Dear Sky by Jerrold Chong

“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.”


  • Maria

    I don’t get the opportunity as much to lie on the grass and look up at the clouds. I’m sure that goes for many people now a days and not just me. If people would just take a minute to relax and look up I think that they would be happier.

    The soft colors that you use also add to the happy feeling in each scene. Well except of course for the raining scene, but even then I think the dark colors that you used helped the audience know of the little boys feelings. The subtle gradations of color that happen in each scene looks amazing. I think that your choice of using watercolor was a good idea because each of the scenes looks like they have a soft flow.

    Keep up the good work and thank you for the reminder to look up at the clouds once in a while.


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