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Original title: MLP: FiM - Double Rainboom Test Animation 1 - "Problem Solved?"

This is a test animation for the animation project: "Double Rainboom"

Check the site here:

I had to show that I could make my own animation with using one of the "animation puppets".
But the technique is new for me and it's also the first time I use it.
After some research I got more used to the animation technique.
I know that I still need to do more research, but I wanted to show what I can do already.

All the Flash CS animation feedback and tips and tricks are always welcome! =D


I hope you enjoy it!

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Check the site for more information: [link]

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Credits:

Twilight Sparkle, "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" Lauren Faust, Hasbro

Twilight Puppet by Zachary Rich, Kurt Smith, Michelle LaPalme, Rachel McWhirter, Christer Jensen, Travis Tessmer, Sean Simon and Eric Kurzmack

Background, objects and animation made by Dante William





P.S.

Thank you for all the faves :+fav: =)
I really appreciate it =)
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:iconofficialgrapebloom:
OfficialGrapebloom Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
4/5
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:iconwatcher25:
watcher25 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
me too: *cocks eyebrow, tilts head* "What...?"
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:iconpichu263:
pichu263 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you use the puppets?! For some reason I can't get them to work!
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:icondanteincognito:
DanteIncognito Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll link you to a tutorial of the pony animation puppets, a tutorial made by my teacher and friend: Zachary Rich, the director and producer of "Double Rainboom"

Here is the link to it: [link]
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:iconpichu263:
pichu263 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
KK Thanks!
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:icontitanosaur:
TITANOSAUR Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twilight discovered the Allspark Rubix Cube! that or a haunted one.
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:iconmylittleprimo:
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Twilight discovering the Rubix Cube!
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:iconchrismilesprower:
Chrismilesprower Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That was so awesome!
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:iconchrisartuf94:
Chrisartuf94 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Artist
jajaja
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:iconkano-20:
Kano-20 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
THAT'S FUCKED UP MAN BUT AWESOME
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codefox421 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
It looks like you're headed in the right direction with this! It shows you definitely know how the puppets are put together and how to use them. I'm also an animator for Double Rainboom, so I'm going to try to give you the most complete and honest feedback I can.

The first thing I noticed is that Twilight feels very stiff and static. This is actually something that I got called out for with the first iteration of my puppet test too, so no big worries. Whenever Twilight moves any part of her body, the rest of her body should move as well, usually either to compensate a shift in weight or in reaction to the motion.

The second thing I noticed was how the neck outline sometimes pushes into her body or her neck mane isn't quite tucked behind her ear. I saw someone else already suggested making modifications to the puppet parts, so I won't go into further detail.

I didn't see it the first couple times through, but I noticed that you move Twilight's pupil independently of her iris and eye shines. While that's the way it works in real life, I'm fairly certain MLP:FiM always scales them together. (Please correct me if I'm wrong though.)

Finally, this isn't an error so much as a suggestion: Twilight's reaction to the Rubik's cube solving itself is rather subdued. Since something that she can't explain is happening right in front of her face, she's probably very surprised. She would maybe be turning her head every which way to try to find what caused it. She might even jump back away from it. (I'm just throwing out suggestions though, you'll have to decide how she acts for yourself.)

And that's it! You have here a solid start, and I for one can't wait to see the final product. Keep up the great work!
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
It would probably be easier for Twilight, if the square surfaces were actually ''square''. ;)
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YoshiArt24 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you go dashie!
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MlpFimLuna Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
awesome!!
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DanteIncognito Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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MlpFimLuna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
No problem
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nerfster Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol i expected her after looking around to say i dont get it XD
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:icondanteincognito:
DanteIncognito Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
That's a pretty good idea XD
I'm going to make a re-make of this animation when I'm more skilled with animating.
Then I'm going to use that idea and put your name in the credits! =D
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nerfster Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D awsome glad to help!
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DanteIncognito Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
=D
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:icongreenrob:
Greenrob Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
nice job.
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:icondanteincognito:
DanteIncognito Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you =)
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:icongreenrob:
Greenrob Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
np.
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:iconyayayayayala:
yayayayayala Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
LOL :D
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:icondanteincognito:
DanteIncognito Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
=D
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NerdyEmoLover Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i think this is cool
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:icondanteincognito:
DanteIncognito Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you =)
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NerdyEmoLover Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your welcome
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hrm... seems a little rigid. The one problem I have when people start to use others' puppet sets is they become hesitant to modify or make addendums to them. As a result some of the transitions feel a little abrupt, such as when she goes to frown.

Don't be afraid to make parts skew and such if it gives the character more lean or a better angle. It's also a HUGELY recommended idea to tween your motions, so there's some easing into and out of positions. Custom easing can make it easier to do a simultaneous in-out ease without having to make an intermittent keyframe. Some of the poses you used however seemed to break Twilight's bones: ie when she leans up when night falls, her chest detaches from her body (look at her armpit). Additionally, the pose you used for standing feels a little odd, as both legs are in the same position.

The biggest thing you could probably add, however, would be recoil. When a nod takes place, or a flinch occurs, a character will go beyond the pose you desire briefly, and steadily ease to the position you want them to ultimately end up in. This is especially true and exaggerated for loose parts like hair and tails. Imagine it like a breath or shiver: you flinch up and slowly move into the position you were in.

One other small recommendation, set the audio files in the flash to 'Stream' instead of 'Event'. It'll prevent it from falling out of sync. =P
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DanteIncognito Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
First of all, I want to thank you for giving me this feedback! =D
It's very helpful =)

I used a lot of tweens, but some of the things (like the chest) I tried to fix.
You're right, I should take some risk in making the skew parts =)

I also tried to make the file with "Stream", but when I make the SWF, the animation sound "hollow" :?
Like the sound has played through a telephone or cassette recorder.
Do you know what can be wrong with it?


However, I still have lots of new things to find out in Flash while I'm using the different animation techniques.
My question was:
When I have no clue of how some things work in Flash, can I ask you for help and feedback?
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:iconzedrin:
Zedrin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm always willing to help. :D So feel free to message me.

If the audio sounds bad btw, you may need to go into publish settings and make sure that audio streams still export at a good quality. Streams and events for some reason have two different quality adjustments for exports. (Probably cause streams are more memory intensive.)
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