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.

Schirkoa (Screening+Making of session) / ASIFA India Hyderabad

ASIFA India (Hyderabad) celebrated International Animation Day a bit late. But for all the right reasons. They had a great bunch of speakers and hundreds of enthusiastic students on 4th January 2017 for a full day event.

It was fantastic to chat with Rajesh Sharma (Walt Disney Animation), Rajiv Chilaka (Green Gold Animation) and Dipak, Varun, Sreenivas & Sumoh (Cirqus Studio) between the talks and breaks. Big thanks to R K for inviting me to this beautiful event.

Discussing the making of Schirkoa along with a screening with the students and industry professionals went really well. And the standing ovation at the end was overwhelming. I thought I am just a guy who works on the computer whole day. But this was beyond words. Thanks to all the students who loved the film, appreciated the work and are now reeling to bring their own stories to life.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 Macao

We had a wonderful time at Macao last week. Venetian Macao was full of grandeur and it really felt like the Mecca for Computer Graphics Community. We made so many good friends, explored some amazing technologies and attended some very insightful panels and talks. Not to mention the epic electronic theater with giant screen and thumping sound. Schirkoa felt incredible on that screen.

Thank you Shuzo, Victor, CAF Team, Ginger, the Abai and Asifa representatives from India, the Student Volunteers, and all the lovely artists we ran into.

It will go down as a cherished memory to walk on the stage and receive ‘Best in Show’ award for such a personal film ‘Schirkoa’. Later I also has a ‘Meet the Artist’ session where I talked about the behind the scenes of Schirkoa.