Above you can watch the whimsical film written and directed by yours truly, based loosely upon the Russian fairy tale.
Below you can pop behind the scenes and see how the film took form...
(Concept Art and Storyboards)
The aesthetic of the film was the fruit of a very vivid fever-induced dream. Though most of the film sticks closely to its origin, some concepts were abandoned or edited to better fit the screen. Ivan initially would have had long, wooden arm extensions as seen above, and would have walked on all fours. However, his lumbering figure was abandoned for a somewhat more relatable silhouette (the song Wooden Arms was included in the ending of the film as, among other things, a reference to his reduced appendages).
(On set documentation and movie stills)