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C B Arun Kumar
C B Arun Kumar
Academic Director, Select

C B Arun Kumar has been working in the Animation & Broadcast Industry in India since 1985 and has has over 26 years of professional experience. He did his Masters from the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC Jamia) in 1989.

 

Since then he has worked with Television18, Business India TV (TVI),  Aaj Tak (Living Media), Doordarshan and Vijay TV (now Star Vijay).

 

In 2001 he set up the Moving Picture Company's Animation Division and worked on the first Indian 3D animation series, Jungle Tales (for Cartoon Network)

 

In 2006 he shifted to Mumbai as Vice President of Maya Entertainment after which he worked as Head of VFX and Animation Operations in Pixion.

 

He is one of the leading Virtual Reality photographers in the world specializing in digital panoramic imaging.

 

He was awarded the National Award for Best Director (Rajat Kamal) of an Animation Film (2005) for Kachua aur Khargosh.


Atanu Roy
Atanu Roy
Technical Director, CG & VFX, Animation

A “look and feel” specialist, Atanu Roy has over 17 years of experience in CG and Visual Effects. He has worked in leading companies such as Prana Studios, Pixion, Pentamedia, Blowfishfx Limited, Fat Lizard Entertainment and Maya Entertainment Ltd. He has been a Lighting Lead on feature films such as Dungeons and Dragons, Belka Strelka, and Mangal Pandey; TV Shows such as the BBC's The Tale of Jack Frost (which was nominated for the Children's BAFTA); and games such as Disney Princess and The Cat in the Hat.


Sachin Kabir
Sachin Kabir
HoD Cinematography, Film Making
Sachin Kabir is a Cinematographer, a post graduate from MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia. Sachin has worked with a wide range of formats, from Cine to contemporary digital formats such as Alexa, Red, DSLRs among others.
 
Sachin has travelled on assignment across India, to Europe, Australia, Singapore for an English feature film, remote islands in Oceania, West Asia and also the Far East right up to Taiwan. His assignments include filming in  several war-zones such as Palestine, Israel and Afghanistan.
 
Sachin has worked as DoP for 4 feature films, of which two are in post production and the other two have received much acclaim in several international festivals. Hansa (Dir. Manav Kaul) was awarded Best Film – Audience Vote and Critics Award (FIPRESCI) at OSIAN'S CINEFAN 2012, it was also released as Director's Rare by PVR. A Gran Plan (Dir. Sangeeta Nambiar) featuring Farida Jalal has received several awards in LA, NY and in India.

Bhavpreet Ghai Talwalkar
Bhavpreet Ghai Talwalkar
HoD, Photography
Having worked in the Graphics and Photography industry in Delhi for 3 years, Bhavpreet moved to Mumbai in 2003 to join the 3D Animation Film industry. 
 
Over the duration of four years, Bhavpreet was involved in various  international projects as lighting artist until 2007, when a Master in Creative Media studies, from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology RMIT), took her across the globe to Australia. 
 
While living in Melbourne, Bhavpreet organically nurtured her insatiable desire to take more photographs, resulting in a career as a fulltime photographer. 
 
Her work has been exhibited in various galleries across India and Australia. Moreover, her first experimental short film "Awaken" was shown at various film festivals around Australia.

Mazdiar Santoke
Mazdiar Santoke
HoD, VFX

Mazdiar has many years of experience as a VFX artist with leading production houses such Prime Focus, Eyecube and Reliance Media Works. The Hindi feature films he has worked on include Guru, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Welcome, Chandni Chowk to China, Love Story 2050 and Blue. He has also worked on major Hollywood films such as Tron Legacy, Moby Dick, 28 Weeks Later and Agent Crush. In addition, he has worked on many international TV serials. His key strengths are BG Preparation and compositing CG with Live Action footage.


Aparna Patade
Aparna Patade
Senior Faculty, Photography

Aparna Patade has always excelled in the arts. Her fascination for beautiful images with a creative twist led to her interest in Photography and Photo Manipulation. She has worked in the Photography industry for more than 7 years. As a freelance photographer, she has done many Fashion and corporate portfolios. Her travel photography work has been published in Asian Photography Magazine. Aparna tries to take her creative photography skills to the next level by playing with images and creating mesmerizing photo art.


Abhineet Gogne
Abhineet Gogne
HoD, Writing & Direction, Film Making

Abhineet Gogne is a writer, director, producer and editor, whose first Hindi Feature Film, DOORS, was selected for the prestigious Work-In-Progress Lab at NFDC's Film Bazaar.

 
Previously, Abhineet independently made short films that were screened/nominated at film festivals like Great Lakes Independent Film Festival, U.S.A., Regent Park Film Festival, Canada, Bricklane Film Festival, London, Short Film Festival of India etc. Abhineet has assisted director Kaizad Gustad, as well as National-Award winning directors Rahul Dholakia and K. P. Kumaran.

Indraneel Shelar
Indraneel Shelar
Faculty, Photography

Indraneel Shelar is a passionate photographer who also loves to travel. He completed his Photography Diploma from FX School, Mumbai. Though a prolific event photographer, his real passion is in documentary photography, especially monochrome work. He was the only Indian whose work was featured in an International Collective Exhibition held at Putignano, Italy in 2012. He was also featured as a Youth Icon on AOL online magazine. He was awarded Best Landscape photographer by Lavasa city in 2013 and was featured as one of the top 6 Documentary photographers of 2015 India by Tamron and Better photography.


