Our precious Moon Arun was the guest of honour & key speaker at AAFT. He spoke at the orientation 2017.
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 The method of instruction was outdated by 10 years.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.
We will love to read about your views on animation, please comment.
Everyone has a motto. Some say, they don’t drink milk. Others say, they drink only beer. Some believe in love at first sight. Others track UFOs. Many speak in many tongues. But the metal is not steel until it has been tested through fire. To make a motto successfully align with one’s goals, one must conceive a method.
It was a matter privileged and honour to have Manish Puri interact with our team at the studio. The talk dealt with issues of motivation and personal accountability; ways to avoid miscommunication and become a good salesperson; of organisational culture. Manish Puri is a Business Consultant & Coach. He is the founder of STRAVENUES.
MOTIVATION VS DEMOTIVATION
List down 10 things that motivate you in the immediate future.
‘How can you not be Motivated!!’
Motivation comes before, results after. Don’t wait for something to happen to motivate you.
How to change your mood to Motivation?
HOW TO AVOID MISCOMMUNICATION
Commune- Togetherness- a priority for effective communication
HOW TO BE A GOOD SALESPERSON
You think about yourself 94% of the day.- Don’t talk about the product, talk about them.
As a team leader, how do you get things done?
How to not be nagging and yet ensure things get done on time?