Akshata Udiaver - Writer. Designer. Curator. Founder of AllAboutAnimation.com & IndiAnimated.com

SUMMARY


My career of over 16 years spans five key areas: Design, Writing, Animation, Communication and Digital Technology.

  • Since 1998, I have been designing (branding, print, web, app UI), writing (copy, content, communication), teaching (English, art, stop motion animation), organising (workshops, seminars, animation festivals), networking and promoting (my own startup, other startups, not-for-profit organisations) and curating (animation films for festivals including the IAWRT Film Festival, Anifest India and ABAIFest).

  • I've been keenly following the development of animation in India for more than a decade now. In late 2007, while everyone else in India was racing to create the Next Big Animated Film, I decided instead, to write about it and founded All About Animation (www.allaboutanimation.com). Since then I have been working very closely with the animation community, helping them connect and collaborate with each other.

  • I joined the not-for-profit organisation, The Animation Society of India (TASI) in 2007. I have been on the Managing Committee of TASI since 2008 and am currently the Honorary Secretary. Volunteering with TASI has given me the opportunity to travel across India, interact with the Indian animation community, organise workshops for them and most importantly, plan and organise Anifest India, the country’s premiere animation festival.

  • In June 2014, I presented a paper at the 26th Conference of the Society for Animation Studies in Toronto, on the topic- 'Broadcasting animation in India: Cracking the distribution code'.

Go to www.AllAboutAnimation.com www.allaboutanimation.com Go to www.IndiAnimated.com www.indianimated.com

EXPERIENCE


Founder, Editor & Curator at All About Animation LLP (Sep 2007 - Present)

All About Animation LLP is an independent platform that promotes awareness about animation in India while discovering, curating and promoting the work of the best artists in the field.

Launched as a blog in September 2007 to counter the serious dearth of animation-related information specific to India, www.allaboutanimation.com grew into a full-fledged informative website in December 2007 from where it evolved into a consistently unbiased and independent industry observer. Since then, AAA has become the one-stop source for information on the Indian animation industry and the go-to place for everything from educational guidance to event/festival updates to networking for collaborators.

In May 2013, All About Animation tied up with iPleaders, a very successful legal startup to develop a course for creative professionals, aptly named 'Self-defense for Creative People', to provide them with the know-how and tools to protect their rights and learn the legal aspects of running a creative enterprise.

So far, All About Animation has been a 'boot-strapped' venture and a one person company but there are plans for expansion in 2015. Apart from getting into Talent Management, All About Animation will be launching two new projects under the brand name 'IndiAnimated' - (1) an online distribution platform for indie Indian animated films that harnesses the power and reach of YouTube and the internet and (2) an interactive, bi-monthly eMagazine, which will be available in PDF format for free download.


Freelance Writer & Designer (Jul 2007 - Nov 2014)

Writing:

  • Wrote a series of articles on Indian Animation for DNA in the Film & Entertainment section (2011).

  • Researched and wrote a non-fiction book for a Mumbai-based company documenting its journey in the financial services & technology sector (Published in 2010). I also designed the layout for the book.

  • Content and copy-writing for miscellaneous projects.

Design:

  • Graphic Design, Logo Design and Branding, Web Design, Book Design and App UI Design.


Consultant (Oct 2005 - Nov 2011)

Worked as a Consultant for three companies- a startup, a pioneering financial services company and a small sports and medical products business:

  • Idea Kinesis (Oct 2005 to Nov 2011): Brand design, web design and client management.

  • FINO Paytech (Jul 2010 to Dec 2010): Planning and writing content for corporate communications and publicity material.

  • Orthofit (Jul 2009 to Mar 2010): Brand management, website design and development, content writing and corporate communications.


Founder & Solopreneur at 8th Sense Ideation (Jun 2000 - Dec 2006)

I worked mostly solo and occasionally with collaborators, on various creative projects including logo design, graphic design, photography, food styling, window displays, invitation card designs, copy-writing, web interface design and stop- motion animation.


Graphic Designer & Team Manager at Spin Visuals Net Graphics Ltd. (Aug 1998 - Dec 1999)

My first 'job' after college, which taught me photo editing, web design, HTML and team management. It also marked the beginning of a life-long love affair with Apple Macs.

EDUCATION

National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata
Diploma, Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws, 2013 - 2014

School of Visual Arts, New York
Film-making, Stop-motion & Puppet Animation, 1999 - 2000

Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Applied Arts, 1993 - 1998

Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai
1981 - 1993


LANGUAGES

English, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi, Bengali and Sanskrit.


INTERESTS

Reading, Writing, Travel, Education, Art, Animation, Film, Visual Effects, New Media & Digital Technology, and Environment Conservation.


ORGANISATIONS

SAS - Society for Animation Studies (Member since 2013)

  • Presented a paper on 'Broadcasting animation in India: Cracking the distribution code' at the 26th Conference of the Society for Animation Studies in Toronto (Jun 2014).

TASI - The Animation Society of India (Member since 2007)

  • Honorary Secretary (2011 onwards)

  • Managing Committee Member (Jan 2008 onwards)




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