Sahdev Dave
Sahdev Dave
Senior Faculty, Art & Design

Sahdev Dave holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from Sheth C.N. College of Fine Arts, Ahmedabad and a Diploma in Digital Art From FX School, Mumbai. He has a strong base in painting and visualization and has worked as a concept artist and matte painter on TV shows such as Mahabharat, Ekant, Dev Lok (Season 2), Lost Recipe and Mid Wicket Tales. He also worked as a digital artist with Wacom India.


Ruth Mapgaonkar
Ruth Mapgaonkar
Senior Faculty, Animation
After completing her Masters in Mass Communication from the California State University at San Jose, USA, Ruth followed a career in Media and Advertising for 8 years.
 
In the US she worked on TV networks and brands such as NBC11, Dish Network and Western Union. On moving back to India she joined Draft FCB, a leading advertising agency, after which she worked with Miditech and Applause Entertainment on TV shows for Pogo and Sab TV.
 
To add to her skill set, she completed her Diploma in CG Animation at FX School and had a life-altering moment where she figured out that CG was her passion. An avid gamer from her early years, she got to live her dream at Kreeda Games, working on games across various platforms notably F1 for iOS and Yoville for Facebook.

Baidujya Saikia
Baidujya Saikia
Faculty, Film Making

I started my career with the intention of becoming an engineer. However, my first DSLR camera changed my direction in life, making me discover my passion for all things Art.

 

I shifted gears from Engineering to Computer Graphics, where I followed my love for playing games into actually making games. But it wasn't until an off chance excursion into photography that I discovered my true passion in life - Cinematography.

 

I learnt and mastered cameras such as RED, Canon DSLRs, Sony A7 series and Panasonic GH series. The projects I have worked on as a cinematographer include films such as Gandhi No Golmaal and Kalakaar, Ad films for Asian Paints and a web series, The Adventures of Abbaas Mastan for 'Arre'.


Karen Williams
Karen Williams
Faculty, Film Making

 “The art of story telling was something that prodded me early on, leading me down a roller coaster career journey that always made sense in hindsight. Whatever the medium... you will find a way to tell your story...”

 

An FX School alumnus, Karen began her professional career in the FXS Post Production team for RGV Films like Psycho and Department. She went on to work with Phantom Films on several projects and was an associate editor on the award winning film Queen. In addition she has worked on a variety of industry projects ranging from ads and trailers, documentaries, independent films and corporate films to wedding films. She also enjoys other aspects of the filmmaking process and constantly involves herself as a conceptual & storyboard artist/illustrator in different projects involved in preproduction & design.


Raj Salagre
Raj Salagre
Faculty, Game Design & Development

 Throughout my teen years, I was always passionate about games and gaming. So much so, that even after graduating in Management Studies, the undying passion and curiosity for what goes into making games never died. That led me to take up a Diploma in Game Design & Development at FX School. In the process of learning, I realized that making games involves not just learning the technical aspect of it but more importantly, the art of conveying a story through your imagination. Becoming a Unity Certified Developer gave me the confidence to pursue a career fuelled purely by my passion. Currently, I am working on various AR & VR projects and finding ways to market them.


Ranajoy Ghosh
Ranajoy Ghosh
Faculty, VFX

I was always fascinated with the idea of the impossible, things that do not happen in our everyday life - like a man flying in a metal suit or cars transforming into giant bots. I wanted to know how all of this is brought to life.

 
After graduating with a degree in commerce, I knew pressing calculator buttons was not going to work for me so I joined an animation course. After that I worked at Cinemad, a post-production studio in Kolkata. But I found that I still wanted to learn more. That’s when I found FX School and completed my course in Visual Effects, which was an awesome experience.
 
Now as a Visual Effects instructor at FX School, I find that helping others really pushes me to learn more about the things I have always been fascinated with, and gives me a sense of satisfaction.

Ruchika Khilnani
Ruchika Khilnani
Faculty, Graphic Design
Since the day I picked up my first crayon, Art and Design became the language with which I explored the world. I sketched and doodled my way through my teens, till Graphic Design studies at FX School helped me go pro. Over the last few years, I have created design strategy and graphics for top brands including Godrej, Mahindra, Future Group, LinkedIn and Marico.
 
I am a creative problem solver who enjoys working with new styles and has experience across all mediums both online and offline. I follow design trends and have a passion for bringing brands alive through great visual language - across brand identity, UI/UX, packaging design, merchandising etc. I want to use Design to engage, empower, and educate across print, screen, and space.

Shehzad Kapadia
Shehzad Kapadia
Senior Faculty, Art & Design
Shehzad Kapadia studied Concept Design at FZD School of Design in Singapore.
 
He started his career as a Lead Artist at Spiel Studios and worked on his first game, Galaxy Run which went on to become one of the Best mobile games of 2014 on the Apple Appstore.
 
He has worked as a Concept Artist for films, mobile applications and AAA games such as Speedy Gun Savage as well as on projects for Microsoft and Baidu. He has also worked on the design for the theme park, Dubailand.
 
Shehzad aims to help students acquire the artistic vision and real-world skills required to enter the film and gaming industry.

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