Thesis Backgrounds

Firebird is a 2D rigged short film created at Sheridan College as part of the Bachelor of Animation’s 4th year thesis project. It was written, designed, directed, and produced by me. Below is a sample of the painted backgrounds I have done for the short film and some stills. 

Firebird is a reinterpretation of a scene from the Russian fairy tale “Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf” set to classical composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “The Hut on Fowl’s Legs ‘Baba Yaga'” from Pictures at an Exhibition, in which Prince Ivan attempts to stop a devious firebird from devouring a beautiful garden’s prize golden apples.

Painted Backgrounds for Firebird

Opening pan of garden, full painting.
Opening pan of garden, closer detail.
Opening pan of garden, closer detail.
Ivan’s hiding spot in the garden.
Production still from Firebird.
Ivan’s POV of the Firebird arriving from over the horizon, a false dawn.
Ivan’s hiding spot seen from above.
Production still from Firebird.
The inside of the golden apple tree.
Production still from Firebird.
The inside of the golden apple tree.
Production Still from Firebird.
Pan of garden wall.
Side view of golden apple tree.
Front view of golden apple tree.
Production Still from Firebird.