2 Ghanta Production is a team of six animator friends. The team was set up by their college, Islington College itself in 2021.
An animator is one who produces multiple images called frames, which when sequenced together create an illusion of movement.
The team is full of a package of talented members like; Rashik Shrestha (lead animator), Millen Maharjan (animator), Aniket Goyal (Compiling), Laxman Rai (lyrics), Sujan Johnchen (storyboard), and Abash Raj Adhikari (concept and animation).
Abash Adhikari had always been interested in the movie-making process. His interest in animation only began later in life when he was working as a cameraman. "While working as a cameraman, I got to know a guy who was an animator. I used to enjoy his work. That’s when my interest in animators began.” It has been three years since Adhikari stepped in this field.
Majority of people take cartoons and animation as the same. Animation is a technique of photographing successive drawings or positions of models to create an illusion of movement. Cartoon on the other hand, refers to a drawing or a television program or film made using animation technique.
The process of making animated videos is long and requires a lot of patience and hard work. “When we get a project, we finalize the concept and then start to write it. After that the script is written and presented in the storyboard. Only then we animate the videos," Adhikari explains. "All the members do the work divided for them," he adds.
There is little scope for animation in Nepal. On top of that, people's misconception about animation and cartoons being the same makes animation look like an easy job. "People believe that animators do not work as hard as other artists", Adhikari says.
But that’s not true. Sometimes it can take up to 1-2 months to render a minute video. And sometimes they also have to approach for projects themselves.
“Once I made a project for my college which happened to be liked by a company from India and they used it in one of the games. That project made me proud of myself and the happiest”, says Adhikari.
The latest work done by the team is in the new song ‘Mero Desh’ by The Shadows ‘Nepal’ band. "The band members were happy and said they didn’t expect the video to come out that good," Adhikari says.
Though the team is new in this field, they are getting a lot of appreciation and love from the viewers. Adhikari and his team are still keen on learning more and growing as a team. Currently, they are working on 2-3 different projects.
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