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KuKri Ventures Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Founder and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Incessant Rain Animation Studios
The Walt Disney Company
Graphics Software Developer
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
Supervisor On the Pre-Production
And, the same notion best describes the achievements Incessant Rain Studios, INC has reaped in a relatively shorter period," elatedly says Kiran Joshi, CEO, Incessant Rain Studios, INC.
Joshi, former Disney project supervisor, who runs Pink Slip Productions (a company based in California and is also an executive of KuKri Ventures Inc., an US-based investment company) collaborated with Sanjib Raj Bhandari, CEO of Mercantile Communications Ltd and Suyog Tuladhar, CEO of Transcube International Pvt. "As we pay scrupulous attention to every minute detail of both creative and technological aspects, we have been executing a computer-generated imagery of the highest order," boasts Joshi, who is also a 17 year veteran at Walt Disney, US. According to him, 3D stereoscopic work is yet another forte of Incessant Rain. Apart from producing several original contents for feature films, shorts and TV series, the company has even successfully catered to some high-profile international clients like Disney. According to Joshi, the passion with which his team is harmonizing artistic sense with technological ability in its task has enabled Incessant Rain to align itself with changing dynamics of the global animation industry. "We are now well position to compete aggressively in the international arena. The enthusiastic response which we are getting from some our international clients has further stimulated us to move ahead to set new benchmarks in Nepali animation sector," says Joshi. But now it is also devising strategies to cash in on various aspects of Nepali society through animation, divulges Joshi. In this way, we can market these artistically animated values globally which can ultimately support the country's economy," remarks Joshi. "In India, the annual turnover of animation industry stands at US $ 1 billion. The Indian government is encouraging its software industry and marketing its animation industry," relates Joshi adding," However, in Nepali context, the concerned authorities appear virtually unaware about the significance of Nepali animation sector to boost up the economic sector." Joshi also believes that TV animation, film animation, digital post-production, advertising, gaming and visual effects also offer job opportunities to those youths who can blend their artistic ability with technological advancement. The prevailing global trends suggest that those countries which can produce great quality at a low cost are receiving substantial volume of animation related projects. "As such, if the government ensures sound ICT (Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure, Nepali animation sector can also grow exponentially which will, undoubtedly, augur well to the country's economy," concludes Joshi. nepalnews.com nd Apr 01 09
Tuladhar, on behalf of his firm, signed a memorandum of understanding with Kiran Joshi, former Disney project supervisor, who runs Pink Slip Productions (a company based in California and is also an executive of KuKri Ventures Inc., an US-based investment company) and with Sanjeev Raj Bhandari, CEO of Mercantile Communications Ltd. to form Incessant Rain Animation Studio Pvt.
This joint initiative, as almost all the local animators recall in unison, seeded the hope for an animation industry in Nepal, with Joshi having worked for what's called the ,dream destination' (the Disney) for all the budding animators across the world. Kiran Joshi Kiran Joshi, a former project supervisor of Disney, the most prominent name in the animation field and also the founding member of Incessant Rain, also runs Pink Slip Productions, a company based in California and is also an executive of KuKri Ventures Inc., an US-based investment company. He shared with us his views on Nepali animation scene. Excerpts from an online interview:
One of the highlights of the anniversary was the guest speaker Mr. Kiran Joshi the CEO of Incessant Rain, the animation studio, on his experience on creative media.
Kiran Joshi, a 17-year veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the Founder & CEO/ Chairman of IRAS. Prior to IRAS, he was the Head of Digital Production/Visual Effects Supervisor overseeing all technical and creative aspects of various animated films at Disney. He was responsible for creating the film's pipeline and milestones, software development, talent identification and hiring, developing and mentoring technical and artistic staff. Additionally, he was responsible for all aspects of digital production management, visual development, research and development, budget management and film production execution. Joshi began his animation career on "Beauty and the Beast". In this role, he was part of the team responsible for the development of Disney's Computer Animation Production System (CAPS), which allows artists to assemble animation, backgrounds, special effects and computer-animation elements onto the final piece of film. His other credits include "Aladdin", "The Lion King", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Atlantis: The Lost Empire". He also led Disney Feature Animation's CG Human Animation initiative with the animation veteran, Glen Keane. He also served as the Vfx supervisor on the pre-production of Snow Queen and Rapunzel.
Last Thursdays with Kiran Joshi, Disney Animator, and Animation studio founder
This is our summary of our last Thursdays series which happens every last Thursday of the English month. Let us know your feedbacks! ----- Mr. Kiran Bhakta Joshi, the founder of Incessant Rain Animation Studios, left his job of 18 years at the Walt Disney Studios at age 46 to create his own studio in Kathmandu. With a background in computer software, Joshi was working as a graphics software developer for Disney. He was in the team that developed the animation system used for "Beauty and the Beast", which went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the 1992 Academy Awards. Leaving an 18 year old job, the post of Head of Production and a team of 250 artists and technologists under him was not easy for Kiran. There were doubts among his friends in Walt Disney if an animation studio in Nepal would deliver the quality and turnaround they were seeking. The year 2007 was the turning point in his life. When he had come to Nepal for the funeral of a relative, his friend Sanjeev Rajbhandari suggested opening a studio in Nepal. He then spent three weeks in small animation boutiques and was impressed to see the portfolios of skilled and passionate young artists. He met a 19 year old boy who showed his portfolio and said that his passion was animation but due to pressure from his parents, he had been studying management. He asked Kiran for help, so realizing the level of this boy's passion, he decided it was time to open an animation studio in Nepal. Kiran opines that employees are the most valuable assets of a business. He says that it is very important to coordinate with every individual differently because even a single person with an ego can jeopardize the work process. While working with his employees, the first lesson he learnt was that it is easy to train young people rather than old ones. He feels that young people are very creative, more adaptable and energetic about their work once they are convinced. Since experienced people are more resistant to change, he feels that it is better to have young supervisors and employees in the business. He shares that it is important to make sure the employees are having fun during work but at the same time there should be proper enforcement of discipline. Salaries at his studio are based on the productivity and the quality of the animation that his staffs can create. He even helps his staff to go abroad if they want because he believes those people will gain better knowledge and return back. He admits that hunting for talent is an arduous process and he would love to collaborate with the universities here and start an animation academy to nurture fresh talents inside Nepal. Kiran shares that setting up of a business is easy but execution is difficult. Since he shuttles between Nepal and the US, is it difficult to execute all the ideas due to time constraints. Challenges he is facing now in Nepal include bandhs (strikes) and load-shedding. He also feels that as his company is growing bigger, the fun element is reducing. Even though he doesn't have any marketing person, his personal one to one networks and visits to several networking programs contribute to his business development. He stresses that networking is very important for entrepreneurs and no one should underestimate its power. His focus is on brand building and creating their own intellectual property. He sees bright hope for Nepal as we have cheaper labor force, untapped resources, rich cultures and diversity. His studio's goal is not just to outsource work from USA, but take the rich folk stories of Nepal to the world. He cites the example of "Jungle Book", a story from India that became a famous animation. He finds Nepal rich in tales of Yaks and Yetis and he has successfully used the yaks and the one-horned rhino for the animation advertisements of World Food Program (WFP) and Ace Development Bank respectively. He believes these would help to showcase our local identity.