Anxiety resides within every individual to some extent. While it may be a normal and temporary experience for some, others endure its severe and persistent effects, eventually impacting their mental and physical well-being. The purpose of creating this film is to depict the audience the detrimental consequences of anxiety and its profound influence on one's life. Each person possesses a unique trigger point to combat this state, as it varies for everyone. Personal encounters have motivated me to develop something that can effectively convey the internal and mental struggles I faced, as well as the challenges I encountered while trying to overcome and coexist with anxiety.
One particular incident compelled me to embark on this filmmaking journey. It was an incident that completely transformed my life. During my school days, I was unexpectedly called upon by a professor to deliver a speech on stage. I hadn't prepared for it, and unfortunately, I found myself unable to deliver the speech. The entire class and my friends burst into laughter that day. However, the true challenge emerged in the aftermath of that incident. People began to ignore me, and my friends started bullying me. Various unpleasant incidents unfolded, with some individuals even making derogatory remarks about my caste.
Subsequently, the repercussions of that event took a toll on my mental health. My confidence plummeted, and I found myself unable to articulate my ideas or thoughts in front of a group. This inability had a significant impact on my academic performance, and regrettably, its effects persist to this day.
In my quest to conquer these internal anxiety issues, I embarked on a transformative journey through live painting performances. Engaging in these performances played a pivotal role in helping me overcome my anxiety state.
Deepak Milind PendamDirector
Runtime:1 minute 31 seconds
Completion Date:December 25, 2022
Production Budget:500 USD
Country of Origin:India
Country of Filming:India
Student Project:Yes - IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay
Deepak M. Pendam is an accomplished director and visual storyteller, specializing in animation design. With a passion for bringing imaginative worlds to life, Deepak has become a prominent figure in the field of animation.
Deepak's creative journey began with his pursuit of a Master of Design (M.des) in Animation Design from the prestigious IDC School of Design at IIT Bombay. During his time at IDC, he honed his skills and developed a deep understanding of the art of animation, exploring various techniques and mediums to express his artistic vision.
During his time at IDC School of Design, Deepak excelled in his studies, showcasing exceptional artistic skills and a keen eye for detail. His specialization in concept art and backgrounds allowed him to create immersive and visually captivating worlds that enhance the storytelling experience. Having honed his skills at one of the most esteemed design institutes in India, Deepak has gained recognition for his remarkable talent and has collaborated with various industry professionals. His work has garnered praise for its aesthetic appeal, innovative concepts, and ability to evoke emotional responses from audiences.
Driven by his passion for storytelling, Deepak aspires to create meaningful and thought-provoking cinematic experiences. His distinct directorial style is characterized by his ability to breathe life into characters and worlds through his mastery of animation and his deep understanding of the human experience.
With a solid foundation in animation design and a visionary approach to filmmaking, Deepak M. Pendam continues to explore new horizons in the world of animation, captivating audiences with his unique storytelling abilities and artistic prowess.
Overcoming the challenges of my own anxiety state has been a significant journey for me. However, I have always harbored a desire to address this topic through the power of my animation skills, as it is often overlooked by society. Mental health issues are frequently misunderstood and not given the attention they deserve.
Creating a film on this subject posed two major challenges. Firstly, condensing the entire story into a mere one-minute duration was a daunting task. With a wealth of content to convey, fitting it all within such a short timeframe proved to be incredibly challenging. Secondly, my personal story served as the foundation for this film, requiring continuous work and refinement to make it as captivating and poignant as possible. In delving into my past and revisiting the incidents that sparked my anxiety, I confronted various emotional obstacles while shaping the narrative.
Developing the visuals for this film also presented its own set of challenges, particularly when it came to crafting fantasy backgrounds. I opted for a simple yet beautiful approach that resonated with my artistic sensibilities. Additionally, conducting interviews and engaging in discussions with people and my guide played a pivotal role in shaping the film and providing valuable insights.
Through perseverance and determination, I have embraced the opportunity to shed light on mental health issues using my animation skills. It is my hope that this film will help raise awareness and foster a deeper understanding of the impact anxiety can have on individuals' lives.