I’m Krishna Bala Shenoi, a 21-year-old Indian artist who enjoys making things–illustrations, short films, animation, music, picture books, and other things. Actually, I’d say I’m more of a thing-maker than an artist, but artist sounds more impressive.
My passion for making things and enjoying things by others began early on, when my mother introduced to me some of the greatest movies I have ever watched, like “Superman,” “Back to the Future,” and “Close Encounters.” Inspired by the films I saw back then, when I was 7 or 8, I began to make short films with an old camcorder, building blocks, clay models, and whatever I could find, employing very amateurish stop-motion animation techniques and misusing the kindness of my cousins by forcing them to star in my productions.
Today, I’m doing other stuff along the same lines–like I said, making things. Aside from personal work, ranging from short films and animations to books and paintings (a lot of which you can find on this blog), I’ve created images for websites based around the world and illustrated a children’s book that’s being published by Tulika Publishers (with some more on the way, hopefully).
I occasionally write for RogerEbert.com as their foreign correspondent from India (and I need to do so more frequently, dammit) and illustrate for them as well. A couple of YouTube videos of mine have “gone viral,” with the most successful one sitting at 5.8 million views as I write this. Also, and this is a sentence that I still cannot believe I’m typing, a short animation of my mine caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who wrote me a handwritten letter of appreciation. Gosh.
So yeah. I’ve been extremely lucky. And I’ve been gifted with the most encouraging family and friends, who’ve just been great. I feel almost exhausted by the idea of writing about how much they’ve helped me, so I’ll do that later. Hint: They helped a lot.
I graduated from Srishti Insitute of Art, Design and Technology (Bangalore) with commendation, getting a professional diploma in Animation. What happens now, I don’t know. But I’m kinda excited to find out. And also really terrified. But we’ll see.
Do comment on anything you find here if you have something to say, and do share my work with your friends if you think it’s worth sharing.
Live long and prosper!
Krishna Bala Shenoi
“Krishna Shenoi is surely one of the most gifted young filmmakers and writers on the internet. I have a good feeling about Krishna. Remember his name. I suspect you may hear it again. A born filmmaker, a prize product of the generation born into a world of video cameras. Could be the next Spielberg.”
– Roger Ebert
“I’ll be looking out at the horizon to see where next you will emerge– and impress.”
– Steven Spielberg
“It sounds corny, but when I meet young people like Krishna, it gives me such hope for the world! Smart, aware, engaged, already knows what he loves – light years ahead of where I was at that age.”
– Richard Linklater