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If James Taylor Were On Fire

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Apr 16, 2010 | 6:54 PM EDT

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I came across a gem of a song called "If James Taylor Were on Fire," by a band called Paul and Storm. I decided to put a little time into animating it. Great, great, imagery in the song deserves a little more expression through animation.



Rated 3 / 5 stars

Good, but too short

The song sounds quite funny and the animation is good as well. Especially the lip syncing is done very nicely.

Too bad the flash is so short, though.
I can see you put a lot of effort into this short animation, but for me, the viewer it is just too short. If you could expand this animation a bit more I'm sure you would get much higher scores.

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Rabid-Animals responds:

Thanks, Haggard! I'm really appreciating everybody commenting on the lip syncing. That crap is ridiculously hard.


Rated 2 / 5 stars


The song wasn't so good, but it's pretty funny, I kind of liked it... You made a nice job animating it, but the drwings weren't so good, since the guitar's strings aren't in the right place, and the singer isn't very cool...

But, I think you made a nice job, I laughed a bit with the song's lyric, and I think you have potential to show us a better job, use your creativity and you'll be fine.
Also, show us more music gems, I'm pretty sure they'll be as funny as this one!! Keep it up!!

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Rabid-Animals responds:

Thanks, Roger.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

In one word: average.

That would be how I would describe this submission. The animation was basic, but looped well, and not nearly as choppy as other submissions I have seen before.

The audio was of decent quality, and the lip sync, as others have mentioned before, was nicely done. I appreciated how you added subtitles where the song seemed to be difficult to interpret.

Also, not so much a criticism as an observation, the option to view the cartoon about math is not working, at least not for me.

The artwork itself looks like something from MS Paint, which is rather impressive given personal experience on the difficulty of computer art programs. Overall it is a decent flash, and you have decent skills. Good luck on your future endeavors.

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Rated 2 / 5 stars

Not up to par

-It's only a snippet of the whole song. Most likely you used the chorus for this but it would of been nice if you incorporated more of the song into your animation.

-It's also a little obvious that you didn't take much time working on this. You used the same background the entire time except for when you zoomed into his face. The hands are rigid and only move back and forth in a loop through the whole thing and even dissapear in the well scene.

-I was impressed by the lip-synching though. For the most part it was spot on or just a couple of frames off. I know it's difficult to keep the audio on pace with the animation.

-I liked how you put links at the end. The only problem was that only the replay button worked. The other one didn't link me to anything. It could possibly be a coding error but i'm not sure.

-Overall it's ok for a short video but it felt like you did a once over of it and didn't check for mistakes. Next time you make something watch it a couple of times to make sure it's exactly how you want it before submitting it.

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Rabid-Animals responds:

That's actually the whole song.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

A little short

I think that you've done a decent job with the lip sync and now you have to make it more difficult to take it further - change the shape of the mouth for the various syllables that he sings and get all of that lined up.

With the way that the piece looks, it's not too bad, but since he is supposedly singing from down a well, perhaps you need to start out in a shaft of light, with him on a stool and slowly build up the flames around him, as opposed to the acoustics not working too well with the sound of a tv studio.

Seeing a longer song would have been a good idea, since that leaves very little actual time for interpretation of the plot, so you aren't left with very many options to work with, but the work was good and it needs a little more attention to detail, such as the drawing (zoom in more, use a slightly smaller tool, to get better control and you'll soon see that the drawing improves massively.)

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Rabid-Animals responds:

Thanks for the drawing tips. Your ideas about the intro are pretty good, too.