Within the crystal chambers of a glittering palace, a magnificent bird performs for its Emperor—its plumage a blaze of color. A blackbird, watching enviously, strives to acquire what he so desperately covets, only to discover that a golden cage cannot vie with the open skies. Innovative mixed-media techniques—cutouts, color pencil renderings on cels and paper, multiple exposures, and backlit perforated backgrounds—combine with human imagination to produce this visually stunning animation short. —National Film Board of Canada
ISHU PATEL is an acclaimed animation film director, animator and educator whose films have received theatrical and television distribution worldwide. His many international awards include two Oscar Nominations, the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the British Academy Award, and the Grand Prix at both Annecy and the Montreal World Film Festival.
Born in Gujarat, India, Ishu Patel graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda and completed his graduate studies in Visual Communication at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and advanced Graphic Design at Allegemeine Gewerbschule in Basel, Switzerland. A Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship brought him to the National Film Board of Canada.
Under the NFB banner, developing his own animation techniques Ishu Patel produced and directed numerous award-winning films such as The Bead Game, Afterlife, Top Priority, Divine Fate and Paradise.
In addition to his films for the NFB, Ishu Patel has… read more