Artist bio

Haylei is a self-taught artist who has been creating art since she was fourteen. After Engaged Art 2018, she returned to school to begin pursuing her bachelor's in Illustrative design. She currently dabbles with a variety of mediums, from painting to photography, animation, and some digital media. Most of her work focuses on themes regarding mental illness and revelations shes received from her walk in faith. In the future, Haylei hopes to use her art as a platform to help others. Art is one thing that can connect all races, religions, and cultures, it transcends all language barriers. Alayna is a spirited three-year-old, who loves Mickey Mouse and wearing princess dresses. Her favorite hobbies are drawing, acting, singing. and dancing. She was a great sport while making this video, and she enjoys helping her mom with art projects.


Making a Warrior

Artist Statement

"Making a Warrior" is a short stop motion animation film put together using multiple photos. Every bit of animation was made by moving one object at a time and taking a picture, similar to what you would see in a claymation film. This type of animation is called pixelation. It can be quite fun, but it is very tedious work. All of the armor props were designed using pages from the bible. The rest of the accessories were made from paper, magazines, and newspapers.

How it fits into contest

When filming this, I wanted to create the idea of God's armor actually coming to life from his word. There are different things that the young protagonist faces through the film, such as fiery arrows, and a dragon, all of which were meant to symbolize the different things we face in the world, and the spiritual realm.

Overall I wanted to create a film that seemed fun like a child's imagination but still carried the weight of the verse from Ephesians 6:10-20.


Haylei Kvist: Director, producer, editor, prop design
Daniel Kvist: Photographer, special effects, prop design.
Alayna Kvist: Actress
Music: "Rise Of A Warrior" - by WarAddict and Ov3rCasT

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