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« Gerte Xottu ak Xooxu Buy »

After 10 years of research and work.


Passionate about animated series since childhood, we started our 3D animated film series project in 2011 with the basic theme “Leuk ak boukki”, tales told and very well known in Africa. We successfully modeled the characters, the landscape, the most complex settings, the animations… but unfortunately, our machines were starting to slow down, or even crash, which made it difficult to preview the results of the progress of our work.

2D animations, a possibility!

Since 2D animated films use less CPU and GPU resources, we almost veered towards them, but they are still limited in terms of perspective.
By pushing our research, we developed techniques which allowed us to reduce the number of high calculations of our CPU and GPU by abandoning, for example, our landscapes and hyper realistic settings and by switching to “LowPoly” mode. And also, over time, we upgraded our machines.

The FarmRenders

A start of a solution for our 3D animation studio in Senegal.
However, the time for rendering 3D animated films is still an international issue. Indeed, a 3D image in high definition can take on average 5 minutes to render. So for one minute of animation it will take 5x30x60 = 9000 minutes, or 7 days of non-stop rendering for a machine and the repeated and frequent blackouts in Africa are not helping us.
Fortunately, today there are FarmRenders(link here) online that combine super powerful machines into server form for 3D renderings. They can turn 1 month of non-stop rendering into 2 hours, but it’s not free.

Studio d'animation 3D senegal
L'avenir des films d’animations 3D au Senegal

Ce n’est pas un hasard si jusqu’à aujourd’hui, en 2022, vous ne voyez pas de films d’animation de qualité produits au Sénégal par des Sénégalais. En effet, hormis le côté artistique, les 3D, en film d’animation comme en jeux vidéo, sont basées sur des mathématiques pures, de la physique et en partie de la programmation informatique. Vous pouvez lire cet article ``Maths in Movies`` (Lien bouton en dessous) sur le Net qui parle de la conférence faite par le scientifique principal de Pixar. Extrait de l’article : « DeRose a plus qu’une base solide : doctorat en informatique, spécialité en physique computationnelle, une décennie en tant que professeur d’informatique et d’ingénierie à l’Université de Washington. Il explique que l’une des raisons pour laquelle il est ici est de faire comprendre pourquoi les aspirants animateurs et concepteurs de jeux ont besoin d’une base solide en mathématiques. »

maths in movies

I affirm the words of DeRose, because I am partly a witness and if I have come this far with these results, it is because I have always been comfortable with mathematics and my base in mathematics and in physics is quite solid.

And don’t be surprised if in the next 50 years, if not a century, you still don’t see quality 3D animated films in Senegal. The justification is simple: most Senegalese who have a Mathematics profile finish their studies and make their future in Europe or the United States. The other part, the one that remains, is sucked into sectors like civil engineering, architecture, health etc.

“A Better World Through Creativity”

« Gerte Xottu ak Xooxu Buy »

As you already know, our first aspirations were to produce the “Leuk ak Bukki” tales as a 3D animated film. But, when we came to the choice of stories, we quickly realized the problems associated with obtaining user rights.

So we preferred to keep the characters and create our own stories. So we preferred to keep the characters and create our own stories. We decided to change the character by choosing the grain that gave life to our national emblem: the baobab, then the peanut, grown en masse in Senegal and finally the tomato which represents both the Senegalese woman, the openness and acceptance of other good values. We also created other surprising characters.

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Serigne Souaybou Mbacke MAR


They trusted us.