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Skills Competion 2009

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Over the past month my friend Andrew and I were involved with a Canada-wide competition called skills. We started with the provincials "Skills Manitoba" and took gold, moving us to Skills Canada.

We took gold there too ;)

During skills we are given a certain time limit, and a theme; to create a flash movie based on that theme. We are marked on our animation skills in many ways by professional animators. (the guy that made "Doodlez" (viewed on ytv and teletoon i think) Judged ours.

I encourage everyone to check out skills in their local areas, as there is a skills for america and all over europe. Unfortunately there is no "Skills World" For 2D/3D animation, but if your a carpenter or something you can look into that :P Regardless, winning the nationals for Skills is quite prestigious.

Some other stuff:
-While animating, for the most part I would do chararacter animation, while Andrew would do backgrounds and colouring, this allowed me to make the character animations look nicer.
-Skills Canada took place over 2 days of work, while the provincials was in 1 day.
-All were animated at 24 FPS, even though I prefer 30
-The computers we used at nationals were really nice :D They even provided intuos 3 6x8 tablets.
-With the exception of the alien sounds, Credits song (for national flash) and a few sound effects, i did most of the voices and sounds.

Lastly, i want to thank Newgrounds for everything its done for me in the last 5 years since i've been coming here. You've taught me how to become the animator that i am today and I thank you for that.


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I liked the sound effects.

The girl on the beach had such a non-girly voice.
Overall, I found it amusing.

RiverJordan responds:

heh, yeah i did that voice >__>


Very good for the time limit provided. The visuals are good, and I love the use of the crater trick in the final animation. (BCA?)

Considering how little time you had

I think you did pretty bloody awesome. :) The topic for nationals wasn't as good as the provincial's topic, but you guys made up for it with a good story and excellent backgrounds. The provincial entry was funnier, as was the trial run, but you won, so it can't have been too bad =D

Loved it, and hope it gives you good scholarship app fodder.

Did better then me..

I hope I can do as well a you next year. You did amazing with the short time they gave people. Hope you do well in your future career!


Totally hated the first two animation, but the last one made up for it. That was brilliant :D


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May 25, 2009
5:20 PM EDT