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Dec 14, 2013 | 7:03 PM EST

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This is my second animation, complete with some music and rolling, but brief credits at the end. For this animation, I bought different colors of neon clay to use. I think I took over 100 still shots to make this and I used my cell phone battery up to the very end. That is why it ends at created by. I was going to do all of the credits in clay, but the phone died. So I added rolling credits at the end. Music credits go to "The Horrors" for their song "still life"
UPDATE: I did attempt to resubmit the same video file. when I previewed it on newgrounds it played WITH the sound, but as soon as I published it and viewed it, it only plays WITHOUT the sound..... very frustrating



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Nice! The clay colors appearing and unpacking was pretty neat, and that randomly shaped critter moving around too, the small dots towards the end were a bit jumpy though. I know stopmotion takes a ton of time and effort, but more pictures would definitely make for even smoother animation! Towards the end I hear a 'flash' of sound btw, strange.


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Jiovanni responds:

Thank you!

yes, the sound at the end was weird. Basically all of my animations that I have uploaded so far (except my very first test animation) were all attached w/ sound files. The sound files play back perfectly when uploaded to facebook or youtube, but NOT on newgrounds. I don't know how to fix it so I just let it be.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

Yeah, it plays without any sound, and with a extremly rushing credits (around 10 frames of credits probably).
Anyway, I can't play it again for some reason, so I will give you my best advice from what I saw.
It's a nice excersice for a 2nd try at animation, but I think you should focus a little bit more on what drives that object or character to move. Even if it's just abstract animation, it will have a purpouse to move (dramatic or aestetic) and that purpouse or reason will lead you to achieve an specific way of animating. For example, if you animate a ball bouncing (a very basic animation excersice that teaches the principles) you will be aniamting an specific ball, with specific properties, with a direction, impulse, etc, that it will make you compeled to animate it in a singular way. Looking for a clear story (that is "something happening", even if it's just a ball bouncing) it will make you try to achieve an effect, and therefore make you better at animation.
About the principles of animation there is a ton of books that you can read, but I also recommend looking closely at Warner and Disney animations, as well reading John K.'s blog.

Regarding the phone issue, I recomend you to buy a cheap webcam for the computer. That way you can plug it in via USB and never run off battery, and you can also use stopmotion programs that will allow you to watch your animations in the moment (The only one free I remember is MUAN : It`s in portuguese).

Well, good luck!

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

It is quite interesting but adding an accurate speed and creativity and a working sound can add life to your movie :) and i also suggest doing a white or black background for the neon colors to stand out more

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

Alright animation, could of been better with more variety and complexity to it. As you said, your sound wasn't working, but it would have been better with sound. Overall, I give this a 3/5


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Ah the frustration, but o well this is one has way more than the previous claymation, so all is well, except for that sudden burst at the end.