In 2019, Garin Nugroho made waves with Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku, an Indonesian coming-of-age film that portrays a boy’s exploration of his gender and sexuality. Despite its international acclaim, it received a lot of backlash locally. Led mostly by radical religious conservative groups, two petitions were created to stop the film’s distribution over fears of promoting LGBT themes, and it was banned in seven cities. In an interview, Nugroho said that this has been a good litmus test of maturity for the mainstream Indonesian audience—and they had failed.

It hasn’t always been this way. A diverse country with around 600 distinct…

A few weeks ago, the Kontinentalist team published its narrative-based game, Hell’s Apprentice, based on the Buddhist-Taoist folklore of the eighteen levels of hell. This was our first game development attempt, involving different stages of development compared to our usual stories and tools we hadn’t typically used, and we learned a lot during the process. In this post, I’ll talk about everything visual, from concept art to user interface design!


First, game design and flow

All parts of a game are closely linked. Before we even started to draw anything, we needed to know as a team what the story and game needed! To kickstart…

As Kontinentalist’s Multimedia Designer, one of the things I’m in charge of is creating social media assets as teasers for our stories. Among the most difficult but fun parts of the process is figuring out how to present data visualisations from our stories in a meaningful and easily digestible way.

Data can be intimidating for a lot of people. In fact, coming from a pure animation and illustration background, I had trouble understanding the concept of data storytelling when I first joined Kontinentalist. Because of this, we used to populate our Instagram feed with photos and illustrations. …

As Inktober 2019 draws to a close, our resident animator Griselda walks us through her #Inktober illustrations and the quirky stories that inspire them.

Daily routines are different for everyone. Some people have 9 to 6 jobs and look forward to dining with their children. Others have twenty stray cats that they care for like children.

I’m an introvert who can barely hold a conversation most of the time, but sometimes I get to meet taxi drivers and other strangers who are simply easy to talk to. After a while, I realised I was learning a lot about the different sides of Singapore that even locals were surprised to hear about. …

Being the seventh Spider-Man film, added only a year after Spider-Man: Homecoming and a PS4 game, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse could have been easily overlooked, especially as an animated film. However, it caught people’s attention with a teaser trailer which showcased its unique hybrid of 3D animation and 2D comic-inspired visual style. It lived up to the hype, if the recent Oscars nomination, Golden Globes, and Annie Awards wins are anything to go by.

As a multimedia designer at Kontinentalist in charge of various stories’ teaser videos and some illustrations, I’m passionate about animation in general and had been looking…

Griselda Gabriele

Passionate about visual storytelling and diversity of voices. Shapeshifter at Kontinentalist.

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