“I’m always inspired by the little wonders of nature around us, and I want to bring the sublime beauty of nature into my films. The idea of a boy falling in love with the sky struck me one day, and the film carried itself from there. I’m a person who can lie on a grass field and stare at the sky forever. The way the sky moves, the subtle changes in color and the shapes it creates is fascinating.”
Today we invite you spend a good five minutes watching Dear Sky, a story about a little boy who falls in love with the sky, and seeks to win the sky’s love. The video has done the rounds a bit of late and is the brainchild of Jerrold Chong, a Year Two Character Animation student at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
“My love for the art of animation began from a young age, and my inspiration includes Brad Bird, Tim Burton, Hayao Miyazaki and Michel Gondry. I am always amazed by the heartfelt stories told through animation.
I love experimenting with and combining animation techniques in my work. The little boy was animated traditionally with pencil-on-paper, before cleaning-up in charcoal. The sky was animated using paint-on-glass technique and it gave me a lot of freedom and spontaneity which I felt added to the sky as a character. It was an enjoyable and meditative process using my fingers to paint and move the sky, and in a way, I see myself in the little boy.
To me, the wonderful beauty of animation is in its limitless possibilities and power to translate my imagination onto the screen. I love telling stories that convey emotions in a powerful poetic form, and make us feel human again through themes of love and relationships. And animation allows me to do just that.”