The Glassworker - Prelude
We have some good news!
We are extremely excited to share "The Glassworker (شیشہ گر) - Prelude" for all our Kickstarter backers!
Check your emails for your special link.
(If... Read more
We are done!
Thank you so much for supporting Mano Animation Studios! With your backing, we have completed the first ever hand drawn animated short film in Pakistan’s history.
Since our Kickstarter launched,... Read more
A huge thank you
Thank you for your patience - this is just a small update.
The sound design for the animation is almost complete. I’m a stickler for details and want this to... Read more
An Unexpected Journey
This is it.
I want to sincerely thank all of our Kickstarter backers. You all have made this journey possible.
We are weeks away from debuting ‘The Glassworker -... Read more
Year in Review: A look back at 2016’s special moments
This time last year, we launched our first Kickstarter for ‘The Glassworker’.
It has been an incredibleyear for Mano Animation Studios - so we thought we’d look back on some of those special... Read more
Shindig Online Presentation - Mano Animation Studios
We are rescheduling our Shindig Event - apologies for the confusion.
Join Mano Animation Studios from Shindig HQ on Saturday Feb 18th 2017!
9pm Pakistan Standard Time
11am Eastern Standard... Read more
Join us on the 25th of Jan on Shindig!
Join the Mano Animation Studios Team on Shindig.com for a special online event where we will talk about progress on our animation - how we are setting up the studio... Read more
[TED Fellows Blog] "Why the characters in my animated film will speak Urdu"
An article I worked on with the TED Fellows team at TED - I feel it is necessary to share now. The working title was 'Reclaiming my language - on... Read more
The Glassworker (شیشہ گر) Prologue Trailer
“We are extremely excited to finally share first footage of The Glassworker (شیشہ گر) with everyone who has supported us. Mano Animation Studios is a small team of extremely... Read more
Mano website features exclusive to backers
We have been busy gearing up for the launch of our first ever completed trailer for 'The Glassworker' (شیشہ گر).
The footage I was lucky enough to debut at... Read more
Updates and more updates!
To all our backers,
I sincerely mean that. With your help not only were we able to get the ball rolling for this animated film - but we... Read more
Meet the Makers @ TEDxKL Malaysia
This weekend we head to TEDxKL in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! If you are nearby, come meet the team or join us to hear Usman Riaz reveal developments of 'The Glassworker' on the TEDxKL main stage.
TEDxKL is Saturday... Read more
Interview with BFM - Malaysia
Interview with BFM Radio - The Business Station Malaysia
Thank you for supporting us. This interview with give you a great update on the project. We are all hard... Read more
Laying the Foundation for Animation in Pakistan
It has been a crazy few weeks. After finishing up school and working on ‘The Glassworker’ my wife and I finally made our way home to Karachi, Pakistan to continue... Read more
Artcore Interview - Usman Riaz
A candid interview for the Artcore community.
Artcore is a creative community focused around different forms of art, composed of artists from around the globe. Artcore aims to unite different... Read more
The Glassworker’ Kickstarter campaign has ended with $116k!
Thank you to each of our 1053 backers, and all who have helped to make our dream a reality and beyond! It... Read more
12 hours left - This is it
THIS IS IT!
This is the last update for the Kickstarter - The next messages will come after our campaign ends.
- 12 hours left in the campaign ... Read more
Saturday April 2nd - 24 hours left
Thank you for coming with us this far. We have accomplished so much with all your support.
- 24 hours left in the campaign
- $112,338raised in... Read more
Thank you all so much!
With 42 hours left - We have hit our third stretch goal of $110K! I am overwhelmed by all the incredible support.
$115K is... Read more
2 Days Left!
We are so close to our third stretch goal of $110K and 1000 backers!
You all are the reason we have come so far! Help us reach our goals by doing... Read more
Reflections as we near the end of our campaign
For those of you familiar with Studio Ghibli’s film ‘The Wind Rises’ you will see where I got the inspiration for this drawing.
