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The Magic Chalk

On the night of Diwali, in a little Indian town, a young girl found a magical piece of chalk that fell from the sky...

When I was a kid, my big brother used to read to me the story of Ma Liang and his Magic Brush almost nightly. I think this Chinese tale inspired me to study animation and pursue a career in illustration.

In 2010, I reinterpreted Ma Liang's fascinating story and transferred it to India, the country that I'm passionate about, and made a 2D animation out of it for my Master degree.

Realisation, 2D Animation, Scenario, Concept Art, Character Design, FX, Compositing : Kellie Dubois

Original music : Francis Passico

Sound : Guillaume Thevenin 

Voice : Karen Toris

THE JOURNEY

I produced and presented this short animation movie in order to obtain my Master degree in Animation and Multimedia while finding the good balance between my ambition and the time-consuming technique.


MY ROLE:  Realisation, Scenario, Storyboard, Animatic, Concept Art, Character Design, Animation, FX, Compositing.


INSPIRATION: The Chinese popular story Ma Liang and his Magic Brush, The Princess and the Frog from Disney, Tekkonkinkreet Japanese Manga and Devdas Bollywood.


TOOLS: Notebook, Ink, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, AfterEffect, Sony Vegas Movie Studio, Particle Illusion, Autodesk 3ds Max.

AN ORIGINAL MUSIC & SOUND:
One of my favorite parts of the project was being able to record the music with a professional. Guillaume Thevenin, sound engineer from Cryogène Prod Studio, and Francis Passicos who made the Original Music, agreed to participate for free. Francis is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Indian instruments. I met him through Esprit Metis. After that project, we kept on collaborating. I created original illustrations and a poster campaign for his musical show for children.


OUTCOME:  ​​

The movie was played during special events in two different theaters and during tree Optym's company lunch.