Following his passion for animation, this engineer created the best animated short film ‘Schirkoa’

October 28, 2016

While when still pursuing his graduation, Ishan Shukla always used to mention that he intends to make his career in the animation industry, but it seems he not only has made it, also killing it over there.


Schirkoa is a beautifully crafted 14-minute CG-animated short film that has been making the rounds this year. Set in a dystopian city, the short features “bagheads and other unimportant creatures,” according to India-based writer and director Ishan Shukla, who has been working on it ‘on and off’ along with a day job for 4 years. The film will run in festival circuit until 2017 followed by a Vimeo release.

Schirkoa premiered at the Oscar-qualifying win at LA Shorts Film Festival where it won the “Best Animated Short” award. Schirkoa has also won at least 10 awards to date, including from the Los Angeles CineFest, the Sydney International Film Festival, and the TMC London Film Festival.

Here’s the official synopsis: “In the city of Bagheads, a senate member faces a tough choice between political career, brothels and love for a mysterious woman. A choice that will transform his life and the city in unimaginable ways.”

Check out the film trailer in the player below:

Funded by Shukla’s personal savings, Schirkoa was created in Autodesk Maya and Adobe CC, and rendered in the exciting GPU renderer Redshift.

Interesting to know, Ishan was the youngest winner of his alma mater’s BIT Pilani, Global 30 under 30 award while still in college and was the runner-up in the Microsoft Imagine Cup in 2005 in the Short Film category. He is self-trained and having built expertise in the field, he trained his batchmate and created an amazing film, ‘The Last Renaissance’, with real characters and virtual surroundings shot entirely in Pilani, Rajasthan, India with actors from the Drama Club, leading them to the six nations finals in Yokohama, Japan, and won the 2nd prize over there.

In the meantime, Shukla has released a series of WIP videos, which chart the course of the film’s design development and production process:

A selection of behind-the-scenes images is shown below, and you can read more about Shukla’s process in his thread in the AWN Forum.

See more of Ishan Shukla’s work over here.

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