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WayForward pixel animation contest

on: October 12, 2005, 06:17:57 pm
Hey guys,

The developer I work for (WayForward Technologies, creators of Shantae & Sigma Star Saga) is always on the lookout for new animation talent. I suggested that a contest is a great way to get the best samples out of people (remember our 144-entry FSc contest a few years back?), and they were in agreement. So we're running a fun little contest.

Rules:

1) Each entrant must pixel animate both a walk cycle and a dance animation off the Shantae model below (in the red box).
The idea behind requiring both is that looping, weight-driven animations (the walk) and more creative animations (the dance) are two pretty different beasts. Any entrant who creates only one of the animations will not be considered.
2) Both animations must not exceed a 64x64 size.
3) Both animations must not add any colors not already in the original Shantae model. You can actually pull from any colors in the below model sheet, but you can't add any new ones.
4) If rules 2 or 3 are violated, and if there's time, the entrant has the option to correct either error and resubmit.
5) All pieces of art must be posted in this thread and be accessible (no dead links) for consideration. You can either post the file as a web-displayed image (animated gif) or just link to the file for download (flc).
6) All pieces must be in either animated gif or flc file format. If there's another format you'd like to suggest, please do so below.
7) No previously-created art may be used aside from the reference art below. You may feel free to take pieces of the poses below if you need to, but the more original your animation is the better it will likely be received.
8 ) Multiple entries are allowed. If you end up animating 3 dances and 2 walk cycles, we'll consider all of them.

So that's it in a nutshell. Work from the idle pose below (inside the red box), do a looping walk or run animation and a dance animation of your own creation (can be looping or single-action). Post below and feel free to comment on everyone else's posts.

Deadline:

The initial deadline will be in 2 1/2 weeks (October 28th). If response from the contest hasn't dwindled by then, it might be extended an additional two weeks.

Prize:

The winner will receive $250 and a copy of Pro Motion Lite (the best pixel animation program available, in my opinion).

FAQ:
(I'll add to this as people post below)

1) Can we enter if we don't want a job? Absolutely. This is just a contest. Create the best entries (as judged by our company's animators) and win $250 + Pro Motion. There is no obligation and conversely, there's no obligation on the part of WayForward to offer anyone work. The $250 prize is guaranteed regardless, though.
2) Can we enter if we're under age? Of course. Again, just a contest. Unless you know of a specific reason why you might not be allowed to enter, the contest is open to everyone.
3) Will you be using my animations in some game? Nope. This is just a contest. This is an opportunity for us to see what's out there in animation talent. We're not actually using these entries for anything.
4) Can I post my animations on my website? Of course. Post away.
5) What's the limit on frame count? There isn't one. You can make a dance that's 4 frames or 40. A recommended length for the walk or run cycle is between 6 and 12 frames. Anything past twelve will probably be too slow, but it's really all up to you.
6) Can mods submit? Of course. The contest is open to everyone except WayForward employees.
7) Do we render them out like the reference art or keep them simple like the GBC animations? Work in the style of the model sheet below. The GBC animations are just to get you inspired with some dance examples.

- Adam

Model sheet:


Sample dances from the GBC game:
« Last Edit: November 30, 2005, 01:40:05 pm by Peppermint Pig »

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #1 on: October 12, 2005, 10:14:00 pm
Do you want us to fully render these or leave them simple like the sample dances?

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #2 on: October 12, 2005, 10:24:26 pm
Answered above.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #3 on: October 13, 2005, 12:57:25 am
hmmm...? that timing for the GBC shantae anims cant be right....dont seem half as  entrancing C_c or is it just that there's no music playing? :p

arent we getting any judging parameters? what will you loook for? for example, I'm quite caught up in tweaking framerates to improve the anims, would that be overlookeD?

what about a bit of artistic license with the shading style?..like, can I cast a shadow on something if I think it has expressive value?
« Last Edit: October 13, 2005, 01:09:31 am by Camus »

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #4 on: October 13, 2005, 01:05:45 am
This sounds like an excellent competition with an excellent oppurtunity for employment (something I'm looking for!). It's just the worst timing for me though. I start my final high school certificate (HSC) exams next week which run for about month. Good luck to anyone else entering!

