Monday, April 30, 2012

Crayon Dragon



My 2nd year film. Sorry to those I disappointed throughout the year.
Its about a girl who sinks in an illustrated painting, and befriends a
painted dragon who has a missing wing.

79 comments:

  1. Stunning work. I was glued throughout!

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    1. Thanks James. My classmates stalk your work, you are awesome!

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  2. Who did you disappoint?! This is really great dude.

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    1. Thanks dude, I dunno I always have doubts and I still do.

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  3. OMG This is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    You are amazing, dude!

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  4. Holy crap Toniko! I can't believe you're doing this kind of stuff in your second year! So awesome.

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    1. Thanks dude! Always keep in touch man!

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  5. Awesome work man! Somebody just posted this in our schools animation facebook group and I was like, I've seen this style before.
    I remember you from the JA forum.(I lurked a lot there).
    Don't know if you know but Jae got the forum back up at cartooncyb.org .
    Nice seeing your stuff again.

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    1. Thank you Santiago. I know its back, I just don't post there much. Great to hear from you!

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  6. amazing work as always toniko, great job!

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  7. Wow, you really had the potential of directing an animated feature film.

    Now thank me!

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    1. Hahahaha! Much appreciated, Matthew! ;)

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  8. amazing story-telling ! I really like your fresh and vivid color rendering,
    btw, what technic/software(s) did you use in your workflow ?

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  9. Hey there. Thanks!

    I just used flash for the character animation, that also goes with its coloring. The backgrounds were done in Photoshop, while the compositing everything together' bit was done in After Effects.

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  10. thanks for the reply, and good luck for your next one !
    :-)

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  11. One proud Tita here in Vancouver. Keep the creative juices flowing. Pardon the cliche. Congratulations!

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  12. Crayon Dragon was simply wonderful. I predict we'll see more amazing things from you in the future. Good luck!

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  13. I found this through i09, and I just wanted to say this was a strikingly beautiful piece. It made me cry! Thank you for sharing your work.

    (via http://io9.com/5909874/this-student-film-carries-more-of-an-emotional-punch-than-most-movies )

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    1. Haha thanks Brinna! I'm wondering if this was the site that has been giving me so much notifications this morning!

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  14. this was beautiful... i teared up at the end. keep up the excellent work!

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  15. I'm sure I cannot improve on what has been said. I also found this through i09. It brought a tear to my eye as I remembered for a brief moment what it was like to be a child and dream of dragons and wonderful otherworldly things. Thank you.

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  16. This is amazing. I hope you make more videos like this. My son loves it.

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  17. This is amazing. I hope you make more videos like this. My son loves it.

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  18. It's beautiful! :D Wish more films had as much substance as yours. What kind of software did you use?

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  19. What an incredibly beautiful piece! Full of whimsy and charm and general delight.

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  20. What a great job you are doing! I can't wait to see how you improve as your schooling goes on!

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  21. This is so wonderful! I think you have a beautiful, brilliant career ahead of you.

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  22. Absolutely amazing. Great work!

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  23. Simply brilliant, I got goosebumps watching this!

    - Found this from my iGoogle homepage.

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  24. Blown away by what you have created. I get the feeling you'll be working for Disney in no time!
    It'd be amazing if you teamed up with a strong writer an made a short feature. I'd certainly watch it!
    Keep making these, we'll keep watching with slack jaws.

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    1. hahaha thanks, well, I'm happy to whatever studio gives me a chance atleast. Nevertheless!

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  25. I just saw Crayon Dragon on the interwebs. I really loved it. Great work!

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  26. Toniko,

    Your work is exemplary! Crayon Dragon is the kind of material that makes people feel like they can fly, and I hope I can enjoy more of your work for many more years.

    I'm currently pursuing my MFA in Screenwriting and appreciate when good storytellers really shine, and you have done so here. Looking forward to more!

