Look out for mummy as she will be spreading lots of love and teaching Bino and Fino a few things in episode 1 of the new season. We can't wait!
With the animation sector set to rise in Africa there is definitely a thirst for children cartoon shows that reflect the African perspective. This movement is real and will be pivotal in shaping the hearts and minds of African children.
Bino & Fino will be visiting the ancient Benin Kingdom. Did you know that the Benin Wall in the great ancient Benin Kingdom was longer than the Great Wall of China? It was one of the longest structures ever built by man. We’re going to explore this bit of knowledge in one of the new episodes. Stay tuned!
We reached a very important milestone in the Bino and Fino project recently. The voice recording sessions were completed for 24 new episodes were completed! We had the pleasure of working with very talented, hard working Nigerian actors. They could have easily being dismissive of this ‘cartoon’ project like many others have been. But they were open minded and put in the extra effort to get the best out of the script and give wonderful performances.
For the new season of Bino and Fino we decided we should investigate using child actors to voice the parts. In theory it’s a good idea. However, working with children, I have to admit, scared us. You see, we have a tight deadline and equally tight budget. Every step of this project is uncharted territory for us as a small team. So yes, the thought of working with children scared us. But we decided to have auditions anyway to test the waters.
We had auditions for the roles of Bino and Fino last week. It definitely was an interesting process as we had never done anything like this before. For the first Bino and Fino episodes back in 2010 we used adults entirely. This time around we decided we were going to use actors that were children. You just get something different because they bring a totally new perspective to the table. They also have an energy, which children relate to better that is difficult to replicate for an adult.
I have to admit that I am scared about working with kids. You know that saying in Hollywood about not working with kids and animals. We have a limited time to deliver as the deadline gets close. However I’m hoping the experience will be a great one for us and that the children will take the characters of Bino and Fino to the next level.
We aim to start voice recording sessions next week if all goes well. Wish us and the children luck ! :-)
Why are we making Bino and Fino? It's a question we have been asked many times. I have always thought it was a bit of a weird one because I thought the answer was obvious. :-) But maybe I was wrong. So here is a video that tries to answer it and also shows some of what happens behind the scenes at EVCL ( our animation studio ) .
Hey everyone. Good news! We now have the stories for Bino & Fino Season 1. That's right, folks. 26 brand new episodes! It's a huge milestone. We are really excited about this as this brings us one step closer to releasing the show for kids to watch.
Well done to our Head Writer Kunle Dada for these wonderful stories.