In Pakistan, animation is a medium which has not been explored the way it has been explored around the world.
But it is about to change. With Glassworker, Usman Riaz is a young talented artist who is all set to change the entertainment experience in Pakistan.
‘The Glassworker’ is a hand-drawn animated film written and directed by Usman Riaz, which will be Pakistan’s first fully hand drawn animated film.
TED senior Fellow, Usman Riaz is fine-artist and composer who is passionate about the creative process and using technology to rapidly further his talents.
Last week an event was held at Arts Council Karachi, where people from various walk of life were invited to see Usman’s vision come to life with his team of animators, artists, and musicians under his newly formed ‘Mano Animation Studios’.
Usman Riaz took his audience through the journey and inception of “The Glassworker”, alongside the international experience he had with TED, Steven Spielberg and Disney Pictures. He also discussed about the overwhelming support he received from multiple people and introduced the diversified team of Mano across the globe.
Students from different universities, the professionals from different walks of life and bloggers from entertainment and other areas were also present at the event.
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The Glassworker is a coming of age story about a young boy named Vincent, who is learning the art of glassblowing from his father in their glass shop. As he grows older he develops a friendship with a frequent visitor of their shop, a young violin virtuous named Alliz. The film will follow both Vincent and Alliz through their developing years as life gets more complicated and inhibits their relationship.
After successfully raising $116,000 through Kickstsrter, the Mano Animation Studios aims to support new endeavours, and lay the foundation for artists to come and work on art that they can be proud of.
According to Usman Riaz, the trailer only got the large amount of investment while the amount collected will serve the completion of half an hour of the film. He said that he aims to complete the 90 minutes movie in 2017.
Let’s hope Usman Riaz takes this to next level and lays the foundation for animated storytelling in Pakistan.