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June 18, 2007
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This is my 2nd year major project, which I've been working on for about 5 months- seems like forever eh?
'Tis just a cute little story about a squirrel.... thing.

It's all animated traditionally with pencil, paper and a good old fashioned lightbox. The backgrounds are made in flash.. and if you look closely enough, you might just see bits of my flesh and eyeballs embedded into the animation.

If you have the time, pleeeease vote for me on youtube! Because I like attention xD

Youtube link:

Music is from They have a special licensing system that allows me to use their music for projects, and I am in the process of paying the fee to be able to use it in festivals as well ^^;

HOW WAS IT MADE?: It's a bit confusing... This was animated TRADITIONALLY, as in roughly with pencil and paper. It was then cleaned up with a steady line and scanned into a special program called Animo that we use at college. Then I went over every single frame (about 1000?), making them transparent and cleaning up bits of dirt and whatever.
Then I went over the frames and coloured then with a bucket tool thing... Then stuck all the frames into "Director", and put all the frames in the corrent timing and order. (This took at least a week on it's own..)
For post-production, I had to do some AfterEffects stuff like the shine effect and some overlays which were hard to do in Director.
The backgrounds were all drawn by hand then traced over and coloured in flash.
I wrote the story, did the storyboarding etc as well...

The help I got was mostly moral, as I kept bugging my tutors on if the animation looked ok xD Ceri and Ryan cleaned up and coloured in animo about 20 of the scenes for me. (There's almost 40 in total)

Sooo, yeah, this took forever and is my first and last traditionally animated short ^^;
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Given 2007-06-22
Shiny is the result of =nef's hard work. Once you've watched it and found out what went into this short I'm sure you'll understand how awesome it is. It's got a Pirate too! ( Featured by Age2003 )
memesiah Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Greatly done!
nef Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
thesewordsareinvalid Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist
sooo awesome
atomiccatz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
:iconsquiziilaplz::iconsparklesplz:Moral of story: Keep shiny things AWAY from squirrels! XD
maximusgrowler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Adorable little squirrel! I could've sworn I saw this on TV.
nef Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You might have, it was on a nickelodeon channel a few months ago! Would be awesome if you caught it as I think it was only shown once :D
maximusgrowler Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010   Digital Artist
I did see it! Excellent job on the animation!
Fennecat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Awww, that squirrel was adorable! And the film was amazing! =D
iROCKthouSUCK Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww!!!!!!! It's soo cute!!!!xD This should be made into a tv series!!!!!!!
PoopaThug Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Wow I loved this. You do great animations. Everything was so expressive and everything. It was simpler than the other one but it was very very cute. I loved it seriously!
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