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Final animation for my Experimental Animation class. I finally got permission to submit it here ;p

A combination of found object and puppet stop motion.

Sound effects are from Sounddog.com
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This was already uploaded to my Youtube account, but I figured maybe I'd crosspost this on my DA.

My thesis project for my Animation and Digital Arts bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California.

This project began in January 2009 and finished in May 2010 (so almost 1 1/2 years of production). Almost all the animated characters and effects were animated in Photoshop, then printed out and rotoscoped/painted by hand with prismacolor pencils, ink and watercolor paint. All backgrounds were digitally painted in Photoshop. This picture was composited using After Effects and edited in Premiere Pro.
Narration by Mark Cross
Music by Gareth Coker
Scientific advisor and co-writer is Professor Myrna Jacobson-Meyers (phd) of the Biology Department of the University of Southern California. It was through her awesome enthusiasm as a scientist and researcher that this film came to be. I was able to get my hands on scientific papers and research and her cross-checking to determine the veracity of all information presented.
Kathy Smith, who is an Associate Professor at USC, I also owe my gratitude. She heard I wanted to do a scientific educational short and put me in touch with Myrna. I'm hoping the success of this film in the festival circuit will inspire more USC filmmakers to combine their talents with the incredible research department on campus and create more amazing educational films to teach future generations.

(any debate regarding climate change will be removed as I consider it a distraction from the subject. This is to inform and educate about natural cycles and our impact on them and how this particular issue might be resolved through education and scientific understanding.

Discussion about science education, science visualization, art, etc, etc is encouraged)
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You can watch a larger, less jumpy/laggy version here: [link]

I have noticed that on this player that the animation 'jumps' a bit as it skips frames, I'm not sure if this is due to an an error with the player, lag, my large file size or all of the above. I've also notice that the previews are broken and showing distorted gray things, I'll see if there's a way to get these fixed.

My final film project for school. This film was based on a story from a short children book my friend and I started making but never really finished.

Personal:

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it, this animation was really just a series of compromises for me. On one hand, I was able get it in the 4 months I had to do it, on the other hand, to get it done in that time frame I had to cut out a lot of the original story and even a character and also cut a lot of corners in terms of the animation itself; I do feel that the short suffered for it. Or maybe it's just so far from what I originally wanted it to be that I can't look at it objectively yet. Who knows, but it was a good learning experience and I think it better prepared me to do some better independent stuff in the future.

Technical:

Animation:
This film was created using 2D mediums. The animation itself (roughs and cleanup) is done by hand using a mechanical pencil and colored in digicel flipbook 5.


Backgrounds:
Backgrounds in this film are all drawn and cleaned up in pencil and painted in photoshop for the "real" world and painter for the "puddle" world.


Post:
Effects and post work done in Adobe After Effects and composed in Premiere.


Music:
Original composition created for this film by the very talented Trevor Hewer
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Well it's done... It's not perfect but it's as done as it's gonna get for a while...:P

I had to rerecord the audio of me speaking because my teacher's said the first reading was kind of dull and and didn't really showcase my personality. The soundtrack itself is not really a 100% in my opinion because I didn't have time to properly clean-up the new audio and I didn't get the updated musical score from my composer on time. So worked with what I had...

Music is done by my buddy Jack Stotler. You can find his music here:
[link]

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Original animatic:


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So I put alot of work on it :Dhope you like it ^_^ tell me what you think of it as well :D

for hight quallity = www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuFTPo…


enjoy :dance:

:bulletblue: you don't know what %AzureHowl is ? No worries, feel free to check out the current group to find out, and below you can find the official Azurehowl episode list.

This is the official episode list, Here you can find back all current episodes!
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My first film made at USC, animated entirely in Flash and edited in Premiere Pro. This also was on my Youtube account (and was previously downloadable here before the film feature was available) but only now have I decided to uploaded it here too. While this isn't the genesis of Ravage* (no, he's way older than this), he DID end up being my guinea pig as I forayed into lip sync and character animation. Writing for him was a cinch, the script editing process itself not so much.

