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)

Seminar in Thailand

I gave a seminar on the ‘Making of Schirkoa’ at BIDC (Bangkok International Digital Content Festival). It was fun to talk to the students and professionals from Thailand and all around Asia. Discussing the technical and artistic details of Schirkoa with like minded artists is always exhilarating. The BIDC Team was great and I am really looking forward to the SIGGRAPH Asia later this year at Bangkok now. Later I flew to Chiangmai to give the seminar to a fun bunch of students from Chiangmai University. Didn’t know North Thailand is so laid back and peaceful.

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.

TEDx talk at BITS Pilani

It was good to be back at BITS campus for the TEDx talk. Schirkoa was born here. And seeing my posters at the same university from where I dropped out was surreal. The interactions with fellow speakers were insightful and the TEDx organizing team was fantastic. They were even up for a private screening at my room at 12 midnight. It turned out to be one of the coolest screenings ever.

The sunshine evening was particularly memorable.