How to Train Your Dog is a 2D short animated film with a total timescale of four minutes and five seconds including credits. It is a story about what would happen if someone treats a cat as though it was a dog. The main character of the story is an alien who does not live on the earth and has never seen a dog or a cat before. He gets obsessed with this cute little animal at his first time seeing it on a TV commercial selling this kind of pet newly imported from the earth. He orders the dog immediately, but a cat is delivered to him by mistake. He tries to play with the cat as if it was a dog, which undoubtedly fails and causes a series of conflicts. At last, he finds out his own alien way of getting along with the cat.

How to Train Your Dog is a hand-drawn animation which was primarily created using the computer software TVPaint Animation. I did the concept design work in Adobe Photoshop, and the editing work was achieved in Adobe Premiere.

The paper will discuss the entire process and details of the production, including the inspiration and motivation of making the film. It also covers the problems and challenges I came across during the process and how I got over them to finish the final film.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Comedy films; Extraterrestrial beings--Drama; Cats--Drama; Dogs--Training--Drama

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Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Cathleen Ashworth

Advisor/Committee Member

Thomas Gasek

Advisor/Committee Member

Mari Jaye Blanchard


RIT – Main Campus

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