Wednesday, January 13, 2016

With almost all the shots of sand animation animated we are all excited to see the final film. Today, we collected the footage which was animated and have started putting it on the timeline. The sound team is ready with the sound mix. We are all set to compile it all together. Arjun is working on the documentary film which documents our experiences about this workshop and the ‘Kom’ tribe. We are expecting to see it by this Friday. 

This workshop introduced us to a new medium which is fun to explore. Sand has an amazing property which gives a different effect each time you add a new layer of sand on a light table, the more sand one adds the darker is the colour achieved. It took us some time to get comfortable with the medium as the sand simply slipped from our grip as we picked it. 

The daily exposure to the experimental animation films in the morning is very motivating and it pumps us to make films as individual animators in contrast to the commercial films. Today Tara introduced us to tribal animation films which told us the stories from the lands we had never heard of. The motive behind animating tribal films and involving the local people of the tribe in the process is to introduce, encourage, and empower them to the story telling medium of animation. This workshop has helped us empathise with the tribes in India and take their stories to a larger platform. 

Gouri Ajay Katdare

The films screened today showed examples of animations made in collaboration with indigenous storytellers and communities. In Australia there is a genre of animation films based on Aboriginal stories, an example is the Dust Echoes series. In Canada the National Film Board has also supported collaborations with Inuit artists.Dust Echoes - The Mimis, available from:

 Dust Echoes – Morning Star, available from:

ABC Dust Echoes, Mermaid Story (2007), available from:

Dust Echoes2, Whirlpool, available from:

The Owl and the Raven: An Inuit Legend, available from:


  1. Most of the short animation films we have seen today rely heavily on cgi, as do the Raven Tales films that we saw yesterday. However, the Owl and the Raven, by Co Hoedeman at the National Film Board of Canada is a charming stop-motion animation film in Inuktittut that has received over 48,000 viewings on youtube. This suggests that handmade animation and computer technology can be used to retell indigenous stories for new audiences.

    When considering how indigenous content can be adapted for the animation medium, great care and sensitivity towards the representation evolves from collaborations with those to whom the stories and art forms belong.

  2. I have come to know that Augustine's full name is Serto Hmunjamchung Kom.