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Falljoydelux Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@00:44Dude, you blatent sign-ignorer
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melviso Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   Filmographer
@02:18Did u use different focal length settings in Maya for each camera shot i.e when u cut to another camera angle in this film?
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deltafiremoonterra Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
@00:02is a beautiful video it makes people happy Lesz most unfortunate
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royalegrowl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
@01:04cool it coulored everything!
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Aww, thanks =3
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thanks! I love how his smile blend shape turned out =3
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
You're welcome! =D I tried using blender, but I played with maya first so I'm more accustomed to it right now ><.
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Cool, thanks, it's my pleasure =D
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Koike-sama Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:11lolz id bet
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks! =3
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks =D
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
XD Yay~
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Yay~?
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Cookie-Sweetie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@00:08Why is that song so catchy? :(
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks =D
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
@01:29=P That part had me thinking a lot, and in order to get a deeper message, I decided to let it open again.
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Sleeping Dragon

Completed: April 2010
Medium: Maya
Time: Approx 7 months
(3 visualizing, 3 animating, 1 touch ups)
Quality: 50% of original
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Music: "Eternal Hope" by Kevin MacLeod

This is a student film I created while I was in VanArts. It was extremely fun and laborious, I usually spent at least 12 hours a day at school learning and working on my film. Surprisingly, I had fun throughout the whole process with the exception of pre-visualizing. I just couldn't come up an "acceptable" story/characters.

This is where I'd like to give a special thanks to Alannah Mayes :icon0behind0blue0eyes0: for being a great friend and helping me come up with the building stones that has become "Sleeping Dragon".

Unlike the rest of my class, I had an extremely fun time constructing the set. Though some details (like the roofing) were left out do to having time constraints, I loved it. It came up to a total of about 4 million triangles if I remember correctly, even with the roofs not being complete, luckily I was able to shrink it down to less than 2 million with some polygon deletions. On a side note, I still wish the well was in the middle of the courtyard, I think it would've brought a greater majesty to it. The reason I decided to veto the well in the middle was because it would be in the way for a lot of the shots.

The modeling and the rigging of the characters weren't a problem for me either, I understood the majority of what I was doing (though I wouldn't be able to explain what I was doing if you asked me), and got results that I was fairly happy with.

Animating, this part was even more fun! I saw animating it like choreographing a dance, with twirls and flows with each part of the body to creating something beautiful, creating life.

After school I wanted to submit this film into a few festivals, sadly a majority of them wanted me to submit films in the format of a literal "reel". Which seems like an odd thing to do if I have a digital format... So after my film was turned down for the ones I applied to, I decided to place it up here on dA, for it's first "world-wide release".

I had an incredible time at VanArts, my classmates were probably the best people I have ever met, and I hope that we'll see each other again in the future.
Here are their dA pages that I know of:
:icon0behind0blue0eyes0: :iconc-puff: :iconseksea-tresea: :iconzephyron:
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Reikakuzan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
<3
thats all I need to say
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Falljoydelux Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@00:44Dude, you blatent sign-ignorer
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Mythrylman Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow very nice work!!
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melviso Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   Filmographer
@02:18Did u use different focal length settings in Maya for each camera shot i.e when u cut to another camera angle in this film?
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deltafiremoonterra Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
@00:02is a beautiful video it makes people happy Lesz most unfortunate
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YukikoSama Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THE IMPROVEMENT. Oh, so blinding. 8D
Been a long way since your first 3D movie. The astronaut bear?
Now I can brag to everyone that I know someone who got a DD. Yay~
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Yay~

But I thought you didn't like having your friends know of secret dA.
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YukikoSama Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not *that* secret, lolz. I'll give it to anyone who asks. In fact, most of friends already knows it, so secret? Not really.
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royalegrowl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
@01:04cool it coulored everything!
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ShaneNewville Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful work!
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Thanks =]
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ShaneNewville Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome.
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osawish Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
@00:16i love the sky very much..
all the work is perfect.. :clap:
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Aww, thanks =3
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Same-side Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010   Writer
@02:17I like it, especially the silent picture quality of it. Interesting choice of music; it really set a tone that was unexpected and enjoyable.
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
@02:17Thanks =] It took awhile browsing through Kevin MacLeod's music, but it was worth it! =D
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just-amber Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@01:08LOL I just love the dragon's smile. Very charming. ^_^
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thanks! I love how his smile blend shape turned out =3
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Takato14 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:17o_O Thats awesome.

I never realized how amazing Maya is. Do you think its worth the $2000.00 to buy it?
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:17Thank you! =D

Well in truth you can pretty much get the same (if not better) outcomes with much cheaper programs, it's just that the industry standard are in-house engines or maya. I dabbled with XSI which was neat, but because I've been experimenting with maya before I learned XSI I had an easier time with it than the latter. (Which is why I prefer maya).

You could try the personal learning edition of maya (if they still have it) and blender (which is free) and see that the basics are pretty much the same, it's just that the interface is pretty much the "big" difference.
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Takato14 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I tried the link for the PLE; It took me to Autodesk's website to download the maya trial... Im assuming that means its done? Heh, Ill bet I can find it somewhere :3 Thanks again!
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Yeah I guess so, since now people have to pay by subscription (if I'm correct on that). And good luck on your findings! The internet is such a great tool =D.
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Takato14 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I use Blender. Its amazing what Blender is capable of; Ive never seen such a powerful open-source modeling program! I think Ill just stick with blender... I'm already familiar with it, its free, and it can do a LOT. Thanks for the advice!
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
You're welcome! =D I tried using blender, but I played with maya first so I'm more accustomed to it right now ><.
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@02:17Good start on the modeling and Animation. Thumbs up piece and story.
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:17Thanks, glad you liked it =3
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hatirrisworldproject Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
This work is just... SO CUTE!!!

I don't know much about any kind of animation, but I have to say, this is just literally cute, and so easy to like!

I don't know how to explain it... The whole concenpt is just so nice :3 :hug: :heart:

Good to hear you even had fun making it XD
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks! =D
Glad that you enjoyed it and thought it was cute =3.
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Dionicio Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@02:12Great little movie you have here! How long did it take for you to make it? What software did you use? This was a pretty creative movie and I really liked the concept. Your character animation is smooth and it's just all around well done.
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:12Thanks, glad you liked it =]

It took me 6 months in school to make it (3 for preproduction [storyboard/ character designs], 3 for animation), and 1 more month for the finishing touches. I used Maya for the film as well as Adobe After Effects for compositing the film and creating the color effect.
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Dionicio Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey that's not too bad really, 3 months of conceptual development and it shows too. Thanks for sharing with us!
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
Cool, thanks, it's my pleasure =D
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Koike-sama Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:17the running XD so adorable
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:17Yay~ I love the running scene as well =]
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Koike-sama Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:11its so cute~ i love the way he runs XD
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:11Thanks =D it was fun making him run like that that =3.
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Koike-sama Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:11lolz id bet
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efe8000 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student Interface Designer
@02:06WOW great!
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks! =3
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PersonDev Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@00:48I really like how the colors brighten wherever the dragon goes.
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks =D
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PersonDev Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@00:35Hahaha, did he just straighten the sign? I'm starting to like him already. :D
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
XD Yay~
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rhikunia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Interface Designer
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Yay~?
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the-bubblefish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:17awesome film!! :D love the idea behind it. :3
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks, happy to read that you liked it =D.
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the-bubblefish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
my pleasure! :D
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eiarain Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
@02:17:wow: it's wonderful. and i really like the music ^^
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JustinChee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks! =D, credits go out to mr. Kevin MacLeod who composes free music for everyone to use =D.
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