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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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Daily Deviation

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!
Vampire-Holiday Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
That was absolutely adorable. Great job. So very cute.
MarKAnime Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Incredible, you did a great job. +fav
homicidal-chalupa Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You made my jaw drop.

I loved it.
Reba123456 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
lol cute!
Zue Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
ROFL!! The squirrel is so cute! xDD hereeee squirrel.. lookie a shiney for you~! :glomp:
PaperIz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHHHHHHH! *hugs animation* u should get this on TV or something! :3
Floofeh-Bunneh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
XDDD :'D GREATNESS! *bows down*
x-Pyro Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Oh, gawd! i adore it!

that squirrel! oh.
clashdraig Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Student Filmographer
Shiny Is um... Shiny :D It's so clean. 0.0
Rion205 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Good work! It looks great :D
eternalsaturn Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, that was incredible! The animation is just so smooth and lively, and the music really works too. And that squirrel is just TOO cute! :XD:
ThisLionRawrs Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that was amazing
Tudirad Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
My God, was that brilliant! It's Ice Age and Curse of The Monkey Island in one. I orgasmed! <3 great work mate.
Tulilipe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
oh that's excellent !!!!
love it very much. Good job ! good creativity and good animation.
broken-pencil-lead Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
holy crap thats good lol
Fireysage-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Aww that's so great! I love the music too, and it flows so nicely. :) Good job. +Fav
xRavaging Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Well...What can i say? It is the most amazing internet-cartoon i have ever watched! The squirrel is adorable!! :heart: I just love everything about it! :love:
kique-ass Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Gah, I've been meaning to comment on this for like FOREVER! Excuse my tardiness :3

Simply put, I :heart: this film like crazy! It screams awesomeness. The secondary stuff on the squirrel's ears makes me squee. It has so much character. And the little noises you put in are adorable too!

I am so impressed that you got it all animated and coloured in the time.. I'm not even gonna attempt to colour mine in animo or anything.

So in closing, congrats on an awesome short, and also on a well-deserved DD :D

masimuddy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Love it, good job : )
handbeer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Student Digital Artist
:aww: thats so cute!! :flirty:
mandrunited Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
Whoo! This rocks the socks off everybody in the building, dudette! A standing ovation across the nation! Totally deserves a DD!

Ha-heh, the pirate deserves it, he broke the Squirrel-Things tree. ^^
its-m3 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Here's a standing ovation for you.:D

This is such a cute animation! You are an excellent animator:nod:
nef Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Daww.. thankyou xD I'm glad you liked it :) Thanks for the other comments too :D
its-m3 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007
You're welcome:D
ReallyAngry Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hhar, that was pretty smooth :XD:
RainbowFever Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
alright, this is just like one of the cutest things I've ever seen in AGES.

Thank you. :)
Sizab Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
That was absolutely adorable.
I love the story, and it's easy to see the effort put into this. Awesome stuff.
GatoJr Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Your animations always turn out so well. =D

1000 frames? Wow... O_O
LaserEgg Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
I love that squirrel thing! xD Completely awesome! I can't find any words to truly describe how awesome I think this video is!!! :+fav:
nef Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional Filmographer
D'aww, thankyou! :D
fire-pheonix100 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
-luffs teh squirrel- ^.^ This is really good! I love all of it -watches over and over- Very well done :P
aquati Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
HAHA!! XDD Oh maaann, that was soooo adorable!! =D And the animation on the characters was so nice and smoooth. =3 *harts smooth animation* <333 haha, the first time I saw this squirrel I thought it was LynJira XD;; It kinda acts like LynJira too... awwwwww I love the expression on the squirrel's face in the Loading part XD I made facial expressions after it =D

What a cute lil squirrel ^_^ *shiny things* =D Pirate dude is funneh too XD
cine Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Student Interface Designer
Holy shit, Nef, that is insane. Fantastic work, I really just can't believe you drew that by hand. And congratulations on the Daily Deviation, you deserve it, girl!

Haven't talked to you in so long. How are you? :)
fallenredleaves Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
maebelleine Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Student Digital Artist
AmytheSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist
Yeeee, so cute. XD Awesomeful!
heretik Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Seen this on NG a few weeks ago... great work! ;)
nef Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Why thankyou muchly!
squeakytoad Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
You've heard it some million times already, but I'm going to say it anyway. This is awesome.
You did a fantastic job of the frame by frame. Excellent animation. And the effort you put into clean-up and editing was certainly worth it. It looks very nice and polished.
Oh, I envy your skills so much.
nef Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Thanks dude, that means a lot =) :heart:
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