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Meet Vigneshwar RB

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vigneshwar RB.

Vigneshwar, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I became interested in storytelling as a kid. Be it reading a new fiction or watching a movie with my Dad in theaters, I was always interested in how the stories are shaped. I also realized that I was not only interested in live-action movies but also in animation from earlier on. That pushed me to pursue this path as best as I could. I started making short films with a bunch of friends in my undergrad. To further my knowledge, I enrolled in a couple of filmmaking workshops to understand the techniques. They were very helpful to further my craft. After a few short films and festival circuits, I got an opportunity to work as a production assistant intern at a major Bollywood production company. I figured that I have a knack for working with people creatively which got me into exploring Producing. I was also keeping up with the innovations in the evolving industry of visual effects and animation. I decided to strengthen these skill sets in a thriving environment. That’s how I landed my admit at MFA in Film and TV Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. I have written and directed six short films and served as a Producer on ten projects in my time in the US so far. I also worked for many production companies during my MFA. It was a great learning experience.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road but I believe that I have learnt to thrive amidst all the challenges thrown in my way. I lost a family member just a month before coming to the US for my MFA. Dealing with that and going strong required a lot of resolve. I was able to do it with the help of friends and family members. When I was in the middle of my course, the world shut down due to Covid lockdowns and everything became virtual. The advantage of learning at an institution like USC makes those experiences as fruitful as possible. It was still hard to keep going as the field I am in is more hands-on compared to sitting at the desk and doing the job. The learnings have been quite great, and I am grateful for that.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Producer/Director specializing in the field of virtual production and animation. It is an evolving field with a lot of opportunities for learning every day. My strongest skill set is working with fellow artists and being helpful in any way possible. My first short film in the US was ‘To Dad, With Love’. It is a silent short film that I decided to make as a dedication to my father. My peers, teachers, and friends loved it. Many reached out to me saying that it served as a form of closure and fond remembrance of someone they had lost in their lives. I think of that as one of my proudest moments. To be able to touch people’s hearts with the power of a film without a single dialogue. Currently, I just finished working as a Production Coordinator on a Sci-Fi tv show and am currently working on the development of an Epic Megagrant project which will be out in late 2023.

What matters most to you? Why?
Working with fellow artists, learning from them, and thriving creatively matters to me the most. It is like any other professional competitive field out there. It requires a lot of discipline and consistency on the effort part. I am learning to do that myself every day. On the type of stories that I like to work on, I prefer the regular slice of life with a touch of comedy. As long as it is relatable to the audience in their daily lives in some form, I am happy about it.

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