Saturday, October 25, 2014


KALEH & MBAKI are currently in Brazil right now representing Las Islas Filipinas :D

Saturday, June 21, 2014


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LIKE and SHARE!!! Please and Thank You :D

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

KALEH & MBAKI WINS The 39th MMFF New Wave Animation Film Best Picture (a very delayed post)

Last December 27, 2013, Kaleh & Mbaki won New Wave Animation Film Best Picture @ the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival and last night I finally got the Trophy plus a few additional and very substantial prizes too!!! :D

2013 was truly an amazing year thanks to GOD, My Family, My Friends and Colleagues, My Students and all those who supported me in this creative endeavor, especially those who bought the fundraising T-shirts :D

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kaleh & Mbaki @ GLORIETTA and MEGAMALL MMFF Gala Screening

One of the 500 tickets I was given by the MMFF Committee to sell or give away (our share of the profits!). I decided to give it away! Spread the Love,Spread the Word. Original Filipino Animation ROCKS!

Maraming Salamat Metro Manila Film Festival, MMDA, and especially Chairman Francis Tolentino for the first time inclusion of Animation in the festival! :D

Saturday, October 19, 2013


3 am Saturday morning I received an email from a festival telling me that they regret that they won't be screening my film. Sleepily I thought to myself, "What else is new" and went back to sleep.

9 hours later a student of mine posted a link to my Facebook timeline. Something about my film being shown on the big screen. At first I didn't think anything of it until I saw the whole message. It was this:

CONGRATS SIR! :) Kaleh and Mbaki is going to the big screen!
We are proud to announce the 5 animation films that will be shown on the big screen this December-

the MMFF Animation Section finalists:

1) Kaleh and Mbaki -- Dennis Sebastian
2) Gayuma ni Maria -- Gabriel Villalon
3) Ang Lalong ni Kulakog -- Omar Aguilar
4) Origin ni Mang Jose --Apollo C. Anonuevo
5) Mamang Pulis-- Hanah Espia


WHOA! Now this was a big deal. A few minutes later I got a few more posts saying the same thing. "It was actually true!"

This is turning out to be a really good year after all :D

Sunday, August 4, 2013


During the weekend I received a lengthy email.

It essentially said:

Dear Dennis E. Sebastian, 

Thank you so much for submitting your film to Animated Eden. We are really amazed by the amount of entries and wonderful works out there. Your fantastic animation has been chosen to screen at Animated Eden 2013.

lots of it...

and then...

Thanks so much for your involvement with Animated Eden, 
We are really looking forward to showing your work to this part of the world! 


Animated Eden
Cumbria, UK - 8th September 2013 


How Cool is That! GOD is Amazing! :D

Friday, July 12, 2013


Today is a Happy Day. GOD is Good!

This morning I received this email:

Dear Dennis Sebastian,

On behalf of the Anibar International Animation Festival, it is our pleasure to invite your film “Kaleh and Mbaki” to be screened within our Kids Category. The 4th Anibar International Animation Festival will be held from 09 to 14 August 2013.

We also would like to invite you to come to Peja during the festival. We will take care 4 days of accommodation and accreditation for all the festival events (09-14 August).

Vullnet Sanaja                                     Rron Bajri
Executive Director                             Artistic Director


I wish I could go too but the festival falls on Animation Thesis Week and I can't abandon my students :(

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Da Fresh Fruits are a-Running!

 Here are some Pre-Production Art for the upcoming Mobile Game App featuring Kaleh and the Fruits.

More to come in the following weeks. Stay Tooned! :D

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Kaleh Has A New Project!

Kaleh Runs After Fruits - Animation Test for Mobile Game App from Dennis E. Sebastian on Vimeo.

The Fruits Are Coming! 
But in this case, they're actually running away :P

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kaleh And Mbaki Online Screener (Password Required)

For all festivals and events organizers who wish to preview the entire animated short film, please email me at so I can provide you with a password.

Kaleh And Mbaki: An Animated Short Film from Dennis E. Sebastian on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Was A Great Year For Kaleh & Mbaki!!! :D

This 2012 I finally completed the first of the animated shorts (yes the first) for Kaleh & Mbaki. The film got screened in competition for two festivals and won prizes in both. I would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who was instrumental in helping me create this personal work.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Icing on the Cake Part 2!

