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Supernatural Fantasy is a documentation on my animated film "Ghost Train" explaining the process and the making of the film.

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  • DIPLOMA PROJECT

    SUPERNATURAL FANTASY

    Sponsor : Self

    guide : SEKHAR MUKHERJEE

    Student : KSHITIJ VERMA

    COMMUNICATION DESIGN FACULTY (ANIMATION FILM DESIGN)

    National Institute of DesignAhmedabad

    2014

    Volume : 1

    programme : Post-Graduate Diploma Programme

  • the evaluation Jury recommends KSHitiJ Verma for the

    diploma of the national institute of design

    CommuniCation deSign (animation FiLm deSign)

    herewith, for the project titled "SupernaturaL FantaSY"

    on fulfilling the further requirements by *

    Chairman

    members :

    *Subsequent remarks regarding fulfilling the requirements :

    registrar(academics)

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    Copyright 2014Student document publication, meant for private circulation only.All rights reservedPGDPD, Animation Film Design, 2011 - 2014,National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, IndiaNo part of this document will be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronically or mechanically, including photocopying, xerography and videography recording without written permission from the publisher,Kshitij Verma and National Institiute of DesignAll illustrations and photographs in this document are copyright 2014by respective people / organizations.Edited and designed by Kshitij Vermae-mail: kshitij_rverma@yahoo.comNational Institute of Design (NID)Paldi, Ahmedabad - 380007Gujarat, Indiahttp://nid.eduPrinted digitally in Ahmedabad, IndiaDecember 2014

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    CONTENTS AKNOWLEDGEMENTS .......................................... 5

    INTRODUCTION .......................................................... 6

    PROCESS ............................................................................ 10

    The Thougt Express ............................................................. 11Scrolls ...................................................................................... 14Trying to feel ......................................................................... 19A New Perspective - exploration in sound ................... 25Visual Trip .............................................................................. 27Final Sound ............................................................................ 35Final Storyboard and Animatic ........................................ 37Inspirations ............................................................................ 56

    Production ............................................................................. 61

    CONCLUSION ................................................................. 70

    BIBLIOGRAPHY ............................................................. 71

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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSAnna is one of the most important names in the list for she gifted me her recorder to explore sound, my close friends Kiran Dalal and Jaimeen Desai for being great sources of realizations and patient listeners, Mayur Kakreli for helping me in Pixelation and Deval Vala and Pushpendra for helping me figure out production techniques. A special thanks to Sheefalika Misra for trusting me with her camera.

    I would like to thank Sri Pradyumna Vyas (Director, NID), Dr. Vijaya Deshmukh (Registrar, NID) and Vijay Singh Katiyar, (Education Chairperson, NID) and the Animation Film Department for giving me an opportunity to be a part of it and give my thoughts a form of a film.

    My parents have always supported my interest in art since I was a child. It is because of their encouragement that I am what I am. My grandmother, who intoduced me to the art of storytelling. I would like to mention my sister Prachi because I think shes the only one from my family who truely understands what Ive been doing. Also I would like to mention Mr. Atul Bhat, a brilliant artist who took my love for drawing to a level near perfection. He was my mentor during the most precious phase of my life - childhood.

    I would like to thank Mr. Sekhar Mukherjee who guided me throughout the project and supported the idea of an alternate approach to making a film.Also I thank Atul bhai, Nitish Bhai and Sanjeev bhai from the Animation staff for technical assistance.

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    INTRODUCTIONMost of the stories that were written for this project had a fantasical approach. Those fantasies were not bright and sunny, they were obscure, like ghost stories. But this did not make ghosts the center of the film as I took time to realize and accept that I wanted the Supernatural fantasy to be the focal point of the project.

    Childhood memories and past experiences of horror fantasies were taken into consderation as they were the main source of ideas. Remembering and reliving those moments became a part of the process to create a horror film, but I still didnt know why is horror so fascinating to me and why am I obsessed with ghost stories. I started writing with this question in my mind and ended up writing an introspection in the form of a monologue.

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    The MonologueI like horror stories. They scare me, but I enjoy them. Why? Why am I obsessed with the supernatural? Maybe I need it to excite myself. Reality and its expectations are boring. All of us want the same thing - success. And we are so desperate to achieve it.

    I want to run away, where me and my thoughts are alone. Where I can live my life according to myself, peacefully. But how can I? Im afraid. There are people around me whom I love. How am I going to live my entire life without them? But with them, am I really free? Thats why I need ghosts, to get the thrill. I hope to see a ghost someday. Maybe, Ill fly with it.

    Did you hear that?What?I think there is someone in the houseYeah, sure.A ghost. It is standing there, in the corner, reading a newspaper.

    I just kept doodling, searching for something. What if there is really a ghost standing in the corner, waiting for me to look at it. All my fantasies can come true and maybe I will be able to fly with it in the sky. But I didnt look up. I couldnt, didnt have the courage. It could be standing there but what if its not. Itll be dissapointing. And if it is there, it wouldnt be a fantasy anymore. Itll become reality.

    Sitting there, confused between reality and fantasy, I kept on doodling, searching for something. The scratching sound of the pencil goes quicker and quicker, lounder and louder and louder and stops. And I looked up.

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    Away From Reality

    At that time, when I was still collecting ideas, I used to read Kafkas short stories that would leave me wondering about the relationship of reality and fantasy. I had also discovered writing through my Stream of consciousness. Both Kafka and the stream of consciousness proved to be a great influence on the process of writing. The monologue is majorly an introspection about why horror is a great source of thrill and how it takes one on a fantasy trip away from reality.

    We live in an age where we follow science as religion. Our lives are based on scientific logic, not mythology anymore and do not believe in ghost stories and urban legends. We, inspite of being rational people, always have a little corner for doubts. Doubts about the supernatural being real or fantasy often come accross when we are told a srange, dark tale or just ghostly rumors. We, most of the time are so certain about our existence but questions like who we really are and what is the universe are still unanswered. There certainly are multiple theories but the absolute truth is still a mystery and mysteries ignite imagination.

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    The Unknown exists since the birth of mankind as H.P. Lovecraft, the pioneer of supernatural horror in english literature, says, The strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest fear is the unknown.Which is why we are still scared of dark places and feel restless and vulnerable in the presence of silence, loneliness and menacing shadows. It is something that doesnt exist but still has a very strongand distinct presence around us and inside us.

    Fantasy, through the medium of Art and Literature, takes us to unknown places away from reality and puts us back in the real world, reminding us time to time that there is more to our mundane reality. In a nutshell, with fantasy as a part of our art and culture, reality is less mundane.

    Now, how does one enter a fantasyland. How does a painter, a filmmaker, a musician would convince the audience that they are experiencing fantasy. One possible answer that I found is by making them feel. This is when recreating a feeling, specifically of horror became important to me and became the main idea of this film.

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    PROCESSThe Thougt Express ............................................................. 11Scrolls ...................................................................................... 14Trying to feel ......................................................................... 19A New Perspective - exploration in sound ................... 25Visual Trip ..........................................