Sunday, March 21, 2010

GO SEE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON !!!


In the 3 years I've been at Dreamworks I have been lucky to witness and be part of some pretty incredible things. This film and its crew happen to be a couple of those. I am so proud of Dreamworks for How to Train Your Dragon. Directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (Lilo and Stitch) came on in the final hour to completely re-rout this story from scratch from scratch. They collaborated with an incredible crew and the entire studio under an impossible deadline to create something that is truly awe inspiring and special.(and not just for Dreamworks.)
Chris and Dean asked me to come on board to collaborate with them and my friends Nico Marlet (lead designer/genius) and Takao Noguchi(awesome designer) to finalize the design of the main Character "Hiccup". Then a small team of us were asked to explore an entirely new Dragon and main character "Toothless the Night Fury".(Below are a couple of my pieces that appear in the art of book.) The environment was always open and collaborative. A couple character thoughts I suggested even made it to the screen in all of this. My contributions were definitely a speck in the big scheme of Dragons, So read the credits in the theater and give that amazing crew a round of applause. They've earned it. Dreamworks takes a lot of flack about their films both story wise and look wise, and sure, some of it is justified."SOME" of it. It's great that Kung Fu Panda opened some eyes, But wait, there's more. An incredibly talented team from many varied backgrounds and experiences came together to make Dragons something special. Go see it and have a blast!!!


Artwork copyright Dreamworks Animation.

75 Comments:

Blogger Marcel said...

That looks pretty incredible! I haven't seen a chunk of Dreamwork's films (they just didn't really seem to appeal to me), but Kung Fu Panda had really shown what can be done when you have a passion for your source material, it was really well executed. Looking at the designs used in this, I have just as high hopes :)

10:50 AM  
Blogger Elaine R said...

Very well put. Dreamworks has the MOST AMAZING talent. You guys are unbelieveable. I am so happy it could all come together so we could be given this movie to enjoy. The movie is so fun, beautiful, thoughtful, and an incredible adventure! :)

11:56 AM  
Blogger Bobby Chiu said...

I'm very psyched to see this film! The designs are brilliant

12:44 PM  
Blogger craig said...

excellent stuff. Look forward to checkin this out

12:53 PM  
Blogger Todd Oman said...

I can't wait to see this movie, Dreamworks is doing a great job with some of these 3D movies. Kung fu Panda was the first 3D movie that I actually loved everything about it. The character designs in this film look equally amazing.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Pedro Daniel said...

Wow! :D

2:48 PM  
Blogger Chris Kennett said...

Can't wait to see the film AND buy the art of book. I saw the video on the character design blog and it looks incredible!

Nice job.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Kei Acedera said...

So excited to see this!!! INCREDIBLE designs from the book!!!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Chase Standley said...

Fantastic stuff Shane! the film looks like it will be great. Dreamworks does indeed seem to be stepping up.

PS: IF you get the chance you've got to tell Nicolas Marlet to get a blog or a website or something...

4:16 PM  
Blogger Rochelle said...

I really, really can't wait for this movie Shane! I have the art book and I was surprised to see you had worked on it I had no idea you worked at Dreamworks. Yes, Dreamworks get a lot of flack it's true, I have a friend who won't even listen to me when I try and say something good about one of their movies. Surely though if they hired him he wouldn't say no. It annoys me! Anyway, besides that, I am super excited about this film. I love Kung Fu Panda with a passion and I honestly think Dreamworks are only getting better! I hope this does well! I'm certainly going to see it the day it comes out in England. Good luck!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Fabian said...

Hey Shane! Can´t wait to see this movie, i been waiting for it for a long time now. So great that you are poart of it and so cool you work with Chris Sanders and Dean!
Best wishes!! :)

9:17 PM  
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Blogger Juan Bauty said...

Beautiful characters! i can't wait for this movie.

4:17 AM  
Blogger Dougmian said...

I can't wait to see this movie too! It's nice to see all style of all great characters designers are present in each character.

8:04 AM  
Blogger RAWLS said...

Very nice my friend! Fantastic designs by everyone involved! Can't wait to see it!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Domee said...

Gorgeous stuff! :D Bought the book today, and still drooling over the awesome artwork! *-* Cannot wait to see this film! X)

9:38 PM  
Blogger Don Shank said...

This movie looks so great! I can't wait to see it, and as always, your work is top notch.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Tel Coelho said...

this movie looks VERY GOOD!!!!!
I bought the art book, and liked too much.
congrats!!!!!!!!!!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Randall Sly said...

I am very excited to see it.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Jason Scheier said...

your seriously my hero! :P

7:33 PM  
Blogger lorelay bove said...

I loved the film!!!
Nice designs!!
When are you coming for lunch??!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Ryan Summers said...

Great insight into the production process for this movie, I've been waiting to finally see, and finally picked up the art of book. Such a treasure trove of interesting character studies, and it looks like its going to be a worthy follow-up to Kung Fu Panda.

10:13 PM  
Blogger IZA said...

AWESOME! Great work, and a great film (Just saw a midnight showing last night) Amazingly entertainging and fun!

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12:52 AM  
Blogger carlos said...

Your character design is very great Shane !

