Power Brands Bollywood Award

This is rare. Bollywood recognizing and awarding a mature animated short film! Thank you Power Brands Bollywood Film Journalists awards.

When I and my wife were producing Schirkoa from our home studio we didn’t know we would be sharing the tables with Bollywood celebrities, film critics and industry giants. Getting awarded with stars and creators of last year’s critical Bollywood hits like Secret Superstar, Bareilly ki Barfi, Hindi Medium, Jagga Jasoos and more was slightly overwhelming.

Full coverage on Glamsham.

The awards are the first no frills, absolutely transparent Bollywood Awards where selection has been based upon voting only by film critics and movie journalists. The exact votes of each journalist is displayed online before the event. http://powerbrands360.com/powerbrands-awards.html”

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Jaipur Art Summit / Screening and Q & A

With more than a year of festival run Schirkoa has been warmly received in numerous cities of the world. But it’s always a special one when when it returns home. On 17th December at Ravindra Manch, Jaipur, Schirkoa had a long awaited screening. The friends, family members and fellow artists were treated with a warm and cozy screening on the Sunday afternoon. Our sincere thanks to all those who attended, asked questions, and praised our hard work and love that is animation.

 

Schirkoa at South East Asian Film Market

I have been steadily keeping up with the festival run of my film Schirkoa and the talks on the process. It’s been to 96 film festivals so far and still running well. The short film will be available on Vimeo on demand, Amazon on demand and iTunes next month.

I am now expanding the universe and writing a feature length version of the film. Good part : The pitch for the feature film has been selected as the finalist in the top Asian film market. Hope I get the funding and start the work on the feature length version!

Here is the coverage on Variety :
Singapore Media Festival: Project Market Proposes Eclectic SE Asian Line-Up

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Nagraj – Concept Trailer

A proof of concept created with Raj Comics to bring Indian superhero Nagraj to life.

Some time back, I decided to create a short cringe-worthy trailer/proof-of-concept in the downtime amidst Schirkoa‘s festival run and upcoming music videos. Partly because I wanted something lighter and short to work on as my current projects are pretty heavy handed. And partly, because I wanted to create something out of the rich and exciting world of the Indian comics from the 80’s.

For those who don’t know, this is based on an Indian Comic (Raj Comics) Superhero Nagraj who can shoot snakes like Spiderman and possesses super strength, agility among many other powers.

Created in 5 weekends on an i7, Gtx 1070. Nothing fancy in terms of tech. Good old Maya 2014, Redshift, Daz and Mixamo goodness. Tried to go as mainstream and action packed in terms of direction.

Could have polished a lot more if I had time, but enough weekend fun, got to move on to some actual work!

Here are some high-resolution images for the fans out there:

 

 

Schirkoa finishes a year

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It’s been a year since Schirkoa‘s completion. And it’s been wonderful. The story of bagheads, the protagonist 197a’s own demons and Schirkoa – the city’s beautiful claustrophobia was a story worth telling.  The film has done considerably well in it’s run at the festivals. It qualified for the Oscars by winning LA Shorts, won top honor at SIGGRAPH and staying pretty strong by getting screened in some of the most prestigious film festivals. These are all horribly scary things for an anti-social person sitting behind a computer whole day consuming cup noodles, video games and internet junk.

Early tests from 2013 and 2014 :

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Before it’s eventual online release it will have a run at decent number of TV Channels and VOD Platforms across the globe, thanks to New Europe Film Sales Distribution.

Ishan Animation Studio will now create more such films. Hopefully at a quicker pace. At the moment, it’s taking a break from narratives. It is going to deliver a couple a Music Videos before delving deep into the next film.

Welcome, to Ishan Animation.

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Mid 2017 updates

I have been busy with some very interesting upcoming projects. Just finished a Music Video (hint- Schirkoa). And another is slowly building up. Had a pitch produced for a superhero comics project. Still in early stages of development.

Testing some new technologies to make the rendering and animation workflow a bit more efficient for indie projects. All in early stages so nothing much to share, yet.

Schirkoa is going steady with the festival run. There is more news coming on it regarding online/offline release that I shall share in upcoming posts. With Animayo (Spain), British Animation Festival, Australian Animation Festival and Animex (UK), it has been in company of some tremendous line up of films.

Here are May Festival Selections:

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2017 – Official Selection/ Animex (UK)
2017 – Official Selection/ Super Geek Film Festival (USA)
2017 – Official Selection/ British Animation Film Festival (UK)
2017 – Official Selection/ Mexico International Film Festival (Mexico)
2017 – Official Selection/ Texas International Film Festival (USA)
2017 – Official Selection/ California Indie Film Festival (USA)
2017 – Official Selection/ Australian International Animation Film Festival
2017 – Official Selection/ Animayo (Spain)

Orbit Live 2017, Mumbai

I had a great time at Orbit Live 2017.  An Annual event organized by Aptech Limited in Mumbai.

In their words : “Over the years, Orbit Live has emerged as an interactive platform for students where they get to work closely with icons from the fields of animation, VFX, gaming, graphics & web designing. Students enjoy an exclusive opportunity to attend discussions & workshops conducted by top animation studios and work on live projects under their guidance.”

Day 1 / Seminar, Screening

On Day one, I gave a seminar on the Making of Schirkoa. I discussed the overview of each aspect, challenges and fun trivia while the 4 year journey of this film. At the end they screened the film. It was quite fun to interact with keen students and industry professionals after the screening.

Day 2, Panel Talks

An invite-only event for professionals in media & entertainment, ‘The Future of Media Entertainment Conclave’ was a B2B event hosted as part of Orbit Live 2017. This daylong event on Saturday, 4th February featured expert panellists bouncing ideas, and sharing insights into the future of technology, content, consumption & monetization in this exciting industry. I was part of the panel – “Emerging Trends in Indian Animation”.

Day 2/ Awards Ceremony

Later that evening there was a Bollywood style Grand Awards Ceremony. Full of colorful dances, performances and industry professionals, it was a rather unique cocktail. I was awarded ‘Pride of Indian Animation’ under the ‘Inudstry Honors’ category. Double Negative, MPC, MTV India, Youtube Kids were among the other award winners.