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A hand-drawn film about a young glassblower who discovers that life is beautiful but fragile, like glass.
Directed by Usman Riaz, 'The Glassworker' (شیشہ گر)  is a hand-drawn animated film about a young girl and boy who discover that life is beautiful but fragile, like glass.
Directed by Usman Riaz, 'The Glassworker' (شیشہ گر)  is a hand-drawn animated film about a young girl and boy who discover that life is beautiful but fragile, like glass.
1,053 backers pledged $116,000 to help bring this project to life.

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The Glassworker: An Animated Film Directed by Usman Riaz

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STRETCH GOALS!

In just 16 days you guys got us to the first goal of $50K! Thank you all so very much! This means we'll be able to animate the first 15 minutes of 'The Glassworker'!

But we aren't stopping there!

THANK YOU! Our first stretch goal has been hit! 

With $75K we can have a full orchestra record the score for 'The Glassworker' Part One! 

Those of you who have pledged $50 and above will get an incredible listening experience with our Original Soundtrack.

THANK YOU! Our second stretch goal has been hit!

With $100K we'll be able to make 'The Glassworker' Part Two (Half the film!). 

 THANK YOU! Our third stretch goal has been hit!

With $110K production 'The Glassworker' Part Three can begin. The more you pledge the more of the film we can make!

Bonus stretch goal 

With $115K we will focus on making an extensive behind the scenes documentary showing how we were able to setup our animation studio in Pakistan. 

We will also have a press conference in Karachi in late May 2016 to showcase our work and invite talent to be a part of Mano Animation Studios. 

We have so many surprises for everyone! We can't wait to reveal it all to you. Help us reach our stretch goals to see what else we have planned!

Thank you for your support! 

'The Glassworker' is a coming of age story about a young boy named Vincent, who is learning the art of Glassblowing from his father in their Glass Shop. As he grows older he begins to fall in love with a frequent visitor of the shop - a young girl named Alliz. 

The film will follow both Vincent and Alliz through their developing years as life gets more complicated and inhibits their relationship. 

'The Glassworker' is a hand-drawn animated film written and directed by Usman Riaz. 

It will be Pakistan's first fully hand drawn animated film. 

Currently launching the first part through Kickstarter, Usman invites us to see his vision come to life with his team of animators, artists, and musicians formed under his newly formed ‘Mano Animation Studios’.

Young Vincent in the Workshop
Young Vincent in the Workshop
Alliz in the Glass Shop
Alliz in the Glass Shop

Mano Animation Studios comprises of a small team of incredibly talented artists in Pakistan who are making 'The Glassworker' come to life.

The team originates from Pakistan and extends to the United States, Malaysia, United Kingdom and South Africa.

Pakistan has no hand drawn animation industry. But with this film and our studio, we hope to lay the foundation for artists to come and work on beautiful works of art that they can be proud of. 

Mano Animation Studios means that we can support new work, and seed opportunities to support a new generation of exceptional artists in Pakistan, and beyond.

Mano Animation Department in Pakistan
Mano Animation Department in Pakistan
Animating in Pakistan
Animating in Pakistan
The Glass Rose
The Glass Rose

 
RAISING $50,000

We're grateful for every pledge towards the making of 'The Glassworker'

Quality is something we will not compromise on. To achieve that, we have searched and hired the people who could help us achieve this vision and maintain a standard of excellence that the story deserves.

If successful, the Kickstarter will be used to support our talented team. We have graciously been provided with a stable office/studio environment office that the Pakistan team need to to continue their work. Our team of artists have agreed to a modest fee which will enable them to still work through the first steps of the production.

Of course, any money raised above and beyond our target would mean expanding the team and supporting them with more equipment to deliver an earlier release of The Glassworker - Part One.

THE REWARDS

There are rewards for everyone.

Our rewards include both digital and exclusive experiences, with features of the music and art from the film itself.

Artwork & Wallpapers
Artwork & Wallpapers
Limited Edition Artbooks & Original Soundtrack
Limited Edition Artbooks & Original Soundtrack

'The Making of the Glassworker' book will give readers insight into how the film was made and will show everything from character designs to architectural models made by the team of artists.

Character Sheet for 'Mr. Oliver'
Character Sheet for 'Mr. Oliver'
Model of the Glass Shop
Model of the Glass Shop

'The Glassworker Storyboards' will show each shot drawn and described by Usman Riaz.

Drawing the storyboards
Drawing the storyboards

'Paper' the app on the iPad Pro have been a key part in helping Usman create detailed storyboards and sketches. We will be giving these storyboards and sketches as special rewards to our backers! 

Sample from 'The Glassworker Storyboards'
Sample from 'The Glassworker Storyboards'

The Score for 'The Glassworker' will be written by Usman with compositions featuring the Piano, Strings and Glockenspiel to evoke the nature of Glass.

The soundtrack and books will be given as digital and physical rewards.

We also will hold invite events in Pakistan and New York, where you will get a chance to meet the amazing team behind the film.

The global team will also be sharing their video series: “Making The Glassworker“ for our online community to share the production experience.

 
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR  

Usman Riaz at Mano
Usman Riaz at Mano

TED Senior Fellow Usman Riaz is a fine-artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer who is passionate about the creative process and using technology to rapidly further our talents.

Currently based in Boston, Usman has been acclaimed for captivating audiences around the world with his storytelling through film and music.

 TED TALKS

Risks and challenges

The people that accomplish amazing things do so because they never give up on what they believe in.

We are aware of the obstacles we might face (mostly funding) and the production delays that might happen. However, we are not afraid to grow from these challenges.

As the director, I will be handling the team progress and will keep the backers updated on everything that is happening in the production process.

To everyone who funds this project: You are the reason everyone working on this film is able to stick to what we believe in. We value everyone’s input to the highest degree.

We invite you to come on this amazing journey with us and see ‘The Glassworker’ come to life.

Thank you for reading about our work!

- Usman Riaz

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