Denver Jackson at DJaxx Studio has released an animated short that tells a romantic tale of two lovers in the aftermath of a big battle.
After watching Cloudrise, the first thing that came to mind was there is definitely a Legend of Korra vibe going on – mostly due to the costumes worn by the two characters. The second thing that came to mind was HOLY S**T! this is so well done.
Set in a fantasy world above the clouds, Cloudrise follows a pivotal moment in the lives of two lovers as they face a great challenge. Watch as Miko and Tenku fight to survive an attack on their new airship and take the necessary measures to help each other. Hold on to your seat as you witness how far someone is willing to go to rescue the one they love. This is an action-packed short film that ties together various fantasy/science fiction influences.
Years ago, it would have been impossible for shorts like Cloudrise to get any attention, and for most of us, our only indicator that such things existed was during the animated shorts award segment of the Oscars. Thanks to YouTube and Vimeo, creatives like Denver Jackson can get their project out to a much wider audience, and my day is much better now because of that.
Jackson has shared a behind the scenes look at the making of the short, as well as a storyboard comparison on his website.