 2016. In her memory and in honour of her contribution to our constitution, we have created the Dene Smuts Memorial Scholarship Fund, an award for postgraduate study in constitutional law at Stellenbosch University. A portion of the proceeds of her[…]
It’s been a remarkable three weeks for the team at Blue Forest Collective, who raised their goal amount of $20,000 for the fantasy graphic novel project KARIBA, in just forty-one hours from its launch on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. With $37 000 currently pledged and another six days on the clock, the team look set[…]
Following a groundswell of grassroots support from fans and industry alike, our partners Blue Forest Collective are launching a crowd-funding campaign for their graphic novel project, KARIBA. Originally conceived as a 2D-animated feature film, KARIBA first drew attention when the team released a teaser trailer for the property in April 2015. The video quickly racked[…]
We’re excited to announce that THE CRASH has been accepted into the initial phase of Triggerfish’s Story Lab initiative, a script incubation programme launched this year with the support of the Walt Disney Company and the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa. THE CRASH, a 3D comedy adventure in development, tells the story[…]
Dan’s one of those annoyingly selfless people who does things for his industry without looking for credit or expecting anything in return. (And no, he didn’t write this post.) We’re really proud that he has been recognised in this year’s Mail and Guardian 200 Young People, notably for founding Kunjanimation, the soon-to-be-rebranded Cape Town International Animation Festival. Check[…]
Off the back of his pitch in the Animation du Monde category at Annecy, Dan Snaddon’s KARIBA co-director Dan Clarke was interviewed by Variety Magazine. Go get ’em you Dans. Read all about it here.
Mic and Jo at MAAN Creative have put the final touches on our website for Sam the Hedgehog – and it’s looking pretty awesome! Take a wander over to Sam’s new home and find out more about this multiplatform project aimed at helping Autism Spectrum adults and kids gain more understanding from the world around[…]
We were very excited to be invited to pitch our family feature, THE CRASH, at MIFA 2015 in Annecy! This exclusive pitching opportunity gives five studios worldwide the chance to pitch a project to a room full of industry professionals – and hopefully find the partners they need to make it happen. Julia and our[…]