Kaleh At Mbaki won in its category (Best Animation 1-5 Minutes - Professional Division) at the ANIMAHENASYON 2012! GOD is Good :D

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kaleh & Mbaki at ANIMAHENASYON 2012

Kaleh & Mbaki will be screened at ANIMAHENASYON 2012. It will be held on the 26th to 29th of Novemeber 2012 at the De La Salle - College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Icing on the Cake!

Kaleh At Mbaki won 3rd Prize (tied with another entry) at the 24th CCP Independent Film & Video Competition! Yay !!! :D 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kaleh & Mbaki At the Cultural Center of The Philippines

Tonight is Kaleh & Mbaki's very first public screening! Yay! :D

Ika-24 CCP Gawad Alternatibo Para Sa Pelikula At Video
(The 24th CCP Independent Film & Video Competition)

 20 to 23 November 2012 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde.
Animation Program - 22 November 2012, 7pm.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Consummatum Est

The film is finished :D

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Colors of Mbaki

Some Color Graded shots of Mbaki :D

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Colors of Kaleh

What color do you Feel?

Some Color Graded shots of Kaleh :D

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Almost There... Stay On Target

I think the graph speaks for itself :D

I estimate that I will be done in 2 months and most of the work left is some rendering, a lot of compositing and light effects, plus the all important music and sound which will be done for me by a professional. Color me Excited! :D

* for the uninitiated, the title is a reference to the Star Wars scene where the rebel forces are attacking the Death star.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Goodbye Fan

It's sad when one of your most hardworking fans die on you.

For almost 4 weeks my computer was out of commission when the CPU fan quit on me. I was in the midst of weeks of 24/7 renderings so it was a good thing I discovered it early or otherwise I might have been greeted with a smoldering mass of electronics when I woke up one morning.

I can't believe it took over 3 weeks to find a replacement for you. I guess that just shows how special you are. Goodbye Fan, you will be missed.

* Of course I did not sit on my thumbs while the computer was in the shop. I actually used my thumbs and the rest of my fingers quite frequently during those weeks. Will post about it next time : )

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mystery Post...

Monday, April 30, 2012

a hornbill walks into a bar... part 2

Here are a few more shots from the beginning of the short film. The images here are 90% done but the sound effects are just temporary (the musical score still nonexistent). There are a ton of things yet to be done but I can safely say that I am on the last few stages of making this short film.  Yay! :D

I'm already excited about the next Kaleh & Mbaki short, but of course I must finish this one first!

Oh, did I fail to mention it? This is just the first of the series : )

Sunday, April 22, 2012

a hornbill walks into a bar...

Animated GIF from my animated short film, Kaleh & Mbaki (The Hornbill and The Shaman). For more info and cool stuff, visit the Production Blog @ or the Facebook page @

I finished rendering all the layers for this particular shot and excitedly made a quick assembly in my trusty Compositing program and now here are a few sample frames. It's not final by any means but it sure is nice to see the animation in (nearly) final form :D

And when this shot is done, 54 more shots to go!

Gulp :|

Monday, March 26, 2012

Animation is Done!!! :D

Character Animation for the short is finally done! WHEW! Here are a few sample shots from the beginning of the story. Color and shading are not final of course, that will be coming soon :D

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lighting Tests!

Some preliminary lighting setups and their test renders for the first few shots. This is actually fun to do except for the waiting-for-the-test-render-to-finish part. I wish I had another computer to do that. A CRAY SUPERCOMPUTER would do nicely I think :D

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kaleh & Mbaki in Ilocos Norte!

I was invited to give a talk on Animation to a group of students studying Computer Science and Information Technology and it was to be held out of town in the beautiful province of Ilocos Norte. Who would say no to that.

I actually almost did say no the invitation. Being in the thick of things in this short film of mine, finishing up the last few shots in animation and beginning the lighting of the scenes, I thought that any distraction would be bad for my progress. But when I thought that this would be another perfect opportunity to spread the "gospel" of Filipino Animated Content and also a chance to "convert" a few students to the exciting world of animation, I reconsidered and eventually said Yes.

And so with a quick assembly of my animation lectures of the past and an addition of a few new and never-before-seen-by-the-public Kaleh & Mbaki material, I was off to Ilocos Norte in the small town of Currimao.

