Tell us a little about who your are and how you got here?
My name is Sunil Pant and I’m originally from Mumbai, India. I finished my graduation in the field of Science, majoring in Quantum Physics in 2004. I later went on to get my second graduates degree from the Academy of Art University – San Francisco, in the year 2007 in 3D Modeling.
From when I can remember, I’ve always been interested in modeling and design. During my course of education at the Academy of Art University, I was hired by Industry veteran, George Hull (VFX Art Director – MATRIX Films) to help out with a few of his film projects where I started out as an apprentice.
I learned a lot about GOOD Design and what makes something look great during this period. It was the best Design education I could get. I’d spend hours practicing on my drawing table the rules of perspective since this was all new to me.
When did you begin creating and working in this industry?
I started as George Hull’s apprentice in 2005 working on movies like ‘Terminator Salvation’ and ‘Speed Racer’ where I helped with doing some 3D mock sets and props. I also began my internship in EA in the year 2006 working on ‘The Simpsons’ Game and later did my second Internship with Industry Veteran, Syd Mead on a Virtual World Game called, ‘Blue Mars’ based out of Marin County, California.
What job title best describes what you do? Senior Entertainment Designer
What city and country are you living in? Mumbai, India (currently)
What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on an IMAX Dome Project where I’m conceptualizing an animated short especially for the DOME and will be the first of its kind in India. I’m also scheduled to teach a Masterclass in Design for CGSociety using my workflow of 3D combined with 2D to create final designs for production starting 27th of May this year.
Do you have your own studio or a studio at home?
I have my own studio now in Mumbai called SUNIL PANT DESIGN where I currently freelance from.
I’d like to continue exploring new design techniques by always staying up-to-date with the latest technology as that gives me the most satisfaction along side working on Film and Game projects. I’m also in talks to get funding going to setup a my own pre-production house here in India which would be the first of its kind for the Indian market and that might take some time to setup. Besides that I’d like to continue teaching and may be publish my own book which showcases some of my own personal designs and explains my workflow.
How did you first hear of The Creative Talent Network and what are your expectations, goals and feelings about being a member?
I’ve always known about CTN and I had a few colleagues from both, Dreamworks Animation Studios and Rainmaker Entertainment that are part of it. I think its a great community of really talented individuals and its my honor to be part of and hopefully collaborate with such a fantastic network of artists.