The Glassworker: An Animated Film Directed by Usman Riaz

A project in Karachi, Pakistan by Mano Animation Studios

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A hand-drawn film about a young glassblower who discovers that life is beautiful but fragile, like glass.
Backers: 1053
Average Pledge Per Backer: $110

Funded: $116,000 of $50,000
Dates: Feb 3rd -> Apr 3rd (60 days)
Project By: Mano Animation Studios
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Latest News

Pakistan’s first ghibli-style film ‘The Glassworker’ joined by ‘Delhi Crime’ producer

May 20th - via:
Emmy-winning producer of Netflix’s Delhi Crime, Apoorva Bakshi, has joined the team of Pakistan’s first ever hand-drawn style animated feature film The Glassworker. (Read More)

Pakistan's First Hand-Drawn Animation Looks At The Effects Of War On Kids

February 22nd - via:
Writer and director Usman Riaz has unveiled the first eight minutes of the film, a spellbinding masterpiece which looks like it was dreamt up by Hayao Miyazaki himself. Serious Studio Ghibli vibes. (Read More)

12 hours left - This is it

April 3rd - via:
THIS IS IT! This is the last update for the Kickstarter - The next messages will come after our campaign ends. Quick Updates:  12 hours left in the campaign  $113,140 raised in pledges - trying to reach $115K  Help us finish strong! 1. Increase... (Read More)

Saturday April 2nd - 24 hours left

April 2nd - via:
Dear Backers, Thank you for coming with us this far. We have accomplished so much with all your support. Updates:  24 hours left in the campaign $112,338 raised in pledges - trying to reach $115K  2 backers away from 1000 backers! Help us finish... (Read More)

$110K Crossed!

April 1st - via:
Thank you all so much! With 42 hours left - We have hit our third stretch goal of $110K! I am overwhelmed by all the incredible support. $115K is within our reach! Pledge $25 to see Part One of the film - Pledge $50 (I would personally recommend... (Read More)

2 Days Left!

March 30th - via:
We are so close to our third stretch goal of $110K and 1000 backers! You all are the reason we have come so far! Help us reach our goals by doing the following -1. Increase your Pledge  2. Convince more people to pledge  3. Share our Kickstarter... (Read More)

Reflections as we near the end of our campaign

March 28th - via:
A tribute to Hayao Miyazaki For those of you familiar with Studio Ghibli’s film ‘The Wind Rises’ you will see where I got the inspiration for this drawing. Young Jiro Horikoshi (designer of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter aircraft and its... (Read More)


March 25th - via:
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! We have crossed $100,000 in pledges with 8 days remaining!  I don't know what to say.  I am stunned by the incredible support we have gotten. Thank you for making this one of the most incredible experiences of our lives.We... (Read More)

Only $2835 away from $100k!!!!

March 24th - via:
THANK YOU to our new latest backer #878 who pledged $10k!! We now are so so close to making Part 2!! Pledge to see it happen:  (Read More)

Almost at $100K!

March 23rd - via:
Thank you all! With 10 days remaining we are only $13,400 Away from reaching $100K in Pledges!  Help us reach our goal!   (Read More)

11 days left!

March 22nd - via:
This is it people!  Help us reach our final stretch goal of $100K! Share and spread our kickstarter with your friends on twitter  Tweet @manostudios #theglassworker (Read More)

Mano visits Disney Legend!

March 15th - via:
Usman with Andreas Deja at his home studio What an honor - I just visited Walt Disney Animation Studios Legend Andreas Deja in his home studio in Hollywood, LA with the Walt Disney Imagineering.  Andreas is best known as the supervising animator of... (Read More)

Our $75K stretch goal has been Hit !

March 13th - via:
We did it! YOU did it! Thanks to your support we have now hit $75,000! This means we can record the score for Part One of 'The Glassworker' with an entire orchestra!  Do you know what that means?  Not only will the film benefit greatly from this... (Read More)

Updated Kickstarter Page!

