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.
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Gonzalez, Lucas, "Raine Azure" (2014). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
RIT – Main Campus