Craig M. Niken
As an award-winning veteran of the ‘dark arts’ – advertising & marketing – Craig now brings the creativity and skills that get productions done slickly, on-schedule and in-budget to the prestige animated short-film: ‘What We Forgot: Creation Poems of the First Bushmen’.
Told using collage, charcoal-sketch and sand-motion animation, ‘What We Forgot…’ will be a one-of-a-kind, dreamlike journey into the wise, empathetic, often dark wisdom of the /Xam people – the proto-ancestors of humanity. Created using alternative styles of animation not often seen – including that most ancient medium, sand – promises a dazzling visual display that is sure to leave international festival audiences awed, at every viewing!
Craig manages to give voice to these ancestors through his eclectic and ethical approach to research and scriptwriting. Giving great care to frame the juxtapositions between ancient lore and modernity through the ethno-identitarian lens of our ancestors, he delivers content that allows us to enjoy ancient perspectives and perhaps even learn something too.
As a dedicated lifelong-learner, Craig has completed a number of scriptwriting masterclasses through the Writer’s Guild of South Africa, notably including Beyond Structure & Modern Scriptwriting (mentors from Pixar), Creativity, Practical Plotting & Non-Linear Narratives (mentors from AMC’s Breaking Bad). In addition, he’s graduated from Wits University, majoring in African Diasporic Poetry and Creative Writing. Being of mixed-ancestry, with links to the /Xam, Craig is fascinated with tales told by forgotten voices across the world – and what they could tell us about ourselves.
Based in Jo’burg, but heart-placed across the Karoo, Craig is a natural nomad and a curious balance of opposites in harmony. All this makes him uniquely suited to bring the poetry of ‘What We Forgot…’ to modern audiences.
Be a part of this journey and let’s bring the next award-winning, darling-of-the-festival-circuit to life – collaborate with Craig!