Me: Who is Gaurav Juyal?
GAURAV: He is exploratory, as a kid: rebellious, wild and harmless (giggles). But I would like to do things my way and never understood why I needed to study. When I was in the 6th grade, I was passed on a trial basis (if you didn’t pass, you will be demoted), this embarrassed me and in turn transformed me. I have a problem with memory right from my childhood. However, I could understand the logic behind subjects. I cannot mug up, instead I can understand. From 6-12 grade I became a bit more stable and subdued.
After school, I thought of re-exploring myself as I thought this was not me. I wanted to break the old me which took time. I went to Bombay and did a job for 3 months as a 3D animator. I was missing college life as I was 18 and I had to be with the crowd who was much older than me like 25 or 35 years old. I was not happy as I used to see the college crowd and I kept wondering when I will enjoy that life as I was used to see college festivals and youth energy.
As I had a passion for animation and loved cartoons since childhood, I realized that I can make my own. At that time it was in its infancy in India. Nobody knew about it during the year 1999-2000.
People say that that 3D studio max was the result of my search. I started learning the software online by myself and reached a decent stage. I wanted to go abroad to study animation however my father, who is a soil and agricultural researcher, advised me to start from India. I Went to Bombay again, applied to NID (National Institute of Design). I cleared the paper in the second attempt, and left my job.
While studying 3D-animation, I realized that 3D animator is just a tool. One cannot say that by learning software they will become an animator just like by knowing software “Tally” one cannot become an accountant. It’s the knowledge that leads you somewhere. For me, getting into a college was very important. I left 3D a year later and started with 2D, materials and stop motion. I lost touch with 3D; I made a different choice without any regret. When you make a choice, things come along.
I like meeting people but I don’t attach too much to them. It creates some kind of imbalance. Basically, I am a creator who analyses things a lot, a spiritual person too which helps me concentrate.
ME: How “Art Attack” started with you?
GAURAV:While I was submitting my final project in college, I got an offer from Disney. My friend, Sarah (student of media) referred me to Walt Disney. At that time, Disney was looking for someone who was good with materials and can interact with children. I got through the audition; I had dreadlocks at that time. I was never a public person, so for me, facing the camera was a big terror. So, I was always behind the screen working at my studio.
They took me to Argentina to shoot “Art Attack”. Disney was casting the show in different parts of the world, dubbing it in different languages. In the Initial year, it used to be a nightmare but subsequent years were quite fine. I lost my passport and wallet in the midst of the jungle during the first year of my trip to Argentina. However, I traced it back (smiling broadly)!
They stopped shooting after Disney merged with UTV. They thought the project was expensive, as travelling to Argentina and shooting there requires plenty of resources and planning.
But, three years of that experience was very nice and helpful.
ME:Please tell me something about the Indo-German Urban Mela?