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The Fox and the Mirrior
::Full-animated-Short::
:Not Animated in Flash::

Behold I have completed it! The first Creation Warrior Production!
After 3 months I can finally show off my short film “The Fox and the Mirrior.”

I did it because I am currently attending CalArts and every year we are expected to make a short film. I Have to say the people in the department are the most hard working insane awesome people before. I am just one of the individuals who accomplish this great feet every year. It’s Awesome! Only now can I appreciate the amount of work that goes into hand drawn animation. So much work for such a short thing. But it means so much! Now I feel like I can accomplish anything!

About:
Title: The Fox and the Mirrior

Length: 1:48 sec (25 shots)

File Type: currently crappy 3 meg swf (looping)

Created with: Pencils lots of pencils, Mostly with my trusty mechanical pencil with .5 HB high-polymer lead(man it killed my hand) but also a lot with Crete-color Monolith and Tombo HB drafting pencils. All on “12 field” animation paper, (about 14” by 12”) I tested the animation on a “lunch box system.” I then scanned it in using Animation Stand and put the drawings in order in After Effects then Edited all the shots (27 of them) together with Final Cut Pro. The only place Flash had was in out putting it for the web. Other than that nothing was done in that program. All Drawn! Crap!

Death Toll: Some 1600 drawings over three months, average of 3 to 12 hours strait work a day (yes this is true!) and many, many sleepless nights. This isn’t all just drawing I also had to plan it out x-sheet it, scan it, compose it and output it. Well for every second there needs to be 24 frames I drew about 24 -12 frames for every second...yeah just do the math.

“The Fox and the Mirrior © copyright 2005 Margaret (Razi) "Creation Warrior" Mathison and Creation Warrior Productions, creation_warrior.com@hotmail.com [link]

You can also view it here:
(it's in the news just click the link and tell me what you think in the tagboard next to it)
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Answered Questions:

Music: I go the music from one of my friends who had it around I heard it and I just had to use it. I think however it was done by Dead Poetic.

Gender?: The fox is actually female. I wanted it to kind of come across without being weird. But really she is just a fox.

Were you Helped? : I did it all on my own

Don't understand it?: Yeah I ran out of time and was unable to complete like 5 shots...Maybe I'll upload the storyboards for those shots so people can see the whole thing.

Meaning?: Yeah it's more of just a piece that expresses in an abstract way my emotions. The butterfly is supposed to be kind of the dream, what the fox wants...It's supposed to represent desire. The Mirrior (Yes Mirrior) is just supposed to show our worse enemy, ourselves. The fox is me because I am well a fox .

How long have you been animating?: I've been at CalArts 1 year and this is my first animation.

Reviews


hyenidehyenide

Rated 5 / 5 stars

good lord..
i would write a full review, but.. i just.. can't.. right now..
this was honestly amazing..
in all forms, symbolism, animation quality, music, everything.. just.. i haven't seen anything like this in a long time... thank you so much for creating this and sharing it with all of us here.. i'll be showing quite a few people myself.. <3


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SirDannySirDanny

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was intense and had a lot of meaning in it.

I love your fox character and this is probably going to be the best animation I have seen on here so far.

5 stars from SirDanny.


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BioElderNeoBioElderNeo

Rated 5 / 5 stars

this is in my opinion the best animation ever. Keep it up. :) your work is great.


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NivyNivy

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I love it. It feels like there is supposed to be some sort of theme here but I can't figure it out. Any ideas?


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goldnchild2goldnchild2

Rated 5 / 5 stars

this is amazing at work.. The message was deep and powerful, because I was the fox at one point in my life. This is not a confusing video at all. Autobot you must have a small imagination... but sometimes it is hard to accept who you are even when you live everyday but when you actually take a look in the mirror and question yourself it really does hurt more especially when you question what am I doing with my life. We live in a dream everyday but to turn a dream into a reality is near impossible. I did and only coming up from here, thank you for this film this is just amazing...


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