Thursday, November 22, 2012
In a far away place called Sikkim, beneath Mount Kangchendzonga there is a legend of a magical place called Nye Mayel Kyong, that no one has ever seen. This is a story a hunter who stumbles upon Nye Mayel Kyong while he is hunting a wild boar in the forest. The boar is no ordinary animal and Nye Mayel Kyong is no ordinary place….
The hero of the film is the young hunter chasing a wild boar through the forest. The boar reveals itself to be a magical creature from a mythical
he tries to escape he transforms into four magical creatures. The hunter himself undergoes a transformation
when he realizes that he cannot hunt any more, but must return to the world to
help those in need. land
The film will be animated using 2D and 3D techniques with a combination of hand drawn cel animation and computer technology, as tested by animators at the workshop held at the Nyamgyal Institute of Tibetology in 2010 to develop this film.
The hand painted backgrounds depict the lush, verdant landscape and mountains of
he four magical creatures evoke the four
seasons. As the hunter enters Nye Mayel Kyong, the art style of the
film is inspired by the intricate Thangka paintings of
the region. Sikkim and t
The Lepcha people have a rich tradition of music and songs, and the film has a musical soundtrack composed by Lepcha musicians and played on indigenous instruments for this first animation film from
cartoon characters designed by comic book artist Pankaj
Thapa are appealing to children in their simplistic style. Sikkim
The film will be made by artists, animators and media professionals from
film will be in English, and it will also be dubbed into Lepcha and Nepali for the
local audience. There will also be a
Hindi language version for national screenings. Nye Mayel Kyong is part of the Tales of the Tribes, a
half hour series of animated folk stories from North East India. Sikkim
The series will be available for screenings in cultural centres and schools and it will be available for regional and national broadcast.
The film has received support from the Commonwealth Foundation, INTACH, the Nyamgyal Institute of Tibetology, Echostream, the Directorate of Handloom and Handicraft (Sikkim) and the National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant.