Skull in Connemara

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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.


not bad!

acuttluy kool dude i meen i owe u extra credit for the animation but i really didnt now wat was going on but dude even if didnt wat was going i still like it alot good job!

TheBoogley responds:

that's great news, I think :3


way cool animation, but the story is very similiar to hamlet.
really though, awesome job.

TheBoogley responds:

poor old Hamlet, Mel Gibson was never the same after that


very good animation, sort of reminds me of bill plympton style-wise. good job!

TheBoogley responds:

Bill Plympton? I wasn't expecting that, I love his stuff! :D


I rarely see a flash animation so sophisticated such as this on newgrounds. It was thought provoking and the imagery had me on the edge of my seat, combined with the fantastic musical score, it was a refreshing change from all the cheap jokes that some animations have today.

TheBoogley responds:

Thanks, but speaking of cheap jokes, does Doctor Shark specialize in abortions?


intresting animation style. one thing i can for your flashesm they are unique. pretty good overall. only problem i see is maybe the members with shorter attention spans might not stick with it to the end

TheBoogley responds:

I understand what you mean, two and a half minutes is a very long time :3

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Jul 8, 2009
9:12 PM EDT