Usman Riaz & Jeff Wexler

Usman Riaz is the founder of Mano Animation Studios, Pakistan’s first hand-drawn animation studio. Usman is an artist and an animator. Passionate about hand-drawn animation they are in production and working towards the completion of their first feature film, The Glassworker.

 

Mano Animation Studios is Pakistan’s first hand-drawn animation studio. Founded by the artist and animator Usman Riaz, in Karachi, Mano is creating a new industry for the region and new opportunities for talented artists to create and share stories from a culture vibrant with unfamiliar and compelling tales, locales and characters.

The team comprises upcoming creatives from Pakistan and Malaysia, with support from production executives in Japan and the United States.

Building on business, creative and legal practice experience Jeff works with Studio Ponoc, Studio Ghibli, Studio 4ºC, Mano Animation Studios and other talented artists to bring beautiful films to families to enjoy together, and to general audiences around the world.

Studio Ghibli Inc. is a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo. The studio is best known for its animated feature films, and has also produced several short subjects, television commercials, and one television film. The studio’s mascot and most recognizable symbol is a character named Totoro, who is a giant cat-like spirit from the 1988 anime film My Neighbor Totoro.
Studio Ponoc is an animation studio founded by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura. “Ponoc” comes from the Croatian word ponoć meaning “midnight” or the beginning of a new day. The studio produced and released worldwide director Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower in summer 2017 as its first animated feature film.

Mano Animation Studios: Making traditional animation in Pakistan

The team from Mano Animation will talk about laying the foundation for an animation industry in Pakistan, a country with no background in hand-drawn animation.

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Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker

Georgina Hurcombe and George Caton-Coult

Georgina Hurcombe and George Caton-Coult

Paloma Baeza

Paloma Baeza

Elizabeth Rega

Elizabeth Rega

Bluezoo

Bluezoo

Shelley Page

Shelley Page

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Talewind studios

Talewind

Talewind

Sylvia Pan, Gavin Buckingham, Sam Watts and Zillah Watson

Sylvia Pan, Gavin Buckingham, Sam Watts and Zillah Watson

Guy Gadney and Shaojun Bian

Guy Gadney and Shaojun Bian

Tom Morledge

Tom Morledge

Chris Frausig

Chris Frausig

Kevin McDowell and Gerald Fitzgerald

Kevin McDowell and Gerald Fitzgerald

Tara Saunders

Tara Saunders

Michael McKenna and Brad Blackbourn

Michael McKenna and Brad Blackbourn

Paul Campion

Paul Campion

Hannah Kenton and Jonathan Wannyn

Hannah Kenton and Jonathan Wannyn

Marion Strunck and David Fleet

Marion Strunck and David Fleet

Scott Pritchard

Scott Pritchard

Zak Chamberlain, Tom Box, John O’Really, Dave Fleet and Simon Le Grand

Zak Chamberlain, Tom Box, John O’Really, Dave Fleet and Simon Le Grand

Sam Keehan

Sam Keehan

Mat Irvine

Mat Irvine

Rikki Trembath, Matt Traynar and Tom Minor

Rikki Trembath, Matt Traynar and Tom Minor

Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson

Milk VFX

Milk VFX

James Brennan-Craddock, Matt Kavanagh, James Hattsmith and Gen Mcmahon

James Brennan-Craddock, Matt Kavanagh, James Hattsmith and Gen Mcmahon

Dara McGarry, Sid Harrington-Odedra, Engy Jarrouj and Amy Backwell

Dara McGarry, Sid Harrington-Odedra, Engy Jarrouj and Amy Backwell

Phil Stuart

Phil Stuart

Epic Games

Epic Games

Treehouse Digital

Treehouse Digital

Sian Warren, Chris Hull, Nanna Nielsen and  Francis Ogunyanwo

Sian Warren, Chris Hull, Nanna Nielsen and Francis Ogunyanwo