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Prash

The other day we went to see an exhibition by one of our seniors from NID, Prashant Miranda. He’s a very special person. I cannot remember a single student in the animation studio (at least) who was not inspired by Prash. He had the most wonderful sketchbooks, and it was from him (and a few others) that I got into the habit of compulsively drawing every feeling, every thought, every incident in my life

Anyway  Prash has uploaded his film Father Balthazar on his blog. See it here.

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Now…Here…Nowhere

These are some stills from my first film, Now…Here..Nowhere. It’s a 2 min 30 seconds animation film that I took about 2 years to complete! The film is about a man’s search for direction. I was thoroughly confused in my college days (though I didn’t know it then) and I guess the film was a reflection of my true state of mind.

I even wrote the soundtrack –

“I have traveled further than beyond
Through cities strange and known
Over trodden paths and foreign shores
Amidst crowds, all alone.
In quest of something I know not what
I search here and everywhere
I ask of people who show me routes
Over land, by sea, through air.
That pointing finger – where is it leading me?
To my dentist, my niece, my neighbor –
But will they show me what I want to see?
Shall I follow a stranger’s advice?
Will she tell me which way to go?
I pass through these deserted streets
In search of what I need to know.
Darkness – and then
A way out of my plight –
Do I dare ask the truth of my maker
Will he help me see the light?
But I leave empty-handed and this confusion carries me
on it’s own motley crowd of thought
and then I’m where I want to be
Why do I look for an answer?
Why don’t I just let things be?
The world’s full of questions, but maybe
I’ll find the answers in me!!”

Sometimes I’m amazed at how wise I used to be!

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Fire Fire

I have a terrible problem replicating the spontaneity of my sketches in the final art. Somehow they always end up being really stiff and contrived.
Look at this film Fire Fire for example. This is how I visualized the film’s treatment –

And this is how the final film really looks –
Which one do you really like?

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