TUMO students had the unique opportunity to work with all-star talents to produce their own 2D animated films and create sound design for them. With the help of Disney animated film director Arnab Chaudhuri, students learned traditional animation techniques using pencil and paper. Over the course of a few weeks, they drew storyboards for their ideas and developed them into classical, frame-by-frame, hand-drawn animations using their own characters. In a parallel lab, another group of students led by Eric Hachikian developed, composed, recorded and finalized the sound design for these animations.
Arnab Chaudhuri is an animator and director. He is best known for directing the Walt Disney Pictures co-produced 2012 Indian animated action film Arjun: The Warrior Prince. Arnab is the director of content and creative at Disney India, where he oversees the network’s strategy.
Eric Hachikian is an Armenian-American composer whose work can be heard on such films and TV shows as The Wrestler, The Mindy Project, and Entourage. His compositions have been hailed as “lovely and original” by the New York Times. Eric, who is the co-founder and creative director of Soundcat Productions, also composes music for international ad campaigns by Apple, Google, Facebook, BMW, Snickers, and more.