Topi (2009)

"Amidst the turbulent partition of India circa 1947, a young Hindu boy has a chance encounter with a stranger."

This was my graduate thesis film at USC.

HIGHLIGHTS

FESTIVALS

Best 3D Animation, Best Lighting & Compositing, Jaipur Animation Film Festival, 2011
River Admiration Award, Silent River Film Festival, 2011
Critics’ Award, Jaipur International Film Festival, 2011
Honorable Mention, ASIFA-East Animation Festival, 2010
Best Graduate Film, Ivy Film Festival, 2010
Runner-up, Animation Student Emmys/College Television Awards, 2010
Best Short Short, Lancaster Area Film Festival, 2010
Best Animation, Short Film Festival of India, 2010
Best Animated Short, Oxford Film Festival, 2010
Commendation, Student Animation, 2D Or Not 2D Animation Festival, 2009
Best Animation, Anchorage International Film Festival, 2009
Digichannel Audience Award, River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, 2009
Finalist, HBO Short Film Award South Asian International Film Festival, 2009
Best Picture, Best Screenplay, chashama Film Festival, 2009
Finalist, Angelus Student Film Festival, 2009
Best 3D Animation, California International Animation Festival, 2009
Best Student Film, Animation Block Party, 2009

San Francisco International Film Festival, 2011
Siggraph Computer Animation Festival, 2010
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, 2010
Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2009

Full list of festival screenings.

GALLERIES

"Paris Delhi Bombay", Center Pompidou, Paris, 2011
"Maharaja", Art Gallery of Ontario, 2010-2011
"India Audio Visual", Sala Parpallo, Spain, 2011

PRESS

Animation Reporter article

+ Cast

VOICE
Bir ............................................... GURSHISH DHUPAR
Mother ...................................... NAILA AZAD
Old Man .................................... SUBASH KUNDANMAL
Crowd ....................................... ANUJ NIJHAWAN
..................................................... ANVAY BENDRE
..................................................... SHARIF AHMED
..................................................... MANJIT SINGH DHUPAR

MOVEMENT
Crowd ....................................... JOHN HELTON
...................................................... NAHOMI MAKI
...................................................... KEVIN RYAN
...................................................... LESTER REYNOLDS
...................................................... JOHN MICHAEL HERNDON

+ CREW

Written, Directed & Animated By
ARJUN RIHAN..

Sound Design By
SARAH ZERINA USMEN

Original Music By
LUDWIG GORANSSON

Script Translated By
SUNIL RIHAN

Assistant Casting Director
MALA RIHAN

Sound Mix
PAUL ANDRÉ FONAREV & DAVID LANKTON

Additional Modeling
THOMAS HUANG
JAKE ALBERS

Systems Support
BRAD KEAN

Voice-Over Recordist
BETHANY SPARKS

Executive Consultant/Additional Storyboards
JOANNA GRIEBEL

Faculty Advisors
CHRISTINE PANUSHKA
KATHY SMITH
SHEILA M. SOFIAN ERIC HANSON
RICHARD WEINBERG

Additional Faculty Support
MAR ELEPANO
MICHAEL PATTERSON
PAUL DEMEYER
PAUL WOLFF
NORMAN HOLLYN
ERIC FURIE
CANDACE RECKINGER
MARY SWEENEY
JOE WALLENSTEIN
ROBERT ZEMECKIS

More info and production blog at partitionthesis.blogspot.com