I'm not a fan of very long bus rides (7 hours going to and 11 gruelling hours going back home) but when I got there, WOW!

In a nutshell - arrive - take lots and lots of pictures - breakfast - more pictures - long nap - wake up - prepare for animation talk - quick lunch - continue prep work - more pictures - stare at the beautiful scenery for a long time until students arrive - final prep work - quick dinner - Animation talk.

I figure the talk on animation went well because most of the students were quite responsive and some were actually very excited about getting into animation. Unfortunately we had just a limited amount of time for the talk and the students were tired from their journey. I could have gone on for a few more hours, but hey that's me when it comes to animation.

I'm hoping that some of the students do eventually go into an animation related career and for the others who don't, I hope that they will become avid fans of Filipino Animated Content.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!!! :D

Friday, November 25, 2011

I Would Like To Thank The Academy...

At last nights Animahenasyon 2011 awards ceremony, there were winners and there were... non-winners. I was both! I didn't get the prize for the Category that my entry was in but surprise surprise, there was another prize that I wasn't aware of and it was Best in Technical Quality.

I was already chatting with the other finalists and almost oblivious to the proceedings when I heard them call my name. For a split second there I expected to be told that my car was double parked but when they waved me over to the stage I knew it wasn't about the car.

So, I would like to thank the Academy...

* Seriously, I would like to wholeheartedly thank the Animation Council of the Philippines and their very hardworking officers (Grace Dimaranan, Michael Kho Lim, Ricky Orellana, Laisa Gonzles and many others) for making the annual animation festival a reality. Without you guys our animated films will probably just be floating around internet limbo. Maraming Salamat Po!

*some of the cool giveaways from the festival

Sunday, November 20, 2011

15 Minutes of Warhol on the Radio

Yesterday I was interviewed as a guest at an online radio show and the topic of discussion was ME. Actually the topic was animation and the upcoming Animahenasyon 2011, the Philippine Animation Festival.

I was invited by Ricky Orellana and Michael Kho Lim of the Animation Council of the Philippines to serve, I guess, as a cautionary tale for those would be animated filmmakers. Normally I'm quite uncomfortable with public speaking engagements when there's vitually no time to prepare, I was informed just the day before, but I agreed to it since it was a radio interview and no one was going to see my face. WRONG.

The radio show was in DIG Radio, a brand new internet radio station based in Makati City and they had a WEB CAM broadcasting Live. This I found out a few second before the interview. My main thought at that moment was, "Buti na lang naligo ako bago pumunta sa studio." (A good thing I took a shower before going to the studio). Not that anyone could smell me through the cam but somehow feeling shower fresh made me a bit more confident.

So confident that I think I monopolized most of the conversation. Sorry DJ Cyrus! Living in the cave with mostly just my doggie to talk to seems to have resulted in a lot of pent up... exposition. But overall I think it went well. I was able to talk about the most important stuff - the animation festival, my animated short K & M, and the origins of my superpowers.

Special thanks to Ricky and Michael for the Invite, DJ April and Mr. Norman for giving me the tour of the PORTAL, DJ Cyrus for the great interview, and the traffic cop in Pasong Tamo for not getting angry when I almost ran over him :D

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Making Your Own Musical Score

When I was making the Teaser-Trailer for Kaleh & Mbaki, one thing I forgot to include in my timetable was the musical score. So while doing the final edit for the teaser, I decided to just wing it by sampling (stealing) some music from various movie soundtracks. Unfortunately, none of them fit well enough for what I had in mind. I also didn't want any copyright entanglements so I decided to make my own.

Thank God for MuseScore and LMMS(Linus MultiMedia Studio). Both are free software for making music. The former uses the traditional notational system while the latter uses the sequencer type system plus a few more bells and whistles.

It helped that the music I "envisioned" wasn't complicated in structure. My goal was to give it the feel of the primal rhythms of Cordilleran tribal music. I'm no music major so I just tried my best and relied on instinct and intuition and a lot of experimentation. With the aid of the two programs, I was able breeze through the creation of the musical score in Three Days! Thank God I still remembered some of my piano lessons :)

I used MuseScore for the Flute parts and LMMS for the percussion parts.

Watch the Teaser-Trailer (and hear the musical score) HERE.