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #5 on: October 13, 2005, 01:06:18 am
Good question. If you tweak frame rates I suppose it's fine. But I know I'll personally be looking at how well the character moves, the way they shift their weight, the pose, etc. Nothing specific, just what looks the best overall.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #6 on: October 15, 2005, 12:56:30 am
is it strictly a walking animation? or can we say.. make her tiptoe, skip or something?
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #7 on: October 15, 2005, 01:05:04 am
"is it strictly a walking animation? or can we say.. make her tiptoe, skip or something?"

I'd say skip fine, tiptoe naw. It should be a standard enough cycle to show how well the animator handles weight and movement. I don't think tiptoeing really shows off anything.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #8 on: October 15, 2005, 01:09:31 am
"is it strictly a walking animation? or can we say.. make her tiptoe, skip or something?"

I'd say skip fine, tiptoe naw. It should be a standard enough cycle to show how well the animator handles weight and movement. I don't think tiptoeing really shows off anything.

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I mean tip toe as in trying to be sneaky/stealthy
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #9 on: October 15, 2005, 04:36:40 am
Here's my first entry. I'm sort of new at this, so bare with me. I learn fast.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #10 on: October 15, 2005, 04:56:17 am
"I mean tip toe as in trying to be sneaky/stealthy"

Yeah, that's fine. I mean, anything is fine. The only rules we're gonna hold you to are the ones above, so post any 'walk cycle' and your entry will be accepted. But I'd say a very solid traditional walk/run cycle would probably be better received than something kinda weird, especially since the dance animation is already supposed to be pretty creative.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #11 on: October 16, 2005, 12:40:26 am
heres the dance animation I just finished:

I think I'll do two dance anims and one walking
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #12 on: October 17, 2005, 12:34:03 am
This sounds like a delicious contest...

I have some submissions cooking. I'm just not going to submit them just yet.
« Last Edit: October 17, 2005, 12:39:16 am by konjak »

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #13 on: October 18, 2005, 02:07:37 am
I should speed mine up.  :o

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #14 on: October 20, 2005, 05:29:40 pm
You would expect a competition like this to be more fierce than it has been so far...  :-\

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #15 on: October 20, 2005, 09:31:43 pm


This was going to be my dance (hence the odd split before the flip), but I didn't finish the rest of it.
I'll post the walk cycle and the proper dance animation soon.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #16 on: October 21, 2005, 02:20:30 am
is it just gonna be me VS you? certainly feels like it now, as we're the only ones active atleast when it comes to posting in the topic.

come on ppl...if you have an entry but havent posted it yet, come on in and announce it

I for sure am cooking something up
« Last Edit: October 21, 2005, 02:23:50 am by Camus »

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #17 on: October 21, 2005, 02:51:03 am
I might do something this weekend.
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #18 on: October 21, 2005, 02:58:22 am
I'm also working on one, almost done too!

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #19 on: October 21, 2005, 03:32:12 am
I'm in.  Should have half my entry by saturday...

Look foreward, while the entrants seem to be small, I'm glad I see a few of the animators that inspired me from old Pixelation.  Best of luck to everyone.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #20 on: October 21, 2005, 03:47:28 am
see? now I'm actually scared XD this is how it should be :p

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #21 on: October 21, 2005, 05:24:49 am
ok lets see what i can do.
until then you can see some of my work at: http://ahrimanes.mgbr.net
edited:
dammm i cant put my avatar working... wyyyyy ? well se my avatar here http://ahrimanes.mgbr.net/images/sprites/dance.gif
« Last Edit: October 21, 2005, 05:37:05 am by ahrimanes »
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #22 on: October 21, 2005, 05:40:50 am
An entry coming up from here too. ::)
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Reply #23 on: October 21, 2005, 05:55:34 am
Oh, man. So many participants now...
I finished all my three animations during the two days following the start of this competition... but I'm still sitting on them.  ;D
« Last Edit: October 21, 2005, 05:58:31 am by konjak »

