This 25th April, Nilima & Suresh ‘Eeks’ Eriyat of Studio Eeksaurus teamed up with TASI for an exclusive screening of their latest short film – Fisherwoman and Tuk-Tuk.
The screening was followed by a presentation on the making of the film and a straight from the heart talk by Suresh about pursuing your passion while battling with the harsh realities of life as they attempt to sustain a mid sized studio and build a successful brand.
“As artists, creators, film makers we are always caught up between what our heart tells us to do and our mind veers us against. While we must thoroughly enjoy what we do- there is the reality of survival and sustainability that we can not ignore in order to keep doing what we enjoy. Which is where the dilemma lies- that elusive ‘Balance’ between the passion and the practical.
This is a humble attempt at sharing our journey of pursuing our passion while battling with the realities of sustaining a mid sized studio; while doing commercial work and keeping in-house projects live for many years and wondering ever so often if we are doing the right thing!
The completion of ‘Fisherwoman and Tuk-Tuk’ seems like things have come a full circle and this is just the end for a new beginning.”
TASI recently went to Hyderabad to conduct a session on Animation film appreciation where school children were introduced to different mediums of film making, followed by an interactive pixillation workshop.
The event began with introductions by Bhakti Deepak who coordinated the entire event in Hyderabad, and a creative skill and personality development session by a Brahmakumari Mentor. Vaibhav Kumaresh and Tony Singh then screened a variety of animated short films for the kids and parents in attendance.
After a delicious and healthy lunch organised by the Brahmakumari Centre and sponsored by Mozilla Hive India and Collab House, everyone got into the mood for some animation-action. Vaibhav invited 2 volunteers, one little girl and a granny, from the audience to participate in a quick demo of what Pixillation is. The result was screened within minutes by compiling the images from the shoot and that got all the amazed participants excited to be part of a much bigger Pixillation sequence.
The final Pixillation animation comprised of kids as young as 6 and ‘still-kids-at-heart’ adults in their 60s. It was directed by Vaibhav and filmed by Bhakti while Tony played the role of ‘villain’ in the film. Our friends joined in as well – Deepak enthusiastically clicking away with his camera, capturing all the action as it unfolded, and Prajakta skilfully guiding the participants in acting for the camera.
Finally, the film was quickly compiled and edited on the spot while the Q&A session went on. The young audience asked such intelligent questions, they left us awestruck by their awareness and eagerness to learn. The event ended with the screening of the final film, and the participants were thrilled to see themselves animated on screen.
The success of the event was evident in the number of people asking when the next such session would be held. With enthusiastic participants like this and the support of organisations like Mozilla Hive, Collab House and the Brahmakumaris, as well as the untiring efforts of Bhakti, supported by Deepak and Prajakta, we would be happy to conduct many more such session in Hyderabad in the future as well.
Speakers: Chetan Sharma (Animagic India) and Vaibhav Kumaresh (Vaibhav Studios) Date: 25th January 2014 Time: 10:30 am to 5 pm Venue: Jain Animation School, JGI Knowledge Campus, #44/4, District Fund Road, Behind Big Bazaar, 9th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Making of ‘Return of the Jungle’
Vaibhav Kumaresh took the audience behind the scenes of his WIP film: ‘Return of the Jungle’ and presented peeks into the animatics, songs, play blast line ups, as well as some finished clips. He got some very interesting and useful feedback from the audience on the story, treatment, characters and music of the film.
Behind the Scenes of ‘Swami Ayyappan’
Post-lunch, Chetan Sharma presented the making of his WIP film: ‘Swami Ayyappan’ and showed the character design process, storyboarding and animatic of key sequences/ layout along with background design.
He also conducted a very energising Doodling Session – where the audience members had to sketch to music. All those present participated very enthusiastically in the session.