Dreamwork's Animation Films - How To Train Your Dragon (Production Videos)


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“How To Train Your Dragon” is an upcoming 3D animated movie produced by Dreamworks.The film stars the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Craig Ferguson.

The film is set in a mythical world of Vikings and dragons. The story centers on a viking teenager named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor is disliked by his tribe and its chief, Hiccup’s father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler). However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. After he entangles a dragon with a bolas-shooting cannon, Hiccup releases and ends up befriending the dragon, who he dubs Toothless. This relationship flips his world upside down as he strives to convince his tribe that they don’t need to be dragon-slayers but he ends up making the tribe angry and they lead an attack on the dragons home.

“How To Train Your Dragon” Final Theatrical Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1huZhKwhIQc

Release on 26 March 2010.

Interview with Kristof Serrand, Supervising Animator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SVLcCqSoeY

Interview with Gabe Hordos, Supervising Animator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S52Weimu8Y4

Interview with Matt Paulson, Modeling Supervisor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea91HwyQ0HM

Interview with Jeff Light, Supervisor of Character TDs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9TfevNeVwI

Interview with JC Alvarez, Final Layout Supervisor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk19QsfsaKk

Interview with Damon Crowe, head of Character Effects Supervision
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4INjExGahM

Interview with April Knobbe, Matte Painting Supervisor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dnui45wEX8

Interview with Sabrina Riegel, Supervisor of Surfacing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAOcXgFc63E

Updated list

Interview with Sean Fennell, Crowds Supervisor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2LjPtu708A

Interview with Phil McNally, head of 3D Supervision
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnvC3AElxak

Interview with Nathan Loofbourrow, Supervisor of Character TDs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpRXFqPp1TU

Interview with Craig Ring, Vfx supervisor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FIECmm5P2s

Interview with Matt Baer, Head of effects
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HWPTw4Au5M

Updated list

Interview with Cressida Cowell, head of Character Effects Supervision
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O8IYkJtgeQ

Interview with Shaggy Hornsby, Supervising Animator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhlU3n9k128

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#2

Looks gorgeous. I really like the character designs for this movie; especially toothless. Thanks for sharing those great videos.


#3

Before even watching the trailer, my jaded side really wanted me to dislike this one. But it won me over on the trailer alone. Looks like this one has it where it counts. I also like the somewhat rough feel in spots (as in it’s not overly and needlessly polished).


#4

Really like the texturing and rendering style of this film. Animation as always looks solid.


#5

Look forward to the film even more now. Planning on seeing it with my daughter this weekend. Always loved Dreamworks style of animation and their character design. I use it as a benchmark.


#6

Yeah I’m really looking forward to this. The trailers give the impression of a good solid story and good characters, two things that Dreamworks Animation are really hit and miss on. Looks like this one could be a hit. The only dilemma now is whether I should see it in 3D or pay half and see it flat.


#7

I know I run the major risk of sounding like a complete “company man” but this film is easily the finest film Dreamworks Animation has made to date. I worked on Dragon for a year and had not seen it in its completed state until this past Saturday. I was actually shocked at how it turned out. People poo-poo on DWA for numerous things, and in some cases rightly so. But this film stands apart from all of that. No veiled adult humor, no pop culture references, no potty jokes. Just an incredible story about “a boy and his dog” so to speak (the “father/son” story is touchingly strong as well), but obviously so much more. The characters are so strong, its visually stunning with the help of Roger Deakins, the music is stirring, the animation is phenomenal, and the 3D works so well. Its used to add depth, never to add gimmicks, and the depth pulls you deep into the rich world of the vikings.
Like I said, I know I’m gonna sound like a company-man, and by default many of you will consider my words suspect. But, honestly, after finally seeing it this past weekend I can’t help but let some of my excitement for the movie leak out and try to inform as many as I can about how great of a film this really is.


#8

Actually, you don’t. There’s nothing wrong about being proud or enthusiastic about a “product” you were working on. In fact, I think that’s what most of us are striving for. After watching the trailers I’ve been looking forward to this movie anyway (and I don’t look forward to EVERY Dreamworks movie) and after your post, even more so.


#9

Completely agree with all of this – except it’s totally a boy and his cat. Look at him! Totally a cat.

(I like cats more than dogs)

(also, didn’t get to work on this movie, to my eternal regret)


#10

I love ‘behind the scenes’, they always make me want to see the movie even more.


#11

Well said Matt. Having spent over a year and a half myself on the film, it is easy to see how this became a labor of love for anybody who had the pleasure of touching the movie. Something I will always be proud of!


#12

Wow I’m impressed, I had seen this a while ago but I didn’t look into it, but after seeing the trailer I’m really looking forward to going to see this film.

:slight_smile:


#13

Really cant wait !!


#14

I can not wait to see this one. It looks like so much fun, and I really enjoy the overall look.

We were watching the trailer repeatedly yesterday checking out the hair dynamics :wink:


#15

Cant wait to watch this this weekend.


#16

Thanks for the links above. The more I see about this film, the more excited I get…looks like its going to be a great one!


#17

Thanks Dax. We worked especially hard in Character FX to get that “wind in the hair” look working well, there sure was a big need for it with all the dragon-back flying going on.


#18

My pleasure Matt, it looks great. I especially like the wind in the hair shots. Though I like the weight to the female sidekick’s hair as well. Overall a great looking movie, can’t wait to see it!


#19

What am I? chopped-liver? hehe…couldn’t resist poking back. No, the “wind in the hair” shots and many other cfx touched shots look awesome. Fur, hair, beards and mustaches were a huge challenge in this movie and can’t be more proud at how amazing it all looks.


#20

LOL

Well the all the beards and such for the Vikings look great as well. That was definitely a challenge on Beowulf, but I really like the stylized look these characters have. Congrats on a great looking movie!