    And Serenade to Miette is fantastic. Would love to see a sequel! :)

    Chris Moore
    MentallyCranked@gmail.com

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  27. By goodness, this is phenomenal. The ending made me cry.

    I'm a Brown University undergrad going for BAs in History and Creative Writing, and if you ever want a quick script or any references in terms of historical materials and fashions (particular military gear, any period), let me know, I would be glad to help.

    Cheers, and keep up the amazing work.
    Nick Morley

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    1. ps My email is dodcamper@gmail.com. Silly me, I forgot it in the first place.

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  28. Your film was incredibly moving and so very beautiful. I laughed and cried throughout. Seeing this was the highlight of a dreary day. Thank you for creating this and sharing it.

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    1. Im glad you enjoyed it Mike! Thanks!

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  29. this is absolutely beautiful it reminds me why i draw and why i want to be an animator

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy to have been a motivator! You will do great things

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  30. Please make Tshirts with the dragon on them. I think many people would buy them. I would buy 3.

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  31. Wow. Really inspirational you are. I shall be following you from now on. :)

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  32. I enjoyed this more than most of the regular films I've seen lately, never mind the animated ones. It was simply lovely; thank you for putting this out there!

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    1. Thanks! Lol, there are lots of great shorts coming out recently, this one is just the LEAST of it

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    1. My bahasa isn't perfect, but hopefully I can get around ^_^

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  34. You brought tears to my eyes, it's lovely.

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  35. Toniko this is FANTASTIC and Amazing ! I really like how the character outline disappears into the color of tr character while the interior lines remain !
    I understand you made this in flash - I recognize the chunky lines. But ... How did you approach that ? Did you draw in black and then change the outline color after ?
    I am particularly inspired because I am about to embark on a fully funded short in about a week. I will be using toon boom but I am an experienced 2D animator. I have animated in flash and I've never seen anything quite like the look you achieved ... I'd love to hear more about how you handled it. Really though just thanks for sharing this most excellent work !

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    1. Hey man! Thanks!!

      Hahahaha, well first I did all the rough animation with the brush tool. I then use the pencil tool to do cleaner line work of it. I select the brush tool again and just brush in the internal strokes manually. I then select all the lines in each frame, and set the opacity to 1% (because sometimes Flash can be a douchebag - and if you put 0% sometimes it just deletes all the lines). This is so that only shapes/brush strokes can show! However, I did wish I just made a bunch of layers and cheated my way through it by subtly changing each frame instead of doing it the traditional approach - but that was the way I'm more familiar with!

      Thanks!

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  36. I am very excited to see where your career goes. This is an amazing piece and I want to see more!

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    1. Thanks! I have no idea what the future holds for me... Oh well!

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  37. Very touching and deeply evocative—I think your short brings tears to your audience’s eyes because you captured that spirit of youthful joy that represents the best part of us—and then coupled it with a powerful sense of loss and yearning. I’m just blown away that you did it in little over three minutes.

    >I dunno I always have doubts and I still do.

    I'm going to take that as a young artist still defining themselves. Good luck with it. I hope when you have fully staked your claim as an artist I can say that I posted a comment on your blog when you just started to have an impact upon the world.

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    1. Honestly I am very tripped out with the emotional response it's gotten.

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  38. I have added your blog to my blogs folder. That folder has had about six blogs in it total for a year now. I am more than happy to have you as the seventh.

    Your work is moving and I feel I am better for having seen it. Thank you.

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  39. I love all your work! I'm a new CalArts student starting this fall, and I was hoping you could answer some questions about film music for me. How do most students score their films? Did you commission this music new?

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    1. Hey there! Yeah we usually get people outside of the animation department, like what I did with my first year film was post posters seeking composers, with a name, email, and synopsis of the film. You will get quite a bunch! Some people get folks outside of the actual school!

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  40. Hi Toniko, I just watched your film on the Calarts website and I was very moved. Yes, it also made me want to cry. I wish you all the best with your studies and hope you become world famous. Cheers, Jasmine

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