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Jun 4, 2012 | 4:31 AM EDT
  • Daily 4th Place June 5, 2012

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This is my submission for the novice round of NATA. The topic for this round was "the elephant in the room".

Where I come from, we have an expression that roughly translates to "an elephant in a glass studio/shop", and it is commonly used when talking about very clumsy people that might be in the wrong place. What I did, was to use this expression as the set for this story.
I focused on using this task to get better at animating. It's my dream to become an animator (and at the same time make my own movies), but so far, the animations that I've been making have been very stiff and lifeless, and the movements pretty unrealistic. I wanted to see if I could overcome myself and combine my original drawing style with more dynamic animations. I studied a lot of movements, and positions, but of course, not everything went as well as I could have wished for. There are a number of scenes that I would really like to redo, but a deadline is a deadline, and time is short. But that might as well be a good thing. Before this competition, my only real projects had been taking up to a year to finish, simply because I wasn't effective enough. This animation may only have taken me 25 days to make, but I find that the quality has risen from my earlier flashes. I hope that I'm not the only one who can see the improvement.

One regret that I do have with this project though, is the planning, which may have gone a little too fast. I had a lot of symbolism thought out for this story, but the delivery could have gone alot better. I guess I'll just have to take things one step at the time.
For now, I feel the rush of victory, having won both against time, as well as against myself. I hope to join this tournament again next year if everything goes well!

Thanks for watching. I hope you enjoyed.

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BenjaminTibbettsBenjaminTibbetts

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Nice work! I enjoy your animation style.


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SweetDalilahSweetDalilah

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I loved the movie, it had a great message, and I loved the allegory with the glass elephant figure. Yeah some people are just like elephants in glass shops. I just wish the movie had more story into it and didn't end so quickly. The animation was great!

Keep up the good work!


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OverlordTaako3OverlordTaako3

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I like the music, and I see the work you put in on making the movement realistic, but did I miss something, because I don't get it. Then again it probably doesn't help that I'm really tired right now.


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KaminawaKaminawa

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Now that's an interesting animation. I liked the drawing style and i thought the animation was quite fluid. The music was also well chosen and of good quality. I haven't seen your other flashes but i think you are on the right track.

The only thing i thought that was at fault is the script. I did like it but it was somewhat incomplete. As if it had much more potential. It tries to deliver something but it doesn't fully reach.

Anyway it was a good flash. Keep up the good work.



AlsnowmanAlsnowman

Rated 3 / 5 stars

I love your animation style and i think your body movement's fine but I personally don't really get the story. Haha maybe its just a retardedness on my part though but i'm just being honest... So I think for the next one limit your symbolism and convey your message a bit more clearly. I'm not saying don't make the audience think a bit to fully appreciate your animation but find a way of not making it too criptic but still keeping true to your own style...