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May 2, 2016

Behind the seen: The Lightyears Explode’s Good Night by Nisha Vasudevan

by Shashi Prakash Vyas

We caught up with Nisha Vasudevan (The Whimnasium), whose video for Nischay Parekh’s Philosophize was featured by us in an article about a year ago, but this time for the first video she animated at the very beginning. The precise animation, upside-down imagination and beautiful music are what make Nisha Vasudevan’s video for The Lightyears Explode’s track ‘Good Night’, a delight to watch.

Even though it is one of her first animation projects, she produces it in effortlessly with influences from the art she’s seen in the past and the music track itself. When asked about why she picked an elephant to project the story she says, “the first visual that popped into my head was this sad little elephant trying to forget something.”

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She was inspired by an art piece by Victor Eredel, which again is an elephant. She hints that it’s not just about a homeless elephant’s night time routine but about the general despondency and the excess baggage which we all try to shake off; how lonely thoughts shroud us and that’s when the video says, “but for now, it’s good night” leaving you with a hope that tomorrow shall be a better day.

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While working a day job, she spent her nights doodling things and fidgeting with software, to create a video that runs in sync with The Lightyears Explode‘s music. The learning phase is reflected in a lot of animation glitches in the video but she says she loves it regardless because of the story more than anything.

“I appreciate how the rawness works along the stripped-down vibe of the song.”

An admirer of Looney Toons, Disney and anime, she finds inspiration in the works of Edward Gorey, Marjane Satrapi, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, David ShrigleyWes Anderson and Liz Climo, among others. Closer to home she loves the work of Sajid Wajid Shaikh, Namaah Kumar, Pranita Kocharekar and Aniruddha Mehta, to name a few.

With her new found venture, The Whimnasium – a small boutique creative agency, she hopes to work more on live action based creatives, animated videos, illustration design and writing. She is currently working on illustrations for a children’s book, The Book of Nom, written by Anand Wilfred. Wishing to pen a script for a film she also wants to direct her own musical and says the work is in progress. Good night, and dream sweet dreams we say…

To see more of her work you can visit her page on Facebook, Behance, Vimeo and Instagram.

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