Cartoons are EVERYWHERE, but their ubiquity blinds us to the enormous amount of labor that is poured into even the silliest of children’s shows – to say nothing of the unimaginable hours that go into crafting the masterpieces of the medium. With the availability of animated features worldwide, it’s easy to forget how small a pool actually produces these works. In all likelihood, more than 95% of the animation that you’ve seen was produced by South Korea, Japan, and the US (if you know this is not true of your experience, then congrats, You’re ahead of the curve!)
So whenever a new player breaks into the field, it’s a big deal – which is why we’re so psyched to see the trailer for The Glassworker, an upcoming animated feature directed by Usman Riaz and produced by Pakistan’s first animation studio, Mano Animation.
See the description and trailer below.
The Glassworker (شیشہ گر) is a film by Mano Animation Studios, directed by Usman Riaz.’
A coming-of-age story about two children from separate walks of life, set in the fictitious Waterfront Town. Vincent is an apprentice Glass Blower learning from his father in their Glass Shop. Alliz is a prodigious violinist striving to find her own unique voice on the instrument.’
The film will comment on the affects of war on children and follow both characters through their formative years as life gets more complicated and inhibits their friendship.’
Mano Animation Studios is Pakistan’s first hand drawn animation studio. The team comprises of upcoming creatives from Pakistan and extends to Malaysia, Canada, South Africa, United States and the UK.’
Backed with $116,000 on Kickstarter, Mano Animation Studios are currently working on the first 10 minutes of their feature film, expected in 2017.
(via Screen Anarchy)