RIP Isao Takahata – On Trapping Sunlight in a Box

I’ve just heard the news that Isao Takahata, of Studio Ghibli and passed away today.

I can’t claim to be a big fan of his, as I have yet to watch several of his works — including Grave of the Fireflies — he has left me with some really prominent childhood memories with a classic show from the World Masterpiece Theater, Heidi, Girl of the Alps.

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Gunvan Bharat (MCA CET 2017) – Animated Promo

This summer, I was commissioned for two animated videos to promote Gunvan Bharat’s registrations openings — one which I’m not really proud of (given the rushed deadline), and another which I really like how it turned out. This post is about the latter.

The brief for this one given to me was simple, frame-by-frame animation (aka, frames drawn by hand), with the style being nothing but clean lines.

Of course, there were aspects of the storyboard that couldn’t be quickly done by hand given the tight deadline, so I had to resort to cheating — using backface culling and motion tweens in 3D space — while still giving it the appearance of hand-drawn animation.

The tools used in this project were Krita (for frame-by-frame animation), Synfig and Blender (for everything else).

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Doobbear — Motion Graphics Promo

A few years back I was asked to help RollingStache Studios create a promotional video for a brand new social media app called Doobbear. So, with every ounce of my skill at my disposal, from storyboarding, to animation, I did just that, along with help from artists from the studio handling illustrations, certain aspects of motion graphics, as well as the final compilation and sound design.

Since I was proficient in them — and because it was entirely possible as well as convenient — I stuck through the entire project with opensource software, such as Inkscape, Krita, Synfig and Blender.

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Dust

A poem I wrote sometime two years back about the human nature’s destructive ideological certainty. Initially I was frustrated by such a tendency on the Right, but recently I’ve started noticing it on the Left too where it grew dangerously in the last few years.

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Slam Poetry, SJW-ism and Rant Poems

Before I begin, let me ask you this: Is it really THAT hard (particularly for ideologues) to write a poem without making a political statement?

Good lord, it’s getting harder and harder to find poems on Youtube that are NOT Far-Left / Neo-Progressive or Far-Right Religious tripe. Not that I mind listening to them (some of them are pretty good), but they’re so riddled with… bullshit.

On top of THAT, it’s almost as if most poets are worried their art will have no meaning if they don’t shoehorn Social Justice messages into it. I mean, we all love SJW-ism once in a while, but does is nobody write something that makes you overcome with WONDER anymore? Does nobody tell a story anymore?

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DSK International Campus — UI / Website Redesign

On my brief contract with DSKIC, among many other things I was asked to redesign their website. One of the core points in the brief was to keep it traditionally familiar (along similar lines as the Rubika website), and yet upgrade the looks as well as the interface to fit in with modern times. After the upgrade, I eventually handed the administration of the site back to the school.

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