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Written and Directed by Brian O'Donnell


The Film

'The Very VERY First Christmas' is a dazzling deep dive into classic holiday nostalgia and charm. Our core group of lead designers collaborated under only one rule:

Imperfect is perfect. The result is an inspiring handmade approach to 3D modeling: blending modern tools with charming traditional cel animation and a whole lotta heart.


The story of The Very VERY First Christmas stemmed from a single idea:
A star shaped pterodactyl standing on the top of a Christmas Tree.

From there, it was simply a matter of finding other inspired and curious designers to work in collaboration to make this funky little film in just a month

Making Of


Written and Directed by Brian O'Donnell

Producer Katharine Mulderry

Editor / Creative Development Al Benoit

Creative Resource Manager Taylor McDade

Lead Layout Design Salmah Beydoun

Lead Character Design Yuri Byun

CG Lead Eddie Livingstone

Animation Brian O'Donnell, Yuri Byun

Cloud Simulation Akshay Tiwari
Cloud Look Dev Devin Hayes

Material Look Dev Morad Enayet

Cel Animation Amy Staropoli

Matte Painting Tara Holland, Kris Sharabinskaia

Title Design Laura Nash

Technical Director Justin Sucara

Marketing Director Brenden Hand

Composer Manu Beker

Narrator Manu Beker
Sound Design Echoic Audio

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