Film produced by alumnus premieres at Cannes
It's been two years since Abhishek Hans graduated from the BA (Hons) Animation Production course at Ravensbourne. After not finding much success on the UK job market, he pursued an opportunity to gain work experience through his connections in India. In August 2013 he moved to Jaipur, where he initially worked on a feature film production and eventually embarked upon his short film project, ‘A Letter from my Father’.
I enjoyed the creative process of writing and making the film as well as working with the actors. I'm still in early stages, experimenting, learning and figuring things out.
After completing the film, Abhishek sent it to two competitions in the UK and the Cannes Film Festival in France. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and Abhishek had the opportunity to attend the festival, taking part in training sessions and enjoying the networking events.
A few days before Abhishek’s return to London the film received a nomination at the Limelight Film Awards.
Abhishek says that for him ‘A Letter from my Father’ is his most important project to date, one that he hopes will allow him to continue making short films in the future. He explained, “I took away a lot from the experience of working with the writer, my friend and colleague, Ajaydeep Singh. It was my first time screenwriting and just by spending time with him allowed me to think like a screenwriter and contribute to follow that process. As much as I myself invested a lot of time and energy to make my vision a reality, the film wouldn’t be what it is without the support of everyone who was involved, so it means a great deal to me.”
How would Abhishek describe his Ravensbourne experience? In his words it is a place of innovation and collaboration, one that encourages students to take risks, develop their knowledge and skills through practical experience and independent learning.
At the time when Abhishek was looking for the right university, there were major developments happening at Ravensbourne, with the new building and the relocation. He says he felt the spirit of that change so it was an easy decision for him to choose Ravensbourne to pursue his degree.
Animation fascinated me since childhood and I wanted to learn the magic behind it. I had a lot of options at the time, but I felt that animation had been one of those things that I enjoyed my whole life and I hadn’t felt that way about architecture, design or fine arts. I'm sure I'll make an animated film some day. That would be nice.
When asked about his future plans, Abhishek wants to continue making short films while also preparing for an MA in Filmmaking, a skill which for him represents the art of telling compelling stories with an articulately distinctive vision.
‘A Letter from my Father’ will be shown at the festival in Clermont-Ferrand in February next year.