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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

United Nations Development Programme - The Water Seekers

I had worked with film-maker Diya Banerjee, on one of her projects funded by the UNDP on ways to tackle water scarcity in rural areas by employing common sense methods rather than using elaborate technology.

The documentary, "The Water Seekers" is a very commendable effort by her with regards to enlightening people about the troubles faced by our farmers in securing their livelihood. I had the pleasure of animating two sequences for her documentary to illustrate the concepts of water saving techniques. Though simplistic science diagrams would have sufficed, I wanted to go one step ahead in livening up the scenarios using organic transitions between each new method of water conservation.

1st sequence illustrating the different types of water harvesting structures:

2nd sequence illustrating the practices which lead to the depletion of water reserves in an area

The full film is up here on vimeo:

Working with Ms. Diya Banerjee was a great experience and I would like to wish her all the best with her future endeavours.

"Raanjhanaa" : logo animation for Colour Yellow Pictures Pvt. Ltd.

Last year, I had the pleasure of working on the logo animation for the opening sequence of the Hindi feature film "Raanjhanaa". Colour Yellow Pictures is a newly formed production house which debuted with this feature film starring one of the most prominent leading actors in Tamil cinema today, Dhanush.

The name of the production house being Colour Yellow, I decided to use actual coloured powder "rangoli" to animate the sequence. The final outcome is as given below.

I was overwhelmed by the fact that one of the most gifted people in world music today, Mr. A R Rahman later composed the music for the final track of the animation. I came up with the concept of unity and oneness with nature based on the Japanese concept of "Enso" after having come across their logo.

The animation that I had used for pitching my concept of "Enso" is as given below:

Mr. Harsshil R Patel was instrumental in the post production and packaging of the final product and also for guiding me through the entire process of executing the desired animation.