The Shape of Love

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EDIT: I have won the Tournament of Flash Animators here on Newgrounds thanks to this piece! Thanks everyone who liked it, I'm happy to warm all of your hearts :)

WARNING! This Movie is very graphically intense! If you have an older computer, please click the link on the Preloader to be directed to a Youtube Version of the movie that should run better on your computer. If the links don't work just by clicking them, RIGHT CLICK them and select "Open in a New Window".

This is my entry for the 2011 Tournament of Flash Animators (TOFA) Final Round. We had 4 weeks to animate to the theme "A Clean Slate". I want to give a BIG shout out to my music man, Allen Cruz thanks for the great soundtrack!

This was a really satisfying and fun animation to make! I can confidently say that I am proud of the work I created here and wholly plan on using alot of it in my latest Demo Reel, which is one of the main reasons I joined TOFA this year anyway. Looking back on all the rounds prior to this, I can honestly say my skills have vastly improved at Flash. Compare "Totaled", last year's Final Round entry, to this one and you'll see a definite increase in my skill, and this is something that, even if I don't win TOFA, I can deem as a win. The characters were extremely fun to work with, them being simple blob characters that do these crazy actions. If you didn't catch it, the "clean slate" was the characters themselves, starting off extremely simple and then adding all these crazy things, until finally going back to a clean slate again.

I'm glad I was able to figure out how to do the reflections, as I feel they are a big part of the message. He is not looking at himself, but the images beyond the reflections (like the Advertisements and such.) and he's not realizing what a mess he is making of himself, being too focused on making himself what the media deems "attractive" (until it obviously spirals out of control to the point of hilarity.)

The main motivation and reference for this piece is thanks to my girlfriend. The girl (Blobette as I like to call her.) resembles her (as much as a blob can) and acts just like her. Her ability to make me feel great about myself when I'm feeling down is truly astounding. For this I thank you babe :). But this isn't just for her, its for anyone who has that special someone that, no matter what has you down, they have that special and amazing power to make you feel great again.

All in all, TOFA has been very rewarding this year (and even more so if I actually win it!) and I hope this latest entry made you giggle and saw "Awwww". This has been Dave Bruno for the Newgrounds Tournament of Flash Animators 2011, I'll catch ya later.


goood stuffs

i dug it


I don't come on New Grounds very often, But when I do....
You just made me cry.

the message is something i felt ive needed.

i havent gotten this in my relationship as of late and it just makes me feel like there it someone out there for me who'll feel this way about me.

i teared up a little even.

thanks for making this. :)

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This is undeniably the best submission that we got out of TOFA 2011. It's interesting because it really shows you what your role in the world is. I do not have a girlfriend so I can not really associate with it that much. I can still understand what it is like to want to make yourself different to appeal to other people. Being a marshmellow, that would be easy. It did strike me as odd there were products promoting that stuff when you could simply morph into it.

I would have been sad if the main blob had died like that when he exploded. It just goes to show you all the wonderful detailed things there are in the world around you. It was also a smart decision to make it so that there was no dialogue. Something like that is capable of being understood by people of any language. It makes me realize how a lot of submissions could be qualified as music videos.

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The shape of love is.. a SQUARE :D

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Sep 1, 2011
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