How To Train Your Dragon 2


It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.


Kirill Smolskiy joined the crew of How To Train Your Dragon2 in August 2013 as a Lighting Artist.  Being on a show for 9 months Kirill worked on 5 movie sequences and completed about 50 shots including the very last shot of the movie.


Kirill's work highlights:

  • was instrumental to finding the look for the ice in sq2200 "Flight of the Hatchlings". This was one of the first sequences in the film to feature the ice and the look was very well recieved by creative leadership.

  • worked on the look development of the mist and low crawling fog in the sequence where Eret is being introduced. 

  • worked on simplicfication and adoptation of lighting rigs for the particular shots groups in the sequence. Provided tools for technical workarounds to simplyify tasks of other lighters on the show.

  • used "deep compositing" setup in Nuke for better integration of effects elements (smoke, fire) and decreasing render times of "heavy" layers.

  • lighting, rendering and compositing  of the very last shot of the movie