Meet Mythravarun Vepakomma, our super 3D Supervisor! Aside from his awesome animation skills, he's an absolute wizard with a macro lens! We caught up with him for a few minutes to discuss his role and find out what he loves about animation.
How did you get into animation?
Since childhood I have always been fascinated with cartoon characters and the endless imagination around them. During my schooling and college I used to sketch new characters, write comic strips and share them with friends. I always wanted to create new characters and stories.
How long have you worked in the animation industry?
What's your current role and what does it involve?
I'm working as 3D Supervisor. My major responsibilities involve making sure all tech or creative decisions align with schedules, providing CG related guides/flags for production teams to help with schedules, resolving or getting people to resolve issues hindering production, making sure Brown Bag Films and Overseas are on par with best practices.
What are your biggest influences/inspirations?
I grew up watching cartoons like Pink Panther, Road Runner, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, He-Man and many Disney classics which influenced me a lot in taking up animation as my career. I always get inspired by Hayao Miyazaki films, with the visual detail and the way he blends imagination with human emotions and reality.
What’s your favorite tool to use and why?
Personally I like Blender. It's open source software which includes tool sets for all aspects of making a CG animated show. I have also authored a book on Blender - 'Blender Compositing and Post Processing'. I'm always on the hunt to improve my pipeline with on-the-move tools that work on mobiles or tablets like Filmora Go or Filmic Pro. I also use Audacity and LMMS for my music composition and editing, which are also open source and cross platform.
What advice would you give someone considering getting into animation?
You should have a long lasting passion for creating/contributing to amazing visual storytelling and be adaptable to technology.
What do you like most about working in animation?
Meeting incredibly talented people that create amazing shows.
What’s been the most challenging thing about working in animation?
A unique mixture of creative and tech skills are needed in this field, which is challenging and fun at the same time. Also, the subjective nature of the medium always finds a new challenge for you.
Outside of animation what are you most passionate about?
I am always interested in making a complete video, as in shooting, audio composition, editing and graphics. So I keep myself involved in all these aspects of filmmaking, as much as I can.
My never ending thirst for understanding details/patterns/colors of nature led me to macro scale. Since my 8 year old son shares the same enthusiasm in knowing the tiny creatures, I did some RND a couple of years ago to come up with a kit that is more mobile and suitable for my son also to handle when he wants. So I ended up using an iPhone 5S with Olloclip and miniature tripods.
The major limitation was that I have to be very, very close to the creatures, since the lens' are not telemacro. So I had to train myself to keep my hand still and be patient enough to give the creature the confidence that I'm not a threat. If I fail in doing so, I either lose the moment or get a few stings! This one has been the toughest video so far:
I created the term 'macrobeing' as a unique name for my concept, which meant life at a macro dimension. So the whole idea of 'The Macrobeing Nature Series' is to realize that there is a tiny beautiful world that exists around us and we don't have to go into a dense forest or up mountain peaks with heavy equipment. All we need to do is spend some time with the nature around us and appreciate these creations. This also brings a sense of calmness as you start falling in love with these creations.
One of my macrobeing short films, 'Faith', was selected for screening at different short film festivals across the world. Faith is an experimental attempt to convey the idea of believing in yourself and your strengths. This short film brings in a new approach of storytelling that can be compelling to invoke new thought processes in being able to think positively, in being able to overcome the toughest hurdles in life.