8:56 AM  
Blogger Andy Bialk said...

Love the Hiccup painting! I'm flipping through the Art Of book right now....p.65...amazing work!

6:01 PM  
Blogger lincoln said...

Hi Shane,
How do you approach your color work? Do you put sketches on a light table and than add ink and new line work on a heavier stock or do you work with vellum and do overlays?

Thanks!
lincoln

Stunning work BTW!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Huck said...

Great work man. You make me want to go draw some dragons right now!!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Owen Williams said...

Loved the film, really good fun with great design and snappy animation. I can't wait to visit the Dreamworks studio next month (wooo!)

8:29 AM  
Blogger Justin Rodrigues said...

This was great. Loved all the designs!

11:12 AM  
Blogger J said...

Congrats to you all- I loved it.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Charecua said...

This movie inspired me in so many ways, you have no clue! Congratulations to the whole Dreamworks crew. You guys made a film of epic proportions!

6:44 PM  
Blogger lyle said...

awesome work Shane! How to train your Dragon was awesome, and Nico Marlet is a genius!!! and you ain't so bad yourself sir.

1:33 AM  
Blogger C.Deboda said...

Saw the film as well. Great work you guys.

10:59 PM  
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1:48 AM  
Blogger Bill Ferguson said...

Amazing work and one amazing movie. Your work is incredible!!

I agree with Chase, Nicolas Marlet needs to start sharing his gift.

Once again great work!!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

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9:22 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Very awesome! Kathy Altieri (production designer on the dragon) came to our college and gave us a nice lengthy talk on all the story and design changes you guys went through on the film, and showed us a lot of the art throughout that process. It sounded like it was quite the intense workload according the large amount of trial and error you guys went through on the film. Can't wait to do the same myself someday!

Also of the two little character illustrations you posted, are they both digital? Cause they look just like gouache! If they are digital, did you use Painter or Photoshop?

Also, wanted to say this but forgot, saw the movie and LOVED it! One of my favorites not only from Dreamworks but just in general! It just goes to show you how much you can accomplish when a strong team comes together.

9:24 PM  
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5:50 PM  
Blogger Gary Locke said...

LOVED THE MOVIE! much to my surprise!march usually has the crappy movies....BUT THIS WAS GREAT! Loved seeing your dragon concepts run thru the credits! can't wait to own it on dvd. Really liked the hero design...liked the way his neck got thicker the closer it is to his head. nice subtle touch.

9:59 AM  
Blogger TaD Polio said...

Amazing movie, and great design. I dug it so much i went out and bought the art book for it. Dreamworks is getting up there with their animated movies. Keep it up.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Tobias Schwarz said...

great design!

6:29 AM  
Blogger 美岑 said...

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1:32 AM  
Blogger Emily Hann said...

WOW!! I love your drawing of Hiccup. I absolutely adored this movie... Great job to the whole Dreamworks team.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Jojo said...

Pffff.... Your work is just tremendous! It's a shame the final hiccup character doesn't reach the expressivity of your drawing here... Looking forward to seeing new posts!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Gillian Comerford said...

I was blown away by this movie. I loved everything about it. So yes, hats of to all the team involved and give yourselves a well deserved pat on the backs. I adored the dragons and Toothless was incredible and that's not to mentionthe the rest. Thanks guys for all the hard work for such an enjoyable piece of art :)

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Blogger Scaloso said...

Wow .. man !!! i love your work ... Carolne was amazing and i love also this character !!!

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Blogger Jeff Harter said...

Hey Shane, thanks for posting. This is one of Dreamworks best animated films. Not only does it look beautiful (love the vis-dev stuff, gorgeous settings and character designs), but the story is a good one. Typically a film loses me after I get over the look if the story isn't working/engaging. I saw this twice in one day. A thunder storm knocked out the power 3/4 of the way through, and it was just as good the second time... 4 hours later!

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Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Flippin heack, haven't been here in a while dude... didn't know you even worked on the film!! It's great... congrats!! I need to get my hands on the Art Of book now!

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Blogger Thomas Fluharty said...

Shane, your work is Phenomenal in the design of this Movie. Is there going to be a book showing the art?
My desk top is getting overloaded w/ your Screengrabs.
You reign. ~T

4:34 AM  
Blogger Adele K Thomas said...

Brilliant work Shane and well done, these drawings are smashing! I went and saw the film and thought the designs were great and knew, like Panda, the art would be the reason. Well done again. I wish we had a studio like Dreamworks in Australia...anything like it.

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Blogger Hannah said...

Wow I was so psyched to read this, I have seen the movie twice in 3d and both times I absolutely enjoyed it. I can remember seeing the trailer for the first time and then the anxious waiting for it to get out! When I finally went I was hopping around all day and the movie exceeded my expectations. I am studying overseas at the moment but are there any books for sale about the character development and such?

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Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Awesome film and design!:o)

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Blogger Heidi Smith said...

Your designs are really awesome and inspiring to me!

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Blogger Malgorzata Arska said...

this film is just brilliant
:)
designs are fantastic

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Blogger Nic XL Gregory art said...

Love your work on this! The movie was fantastic and you should be proud of your contribution. I hope one day to add my own creativity to the art of an animated movie.

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