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Skull in Connemara

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Jul 8, 2009 | 9:12 PM EDT

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*edit* Frontpage! Thanks Tom, you're a doll! A sexy sexy doll! :3

Brace yourselves good folk of Newgrounds, this is not the sort silly weird cartoon you're used to seeing from me, and it's not the sort of stuff I'm used to creating. It kind of freaked me out having to be serious for the past week.

A few months ago a close friend of mine Justin Stephens told me he was directing the play A Skull in Connemara and asked if I would create an animated introduction for it. I said yes.

This animation was created to be twin projected onto the back wall of theatre before the beginning of the first Act of the play A Skull in Connemara, with the audience looking through the set and a layer of mist to see it. The result was very atmospheric, and I should be able to upload a recording of it in action soon so you can get a better idea of the final result. I've embeded a video of it in the newspost on my userpage so you can get a better idea.

The style was dictated by both the play, the music, and a story outline for this introduction which Justin created and gave me, which is quite a dark black comedy set in rural Ireland, about a man who has the job of digging up the old bones in the local cemetery to make room for the newly dead.

It's about a 60 / 40 split between rotoscoping (drawing over footage of actor Paul Kennedy) and my imagined animation, all created on a wacom cintiq drawing in white then "scratching back" with the eraser to create a scraper board or wood cut sort of look.

I hope you like it, and please leave me a review letting me know what you thought of it.



Rated 4 / 5 stars


For an introduction to the theatre play it's great! While watching it I thought of some medieval wood carved illustrations, there the characters and siholuettes of pepole are also "massive" and "carved in wood". Of course its atmosphere has something to deaf movies from early 20's, since only music was heard.

I loved the thick, mysterious, book-like atmosphere you've created. I bet the play itself was awesome with such nicely done prologue.

It's fairly good and entertaining ;)
4/5 8/10
Ah, cintiq! You lucky bastard!

TheBoogley responds:

The cintiq was a gift from Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, he gave us all $900 for easter.
Something about the economy going down or something...


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Very nicely animated, different and artistic.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Nice and different

I was reading your comments whilst it was loading and bracing myself for something scary or shocking, yet what I watched was not really any of those things. I don't mean that in a bad way though, I think I might of built myself up too much really. I thought this was great! I know it's meant to be for twin projection however I really think it works well as a single frame piece aswell. It's also nice to see someone venture out from what they normally do. Can't wait to see what it looks like when implemented properly!

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TheBoogley responds:

Yeah, I cut out the scene after the accident when she wasn't death so he smashed her head repeatedly in the car door until she stopped moving, then gutted the baby in the back seat with a pocket knife and wore it's intestines as a necklace.

I just didn't think it was necessary. :3


Rated 5 / 5 stars

sea of tards

Ok the smarter of us are obviously swimming in a sea of tards! People like Garitos and slayer should rub they're heads together to try to warm up some brain cells.

Ok so this is a GREAT job and congrats on a short that will be used in such a big way. I look forward to seeing the opening version posted soon! 5/5 and 10/10

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TheBoogley responds:

Thanks for your interest, I've embedded a youtube video of the projection on my userpage :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Different and very professional.

To Slayer100: Shut up toolbag! It was really easy to understand what was going on in the plot...

Anyways, great style. I really liked how it only showed the necessary details in each scene. And great choice in music as well! Definitely front page worthy indeed!

TheBoogley responds:

Ah, the details, yes, it's all in the details. Thanks mate! :D