Paperplanes is the 2nd independent animated short film from Totem. Done completely in 2D hand drawn animation style and full of colours, Paperplanes looks at an Indian classroom setting with all its chaos and quirks, and subsequently the learning that takes place within the walls.

The film is currently under production and expected to complete by late 2020.


No matter where you grew up in India, as kids we all had some unique and yet surprisingly common experiences.  Certain commonalities that we all shared, similar benches, similar classroom arrangement, the posters on the walls. We wanted to capture this in the film and create a world(Classroom) where people could just step in and feel like their younger self again. Through the visual treatment, we wanted to make this experience rich and authentic, filled with fond memories.



The film revolves around a bunch of 4th graders and an apparently strict teacher. Each character has a distinct personality and drive; which explores the different perspectives and celebrates individuality. Besides the students, the classroom itself is a character that we wanted to explore in the film.