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The bone identity

The team behind the film

The team behind the film   | Photo Credit: GRJGM

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Meet the makers of the 6-minute animation film Jack and the Bonehead

Animation has arrived. Truly and completely. Not just in Hollywood, but also in namma Chennai. Watch Jack and the Bonehead, a 6-minute film by animation students of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) in Anna Nagar, and you’ll know why.

A throwback to cartoons of yore, this film is about an archaeologist looking for the long-lost crown of a Pharaoh inside a pyramid and the unexpected company he finds inside.

Once the story was finalised, the team of 15 students started work on it. After five months of hard work, they had a film to showcase to audiences. “The concept was simple — we wanted to show how someone escapes, but in a comical manner,” recalls R. K. Karthikeyan, director.

The main character is modelled on legendary Tamil comedian Chandrababu. “We wanted to re-symbolise it and drew inspiration from the actor’s style and appeal,” he says.

Besides working on the film, another exciting aspect for the students was giving shape to the skeleton character, which features prominently. “Initially, we thought it’d be difficult. But once we got down to working, the entire team loved it.

When you animate a human character, you have some constraints but with this skeleton, the sky was the limit with respect to creativity.”

Buoyed by the response, the team is planning to go global. Anandh Ramesh, director of MAAC, says, “We intend to screen the film at several international film festivals.”

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Printable version | Jan 27, 2020 9:09:03 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/the-bone-identity/article6580578.ece

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