“People expect you to deliver fast and good quality work. Hence, you must bring yourself up to that level”

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Which aspect of Film-making has attracted you the most to make a career out of it?

I have always loved to tell stories and what better way to do that than with recreating visual imagery from just incoherent thoughts and showing the world in the form of films.

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

What formal training have you undertaken for the same?

I have done my Bachelors in Design from Symbiosis Institute of Design and Masters in Design from NID, Ahmedabad in Animation Film Design.

How do you describe your workstyle? Also, how is your approach towards any project?

My workstyle is not very structured. I try a number of things initially and try not to get too attached to a particular style. Only after a lot of trials if something feels really right I stick to that. Starting with research and user study and conceptualization I start to script. After I am satisfied with a version I storyboard it and make several animatics exploring various motions and camera angles. Finally, I apply the style I have chosen for the project to the animatic and start production, followed by post production leading to the final product.

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

Which has been your most memorable piece of work that you have created? Can you give us a brief description about it?

I think the dearest to me would be a very short charcoal animation I made on Maa Kali. It was the first time I tried something like that, completely out of my comfort zone and worked really hard at it. Hence, the project is super close to my heart. It is a fight-dance sequence showcasing Maa Kali and it signifies the hidden goddess within every woman that comes out in times of crisis.Have shared some photos of the same.

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

What challenges do you feel an artist faces in the initial phases of his career?

Lack of good guidance and direction as well as the fact that not many people respect what artists do is very difficult. People do not understand the blood, sweat and tears that go into every project. Also never get attached to your art  people may hate what you have done, it’s ok, try again. Happens to the best of them.

What are the tools/software that you use regularly as a part of your work?

I start everything by hand because I am most comfortable with that. Then if required I digitize it using Adobe softwares etc

What role does an institute like NID play in one’s growth as an artist?

The exposure the institute gives you is amazing. Everyday working in NID is like ten days working alone. You get inspiration,feedback and ideas from so many greats that it is a place which is super conducive to your growth as an artist or a designer. I have never been judged but always encouraged to go better because someone believed that there was better that could come out of me. Exactly the kind of push a shy, insecure and young student needs.

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

What does the industry demand in terms of technical / soft skills from an artist in the initial phases of his/her career?

Everything. People expect you to deliver fast and good quality work. Hence, you must bring yourself up to that level asap.

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

Pic Courtesy : Shweta Bendre

What message do you have in mind for the aspiring artists?

Listen to constructive criticism and the voices that tell you you are going to do great things and actually believe in them and strive to prove them right. Ignore the negatives. Life is going to bring you down at times and at such times just turn to your support system and sketch and you will be fine in no time. Do not give up, no matter what. Remember you may feel alone at times but there are always people to turn to for support and help.

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