the despair and debris of that old technology dream of the 1990s,
as epitomized in the dot.com dream-turned-nightmare of Y2K &
Y2K1, computer based creative practices have stood out as an
island of calm, quiet and profitable slog,.. even resurgence.
A recent Gartner report has for example
projected a surge in animation exports from countries like Inda
~ specifically 2D/3D animation and special effects to the Hollywood
Indian animation companies are having
the ride of their lives: e.g. 2D major UTV Toons is presently
in the process of recruiting 300 animators, and has its plate
full till 2003; Pentamedia Graphics is sitting
on an 18 month order book worth $180
million; Crest Communications, who're concurrently making a full-length
animation film called "Automation" with Columbia Tristar,
alongside ongoing job-work for Warner Brothers and Disney, etc.,
reckon they can stretch workload to any limit!
A lot of this revolution is obviously
also about companies like Vishwa Animation Pvt. Ltd. ~ a tight
and talented team of 40 animators In Mumbai, combining experience
exceeding 2,00,000 man-hours.
And ~not surprisingly~ a lot of that
experience has to do with jobs for heavyweight international
studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Rich Animation, Dic Entertainment,
Here's a quick profile:
The team at Vishwa is spearheaded by
the following core-group:
- Vijay Raut
is Creative Director and the moving force behind Vishwa. He's
been animating for more than a decade, winning several awards
along the way for creative innovation and pioneering work in
animation. Has earlier worked with reputed ad agencies as an
Art Director, Visualizer & Illustrator, and also trained
more than 100 animators in India.
- Arun Udmale
is Art Director ~ with over a decade of experience in storyboarding,
layouts, backgrounds, color-keys, etc., he's also specialized
in extreme key animation.
- Yeshwant Chavan ~ Animation Director. A very senior key animator
with exceptional directional skills. Also specializes in character
designing. Experience of more than a decade.
- Ashish Padlekar ~ Character Designing. An excellent character
designer and senior key animator. Expert in animatics, with experience
of about a decade.
The philosophy at Vishwa:
"Indian Vision - World class Animation".
This means eventually developing a unique "Indian style"
of animation, maintaining international standards of excellence,
with the key words being - Creation, Dedication
Continuously upgraded high-end systems
running softwares such as Animo, Softimage, 3D-Max etc. to take
care of the needs of animation, 3D 6raphics, special effects
The company also maintains a fully equipped
Stop-motion and Claymation department.
Cel Animation:- Story boards; Character
designing; Layouts; Backgrounds; Digital-Ink & paint &
Graphics:- 3D character modeling; 3D
animation; Special effects; titles; Walkthroughs
Others:- Clay & Foam modeling; Armature
design & construction; Miniature set designing; Live action;
Services ~ for Commercials / short films
/ TV series in Cel animation / Live action /Graphics. Stop-motion
or in any combination of the same.
Partial client list:
Star TV; GMC Exhaust Fans; Anchor Vaporub;
Sapat Parivar Tea; Kisan Annapurna (Levers); Farm Fresh tea whitener;
Yoko pens; Nutrine Honeyfab; Maggie Noodles (Nestle); Kit Kat
chocolates (Nestle); Reliance Gas; Doordarshan; ETC TV; Clubgreetings.com;
Rotary club of Mumbai; Air India; DSP Black whisky; MTNL; Tata
"Louse & Bug" ~ Cel animation,
"Beauty & Beast" ~ Stop-motion,150 seconds
"The Tortoise" (under production) ~ Cel animation,
55 Manjrekar Compound
Off Dr. E. Moses Road, Opp. Shah Nahar Industrial Estate
Worli Naka, Worli
Mumbai 400 018 (India)
Tel: (91-22) 491 9748, Fax: (91-22) 491 9751