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Folding Cranes

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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 5 / 5 stars


That was pretty intense . really smooth.... also origami is the bees knees!

TheBoogley responds:

hey! it's Revels! Glad you liked it man!


Rated 3 / 5 stars


It's kinda cool that I started getting into folding paper cranes a few weeks ago as well, but dear god was that music annoying! The music, to me, ruined your animation.

Oh yeah, and there is also, like, 9 superfluous steps in making your crane. You are over complicating things.

TheBoogley responds:

Me? Over complicate things? never :3


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Woah, Awesome

It's kinda hard to put into words on just how amazing this flash is, really!
All I can say is, keep up the good work :D

Oh yeah, I tried folding a thousand of these cranes. I only made 5, rofl.

TheBoogley responds:

thanks! with your five cranes you are now 0.5% enlightened :3


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Excellent animation

The entire time I was trying to figure out how you'd animated it, exactly. I know you can't use tweens to do some of the things done here but it was all so smooth and perfect I couldn't wrap my head around the idea that you did it entirely frame by frame. Very very well done.

I was iffy about the music at times, occasionally it seemed to fall out of sync with the animation. Then I realized it's an abstract track juxtaposed with abstract visuals, it's lucky there's any syncing at all, ha ha. Once I got in the right mindframe I could find no problems. To use your words, I especially appreciate the 'whipping' motions of the crane, in some spots it almost feels like the stabbing notes of the music are actually folding the paper themselves.

Not a fan of abstract art, but I can definitely appreciate the skill apparent here. Keep at it, good sir.

TheBoogley responds:

thanks for such a considered and complimentary review, I'm not used to this sort of treatment. I went through the same battle with the music, trying to keep the animation in sync with it and then just letting it go and only correcting until it felt right :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

well done again

the visuals did become a little overwhelming at the end but its still a great animation

do you feel enlightened now?

TheBoogley responds:

nope, just sleepy