THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: “There is no short cut to making good animation, only hardwork,” said Bhimsain Khurana, one of the pioneers of Indian Animation. He was addressing the young animators at the concluding session of the two-day Toonz Animation Masters Summit held at Technopark. “A story needs to be told well to reach out to the audience for them to enjoy. Every nuance and every small gesture in animation is critical as it defines the story line effectively,” he said.
Cartoonist and writer, Madhan, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function presented the Flying Elephant trophies to the winners. “Cartoonists are born and cannot be made. It would be easy for me to teach someone how to draw if he has an inherent sense of satire in him but not if it is the other way round! A cartoon requires the perfect blend of wit, quick thinking, an understanding of the political scenario, a command over the language, a sense of objectivity, and above all the ability of not being overawed by anyone. In the absence of any of these ingredients, it could taste like beer gone flat,” said Madhan. Akshata Udiaver of YouTube Family and Learning and Sach Chandaria, of the Chandaria Group also graced the function.
The two-day summit organized by Toonz Animation culminated with the announcement of the winners of the ‘Flying Elephant Animation & Short Film Competition’. Malaysian Director Lih Haur for his film ‘The Cliff House’ received the award in the Animation Short films category. Venika Mitra’s ‘All I Want’ won the top honours in the Live Action Short Film category, Akhil Naryanan won the award for the Best Short Film in the Student Category for his production ‘Planto’. The competition this year received over 925 entries from upcoming and aspiring animators.
The second prize in the Animation Short Film category went to Indonesian director Gloria Abigail for her work Oh Bey, while the third and fourth prizes went to Taiwanese director Po-Han for his film Close Circuit and Joe Chang from China for Rain Lotus. In the live action short film category, the second prize went to Afghanistan director Masood Islami for his work Swap, third prize to Vishal Srivastava from India for Wajood and fourth prize to Malaysian director Tan Ce Ding for his work Hawa.
Masters like Anjum Rajabali- Bollywood screenwriter, Ronojoy Chakraborty- Sony YAY!, Shrikumar Menon, director of Randamoozham , John McKenna- One Animation, Dong-Su Jung, ICONIX, Korea made presentations to the aspiring young animators on the second and culminating day of the summit.