Baba Toon Interviews Himanshu, the Animator

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.

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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 The method of instruction was outdated by 10 years.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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WANTED: 2D Motion Graphics Animator

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We are looking for magicians who can convey motion into art. In other words we are looking for 2D MOTIONGRAPHICS ANIMATORS. Join us and become a part of the Brainpan Studio team. Create, innovate, animate and celebrate.

Job description

  • Have animation skills, combined with a good sense of graphic design
  • Have a good working knowledge of relevant graphics, animation and compositing software, including Illustrator and After Effects
  • Have a good understanding of the principles of animation and filmmaking
  • Have knowledge of drawing and structure
  • Be able to communicate clearly with colleagues
  • Be able to manage relevant aspects of production
  • Have the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Have an appreciation of accuracy and pay close attention to detail
  • Be able to deliver on schedule, working calmly and efficiently under pressure, if required
  • Have respect for the procedures and requirements of a particular studio or production
  • Preferably video game and comics enthusiast
  • Should be cool around dogs, we have a pet dog in the studio

 

Seniority Level: Associate | Industry: Animation/Media Production/Motion Pictures and Film | Employment Type: Full-time | Job Functions: Art/Creative/Design/Production

Apply to career@brainpanstudio.com

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Baba Toon interviews Aayushi

Born to a teacher of Mathematics in the village of Rewana, childhood was mostly calculated within definitive lines. She was named to reflect the blessing that was her birth. Yet life was mostly restricted within the compound walls. Lacking feminine aspirations to play girl, she spent more time jumping around than playing with dolls. Her drawing was a means to recreate the inner understanding. Studies never held her interest and she drifted into detailing self reflecting inner worlds.

Name: Aayushi Sharma | Education: B. Design from Banasthali University

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An Interview with the intern.

What is animation?

Aayushi: There is inherent movement in all things. The study of this movement and the depiction of the same is animation. It is a step by step witness to the transition of things.

What part of your life involves art?

Aayushi: Art is my way of personalizing my environment and my world. I keep drawing on all surfaces and objects. I doodle a lot. It is my way of making any object truly mine.

What are the markers of a good animation?

Aayushi: A good animation is deftly able to convey its core ideas. To be able to ‘express’ is paramount to the expression.

What else other than animation excites you?

Aayushi: Oh, I love sports. I used to play volleyball and nowadays I am trying my hand at table tennis at the studio. I also jive freestyle. The subtle colours and aura of Chinese lifestyle intrigues me.

Do you have any final words?

Aayushi: The responsibility of our actions lies with us. We make our own choices.

 

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Wanted: Animator

We are looking for magicians who can convey motion into art. In other words we are looking for 2D MOTIONGRAPHICS ANIMATORS. Join us and become a part of the Brainpan Studio team. Create, innovate, animate and celebrate.

Job Description: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/213269990

Place of work: Gurgaon, Haryana

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The Friday Class Photograph

Remember the annual day during the school years when we were exposed in front of the camera? A photographer was called and we were all tidied up. No ruffled hair, no missing shoe laces, no untucked shirts. We were sobered up. And in the next hour, the improbable was made possible. Out of chaos, a semblance of order. We were lined up in rows and made to pose as civilized students of a civilized institution.

And then we were made to say, “CHEESE”.

Much has changed since then. But the joy of being a team together in one frame remains the same. Meet the members of our animation studio.

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Front Row (L to R): Ankit Wadha (Animator), Moon Arun (Chief Operating Officer), Aditya Singh (CEO), Komil Sharma (Business Development Manager in training), Aditya Choudary (Creative Director) & Arvind Kumar (Concept Artist)
Back Row (L to R): Pluto Panes (Digital Marketing Manager) & Rohit Nandan (SEO Expert)
And Troy (Chief of Security)

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Ankit Joins the Team

Introducing ANKIT WADHWA, our newest team member. He joins the studio as an animator. And today we induct him as one of the pandoras. He becomes a part of the Brainpan family.

Born in the mythical battlefield of Kurukshetra, life was always about movement. Echoes of the past moving into newer climates. Seeds germinating into trees. Nights wearing into days. The world was divided between the living and the dead. The animated and inanimate. Becoming an animator was a part of the same process. A process to become a creator. Grasping the power of an alchemist.

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An interview with the animator.

What is animation?

Ankit: Animation is about movement. It is the potential of a character to assume worlds. When ever I am given a character to animate, I first wonder about the possible worlds it can inherit. The validity of any animation depends on the potential of the graphics and its inherent movement. Imagining what a particular character can do and can not is the paramount step towards animation.

What has been your experience in the animation industry?

Ankit: I have worked in the movies as a 3D animator. I have competed in CG animation competitions. But my backbone has always been motion graphics.

What part of your life involves animation?

Ankit: I am way too insane about animation. Time never affects my work. Day and night, you will find me on my desk, animating still life.

What are the markers of a good animation?

Ankit: Keen observation, flow, realistic portrayal and the ‘wow’ factor.

What else other than animation excites you?

Ankit: I love traveling. I travel everywhere. I have a soft spot for Himachal. I love listening to music. And yes, food, glorious food.

Do you have any final words?

Ankit: No. Not yet.

Pandoras: “We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!”

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Animator-in-focus: Jan Svankmajer

Just like his category fluid films, Jan Svankmajer refuses to be pigeon holed as a one kind of filmmaker.

“Animators tend to construct a closed world for themselves, like pigeon fanciers or rabbit breeders.” Svankmajer stated in an interview, “I never call myself an animated filmmaker because I am interested not in animation techniques or creating a complete illusion, but in bringing life to everyday objects.”

Born in Prague in 1934, he uses live-action, puppets, collage, drawn animation, montage, clay and object stop-motion animation that mingles together in harmony and conflict. Objects that are often shaded in obscurity takes up the centre-stage of meaning and relevance. Dreams breakdown and reality escapes in muffled scream of sudden realisation and perpetual motion.

Svankmajer brings to life all the ordinary corners of the domesticity and the inner recesses of the human mind. He defies world and creates stunning universes of experience.

Recommended movie: Little Otik 

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