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Meet Coby Palivathukal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Coby Palivathukal.

Hi Coby, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m from Phoenix, AZ. I’ve loved movies and visual art for as long as I can remember and started making short films in high school. I went to Stanford University for college where I majored in philosophy and minored in film and media studies. Being in Silicon Valley got me excited about technology and the future of the entertainment industry. While there, I spent a lot of time learning about VR, AR, and real-time technology. That interest is what brought me to USC, where I’m in my second year of my MFA in animation and digital arts. My focus here remains on VR, AR, and real-time animation. As I’ve narrowed down my interest in content creation for these new mediums, it’s been interesting to note the type of content that I’ve found myself inspired to work on. Most of this content revolves around talking animals-particularly goats and cows. I’m not exactly sure why this is but I have some ideas. For one, I’ve always been a huge animal lover and find all animals to be adorable. Additionally, much of my education in philosophy centered on existentialism and absurdism. Animals, and other beings personified within the amazing world of animation, is able to immediately take viewers into the realm of the absurd. I like to make content in this realm because it is where my brain perpetually exists.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Although I am blessed to have an amazing family and network of support, it hasn’t always been easy. I began dealing with OCD and anxiety in middle school. That OCD boiled over into major existential angst while I was in college that left me feeling lost and hopeless for a number of years. Luckily, I found a number of solutions. The first was therapy and psychiatry. Additionally, reading how various philosophers and theologians throughout history have learned to wrestle with unanswerable questions was likewise helpful. However, perhaps nothing is as powerful at providing one with a sense of purpose and fulfillment than creating art.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I work in a variety of mediums, all of which can be found on cobypal.com. I’d say I’m primarily a writer. I have six blogs that I post to regularly and am also passionate about screenwriting. On the other hand, I’m a digital artist and animator. I work in 3D using real-time engines like Unreal Engine and Unity. This allows me to create content for the screen as well as for VR and AR. I chose real-time animation as a medium because I can tell stories very quickly using virtual production and motion capture. I’m most proud of pieces that I’ve worked on that have actually told good stories and feature the essential elements of the hero’s journey. Although there are a lot of amazing examples of absurd animation out there, I dream of making a name for myself in this genre and bring my IP into the mediums of the future.

What matters most to you?
When I begin working on a new project, its primary goal is always to make people laugh. I think laughter is a great thing because it makes people happy and also helps make certain ideas more digestible.

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