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April 27, 2011
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A short sequence I animated and cleaned up for a third year graduate film, "Growing Space" by Kate Broadhurst a few weeks ago.

I researched lots of birds flying in slow-motion and Planet Earth episodes for this which really helped as it's my first time animating a realistic animal, it was very fun to draw! (Not so fun to composit as the layers are very complicated!)

I listened to Elbow's new album, "Build a Rocket Boys!" as I did this, so their first song "For The Birds" is the reason for the title!

"The birds are the keepers of our secret
As they saw us where we lay
In the deepest grass of springtime
In a reckless guilty haze

And they wove a sweet indifference
And it settled on our skin
Till the eyes that I remembered
For the last time drew me in

The birds, though I wore your glacial patience
To a smudge of bitter dust
On the last day you embraced me
With a glistening sapling trust

Did they sing a million blessings
As they watched us slowly part?
Do they keep those final kisses
In their tiny racing hearts"
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Dragon-of-the-Sun Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@00:15awesome. ^^ How do you make animations?? Ive made drawing before but I dont know how to put them together, into a gif or something they call it?
AmberDust Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
@00:15Thanks! ^^
All of my newer animation is pencil on paper and shot under a camera or scanned into Photoshop to clean up. I put them together using Adobe Premiere or After Effects and export them as a movie file. Or you can make them into a lower quality gif using Photoshop or Flash for uploading on the web :) Send me a note if you'd like more info!
Dragon-of-the-Sun Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@00:15sweet, thanks
LiimLsan Jun 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
@00:15The throb of line is beautiful...wondering what it'd look like with a softer lead?

(And nice work. ^^ Traditional animation has a breath that nothing else has.)
AmberDust Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
@00:15Thank you! I totally agree :) Yes, perhaps a grainy, charcoal-like pencil would have suited, but the combination of pencil/ink pen was what was requested by a third year animator for her film, so I had to keep it consistent :)
LiimLsan Jun 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
@00:15Consistency is important... must say. Some of this reminds me of Zagreb Film.

(Theory time - if you're keeping lineboil in your film and have to have a cycle redrawn of backgrounds, why not seperate various elements and cycle them at different rates? (The leaves are on a five-drawing cycle, the grass in the background is three drawings, the flower in the wind four, etc. You don't have cel darkening to worry about, have a friend do the math for you, but it'd get a really cool effect.)
AmberDust Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
@00:15Very good point on the backgrounds... it would certainly bring life to a background and make it feel less 'looped'. I will bear that in mind for future animation! :)
LiimLsan Sep 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
@00:15It does bear certain lifelike touches... I'm testing for a project of mine backgrounds in watercolour, with certain leaves and branches rotating in loops exactly like that. If I ever figure out how to post the tests...

You ever see Filmteknarna's 'Revolver?' S'proof that even a cycle can look good if done right.
AmberDust Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
@00:15Sounds great! I'd love to see that... what format are your tests in? If it's a movie file it could go on Youtube, or a SWF file from Flash can go here on DeviantArt? :)

I hadn't seen that Revolver film but thanks for mentioning it as it was fascinating! Quite a masterful use of cycles, very impressive. :) If a loop can make you feel like you're watching a new movement rather than the same again then it's done its' job!
LiimLsan Sep 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
@00:15Well, I know next to nothing about files...
I don't have software that would assemble the frames next to each other... I animate on paper, and posting any of it is kind of a seat-of-my-pants deal.

Filmteknarna is made of genius. They made the film with the express purpose of doing the whole thing in black and white with endless cycles. And it was awesome.
There's people who say that Disney was being experimental by putting animation to classical music (although he was gambling the most), people who say that John McGrew was being experimental because he painted backgrounds weird, people who say that UPA was innovative because they made them designy and bland...then you see things like the NFB and Filmteknarna and kinda have brain spasms.
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