By Nandini Hegde, Film Production Faculty, Jain Animation School
The word independence means different things to different people. We have a few fundamental rights as the citizens of India which includes the right to freedom of speech and expression. Every year Jain Animation School (JAS) celebrates Independence Day in its own unique way and this year we decided to celebrate the freedom of art.
India has several picturesque and massive monuments that have intricate carvings and statues. The students of JAS made a 20×20 feet art installation. They created a huge map of India which was decorated with different forms of artwork. The rivers and green pastures were painted; the miniature models of some of the monuments of India were made with paper and thermocol. Plaster of Paris cones coloured in gold were used to showcase the intricate carvings made by our ancestors. The students also made origami lotuses for the floor art as it is the national flower of our country. A huge Ashoka Pillar made with thermocol and painted in gold was placed at the middle of the map. The students got essence of 3D modeling and architecture while working on this art installation.
Students made pencil sketches of monuments, religious structures, and other buildings that represent the freedom struggle and the culture of our country. Artworks made using paper quilling were also displayed along with pictures of 3D models made by the students. The department’s corridor was decorated with paper art and craft using the colours of the Indian flag.
All the artworks were made under the guidance of Somashekar B.K. who is the 2D faculty at JAS. The Academic Head of JAS – Satish.B made an animation video dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi which highlighted the teachings of Gandhi. The students worked on all the artworks including the floor art for a week and their artworks were exhibited on 14th August, 2014.
MOVIE SCREENING AND MOVIE QUIZ
The films made by the second year B.Sc. Animation students were screened for the department. The event was hosted by Manasa S Kumar from the third year B.Sc. Animation batch. The students spoke about their films shared their experience during the making of the films.
The second year students – Sunil Sharma and Sahil Ahmed – organized a movie quiz for the students and it was enjoyed by both the participants and the audience. The winners were the first year students – Lavanya S, Rithinisha N, and Karun Jaycee.
The students were dressed in their traditional attire as it was ethnic day. The best dressed students were awarded prizes after they convinced the audience why they deserved the prize. The winners were Robin David from the second year B.Sc. Animation batch and Anargha Ajayan from the first year B.Sc. Animation batch. The event came to an end with the national anthem.
Photos courtesy: Sharath Sankar and Manjunath