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Mar 3, 2010 | 7:09 PM EST
  • Daily 5th Place March 4, 2010

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This was an assignment from our history of animation class...which, as I'm typing this, class has begun, so I'm definitely going to be late to present it.

The project was to do a stop-motion animation. I wanted to focus more on 2-D animation, so I decided I would attempt to pull something similar to Don Hertzfeldt, where he incorporated hand-made ripples and tears to interact with the animation.

Alas, due to time constraints and poor time management, I failed severely to do that; the folds and ripples are barely noticeable (wrong paper or lighting I suppose) and the entire gimmick revolved around live props to be on top.

Originally the vending machine was going to drown the protagonist with silly putty, frame-by-framed across, drowning an entire school, but it was cut and revised for time. Additionally, the quarter that the protagonist raised up was supposed to be real, with a a cut out hand/thumb on top of it, but my good buddy Efren and I were having difficulty focusing in on the smaller scale characters and vending machines so the quarter wasn't disproportionately small. Again, cut for time, it was replaced with a .gif of a quarter at the last minute, and an in-flash drawn hand. The sequence where he actually puts the quarter INTO the machine and presses the button were also...all together now...CUT FOR TIME. Oi... :C

It didn't come out nearly as well as I thought it would...but I learned a lot about stop-motion just by working on this project, and the mistakes made will hold me over for years. Efren and I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope you all enjoy it for what it is! :D



Rated 5 / 5 stars

I think it was a fake quarter

Why would a vending machine have a face? Still it was really good

Phobotech responds:

I think it was a fake quarter because it was the size of his friggin' head. Also, vending machines SHOULD have faces :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

i love it

its a shame your teacher/professor doesn't or you would have gotten B+ for turned in late assignment (worthy of A+ if on time)

i think wouldn't have liked the original intended ending anyway.

thanks for the smile!

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Phobotech responds:

Actually the professor thought it was pretty good! Class liked it too, but I honestly wanted to do a better job on it....but time and time and again, what I think is crap usually receives positive feedback. It only motivates to churn out something I'M proud to show you guys (and watch, as irony would have it, everyone hates what I love. lol)

You're welcome for the smile! Thanks for the great review! Again, I would've loved the original ending too...maybe one day I can fulfill it in 100% flash format.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

That was great!

I really liked this, I didnt literally lol like I did with Zone of Awesome was it? But I still liked it I'm also curiouse was this your first attempt at a stop animation, or have you done it before. If this is your first attempt I hate you but only because im jelouse ^^. If not then, in my opinion, you're getting very good!

P.S. I want to see more like Zone of Awesome.

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Phobotech responds:

I have never in my life done stop-motion before this, and I'm dead serious. Still, despite the laundry-list of fuck-ups made while working on this, I'm glad it has this kind of an impact with an outside audience. It means a lot to me, and I truly appreciate the feedback! :D

P.S. *sigh* +1 for a ZOA If I go through with it, it will be some ways into the future, so be patient. I'm happy you liked it enough to want more of it!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nice "animation".
And it seems like this vending machine doesn't really like real quaters.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great Job

I hope this isn't your last foray into stop motion. Keep'em coming Geoff

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Phobotech responds:

As much as it was frustrating, I DID actually kinda have fun, despite the time-crunch. I may try again with something more stop-motiony and less frame-by-framey.

Thanks Justin!