Raine Azure is an animated graduate thesis film, with a runtime of 6:27. This animation follows the story of March and Autumn, a brother and sister (respectively) tasked to protect a crystal altar that serves as the world's rain dynamo. They set off to save the world from a beast which has stolen the power of the altar and upset the world's balance. Along the way, March discovers that a balance exists between self-reliance and dependence on others.

The primary goals during the production of this film were to explore and develop my

skills in animation, character design, and music integration. However, due to the production pipeline, story development, rigging structure, and project management became unexpected points of development, until the primary goals returned within the last months of production. The film was produced in Toon Boom Animate Pro 3, via a 2D cutout animation workflow. Music was produced via Cakewalk Sonar X3, utilizing virtual instruments from IK Multimedia, Kong Audio, and Garritan, amongst others.

This document covers all aspects of the film creation process from start to finish. Challenges, revelations, failures, and successes are covered here.

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Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Brian Larson

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Reisch

Advisor/Committee Member

Peter Murphey


RIT – Main Campus

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