The Hawaiian filmmakers discuss their 2D animated short, which tells the story of the healing power of four mysterious stones found on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii - and the legendary dual male and female spirits within them.
Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 100 in-depth interviews he’s done with a very cool selection of artists from animation and related industries. With a new podcast every week, Ibele is dedicated to sharing the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Episodes cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more. Guests have included the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
His most recent interview is Episode 96: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu And Joe Wilson Share Their Journey To Create Kapaemahu
This episode features filmmakers Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu and Joe Wilson who created the film Kapaemahu. Kapaemahu shares the story of the healing power of four mysterious stones found on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii - and the legendary dual male and female spirits within them.
Tune in to Ibele, Wong-Kalu, and Wilson to hear:
- How they uncovered the story of the healing stones on Waikiki beach
- How to find funding to create culturally significant films
- The impact Joe and Hina hope the film has
- Watch Kapaemahu on the Criterion Channel
- Watch Kapaemahu on Animation Showcase
- Learn more about the film at www.kapaemahu.com/
--- Read on AWN about the poignant and beautifully animated award-winning short that
revisits, revitalizes, and celebrates the true magic and meaning behind the stones ---
'Kapaemahu’ Helps Revive Hidden Hawaiian History of Healing and Aloha
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard), deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.