Wind River: Trailer

Wind River is a 2017 American thriller directed and written by Taylor Sheridan in his directorial debut. The film stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. It premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It also competed in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year where it fetched Taylor Sheridan the Best Director award. It is scheduled to be released on August 4, 2017.Continue reading “Wind River: Trailer”

The Red Turtle: Trailer

The Red Turtle PosterThe Red Turtle (French: La Tortue rouge) is a 2016 French-Belgian-Japanese animated film directed by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit in his feature film debut. The film is a co-production between Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, and tells the story of a man who tries to escape from a deserted island and battles a giant turtle. The film has no dialogue.It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it won the special prize.Continue reading “The Red Turtle: Trailer”

Tatsumi : An Animated Experience Of A Lifetime!

(Smaran Savanal, Animation Director, Ripple Media, shares his experience of working on TATSUMI (2011), a Japanese animation feature based on the life and work of the late Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a Japanese Comic Art Legend.)


TATSUMI 2Singapore. June 2010; a month that proved to be a turning point in my life. Years and years of hard work, patience, staying power, blood, sweat and tears finally bore fruit. An opportunity to transit to mainstream feature film animation had beckoned! It was a ‘Dream come true’!

During the final year exhibition, the Animation department of Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore hosted HR heads from various studios at the exhibition space on Campus (this was primarily to butter them up for placements 😉  ) Ahem..anyway, moving on, I was chatting up with colleagues and faculty with a beer and a pizza slice when I felt a tap on my shoulder.  It turned out to be one of my classmates from China, urging that someone wanted to meet me and was standing by my screen (we had screens displaying our work)

To my delight, it was the then Vice President of Infinite Frameworks studios (now Infinite Studios) Singapore and Indonesia. In a very pleasant chat that followed, he said he liked my work and that they (Infinite Frameworks) were hiring interns for a Japanese animation feature and that I should apply. Needless to say, I wasted no time in doing so J.

Post an animation test, a telecon and an interview at a coffee shop, I found an offer letter in my email inbox stating that I was hired as a junior animator! This was my ‘Chandler moment’ per se. (those who have seen the episode from ‘FRIENDS’ will know what I am referring to 😉 ) In no time, I was on my way to the island of Batam in Indonesia! The animation studio was based there at Nongsa Riau whilst the Head Office was based in Singapore.

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Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Masaan” produced by Manish Mundra bags two top awards at Cannes, 2015

Manish Mundra’s Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2015, won two awards– FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section.

The film, starring Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi in the lead roles, received a five-minute-long standing ovation after the first screening at the festival. Continue reading “Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Masaan” produced by Manish Mundra bags two top awards at Cannes, 2015”

Chauthi Koot: Trailer

Chauthi Koot Still 1Director Gurvinder Singh shot to fame with his very 1st feature film Anhe Ghore Da Daan (2011) which won 3 National Awards (Best Direction.Best Cinematography and Best Punjabi Film). He is now ready with his next film Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction),a Punjabi film based on the short stories “The Fourth Direction” and “I Am Feeling Fine Now” from Indian author Waryam Singh Sandhu‘s 2005 collection Chauthi Koot. The film is produced by Kartikeya Narayan Singh and is set during the Sikh separatist movement of the 1980s. It has been selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.Continue reading “Chauthi Koot: Trailer”