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Today we’d like to introduce you to Manan Bachkaniwala.

Manan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in a small town in India called Surat. From a young age i was always interested in drawing and painting and was constantly doodling random stuff at the back of every book during school. In 2007 when the first Transformers movie came out on the big screen, i was speechless as I grew up watching the Transformers Armada the animated show. This was the point when I realized that I definitely want to be in the film making industry.

Later during my teens I started learning photography on my own and this was the time when Instagram had been released. So everyday I used to go out and take pictures and upload it to my profile and during this period I came across a person who used to make stick figure animation and share it. I was blown away by how good it was and so I started researching how is it that you can create these animations and i came across a software called Pivot Animator. I Instantly got hooked on it and started making my own little animation. It was during my high school when I spoke to my parents and told them about what I wanted to do in college. Luckily my parents and my brother were very supportive about it.

In 2014 I went to Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore to study Animation Art. Fast forward to my final year, me and my friends Tan Ze Chuan and Ong Wan Kee were making a 3D short film together which eventually got accepted in Crowbar film festival in Singapore. We won silver for Animation and Art Direction!

After all this I realized that I wanted to study more as I felt I didn’t know enough and I wanted to work in this industry instead of going back home. This made me apply to Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, LA. All I did for two years at this school was keep grinding until I feel comfortable with where I am as an artist. But soon realized we as artist don’t have that luxury. There is always a feeling of keep working and learning to improve ourselves every single day and so I got comfortable with the uncomfortable.

I graduated Gnomon in October 2019 and now i am working at The Mill as a Lighting and Look Development Artist!

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a CG lighting and look development artist. My work consists of lighting shots in 3D to tell a compelling story or sell the mood of the shot that either me or the director is going for. The other part of what I do is work on objects to make them look as close to real life as possible or maybe define the look of an object based on the concept or the aesthetic required.

I absolutely love working on new shots and projects and almost every other day I have a new thing that I wish to work on. But recently I decided to start working on a long term personal project of mine which would serve as a base for my own IP.

One of the reasons why I do what I do is because I am obsessed with making images which talks to the audience and tells them the story I had in mind while making the piece without me explaining a whole bunch. I personally have a belief that if someone does not connect to your work within few seconds and you have to explain them what is it that you were trying to tell through your piece, then you didn’t really succeed. This is obviously a personal opinion.

Most of what I do lies in the 3D world. Since it is all inside a computer, the only limitation I have is my imagination. This is something I hope people can take away because 3D is an amazing form of art where you can build anything, absolutely anything that you dream of and tell your story through it. I also personally believe it is a wonderful way of disconnecting from reality for couple of hours and just immerse yourself into this world that you are building, Sometimes these projects can become something that you look forward to every single day.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Being an artist is definitely not easy. The process of producing an artwork is like a cocktail of anxiety, frustration, self doubt (lots and lots of it), maybe also self hatred from time to time and the will to continue your work even when you feel that it is not going anywhere.

It sounds rough but good things don’t come easily. There are always those times when you feel that whatever you are working on is not coming together at all. This usually happens to people during the middle stage of their progress. That is a time where you have been staring at the piece for so long that you can’t even tell what is wrong or right with it. During this whole experience which gives me serious anxiety, the main thing to remember is why you started this project in the first place. It is so important for an artist to have fun with what they are working on and to be determined to see the piece go from an idea to a final product. Also, it always helps to talk to other people which maybe your friends or family about what stage you are on with your work so they can offer some fresh insights.

So after going through the whole cycle, when you finish your work and if you managed to achieve the results that you wanted, the feeling you get is pure joy, a feeling that makes all the struggles worth it. Determination and getting comfortable with the fact that you will face some rough patches in your journey is what helps people achieve success and also a little bit of luck.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can visit my website:
My instagram: mananrb
And my Vimeo:

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