We create and we impart. We discuss and we implore. As a part of our “Initiate the Future” programme, we are conducting a visual storytelling workshop for the students of Daulat Ram College (University of Delhi).
A STORYBOARD is a consolidation of the various aspects of the concept. It is the fable depicted in frames. The concept that was revolving in imaginary worlds is now given a lineal story line to inhabit. The characters which were created with inherent movement have now taken a path to express.
A storyboard is a sequence of illustrations with intended dialogues and direction. A storyboard is the master plan. It is the blueprint. It is the stage where each feather of the wing is put into its place.
The above storyboard was created for an internal presentation at FUJITSU.
Born in the god town of Mathura, lack of inspiration turned Himanshu (aka Aeolus Ikki) into a dull boy. Though he was bullied several times yet he failed to realize. And thus eventually his bullies became his friends. A self-confessed shy guy, he studied from Grace Convent Senior Secondary School, and recalls being “scared of girls”. One of the founding members of the Bat Hunting Gang, he would often be seen chasing bats with sticks, paper guns and CD frisbee.
Baba Toon: How did you get into the world of animation?
Himanshu: As a child I was hooked to cartoons at the first sight. Ninja Robots, Pokémon, Gundam, Digi Monsters, Captain Planet, et al. But in Mathura, one either becomes an engineer or a Chartered Accountant. I moved to Delhi to study CA. It took me two years to convince my parents to allow me to drop the course and join animation.
Baba Toon: What is animation?
Himanshu: It is the world that I inherited from my childhood. Living in an imaginary world, moving in different dimensions. The possibilities are endless- both good and bad. Animation allows one to become the creator. It is an illusion of reality while interacting with other worlds. It encompasses everything.
Baba Toon: What is your experience in the animation industry?
Himanshu: Relying on my institution was a big mistake. The method of instruction was outdated by 10 years. The teachers kept leaving all the time. My zeal for traditional animation got me interested in motion graphics. I have worked in three different companies before I found Brainpan Studio. I was betrayed and was overworked. Yet I got to wear many hats and weave over hundred projects.
Baba Toon: What part of your life involves animation?
Himanshu: I relate personalities to myself. I live my life according to that code. I create images to reflect personas that I hold. I build original characters for my own self. Who wouldn’t want to live in an animated world?
Baba Toon: What are the markers of a good animation?
Himanshu: Precision, quality, motivation, experience and skill are essential in developing good animation. It changes according to mood. Happy and motivated animator creates good animation. One needs to enjoy, imagine and create/destroy.
Baba Toon: What else other than animation excites you?
Himanshu: Music, maybe.
Baba Toon: Do you have any last words?
Himanshu: You don’t live in one but many worlds. Each world carries a destiny, from a peasant to a king. What you choose to become is something for you to decide. For everything is illusion or reality.
Check out Himanshu’s work in the 100 Pipers’ “The Good You Can” Series.
Read other interviews with members of the studio.
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From the forests of Kaziranga to the concrete jungle of the capital city, Moon‘s migration story is rooted in the changing landscape. Mythologies of the Eastern sky merged with the science fiction of the northern horizon and the new world became his blank canvas. After years spent practicing and perfecting the drawing curve, he visualizes the ideal art space for animators and visual artists. Together with Aditya Singh, he raises Brainpan Studio in the heart of the satellite city of Gurgaon to consolidate diverse creative voices.
Project: Age of Innocence
Category: Character Design
The Story: Rontu, the fisherman’s boy loves the sky; the white clouds and the star scattered nights. He thinks the birds are just braver fishes leaving the sea to swim high. He is a brilliant kite maker and spends most of his days wading the vast expanse with his strings.