If you have ever witnessed the “behind the scenes” of an animated film, you’ll know the huge effort and skills that are put into it. Animated films may not have real-life actors but the number of people who work on making these kind of films is much more than those required for feature films. Animated films requires high creativity and use of latest technologies to develop characters and stories from simple sketches. Animation artists have to work really hard to make each character distinct from the other in terms of physical appearance, body language, voice etc.
For those who are really interested in learning animation, here are 5 talented animators in India who have reached heights due to their creative work.You may not know all of them, but you must be definitely familiar with the animated films/characters they have created. Take a look.
He is an Indian filmmaker, story-teller and ad film director. He is the creative head at 2nz Animation Co. He directed India’s first film combining live-action and 3D animation called Toonpur Ka Super Hero, starring Ajay Devgan and Kajol. His other notable animation works include Detective Naani, and Adventures of Chhota Birbal. He has produced many award-winning public service campaigns. Komal, a film on child sexual abuse, won the FICCI Best Animated Frames (BAF) Award in 2014. Sisters, a film on child marriage, won the Best Public Service and Social Film awards at the INFOCOM-ASSOCHAM EME Awards in 2013.
Rajiv Chilaka is the founder of Hyderabad-based Green Gold Animation and the creator of a number of popular cartoon TV shows like the Krishna series and Chhota Bheem. His first break came in 2003 with the animation series Bongo, which is about an alien who lands on Earth. That led to the creation of Vikram Betal, an 80-minute 2D animation on the Cartoon Network in 2004. In 2012, the first feature film based on Chhota Bheeem, Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan was released followed by the next film Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure, in January 2016.
Ishu Patel is an animation film director/producer and educator. During his twenty-five years at the National Film Board of Canada he developed animation techniques and styles to support his themes and vision. In his film Perspectrum, he adapted the Norman McLaren technique of multiple passes and variable exposures. He then developed the under-lit pin hole technique with multiple passes for the film Paradise. He has won many international awards include the British Academy Award, two Oscar nominations, two Grand Prix and the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Bhimsain is considered as India’s animation pioneer. He is the father of Kireet Khurana. Hw won the prestigious Silver Hugo award for his first animation short film The Climb. He established Climb Films (now know as Climb Media) after the film’s success. His film Ek Anek Ekta (1974) is considered India’s most popular animation short film till date. He has been awarded with 16 President’s National awards, several International awards and lifetime contribution awards for his work.
Ram Mohan is an Indian animator popularly known as father of Indian Animation. He started his career at the Cartoon Films Unit of Films Division of India in 1956. He is chairman and chief creative officer at Graphiti Multimedia, a Mumbai-based animation company. He also established the Graphiti School of Animation in 2006. Some of his notable works for Indian television includes animated short film Baap re Baap, Ramayana-the legend of prince Rama and the animated TV series- Meena. He had won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film twice for You Said It and Fire Games. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014.
If you think, you are creative and have the ability to think out-of-the box, then you can take up animation as a carer. If you want to learn animation,enroll in a good animation institute today and brush up your skills.
Shreoshe has been into content writing for more than a year now. An animal lover since childhood, you can find her watching movies or playing with her pet cat, when she’s not writing. She is also enthusiastic about cooking and enjoys trying her hand at new recipes often. She wishes to travel around the world someday and work for animal welfare.