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #24 on: October 21, 2005, 06:12:11 am
just some lil questions

1.- how you will notify the winner ?
2.- how you will send the prize ? (i think via a pakage service)
3.- is there any country restriction to participate ?

ok thanks bye bye
may the pixels be with you.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #25 on: October 21, 2005, 06:16:05 am
oh, Ahrimanes! glad you joined, we're close to deadline now, but it'd still be great to see your stab at this.

see, I went and seeked this fellow hispanic animator out of a freaking mugen board to see if he'd participate in this.

his stuff is promising, this would be awesome.

I dont think there's a country restriction, I'm Colombian man!

I tried using your avatar myself and I have no idea whatsoever why your av doesnt work, it just doesnt. it's like pixelopolis hates that image or something, I have to go to bed now though, get working on the entry.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2005, 06:55:19 am by Camus »

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #26 on: October 21, 2005, 07:40:26 am
damm, i think i will remake that avatar gif  ???
well ofcourse not the entire animation ajajaja ;D
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #27 on: October 21, 2005, 09:02:37 am


Walking, flip (abandoned dance-animation), and the dance.

And those are my entries. I could'nt retstrain myself anylonger. They didn't really take THAT long to make. A pat on the shoulder to the one who can tell what dance inspired me for the rightmost animation.  ;)

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #28 on: October 21, 2005, 09:51:38 am
I knew some people were holding back until the last minute, but seeing as how this is for a job I didn't consider it appropriate to hold back because basically it means you're afraid of showing someone, having them do a better animation based off of yours, and ultimately forcing you to work harder. Not to create any friction, of course.  :P

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Reply #29 on: October 21, 2005, 09:54:13 am
PS I finally have time off work, etc. to start working on my walking animation. It'll be alot better then my dancing animation. I kind of screwed up by picking a dance that has to be jerky to get the point across of a sprinkler. It was also admittedly based off an idle Shantae sprite Matt already drew. With my walking animation, however, I'm drawing each frame myself from scratch [based off the original model].

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Reply #30 on: October 21, 2005, 10:06:17 am
I didn't exactly post this last minute since there's almost half the competition time left...

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #31 on: October 21, 2005, 11:09:59 am
There, done. Here are my entries:

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #32 on: October 21, 2005, 11:12:54 am
You forgot the rollerblades.... ;D

Sorry, it looks good, it's just that it looks like she's sliding on ice or something similar.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #33 on: October 21, 2005, 11:15:01 am
There, done. Here are my entries:



I didn't mean you. :P

P.S. - I think I'm 99% sure I'm going to lose. It's like the Pope trying to play hockey against Bertuzzi. Not only do I have no experience, but I'm old and susceptible to sucker punches in the face. I'm also really bad at verbal illustrations.

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Reply #34 on: October 21, 2005, 11:18:45 am
Ok, I was just trying to be constructive.  :)

In my... unintended offensive way. I don't know why I always sound mean.

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Reply #35 on: October 21, 2005, 11:19:23 am
You forgot the rollerblades.... ;D

Sorry, it looks good, it's just that it looks like she's sliding on ice or something similar.

I could fix that. I must sleep first.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #36 on: October 21, 2005, 01:14:20 pm
I made an update to my collection in the last two hours:

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #37 on: October 21, 2005, 03:42:08 pm
he "konjak", doing good job, nice sprites
may the pixels be with you.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #38 on: October 21, 2005, 04:53:38 pm
ok now is my turn to show my skills  ;D
hope you like them.
WALK:

THE SAME WALK BUT AS SHE WALK FORWARD, FOR MORE APRECIATION OF THE ANIM

THE DANCE

DANCE GENIE DANCE
http://ahrimanes.mgbr.net/images/sprites/dance.swf
hoooo soo nostalgic  :'(  Jeannie come back......

im thinking on todo a run to, but mybe tomorrow now i must sleep.
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #39 on: October 21, 2005, 11:39:04 pm
Wow, very nice Ahrimanes & konjak. I'm gonna have to work 20 times harder on mine now.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #40 on: October 22, 2005, 04:53:33 pm


