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A Grizzly Affair

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Dear little Peter goes out for a day of fishing by the river. He happily strolls along the forest path, but he is unaware of the dark shadow lurking behind the trees. The dark shape turns out to be a bear that follows and watches Peter as he catches fish. After a successful day of fishing Peter takes a nap. The bear makes his move and eats all of Peter's fish. Unfortunately the bear is a sleepy bear once he has a tummy full of fish and he too falls asleep. When Peter wakes up and finds all his fish are gone, things take a different turn...

The idea for this animation was sparked by the simply idea of a teddy bear. I just felt I wanted to do some story about a bear. I introduced the Peter character because I wanted my bear to interact with someone and of course fish was a necessity. I simply loved the idea of a seemingly cunning bear, but when it comes to the critical part the bear is a dumbfounded creature that cannot carry out his cunning plans. \

The ending of the animation was the tricky part, because I could not decide if it should end happily, or with comic effect or perhaps with an action sequence. The conclusion to my story turned out vastly different from what I first imagined, but I felt it was entertaining, surprising and funny.

I felt that keeping the sound simple was best, because the idea of the story is to be self-explanatory and that verbal information is not necessary to understand and enjoy the piece. All the music and sound effect was simply to add to the dramatic effect of it all.

The experience of making my first animation was daunting and often frustrating, because often things do not turn out exactly like you imagined it or else it took me ages to fix tiny little details that no one will probably notice. Luckily making flash animations are a lot of fun so even the difficult parts are worth it in the end.

At first the idea of making a 60 second animation seemed impossible but once I gained some experience in Flash, things started to happen faster and easier and before I knew it my animation was more than the required 60second minimum and I was truly having fun. Sound editing was probably my least favourite part of the process, but the sound did turn out to be the icing on the cake that rounded off and enhanced the story nicely.

Overall this was a fun, but challenging experience.

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