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Jan 13, 2011 | 3:47 AM EST

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Oh, hello there newgrounds, I didn't see you there.
Now that you're here maybe you'd like to have a look at my latest animation.
It's pretty abstract... don't say I didn't warn you.

Over the past year or so I've been working a lot with design principles and elements and wanted to make a stripped back piece with a focus on basic shapes and principles of movement. I found an old book of origami patterns and did some basic planning, then BOOM here we are... My main focus in animating this was using easing in and out and overlapping actions to create a more effective whipping action in the folds. This is entirely frame by frame animation, I don't believe that you can create realistic exaggerations of movement with tweens, though I'd love for someone to prove me wrong because animating it would be much quicker.

I've added a section showing how to fold your own paper crane if you're interested. If you fold 1,000 of these suckers you will achieve enlightenment... and paper cuts.




Rated 3 / 5 stars


Animation 8/10
Music 3/10
Purpose/story 8/10
FunFactor 5/10

Well, good technique.
A better music would do good.

TheBoogley responds:

thanks for the review, I like all the numbers. perhaps we could make a graph or a delicious pie chart. :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars


At the time of this review yor video has been viewed 5,427 times. Does that mean you have acheived enlightenmnet 5x over already? I mean even if it isn't you folding it physically you should still get enlightenment credit right? I mean true enlightenmnet is the casting away of all these physical restraints and embracing a more spiritual perhaps virtual existence?

TheBoogley responds:

i like where this is going!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very Trippy

I enjoyed this piece of art work :)

It was really, really trippy. :(

TheBoogley responds:

thank you! :)

sorry :(

woo! 8D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wonderful for How-To's

You should do How To animations for people who are enthusiastic about origami. Although I already know the fold, and have folded tons (not quite a thousand, but still) it has given me a new perspective on it. Keep up the good work. (and what was folding in the background? I would really like to know.)

TheBoogley responds:

I didn't realise how much people would like the instructional part of this. I might make more tutorials in the future. Oh the other three sheets making up the background come together to make a kangaroo, but it looks pretty flat and childish so I kept them separate as abstract shapes.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

All FBF huh?

I think that is pretty impressive! The animation is very smooth and I think the exaggeration on the folds is perfect :)

I would like to see this built upon further as it is an interesting concept.

TheBoogley responds:

thanks, I really enjoyed working on this project, and plan on building on it in a way, playing with optical illusions and insights into perception using design principles and elements.