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A thrill-seeking ski-tourist speeds down a secluded mountain.
An Indigenous ski-hunter primes his bow for the killing strike.
Their paths are about to collide...

Yooo its been a minute Newgrounds! Don't worry, I never forgot about you. This one took over 8 months of obsessive work. Most of that time was trying to come up with the right story and adjusting the animatic. The last month was spent animating and coloring it, then I added an extra month onto the end of production just to tweak it, fix scenes and rework parts. I even traveled to the French Alps to record reference before animating it. I really gave it my all. It is my thesis film for my final year at Portsmouth university and with any luck, it will propel me into the British/ European 2d animation Industry. I have shown it at a few private screenings with very positive reception. I have some film festivals lined up for it, hopefully it gets in!

Big up Shanic - he produced the awesome custom soundtrack:
https://soundcloud.com/shanic
Big up Andy Jung - pro sound designer who lent his genius:
http://www.andyjungsound.com/

I've been making a lot of videos about the process of creating an animation, including tutorials and advice videos. This week I will release a behind-the-scenes featurette of Encounter. Check out my channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/HowardWimshurst

I'm now on Patreon, you can support the production of videos like this by pledging an amount of your choosing every two weeks. I offer some cool rewards which are worth looking into:
https://www.patreon.com/animatorguild

Below are some more playlists you can check out:
My animated films - https://goo.gl/8kkgqD
Animation tutorials - https://goo.gl/TV50zo
Discussions about animation and art - https://goo.gl/BwbHbI
Industry advice and freelancing discussions - https://goo.gl/kajjK8

Reviews


Truly rad short! Fantastic work!



Woaaah the animation and direction in this is freakin phenomenal. Greak work!



Everything is perfect in here. The atmosphere, the characters, the backgrounds, the animation, the music, and the sound design is just flawless. This makes me feel like I’m watching a movie; it’s so cinematic. It kinda feels like Genndy Tartakovsky’s work like Samurai Jack. Great job if you were replicating that feel, if not, still a great job. This is just a beautifully animated cartoon.



Beautiful I absolutely love it. The movement, the color, and the use of music were excellent. An amazing tale of palpable tension and an what could be considered an encounter from both perspectives, all done in less than 5 minutes



What an incredible cartoon. The backgrounds and compositing are really great, the sense of movement in the skiing is especially strong and way overshadow the tiny bits of chop here and there (which all feel right where they are anyway and the keys for this are great anyway). The ending just made me go "well, that's probably exactly what I'd do" Plus the little self congratulatory sounds the skier made put a smile on my face. That mysterious hunter was also really nicely designed.


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Uploaded
Jul 10, 2018
11:48 AM EDT
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Action
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