E08: Interview with Twiddle Productions & The Creators of E Ho’omau
In this interview, we take a look into the animated series E Ho’omau; discuss why animation is a great way of preserving culture; and why they are drawn to the intersection of culture and animation. We’ll also talk a bit about their next film, Hāloa (pronounced: Haa-lo-ah).
Michael is a fourth generation Mexican, born and raised in Los Angeles, with roots spanning back to El Paso. He’s blessed the animation industry for over 25 years and has worked for companies such as Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., Fox Television, Hanna Barbera, and Comedy Central.
Keiki is 3/4 Hawaiian, with the rest of his lineage being a mixture of Chinese, French, German, and many other European blood. He’s provides the cultural expertise for most of the animation work.
E Ho’omau (to persevere; to learn from the past and perpetuate the good) is a culturally rich curriculum development project funded under the Native Hawaiian Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education with production at PREL (Pacific Resources for Education & Learning). The program was created and produced by Michael and executed by Michael, Keiki and handful of other talented team-members.
Three animated versions of traditional Hawaiian stories, Why Māui Snared the Sun,The Menehune and the Birds, and Pele Searches for a Home were created as part of the series. Each animation was produced and directed in Hawai‘i with local actors and animators.
I absolutely loved this interview because it was comforting to know that were others out there working towards the same goal in the same manner (preserving culture through animation). As exciting as this was, though, there were a few things I’ve come to recognize as a concern amongst most cultural animation creators – money. Doesn’t that seem to be the case for many?
Funding has always been an issue for film-makers and content creators, so you find a lot of passion goes into the work without any compensation upfront. But the great thing about this is that it sets up a burning desire to get things done and out there. By doing so, you attract the right people and opportunities.
The next step, is to find those investors out there who are just as passionate about our work as we are! Investors, are you reading this? Contact us!
Now stop reading and watch the interview! Enjoy 🙂