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The Glassworker – Pakistan’s First Hand-Drawn Anime Film
Source: medium.com
Published: Feb 6, 2016

Pakistan is full of talented people, we have generous doctors, amazing engineers, hard-core journalists, lively musicians and much more. So let me introduce you to a talented 25-year-old Pakistani composer and film-maker Usman Riaz. Usman is working on Pakistan’s first hand-drawn anime film “The Glassworker”.

Source: medium.com
Source: medium.com

Usman Riaz is TED Senior Fellow and is currently studying at Berklee College of Music. He got the opportunity to play his guitar-percussion’s performance on TEDGlobal’s main stage with his idol Preston Reed. 

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Source: Usman Riaz

Usman’s film “The Glassworker” is a story about a young boy named Vincent learning the art of glassblowing from his father.

Source: Usman Riaz
Source: Usman Riaz

As Vincent grows older, he falls in love with a young girl named Alliz, who regularly visits the glass shop.

Source: medium.com
Source: medium.com

Knowing that there is no hand-drawn animation industry for students in Pakistan, Usman opened his own studio  the very first hand-drawn animation studio in Pakistan, Mano Animation Studios.

“We’re already hard at work on “The Glassworker.” And while the final film is years away, I hope that Mano Animation Studios can support a new generation of artists in Pakistan and beyond, creating a community for artists to collaborate on beautiful works of art for years to come.” said Riaz.

Here is a short behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film and about Mano Animation Studios.