Young Jiro Horikoshi(designer of the Mitsubishi... Read more
WE CROSSED $100K!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
We have crossed $100,000 in pledges with 8 days remaining!
I don't know what to say.
I am stunned by the incredible support we have... Read more
Only $2835 away from $100k!!!!
THANK YOU to our new latest backer #878 who pledged $10k!!
We now are so so close to making Part 2!!
Pledge to see it happen: kck.st/1PhQRKn
Almost at $100K!
Thank you all!
With 10 days remaining we are only $13,400 Away from reaching $100K in Pledges!
Help us reach our goal!
11 days left!
This is it people!
Help us reach our final stretch goal of $100K!
Share and spread our kickstarter with your friends on twitter
Tweet @manostudios #theglassworker http://kck.st/1PhQRKn
Mano visits Disney Legend!
What an honor - I just visited Walt Disney Animation Studios Legend Andreas Deja in his home studio in Hollywood, LA with the Walt Disney Imagineering.
Andreas is best known... Read more
Our $75K stretch goal has been Hit !
We did it!
YOU did it!
Thanks to your support we have now hit $75,000! This means we can record the score for Part One of 'The Glassworker' with an entire... Read more
Updated Kickstarter Page!
Thank you everyone for all your amazing support!
We have updated the entire Kickstarter page to make our stretch goals much more prominent!
Do take a look at the updated... Read more
'Sunset Sonata' Watercolor Art & 'The Making of The Glassworker' Art Book
'Sunset Sonata' - Vincent sits sketching and Alliz practices the violin as the sun sets.
A watercolor painting by Usman Riaz for 'The Glassworker', made with Paper By Fifty Three. Pledge... Read more
Konbini.com Meets 'The Glassworker' [INTERVIEW]
It was an honor chatting with Konbini.com!
Check out the interview with Usman Riaz at:
Work in Japan - Pakistan & 'The Glassworker'
Japan takes note of 'The Glassworker' in a recent article from 'Work in Japan'.
'The Glassworker' in WIRED UK!!
Honored to be featured in WIRED UK!
Read more at: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/26/mano-animation-pakistan-glass-blower
Kickstarter Update - Stretch Goals Video
Thank you to all our backers!
(This clip also contains a sneak peak at a newly animated scene)
We've crossed our initial funding goal of $50,000 for Part One... Read more
Join our stretch goals to add an orchestra for Part 1 or make Part 2!!!
We've funded $50,000 for Part I - but we're not stopping there!
With $75K we can have an orchestra record the score of Part 1
With $100K we'll make Part... Read more
The Glassworker Featured in Forbes
Another wonderful article about the Glassworker in Forbes Magazine
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
The Glassworker has met its initial funding goal in just 16 days!
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR BACKERS! WE COULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN THIS FAR WITHOUT YOU!
Next Goal-... Read more
We have crossed $30K in 14 Days!
We are MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE!
And in only 2 weeks!
Thank you for all your amazing support.
Steven Spielberg sees 'The Glassworker'!
So Steven Spielberg just saw 'The Glassworker' storyboards and animations on my iPad Pro at TED 2016!
We talked about our love for Hayao Miyazaki, story boarding and film techniques... Read more
'The Glassworker' Teaser debuts at TED 2016!
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AMAZING BACKERS!
The Glassworker Teaser just debuted on the TED 2016Fellows Stage and we couldn't be more thrilled. Here is the footage for everyone to... Read more
Meet the Director on The Creators Project - VICE! [INTERVIEW]
Read Usman Riaz's interview at: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/pakistans-first-hand-drawn-animated-feature-film
Meet The Director Live on Shindig
Thursday Feb 11th Live @ 6 - 7 PM EST RSVP at: http://www.shindig.com/event/glassworker
Join the conversation on Shindig for an exclusive video chat hangout with Usman Riaz the Director of... Read more
BuzzFeed covers 'The Glassworker'!
BuzzFeed does a detailed report on our animation work!
The Glassworker Featured on TED!
'Building Pakistan's First Hand Drawn Animation Studio'
Featured on the TED Fellows Medium!