March 7th - via:
Thank you everyone for all your amazing support! We have updated the entire Kickstarter page to make our stretch goals much more prominent!  Do take a look at the updated page and beautiful typography made to express each goal! Help us reach our... (Read More)

'Sunset Sonata' Watercolor Art & 'The Making of The Glassworker' Art Book

March 6th - via:
'Sunset Sonata' - Vincent sits sketching and Alliz practices the violin as the sun sets.A watercolor painting by Usman Riaz for 'The Glassworker', made with Paper By Fifty Three. Pledge to see more original art and receive 'The Making of The... (Read More) Meets 'The Glassworker' [INTERVIEW]

March 3rd - via:
It was an honor chatting with!  Check out the interview with Usman Riaz at: KONBINI - The Glassworker  (Read More)

Work in Japan - Pakistan & 'The Glassworker'

March 1st - via: Japan takes note of 'The Glassworker' in a recent article from 'Work in Japan'.   (Read More)

'The Glassworker' in WIRED UK!!

February 26th - via:
Honored to be featured in WIRED UK!Read more at: 'The Glassworker'  (Read More)

Kickstarter Update - Stretch Goals Video

February 24th - via:
Thank you to all our backers!  (This clip also contains a sneak peak at a newly animated scene) We've crossed our initial funding goal of $50,000 for Part One of 'The Glassworker' - but we're not stopping there! With $75K we can have an orchestra... (Read More)

Join our stretch goals to add an orchestra for Part 1 or make Part 2!!!

February 23rd - via:
We've funded $50,000 for Part I - but we're not stopping there! With $75K we can have an orchestra record the score of Part 1With $100K we'll make Part 2Super excited!  Pledge, share, and help to see it happen!  (Read More)

The Glassworker Featured in Forbes

February 22nd - via:
Another wonderful article about the Glassworker in Forbes Magazine  (Read More)


February 21st - via:
The Glassworker has met its initial funding goal in just 16 days!  THANK YOU TO ALL OUR BACKERS! WE COULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN THIS FAR WITHOUT YOU! Next Goal - $100K ! Expect a bunch of stretch goals as we prepare to utilize the next 42 days of our... (Read More)

We have crossed $30K in 14 Days!

February 18th - via:
We are MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE! And in only 2 weeks! Thank you for all your amazing support.  (Read More)

Steven Spielberg sees 'The Glassworker'!

February 16th - via:
So Steven Spielberg just saw 'The Glassworker' storyboards and animations on my iPad Pro at TED 2016!  We talked about our love for Hayao Miyazaki, story boarding and film techniques and just how fascinating animation is. It was a wonderful... (Read More)

'The Glassworker' Teaser debuts at TED 2016!

February 15th - via:
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AMAZING BACKERS!The Glassworker Teaser just debuted on the TED 2016 Fellows Stage and we couldn't be more thrilled. Here is the footage for everyone to enjoy!  (Read More)

Meet the Director on The Creators Project - VICE! [INTERVIEW]

February 15th - via:
Read Usman Riaz's interview at: Meet the Young Animator Channeling Studio Ghibli in Pakistan  (Read More)

Mano at TED 2016!

February 12th - via:
Looking forward to sharing our work at TED 2016! Thank you for bring us this far!   (Read More)

Meet The Director Live on Shindig

February 11th - via:
Thursday Feb 11th Live @ 6 - 7 PM EST RSVP at: Join the conversation on Shindig for an exclusive video chat hangout with Usman Riaz the Director of 'The Glassworker'. Ask questions, share ideas, and hear more... (Read More)

BuzzFeed covers 'The Glassworker'!

February 10th - via:
BuzzFeed does a detailed report on our animation work!  (Read More)

The Glassworker Featured on TED!

February 8th - via:'Building Pakistan's First Hand Drawn Animation Studio'  Featured on the TED Fellows Medium!  (Read More)

We have crossed $10K in 4 Days!

February 8th - via:
THANK YOU!  (Read More)

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