The Art of Animation: Workshops With Gitanjali Rao

Her journey started on 35mm – each line drawn with painstaking precision, every contour sketched with the utmost care and attention to detail – “You couldn’t afford to make mistakes,” she smiles, “The only way is to draw so well or make animation so well that once it went onto 35mm, you wouldn’t need to re-shoot”.

Her years of discipline, dedication and pure passion for the art form certainly paid off – renowned animation artist Gitanjali Rao has since created award winning animated masterpieces the likes of Printed Rainbow (which won three awards for Best Short Film at Cannes 2006, as well as 25 international awards), and her more recent work True Love Story (which won the Golden Conch Best Animation Film Award at MIFF 2014, and was selected for Critics Week at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in February 2014).

As part of EarthSync Academy’s ongoing mission to build creative industry infrastructure in India though quality skills development and engagement, Gitanjali will be conducting two workshops in Chennai on the art of animation. EarthSync’s educational initiative involves bringing in noted members of both the Indian and international artist community to openly share their skill sets and practical knowledge with the public. Her workshops will be held in conjunction with 140+ film screenings at the IndiEarth Animation Film Festival, June 26th – 28th 2015held in association with Alliance Francaise of Madras and the Goethe Institut. The festival, now in its second edition, pays homage to the art of animation and features a diverse selection of established and upcoming animation artists from across India, France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan and a host of other countries. During the festival, Gitanjali will also host a Skype Q & A conversation with renowned German animation film producer and director Thomas Meyer-Hermann, whose award winning animation The Creation will also be screened at the festival.

The workshop details are as follows:

I Master Class on the ‘Making of True Love Story’
Open to students of animation and live motion filmmaking students

Gitanjali will take students through the journey of making the short film – from script to screen, touching on the most important aspects of animation filmmaking like design, character design, styling, story boarding, animation, edit, sound and music. This will end with an interactive session with the audience.

Date: Saturday June 27tth
Venue: The Alliance Francaise of Madras / No.24, College Road / Chennai 600 006
Time: 11am – 1pm

II What Makes Animation Indian?
Open to the general public

Gitanjali will screen short clips and films which are Indian in story, design and intent – predominantly from her works but also works from other animators. The session will end with an open discussion.

Date: Sunday June 28thh
Venue: The Goethe Institut Chennai / No.4 5th Street, Rutland Gate / Chennai 600 006
Time: 11am – 1pm

Registration fee for the two workshops is INR 500/- per person.

Book your place by filling in the form below – payment will be collected at the venue. Seats are limited so book quickly!


IndiEarth is an online B2B platform that connects India’s non-mainstream independent Musicians and Filmmakers to worldwide Media. The platform features a blog, offers value-added services and wider opportunity networks through its partnerships. IndiEarth is an EarthSync Initiative.

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