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"When I Read My Daughter Rudyard Kipling"

Manik was commissioned by Actor's Theater of Louisville

to create an animated series based on Rudyard Kipling's  "Just So Stories." 

The first three episodes are now available to rent through their web platform

"Sysiphus", from

Myths and Hymns: Chapter 2


When Master Voices decided to create a visual album for Adam Guettel's epic song cycle "Myths and Hymns," Manik was hired to create an animated segment for the story of Sysiphus.  Along with director Anne Kaufmann, and featuring the voice of the brilliant Daniel Breaker (as well as the whole of the Master Voices choir), this piece can be viewed here as part of the larger work (begins at 8:39). 

Special guest - John Lithgow.

"Follow A Follicle" from

Rona Siddiqui's Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan


As part of the brilliant Rona Siddiqui's vision residency at Ars Nova, she presented an evening of sketches from work across her canon.  Manik was commissioned to realize her vision of this piece including several entirely animated characters. 

Directed by the inimitable Raja Feather Kelly.

"A Doll's House, Part 2"

Manik was asked by Actor's Theatre of Louisville to create a promo for Pirronne Yousefzadeh's heralded production of Lucas Hnath's brilliant new play.

"Little Bunny Foo Foo, Riff #1"

Manik was asked by Actor's Theatre of Louisville to create a promo for Dave Malloy and Anne Washburn's adaptation of Little Bunny Foo Foo.

"Christmas in a Bad Year"

Manik was hired by PolyGenre Music to create an

animated lyric video to Carolyn Traore's saucy holiday jam.

Animation Reels

3D Character Animation

2018 Student Reel - IAnimate Training Program

2D Animation

2015 Animation Reel

Freelance Projects

"He Said/She Said News"

was created by Bethany Heinrich for the hugely successful worldwide women's platform Mogul.  In addition to being a co-anchor/cameo, Manik did all the animation, music and video editing for these oddball news-like shorts.  He also learned that the Naked Cowboy is a hell of a dude. 


"The Crusher"

"Pillow Talk with Preston Bailey"

was created by Kathleen McNenny for the celebrity wedding planner (and all around incredible human) Preston Bailey.  Manik animated the beautiful drawings of Jocelyn Henry, created the opening sequence from an original drawing by Nikita Polyansky, composed the opening theme music, and provided additional original music.  The full 6-episode series was released via the Huffington Post Over 50.

Episode 1

Episode 2

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