Heh, I made another... I might be overdoing it, but I'm very doubtful of myself and because my first dance just looks like the lamest walk ever, I made one that's more dance than the previous one...  :-[

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #41 on: October 22, 2005, 06:11:04 pm
gethink better hooooo,, this is really a chanlenge  ;D konjak, in the last dance you did, shee seems like shee like the blakmetal music, she making some slaam, good work.
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Reply #42 on: October 22, 2005, 07:39:53 pm
i wonder if i would try one, possibly :P but when it comes to danceing.. i dunno i might try it
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #43 on: October 22, 2005, 09:37:31 pm
Wow, very nice Ahrimanes & konjak. I'm gonna have to work 20 times harder on mine now.

...and Glub.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #44 on: October 23, 2005, 12:30:50 am
I was going to have her doing the worm when I realized I can't animate.

konjak, everything is looking pretty good.

ahrimanes, your walk seems a bit slow and when her hair flips up she seems to jerk a lot.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #45 on: October 23, 2005, 02:59:07 am
hii again, soo here my updates.

walk

dance

run

funny run


hope you like, seyou next time.
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #46 on: October 23, 2005, 08:39:42 pm
Wow. I like that "Funny run". Very cartoonish. Maybe the arms and head moving some, or just the arms. The face looks a little static though. Love the dance too.
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #47 on: October 24, 2005, 05:38:51 am
Hey guys,

Great entries so far. :) Contest is officially extended to November 14th by the way, if anyone else wants to give it a go.

- Adam

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #48 on: October 24, 2005, 08:36:08 am
Argh, that's too long! I'm already on my toes all the time!  ;)

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Reply #49 on: October 26, 2005, 02:20:48 pm
Just announcing my intent to enter. I'm glad the deadline was pushed back because I didn't know, until two days ago, that the contest existed. For the people who have posted entries, really good work.  :o
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #50 on: October 26, 2005, 03:22:50 pm
I'm thinking about joining, if I fnd the time...

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #51 on: October 30, 2005, 12:15:26 am
lol I was hoping everyone else would be as lazy as me at this XD



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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #52 on: October 30, 2005, 09:01:38 pm


Here's my walk animation. I have an idea for a dance but I'm going to think out better keyframes for it.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #53 on: October 31, 2005, 05:52:59 pm
I'm not much of a dancer, so I don't know what to call this:

 :-\

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #54 on: October 31, 2005, 06:44:42 pm
lmao, I'd call it awesome

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #55 on: October 31, 2005, 07:19:27 pm
I'm not much of a dancer, so I don't know what to call this:

 :-\

"Elaine Dance" comes to mind. Love the semi-spastic motion.  ;D

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #56 on: November 01, 2005, 05:51:54 am
I'm not much of a dancer, so I don't know what to call this:

 :-\

"Elaine Dance" comes to mind. Love the semi-spastic motion.  ;D
sort of reminds me of michael jacksons 'thriller' video lol
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #57 on: November 02, 2005, 01:30:07 am
That is comedy. "The Jiggloo".
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #58 on: November 03, 2005, 10:37:32 pm
I think that's the Carlton.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #59 on: November 11, 2005, 06:38:19 pm
Quick question.

If the deadline is on Nov 14th, does that mean we can still post our entry on the 14th or do they all have to be posted by the end of the 13th?

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #60 on: November 11, 2005, 07:53:43 pm
I'll be leniant. Probably anything that comes in by the end of the 15th will be accepted (just so that we don't screw anyoen over with regard to time zones).

