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 The method of instruction was outdated by 10 years.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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To mark ONE YEAR OF OUR EXISTENCE and to inspire many, we offer a workshop in Basic Mouldmaking. Manus Mathur, a Visva Bharti (Shantineketan) and MSU (Baroda) alumni will be conducting the workshop.

The workshop will be followed by moral decadence and general mayhem.

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World Human Rights Day

On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We salute the undeniable spirit of every human being who does not compromise on his rights and work towards the rights of the others. Together we will live with dignity and respect for each other.

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Is Science Fiction a belief system?

What is science fiction? Is it a projection of our current ideas into a future self? Is it a delineation of the ‘now’ into a future world? Or is it a fantastical understanding of a brave new world in itself? Fiction deals with imagination. And science wades in knowledge. Is there a conflict of interest here? Or is it the same channel?

We often talk about suspension of disbelief as a medium to understand the nuances of a fictional world. An alien universe, a foreign land, a zone distant from our ‘standard’ way of understanding. Is science fiction possible because we believe in a logical progression of things yet keep alive our disbelief? Our disbelief that colours our sense of wonder.

Science deals with the world of observation and repeatable experiments. And fiction deals in imagination, in make belief, in fantasy. Is it a rebuilding of a world? Can science fiction only exist after we have lost our current home? Human greed and violence will tear us apart. Apocalypse will descend. We will be lost. And then the aliens will come to rescue or to build anew. Godot will come to visit. The aliens will be our gods that we could never find in our world.

Is science fiction our final act of belief? A world destroyed into a million little shards. And the second coming greets us and makes us one.

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We at Brainpan Studio work in sync with our clients to give life to your imagination. From concept to paper to screen, we visualise your dreams. Our highly animated team of visual and graphic artists work in tandem with you to reimagine, visualize and implement your ideas. Give wings to your vision.

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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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