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An island lies far out to sea, isolated from the world by storms, where magic and wonder flourish. Towers float in the sky, cuttlefish fly, and unfamiliar species roam.

This worldbuilding project is envisioned as a series of animated scenes accompanied by visual development, sketches, and writing. The project is an exercise in learning new software, techniques, music composition, and storytelling.


Visual Development ✷ The Cloudfolk

The Cloudfolk, Altyora's indigenous islanders, call the skies their home. They live in floating towers that migrate to different parts of the island in seasons. Cloudfolk culture is alive and well, celebrated across the island by all of those that live there.

Part I ✷ Transforming Trinket

Altyora's university takes in people of all ages to learn, study, and master hilometry -- a mixture of science and magic. One such student is practicing in a window sill.


A curious student who learns against the grain, Argent is a well-meaning kid who loves to experiment and cause mischief.

Her cleverness and aptitude for magic puts Marin above the cut compared to her peers. She's particularly fond of studying sea life and conserving nature's wonders.


Character Color Exploration

BG Compositing Process

Animation Process

Part II ✷ Academic Aquariums

In a moody classroom, Marin and one of her professors study local sea life in the university's glass-less aquariums. Full animation in progress and coming soon!

Scene Reference Sheets

Aquarium Composite Test


Visual Development ✷ Native Fauna