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #61 on: November 12, 2005, 02:55:18 pm
if only i would have checked this sooner...its the 12th so i would have like no time at all to get one done, not that i would win anyway but still  ;D i might still give it a try, but i HIGHLY doubt i will get it in, considering i have only done 1 sprite ever  ;D

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #62 on: November 12, 2005, 05:21:10 pm
It seems I'm too lazy to enter :)

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #63 on: November 14, 2005, 01:03:50 am

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #64 on: November 14, 2005, 01:26:34 am
Is that 'little kicks' I see?  I sure hope so.
No, sir.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #65 on: November 14, 2005, 06:26:37 am
     



I was thinking of Tetris music while I made the dance. Good luck everyone. Hope you all get your entries in before the deadline.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #66 on: November 14, 2005, 08:38:01 am
TO DAY IS THE DAY "D"  ;D
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #67 on: November 14, 2005, 02:27:59 pm
How are you gentlemen?



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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #68 on: November 14, 2005, 05:27:05 pm
Okay, I'm throwing my hat in to the ring as well.





Best of luck to everyone ^_^

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #69 on: November 15, 2005, 01:37:44 am
Camus~ looks...interesting  ;D

Vortex~ i love the dance one

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #70 on: November 15, 2005, 01:49:43 am
Hah! All these last minute entries are so ebay.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #71 on: November 15, 2005, 03:21:15 am
*Snipe!*

Whew, almost didn't make it! My bloody monitor died completely on Saturday, working right now on a slightly fuzzy one that makes pixeling painful.





Had fun doing them. There are more good animators around than I expected, I want to see more stuff from y'all!

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #72 on: November 15, 2005, 03:43:00 am
What's an animation contest without pawige :)

Great entries man, lovely

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #73 on: November 16, 2005, 12:37:58 am
Boogie man...yeah, I know it's not normal,in fact it's really weird , but that was the whole point, to show what I like to do, what I do, not what people'd expect of me.

it's not even half of what I had planned though, I wanted a whole scene of her dancing, I'm still trying to get another anim finished


actually, here's that other anim, I'd rather put it unfinished than never submit it....still working on it tho

Also,for my run anim.....I dont intend it as an standart game run anim.....it would be crazy to have a main character run like that, I meant for it to have all sorts of exagerated motions so to as express personality...=/ it would be far to extenuating to watch that in a real game every single time you pushed >...not to mention keeping up that standard of animation.
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Reply #74 on: November 17, 2005, 06:15:26 am
Ok, contest cut-off. Matt's gone over them and we'll post the winner tomorrow or Friday. Thanks to all the entrants. The guys at work were really amazed by the quality of animation in the scene.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #75 on: November 19, 2005, 04:27:25 am
is it me? or is friday over? =/

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Reply #76 on: November 19, 2005, 04:43:38 am
Just you, 16+ minutes left!  He'll get in the results when he gets time.  ;)

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #77 on: November 20, 2005, 04:00:21 pm
Now i know that Friday is over, who are the winners?

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #78 on: November 20, 2005, 04:02:03 pm
Adam's a busy man. I'm sure he'll announce the winners when he's ready to.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #79 on: November 21, 2005, 04:11:45 am
Hehe, thanks Ben (who is also a very busy man). Matt already picked a winner. I'll try and get something posted tomorrow (in case he wants to make any comments).

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #80 on: November 21, 2005, 05:12:52 pm
Ok, can't wait to see the winners =)

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #81 on: November 21, 2005, 11:25:09 pm
Hey guys,

Here's the announcement from Matt Bozon (our creative director and Shantae's creator/animator/director). Thanks to all who entered. The winner can email either myself or Matt about claiming your prze.

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Quote from: Matt Bozon
Hi everyone!

Thank you all so much for your submissions.  It was really fun watching the entries roll in, and seeing how you  each worked off each other to create something great.  We had some trouble picking a winner… I was surprised that the directors here had strong (and opposing) perspectives on which was the “best” one.  In the end we had them vote with points to determine a winner.  There were favorite dances, and other favorite animations, and some were just more in the spirit of the Shantae character, so they were successful in a variety of ways.  The results:

WINNER: Konjak

Konjak’s animation was very impressive, and really moved well through space.  It showed a solid understanding of character’s form.  On top of that, the dance was really charming, and was on-model enough that it could be inserted directly into a Shantae game.  The walk was very over the top, but was very fun to watch.  The run was also very adorable. 

