I got a call from the organizers of KalaGhoda Art Festival (KGAF) 2018, asking me about the Flipbook animation Workshop to be conducted this year! Kaumudi and I had done it few years back, however, it was for kids. This time it was for the elders, and we really wanted to experiment.
The KGAF team asked us to get all the material required for 25 participants, and thus started the search for appropriate paper, pencils and other tools. We finally came up with a small and handy size of flipbook,which can give enough surface area to draw but also will be portable to slip into a pocket! That was just the starting, but the real challenge was to get them cut to size, and get them packed. That is when my friend Shyam Pawar (Asmi Printing and Merchandise), came in handy. He and his team (Haroon, Shashikant, and others) cleared the pressure off our heads, by not just creating the packets, but also delivering them right to our home!
Kaumudi came up with an idea to have few illustrations which will demonstrate the morphing or transformation, drawn in a single frame. This might help the first time ‘animators’ to envisage the flipbook. She made a couple of sketches, and APM promptly printed them such that they can stand by themselves!
We went there with all the required stuff, and were greeted by the cheerful and warm KGAF team! Savani (my daughter) took the control of the sound system, and provided a nice background music in the form of popular songs from animation movies. As planned, the organisers allowed (only the first 25) participants, and we got going with the session.
The participants were from a wide range of professions, age groups, and even geographical locations! Many had come for the KGAF specially from other states. The session was enjoyable for us, and also for them…as it looked like. Here are few videos of the flip books created by the participants:
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