"The Glassworker", Pakistan's First Fully Hand-Drawn Animated Movie
‘The Glassworker’ is a hand-drawn animated film written and directed by Usman Riaz.It will be Pakistan’s first fully hand drawn animated film. Riaz is the youngest TED Senior Fellow and is currently studying at Berklee College of Music. He’s a huge Studio Ghibli fan and has covered their music before as well.
In Pakistan, animation is a medium which has not been explored the way it has been explored around the world. That is about to change.
The Glassworker Pakistan Animated Movie Review
Usman invites us to see his vision come to life with his team of animators,artists,and musicians formed under his newly formed ‘Mano Animation Studios’. Pakistan has no hand drawn animation industry.
But with this film and studio, the team at Mano hope to lay the foundation for artists to come and work on beautiful works of art that they can be proud of.Mano Animation Studios means that the country can support new work, and seed opportunities to support a new generation of exceptional artists in Pakistan, and beyond.
The event will be held at the Arts Council, Karachi on 29th of May, 2016. Usman will talk about his TED and Kickstarter experiences along with the tremendous success the team has had with ‘The Glassworker’.
Let’s hope Usman Riaz takes this to next level and lays the foundation for animated storytelling in Pakistan. Event & PR will be handled by Phegency PR & Events.
There is a special kind of charm in hand-made imagery that no other form of art can capture. Whether it is hand-woven tapestry, carefully crafted portraits or simple sketches, man-made art always leaves an undying imprint on one’s mind and no matter how old it gets, the piece of art remains, in effect, a piece of art.
A good example of this would be Disney’s beloved fairytale Cinderella. It has been roughly six-and-a-half decades since the troubled princess first cast its spell on viewers but even today, its hand-drawn animation strikes a chord. It is for this reason that Usman Riaz has decided to incorporate the same technique in The Glassworker — his first animated feature film.
“Pakistan really has no hand-drawn animation industry. With this film and studio, we hope to lay the foundation and support a new generation of artists,” Usman told The Express Tribune. The venture will be produced under the banner of his brainchild business, Mano Animation Studio.
The Glassworker will be utilising crowd sourced funding as well, although Usman clarified this was not due to a lack of finance but the desire to “engage the community” in the project. “Who knows, we may find more like-minded people or artists this way?” claimed Usman. The capital is being raised via online public-funding platform, Kickstarter. The Glassworker will also be Pakistan’s first fully-orchestrated movie, with a trailer being released during a Ted session this coming week.