2nd: Camus: I loved your dance the most.  It takes liberties with the character model, in that she changes proportions, but in return it shows amazing movement and is by far the most entertaining dance.  The other directors were frightened by your walk cycle, but I felt that the dancing more than made up for it.  I’d love to see more dances in your off beat style.

3rd: Based on points, there was a third place tie.  Hondo and Ahrimanes both did amazing dance animations and very solid walks.  Ahrimanes’ dance feels the most loyal to the character of all the dances, and his walk cycle is solid and very functional without going overboard (which can be very necessary at times).  Hondo’s, like Konjak’s moved very well through space and had great use of the forms.  It’s also worth mentioning that Hondo’s dance would not require any revisions to be used in a Shantae game.  So, Hondo’s animation got “first pass approval” if this were an actual work assignment (great job)!

We had other favorites mixed in there as well.  Mad Toaster’s dance and Pawige’s dance (nice twisting of the body) were both memorable and well put together, and Alex’s dance was a crack up.  There are a lot of talented people on this website and thank you for again for all the entries.  For everyone that didn’t get a mention, keep up the good work, you’re well on your way!  I would really enjoy working with you on a Shantae game now or in the future 

--Matt

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Reply #82 on: November 21, 2005, 11:34:28 pm
!!

My God, that's very flattering. Thanks alot for the kind comments, Matt! I'm a very happy man!

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #83 on: November 22, 2005, 12:49:26 am
Congrats, konjak! I was almost positive you were going to win when I first saw your animations. You definitely deserve the win.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #84 on: November 22, 2005, 06:12:13 am
 ;D Congrats konjak,,, really amaizing.  hope to know for futer contest
if somme one know about it please mail me.
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Reply #85 on: November 22, 2005, 06:44:47 am
This compo had an awesome turn-out in terms of quality. Great showing everybody, congratulations konjak.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #86 on: November 22, 2005, 10:04:56 am
Way to go Konjak! More people here know how to animate than I expected. We should have more animation activities, no need for prizes or anything, as added motivation to practice more often.

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #87 on: November 22, 2005, 11:29:05 am
I'm really happy that you won, Konjak. You were able to animate the character while keeping depth in mind. Congrats!

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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #88 on: November 22, 2005, 12:10:59 pm
Quote from: Matt Bozon
I’d love to see more dances in your off beat style.

Prize enough for me :`)

lmao I scared the hell out of everyone with the run cycle XD damn...I wanted to make it really powerful but still sexy, like Shantae...but I failed.
I wonder if I'll ever get that animation syle right, it always seems right in my head but I cant seem to translate it visually to make it acceptable at all.....someday I guess

I actually got the idea for playing with her proportions from the select+^ animation, also I had actually visualized one dance animation per element (water, earth, fire, ice) this was water so I was going for the kind of one-way fluidity you see in a flowing river.

I should have put more time into this, I know I could have done something really really awesome... I also wanted to do more with face expressions (like the select+B dance in Shantae GBC, god I love that one).

Matt, I would love to work with you guys, I really really really would, dont worry, you can tell everyone else I'll give up my crazyness, and wont make something like my run until you guys ask me :p
That was just for this contest where I felt I had to show my own unique little way of doing things, I couldnt be more happy that I really did.

Konjak! I totally agree with Matt about the depth, you really really earned this
I specially liked

Ahrimanes! it was really great to have you here, your walk was perfectly smooth and practical, the dance was very adequate too.

OH OH! and Adam, thank you so much for your insight and giving us all this chance in the first place!
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #89 on: November 22, 2005, 12:57:36 pm
wow, gratulations to all winners and big respect to all those who participated.
animating pixelart is not the easiest thing to do :)
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Re: WayForward pixel animation contest

Reply #90 on: November 22, 2005, 05:05:22 pm
3rd?  Cool!

Almost made it.  Maybe next time ^_^

Congrats to all the winners.  It was a mighty fine show indeed.

I know I'm new to the board here, but I think I might continue to make posts now and again.

Congrats again ^_^