Mano Animation Studios, founded by artist, TEDFellow and #ChangeMaker Usman Riaz, is the first of its kind animation studio in Pakistan. The face behind Mano Animation, Usman Riaz, has many talents to his name. From being an artist (he began playing the piano at the age of six) to being a TED Fellow and taking the TED stage at just 20 years old, Usman has no shortage of accomplishments.
Usman is currently directing the feature film The Glassworker (Sheeshahgar) which is inspired by the work of the famous Studio Ghibli as well as Japanese anime. The hand drawn animated film revolves around a young boy and girl who discover how beautiful life is, but also how fragile, just like glass.
Due to release in 2020, the animation will be in the Urdu language.
In 2017, Usman shared the trailer for the film in a TED talk given at ITU under the theme “Afraad Ke Hathon Main Hai”. The theme, translated to people are masters of their own destinies, was well portrayed in Usman’s talk of his endeavors in the thriving animation industry.
“If you truly want to do something that can change the course of your country’s history, even if it’s a small thing, I would encourage you to do it.” Usman Riaz
We are super excited to see how the Glassworker turns out when it is released.
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