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 The method of instruction was outdated by 10 years.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.

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Yoga in the Times of Deadline

Yoga on radio. Yoga from mantri. Yoga on television. Yoga to sell Patanjali. Yoga for health. Yoga for harmony. Turning and twisting, arguing and insisting. And here we are caught in a strange knot. Yoga for you and yoga for me.

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“Why We Do Not Outsource?” by Baba Toon

We have built our temple along the broken ridges of the Aravali. In a dusty city of red flowers and sky-high towers, we have framed our edifice. And on this hallowed alter, we are shaping the crèche for the young titans. We are raising a world within our walls. Yet our walls are porous and our flight, unconstrained.

We are the harbinger of the new language of the titans. It is the language that will weave the visual threads of the newer worlds. We are a coherent unit with an ever aligning core.

We do not believe in outsourcing because it is of prime importance to uphold the structural integrity of the organisation. We work on many simultaneous projects and we look out for new potentials to join our ranks and to expand the family. That’s the way we work. We are actively invested in building an inclusive and evolving culture. It is not just the quality or the beauty of our task but the attitude and the philosophy of our work that guides us. And to dilute that in favour of size and quantity is a compromise that we will not make.

We are NOT willing to OUTsource but we are always eager to partner up. Partners are equals in vision, intention and drive. They are the lighthouses that project light to help our ship navigate the unknown waters. Our ship is the arc that holds the grains for our mutual future. Partners share breath and bread. They align with the axis to improve the movement and boost the momentum. They are the links that complements our inherent values and strengthens the chain of organisational integrity.

We do not outsource instead we look for partners.

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Note: The fluid words are Baba Toon’s own but the idea was sanctioned by the makers of Brainpan Studio

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Baba Toon’s Formula for a Killer Presentation

Sometimes even the most brilliant of ideas fail to inspire. Because presentation is 3/4th of invention. Baba Toon is the savior in such times of need.

The formula to convey idea:

  1. Simplicity: What you want to convey
  2. Interest: How you will convey
  3. Appeal: Spruce it up & make it pretty
  4. Engagement: Keep your audience engaged
  5. Integrity: Branding
  6. Reach: Bring it all together

Watch this video to know how an animation studio under the tutelage of the great Baba Toon can help shape your voice and convey your ideas in a simple and engaging way.

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