Originally this was to be almost 2 minutes long, but since I had a single semester to complete it, it was cut down to more like 30 seconds. So many great jokes were cut out, the class expressed real pain when they told me to remove different lines. That was a tough deal, I tell ya. And after all that editing, I was left with only about 3 weeks to animate the entire thing. I was almost dead by the end.

Completed in 2007. Voices by Dan Lippert and Justin Michael. My voice and a classmate's (Caitlin Cragg's) included as well. Sound mixing by the magically awesome Bethany Sparks.

This film is a good example of why Flash is bad with audio. Somehow everyone's voice ended up slowed down by a TON. It's not so noticeable on Ravage (it actually sounds better!) but the agent is ludicriously deep voiced. Lesson learned!

*he also looks different now
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Wonders of the Universe - Episode 4: A Cyberspace Odyssey

You can also watch the movie on YouTube: [link]

Check out our Facebook page! [link]

As the Wonders of the Universe passes by a mysterious Red Cloud in space, they pick up a ancient and dormant virus that attempts to take over the ship. With communications cut off, they have little hope of regaining control.

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Oh boy! This is a big one. This was meant to be a pretty normal sized episode, but it quickly swelled into something quite in-depth... and something we're pretty proud of. With character introductions out of the way, we're finally able to do a Wonders episode the way we've envisioned from the start. We hope you enjoy Wonders of the Universe: Episode 4, "A Cyberspace Odyssey!"

Voices:
Xander Mobus (Motley-Fool)
Chris Niosi (Kirbopher)
Edwyn Tiong (Omahdon)
Edward Bosco (Darkwolf)
Miranda Gauvin (dellaciel)
Deven Mack (D-Mac-Double)
Fernando Zamora (fthreat)
Mark Schneider (th1rt3en)
Chris Boe (BOE)
Joseph Blanchette (Legendary Frog)


Production:
Mark Schneider (th1rt3en)
Joseph Blanchette (Legendary Frog)
Casey McDonald (Xiphon)
Chris Boe (BOE)

Music:
Peter Gresser (PeterGMusic)

(NOTE - All music is free to use from Newground's Audio Portal, form other free sources, or created for this cartoon by Peter Gresser)
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Just a mood video of Odi swimming along. Stuff wrong: his animation pauses, the camera moves too fast, etc etc.

Unfortunately, you barely get to see him in our thesis trailer. :( So I made this in order for you to actually get a [hidden] decent look at him.

The audio is from our college music/sound library that Ringling students are all licensed to use.

Made with Maya, 3D Coat, Photoshop, and UDK.
(C) K "Kezrek" Laczin, 2012 - Enjoy, but do not use, alter, or claim as your own or as anyone else's.
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Thought it would be fun to do some character animation to go with the FX I did on the show, Couldnt get permission to use the firefx on a public website, which is fair enough.

soo here's SPIKE WITH IMAGINARY SCROLL FIRE THING!!!!!

Spike is copyright Hasbro.
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:w00t: :w00t: :w00t: Youtube: [link]
(bigger, better) :P

:star: manga here: [link]



Forth year thesis film at SVA

Time spent working on the film: 1 year and 1 month

:winner: Award: Best Animation by News Media Fest [link]


Learned a lot from this one, I think I succeeded to the quality I want for a few shots, but not every shot turn out the best, hopefully, on the next film for E-Depth Angel pilot I will be able to make every shot the best shots.

I'm the sole animator, layout artist, compositer on this film (which is probably why it's not pro quality yet, not the best on everything) X.X Next film will be better! :faint:



:heart::heart::heart::heart:


For the TEAM: (Big thank you time!)
Animation is not a lone-sport, so here's spotlight to the team who helped out!


People who helped on this film:
Team #Altabe

Music by my brother Matt. :3
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