About

Koyo Do (Hong Duong T. Do) | Storyboard artist

(I had an indoor picnic with my partner due to the pandemic!)

The thread that sews all of my seemingly unrelated experiences together is my passion for storytelling and my desire to understand the world. Back when I wanted to pursue storyboarding in college, information online was scarce. There were no animation studios in my home country either. So all I could do was to study writing, cinematography, editing, and everything around actual boarding. Meanwhile, I took on jobs that provided me knowledge of psychology and sociology so one day I could work on films that change lives (and the world!). Recently, a lot of courses became available online and I am thrilled to be able to pursue storyboarding directly. It was definitely a long path, but I am so grateful for all the experiences that have enriched my life and hopefully it shows in my work. My thirst for learning, understanding people individually, and understanding society as a whole will never change.

When I am not drawing, love exploring new vegan places, different cake stores, and jazzing up left overs in ways you would never (want to) imagine. You might find me singing with ukulele (and my volume would slowly drop when I realize you’ve been listening). I also dance in secret and I hope that you’ll never have to see me dance (for now).

Education

2021 Storyboarding for Feature Animation with Rob Porter
Clarity in visual storytelling, cause & effect, character, camera, composition, cutting, continuity, story structure, motivated cuts, pitching, making sure editors and directors have extra panels to work with.

2015 Storyboarding for Animation with Steven Macleod – CGMA
Ideation, relating to personal experience to tell a story.

2015 Bachelor of Art & Technology
Saxion University of Applied Sciences
The Netherlands

With internship in Tokyo, Berlin, and an exchange program in Barcelona.

• Other various short courses focused on sustainable business, interpersonal growth, Non-violent communication, education.

Professional experience

Sep 2021– Storyboard revisionist
“Unspoken” is an animated documentary film showcasing differing reactions to the terror acts that have occurred in Istanbul in the recent years.

Aug 2021– Storyboard artist
Internet of Elephants user experience

2019–2021 Freelance animator & Facilitator
Campaign video creator: Writing scripts, storyboarding, filming, editing. Clients include NGOs and other companies such as: ActionAid, TEDxHanoi, iSEE, Involve UK, PPWG, Towards Transparency, helping refugees with integration.

2018–2019 Montessori Arts & Craft Teacher (Preschool)
Designed curriculum & demonstrated engaging projects to help children develop their coordination and concentration skills.

2016–2017 Motion graphic designer
EMOBI Communication e-learning
(Hanoi, Vietnam)

2016 Children’s book illustrator
United Nations – Fairy tales for a Fairer world

• Other jobs include facilitating workshops, event operation for Marriott Renaissance.

Activities
Community building & Hosting a safe space:
Founder of Social project Nghệ:
– Received funding from Oxfam and a free booth at BridgeFest 2019 after pitching.
Organized information events in hopes of breaking the stigma of creative jobs in Vietnam. Our first event reached 41k+ people on Facebook and was featured on national television!
• Co-Founder of Story Circle – A safe space for all kinds of storyteller to be vulnerable and to uplift each other: Discord community & meet ups.

Volunteer highlights:
• 2021: Hosted a Workshop “Telling your own story through comics” at WallsWithDoors. WallsWithDoors is an event that gives space as well as a voice to homeless people and promotes genuine connections between humans. My workshop was held along side with Non-Violent communication workshop and a workshop about dealing with depression.
• 2018: Volunteered for AIESEC – SDGs 10: Reduced inequality. Teaching at a kindergarten in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Former member of Comedy Improv group The Rotten Grapes (Hanoi, Vietnam)

Publication
Original comic “Onebrella” on AniWay anniversary issue

Programs
Photoshop, Storyboard Pro, Premiere Pro, Final Cut, After Effects, Maya, Blender

Languages
English, Vietnamese, Japanese, basic Dutch

Email: letsgokoyo@gmail.com
Utrecht, The Netherlands

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