Usman Riaz's 'The Glassworker' raises twice its target on Kickstarter

Pakistan's first hand-drawn animated film has raised $116,000

Entertainment Desk April 05, 2016
Pakistan's first hand-drawn animated film has raised $116,000 PHOTO: ANIMEARCADE.NET

Usman Riaz's (and Pakistan's) first hand-drawn animated film The Glassworker is finally happening, thanks to the 1,053 generous people who donated to the artist's fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

The Glassworker has generated a staggering $116,000, which is more than double the funds Usman had hoped to collect.

Usman took to Facebook to share the good news:

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A coming-of-age story, the film follows a young boy named Vincent who is learning the art of glass-blowing from his father. As he grows older, Vincent falls in love with a frequent visitor of his shop. The story-line chronicles the lives of the two lovers through their formative years and how they attempt to sustain the relationship as their situations become increasingly complicated.

In an earlier interview with The Express Tribune, Usman explained, "Pakistan has no hand drawn animation industry. But with your support of this film, we are laying the foundation for artists to work on beautiful works of art that they can be proud of."

Usman Riaz’s ‘The Glassworker’: Pakistan’s first hand-drawn animated film

The first chapter of The Glassworker will be presented in 2017, accompanied by a live orchestral score.



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