Disgruntled Frog hits RECord

By DaxSchaffer

I firmly believe that every animator should have to do something on bond paper at least once in their life, if only for the benefit of realizing how truly fortunate one is to have the digital alternative. Seven seconds at 24fps, so that would be... around 168 completely different drawings (this was Winsor McCay style, backgrounds and all). Although there are probably a few repeats in there, so you could dock that number a little.

Surprisingly, I had already done this (err, half of it) a while ago. I had an animation class where we had to do a "Red Ball" assignment. The only rule of that exercise was to create an animation that had a red ball going from the left of the screen to the right. For some reason I chose to use this fly and frog (one I had titled "Disgruntled Frog" after having drawn a few silly comics with the character). Even though a lot of my older stuff bugs me, this has always remained somewhat charming and so I've often used it in reels and various showcases for my skill as an animator.

It suddenly struck me a few days ago, that the fact I had used a red circle as a character for this, made it all too perfect for hitRECord. The logo at the end was constructed using Flash and I rather like now how the animation goes from very analogue to very digital. Obviously, it's now designed as a bumper of sorts. There's no sound, so if one of you out there would like to attach some audio to this, I would be more than delighted. (I made a few cutesy noises for the fly: http://hitrecord.org/records/54845 if anyone cares to use them ) I particularly would appreciate some buzzing, neon-light-sizzling sort of noises over the logo going on and off.

What was very odd here, was that this felt like doing a REmix with the me from 4 years ago, who was essentially a very different person. So this is a fairly personal RECord from me to this community, I hope that some of you like it (and sorry for the lengthy text, I do that sometimes...).

*One more thing: I noticed a slight bit of discoloration in the bumper section of this. If anyone wanted to do something with the video, here is a higher res (1st generation export) version of the end bumper: http://hitrecord.org/records/54849 Purely for editing purposes.

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Disgruntled Frog hits RECord

Created: Feb 27, 2010

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