Jun 20, 2016

Aždaja - The First Special Screening

Official movie poster
Quite some time has passed since Aždaja was first announced, so I am very pleased that it is finally finished and ready to devour the film festivals around the globe.

On 18th of June 2016, the first special screening for the crew and friends took place in Meeting Point Cinema, Sarajevo. Actually we had to make two screenings as the cinema was too small. I would like to thank every single one of 450 people who came to the screening for their love and support! Especially you, my hoodoo. It was among those most special and pleasant moments of my life.

Ever since I started doing animation I wanted to make something like this, and with this level of quality. I wanted to combine animation and live action in an epic short film. This film was a dream come true.

I will take this opportunity to share with you the first in the series of making-of Aždaja videos:

Feb 23, 2016

The Legend of Aždaja

Aždaja in the village Umoljani

One of the surviving legends about the Bosnian dragon in village Umoljani goes like this:
Once upon a time in a village far far away, a lot of people gathered to party. They partied for days and thus made such a noise that woke the Aždaja, a giant serpent that slept in the nearby canyon. Aždaja crawled out of the canyon and hurried towards the people to put an end to the terrible noise. As soon as they realized the danger, the people chanted their prayer which saved them by petrifying the Aždaja. The trail of Aždaja can still be seen today in a form of a winding creek leading to the village, and the beast itself petrified on a nearby cliff.
The village is situated near the canyon of river Rakitnica which is where the dragon lived. The creek leading from the canyon to the village is called Studeni potok or "The cold creek".
It is quite obvious the legend got skewed and deformed by the passing ages, turning the dragon (Aždaja) into a mindless beast that threatened the people. In fact, the opposite is true. That is why I made this film - to show the world the real dragon of Bosnia.

Here is a map showing the locations from the legend:

Feb 16, 2016

Two Faces of the Bosnian Dragon

Ancient legends speak of the Great Bosnian mountain dragon that dwells in faraway forgotten lands of the Bosnian empire. Through the ages a few shamans from the remote mountain villages have mastered the craft of summoning this dragon.

The dragon shows up as two parts - the black and the white. Only when two parts intertwine, they form a magnificent creature in perfect balance and harmony.

The Black Dragon

Takes up the form of a great serpent composed of black stone plates with dark smoke pouring from within. He is the darkness, the powerful masculine physical manifestation. Without thoughts or reason, the black dragon, will devour anything in its path as he is the embodiment of destruction and chaos. He is the powerful force of entropy in nature. This dragon brings thunder, earthquakes and raptures the volcanoes. The shamans know he can only be tamed with the help of the white dragon.

The White Dragon

She is the faint and fragile spiritual dragon, the light. She is the brightness of the sunlight, the reason and the force of life. Whenever she appears, she spreads joy, happiness and harmony among all earthly creatures. She knows no size, thus sometimes appears so small she can fit on a daisy flower and twirl between leaves of grass. Other times the white dragon creates the most intriguing cloud shapes as she swings her tail through the skies. The people say she brings the purest of love.

Feb 5, 2016

The Inspiration for the Dragon

Two intertwined dragons on
stećak in Brštanica
The dragon in the film is comprised of two opposing yet complementary parts - the light and the dark. They intertwine and balance each other, forming the perfect dragon, a protector of the village.

The concept was directly inspired by the particular symbol found on mysterious stećak tombstones reliefs. The relief shows two serpent-like dragon creatures facing each other while their bodies are entangled. Only four tombstones have this symbol and I was lucky enough to find them all and make some photos, along with a selfie, of course.

Oct 20, 2015

Tutorial - How to export stretchy bones from 3ds max to unity

Stretchy bones used to squash this chubby low-poly frog named Arnold
from our free android game JuJu Frog made in Unity

In this quick tutorial I will show you how to set up 3ds max stretchy bones (with squash and stretch) and properly export them to Unity game editor.

JuJu Frog - the game

Hello people!

I'm happy to announce our new free game for Android - "JuJu Frog" by AI Interactive. It was developed during the period of two and a half months with my friend Amar from Gamedev5 blog. More details and making of coming soon!

Download it here and enjoy:
Get it on Google Play

Mar 28, 2014

Village Umoljani resurrected

Umoljani in all its glory!
I'm very excited to share this picture of the Bosnian dragon village - Umoljani. The scene is set and everyone is waiting for the mighty mountain dragon! The eclipse is near.

Jan 25, 2014

Tremble Smaug, for the Dragon of Bosnia is Rising!

The first glimpse of the black dragon
The unexpected turbulence that was... well, not so unexpected, took its toll keeping the Dragon of Bosnia from exiting his cave all these months. Fortunately, the elements have come to rest, allowing the dragon to finally open his eyes.

May 22, 2013

The Game - the first level is online



A long awaited first level of the game is ready for you to play in your browser. As is known, this epic film will be accompanied by a short browser puzzle game.

Apr 18, 2013

Trailer is online!

The first trailer for this epic Bosnian movie is available on Youtube. Feast your eyes on this animated/live-action wizardry.

The small nebula did turn out to be a full sized galaxy composed of about 20 million particles, taking 350mb of cache per frame! That is a lot of disk space, but luckily my good friend, the computer, managed to crunch all the numbers.

The village appeared out of smoke as planned, but I still see some houses hesitating to materialize. I'll have a conversation with them for the final film.

The dragon specifically asked me only to show tip of his head for now, so I had to follow his wish. You know the dragons, they can be quite thick headed.