We are trialing a new feature called “Animation with Allah.” The vision is a multimedia blog that gives the audience a view into the animation process over the shoulder of BALANCE’s animator, Allah El Henson. Season one showcases the animation for the animated book. The first set of posts this season, The Making of Mr. Tick, follows the creation of Pacha’s Nemesis, Mr. Tick. Check out the first episode
Art has always been a major part of Allah’s life. He attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
He chose to study animation because he had already mastered the other forms of art at the school. He started out studying 2D animation. His skills impressed his instructors, the Lab Techs, and his peers. Next he delved into 3D animation with Maya. His skills were so advanced that he was allowed to skip several required classes.
After the intro class, he began producing his own animated shorts. His first film won an award at the AIGA World Studio Scholarship Program. He produced music videos honoring music legends, Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur, which became YouTube sensations. The animation scenes that really interest Allah are action and comedic scenes. He does animation for gaming as well as feature animation. He handles all technical issues including lighting, rigging and rendering.
Allah has been the Animation Producer/Director for all of the animations in Animated Book. He says this about the his work on Pacha’s Pajamas:
This work has a profound message based upon spiritual philosophies and and environmental awareness to which I’m connected. Which is why my heart and my creative input yields great inspiration to this project. When I first began working with the company as a freelance artist, I thought to myself, this is a great way to make some quick money.
Over time, however, more and more of the story was revealed to me. I realized this was the kind of work I’d been waiting for. When I produced this film it was designed with the intention to inspire, remind, and warm the hearts of all who bear witness. I feel humanity hasn’t completely forgotten their connection to nature; we just need to be reminded, and that’s what this work does.
Season One: The Animated Book