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Be inspired by your own creations

An innovative mind and a keen desire to outsmart himself drives Australia-based animator Darcy Prendergast

education Updated: Nov 16, 2011 10:37 IST
Garima Upadhyay
Garima Upadhyay
Hindustan Times

From doing cartoons to animation, I think I have come a long way. There was a time when I was so broke that I contemplated leaving animation forever. Then, I started doing some commercials which served as the source of money for my creative creations. I thought that we live lives too short to let go of dreams and that’s when I decided to set up my own studio.

India and animation
There is a lot of interest in animation, especially Claymation. India is also getting there, people are excited to try Claymation.
It is a niche industry as not many people are doing it.
It requires massive investment because you need huge spaces to perform it.
I have seen that a lot of people are worried about making money out of the profession. For them, my advice is that they should work with commercials. Though they are suffocating but they help you to be creative.

Success mantra
My creations are the result of my passion for the craft. I would advise everyone to work not only for money but also for the passion of it. It is about the personal pay-off and satisfaction out of the work created. Innovation and a keen desire to outsmart myself every time I make something new is what drives me.

Message to youngsters
One must enjoy and find fun in what they love rather than do anything and everything without enjoying any bit of it. You’ve got to be proud of your creations. There should not be any restriction in the mind for creating something in a particular medium whether live action, 2D, 3D or Claymation. It is the rendition and the visualisation that matters rather than the medium of storytelling. One should not only enjoy his own creation but also must be inspired with his own creation. The path in the field of animation is not very easy; nobody here becomes a master overnight. It takes time before one actually starts growing to reap he fruits of the harvest.

First Published: Nov 15, 2011 12:10 IST