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"The Fox and the Mirrior"

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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)
[link]

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.

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for years this has been with me ever since i first saw it it captivated me something about it still to this day feels like it connects to me in some way the fox breaking that mirror its almost relatable in some way that i cant explain. The music simplistic but drills into my head like an ear worm soothing calming just like the animation back to basic acoustic and pencil together again origins of creation.
it never dulled me for a second keeping my attention on every frame watching waiting for the next frame in anticipation
i love the art and style makes me want to be able to draw like that
i have no idea if this helped shape who i am my first 'furry love' for lack of a better term i always had a soft spot for foxes still do.
i do wish i could have seen more like it dont know if you ever read these reviews but theres alot of kind words

I like how it's furry and done with pencil I also love foxes!

I love animations like this with the anthropomorphic animals. I do wish for more concepts like this. This is the most beautiful flash movie I ever seen.

Also, has anyone notice the Mirror misspell in the title?

My all time favorite flash movie. Clearly done with great care and attention. I feel you put your best effort into this and truly made a classic.

Years ago I stumbled upon this animation and I have been recalling it for some time now. I thought it had been lost to the internet, but here it is! I am glad I found it again and now I can say how beautifully animated it is.

Credits & Info

Views
313,105
Faves:
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Votes
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Score
4.68 / 5.00

Uploaded
May 10, 2005
12:58 PM EDT
Genre
Drama
Format
video
flash
  • Frontpaged May 11, 2005
  • Daily Feature May 11, 2005
  • Weekly 2nd Place May 11, 2005

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