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Pencell Studio (also Pencell Animation Studio) is a Myanmar animation film studio based in Yangon, Myanmar, creating animated short films, music videos, commissioned animated videos for all media. The studio was founded in 2017, by the two brothers Nobel Aung and Nyan Kyal Say. Pencell is one of the leading 2D animation studios in Myanmar.
Pencell Studio is most well-known for their animated music video projects “Thadiyadal” (2018) and “Nga Yee Sar Ka Po Mite Tal” (2019) which were collaborated with local bands Big Bag and Frenzo respectively.
In 2016 December, Nobel Aung (Former Director of Gwen University Animation Series) left Joosk Studio which he co-founded back in 2014. Nobel and his brother Nyan Kyal Say (Director of Multiple Award-Winning animated short “My Life I Don’t Want”, 2016) made plans to form an animation studio and in March 2017, Pencell Studio was set up at an apartment in Awba Street, Kyauk Myaung, Yangon with six artists, including Kevin Thet who was one of the lead animators on Gwen University animated series.
The studio debuted with an animated public service announcement film “Along The Way”, a film highlighting the harmful effects of plastic wastes, directed by Nyan Kyal Say. It was aired on TV channels and was widely appreciated. The studio hasn’t officially launched till then.
In June 2017, the studio was officially launched. By then, five other artists, one of whom was Ae Chan Aung, have joined the studio. In May 2018, the studio’s first music video collaboration project with the local hit band Big Bag, “Thadiyadal” was premiered. It was directed by Nyan Kyal Say. The music video became a hit among the local youths and the local artist community.
In August 2018, the studio was relocated to a bigger place situated in Thuwunna, Yangon. In September 2018, production started for the Frenzo Song, “Nga Yee Sar Ka Po Mite Tal”. The music video was directed by Nobel Aung and released on April 1st 2019. The music video instantly became a local internet sensation and reached 1 Million views within 5 days after the release.
Other Notable Animations
Pencell Studio produced a promotional animated short film for the Literary Congress 2017 in October 2017. It was widely appreciated by the local audience.The film’s focus was to encourage the youth to read books. “For You” is a public service announcement animation focusing on environmental issues reaching out to a wide range of audiences. The animation was created by Pencell Studio in 2018 for Badeidha Moe CSO.
Their animated commercials for the local cinema groups “Royal Mega Ace” 2018 and “JCGV” 2019 also received praise from viewers.