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A little experiment.

Played around a bit and tried this out.
A little surprise.
Click and download video. It's a wmv files and plays best on Windows Media Player. I'm sorry, I haven't converted it to any other format.

http://www.mediafire.com/?jmgzyzmymw0

Let me know if this works.

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ali_wildgoose
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
PFFFFFFFFFFT

OH IT WORKS ALL RIGHT.

I would like to state, FTR, that there was never a doubt in my mind as to whose hand that was. WHO ELSE, MMM? XD

Also you did a FAR BETTER job animating that than you had to, strictly speaking, and I'm for one very grateful -- 2D animation has a special place in my heart, and in combination with your (AND ARLUK'S) sense of humor? *contented sigh*

Thank you so much for doing this! <3 <3 <3

....Damn this is making me want to dust off flash....

Edited at 2009-02-15 09:23 am (UTC)
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
Yay, glad it works for one person!
Of course it's easy to guess who it is from the start. I didn't go for complexity or surprise twist. Just an experiment, you know?
It's not strictly animated- but it's basically the amount of work that goes in a normal storyboard now. We were doing as much for Penguins (and would probably have done as much for Avatar if we'd had Cintiqs). No arrows to indicate moves. Everything done as an animatic.

Hey! Almost forgot to wish you happy BDay! Gah! Guess where my brain was this week...

Edited at 2009-02-15 09:30 am (UTC)
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zaddy
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
LOL "OH, SPIRITS"
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
I wish I'd had voice actors for that bit XD
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rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
No way. I'm returning to good old comic pages. That was over 100 images to draw, fiddle around with and edit.
Still...it was a fun experiment (whaddaya know, Windows Movie Maker works).
Maybe I'll try again one day.
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irrel
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
This is the best thing I've ever seen on my flist :D <3!!!
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
Thank you, you're too kind.
zfiledh
Feb. 15th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
This...is the most adorable video EVAR!

If I may: I'd like to experiment adding voices here using Movie Maker. I promise to send you the finished product first!
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Have fun with it!
snapes_angel
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
:rofl: I love it! It's so freakun' funny!
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!
ks_claw
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
*dies laughing* that was awesome XD
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite sure the Water Tribe would call these action figures, but that's what Arluk uses them for.
Action.
There's quite possibly one of him, but he's not showing it...not in public anyway.
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rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Horuk will probably smack him around the head, just to remind him not to play like that too often.
Zhao looks like an angry monkey most of the time (statue or not).
loveroftheflame
Feb. 15th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
O. M. G.

Are you TRYING to kill me? I laughed so hard I think I scared the cats. lolol

That was perfect and I just KNEW it was Arluk playing with the little statues. At least it was Horuk who found him and not Nauja. I don't think he would have survived that. lol

"OH SPIRITS!"

Someone needs to icon that. SRSLY.
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
If it had been Nauja that found him, Arluk would have been at risk of extinction.
lady_zylle
Feb. 15th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
That was absolutely bloody hysterical! I knew it had to be Arluk playing with the figurines, but Horuk catching him was killer.
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
That it would be Arluk could be easy to guess. He's...predictable in a way.
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flormarplay
Feb. 15th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Two words: LOVE IT! Oh, I really missed these guys, wonder what they' re up to ( apart from berating harluk)
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'll possibly draw a little something about what's going on at some point. Though their lives are pretty calm since Zhao's not around.
wodhaund
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Apparently, I didn't really need to drink my morning tea, as it's now all over me.

This was awesome. XD XD XD
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Iroh would be sad over the spilled tea.

Thank you!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee
What a laugh!
But I thought the hand belonged to *Rufftoon* and that there would be a different twist... but that's my overactive imagination.
Waterdelph
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Hee hee hee
In a twisted way it was my hand, since I drew the whole thing.
muffins_of_god
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
XDDD This was INCREDIBLE! Awesome work!
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!
misspondereplay
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
For a minute I thought it was your hands that was playing the dolls, nevermind. Arluk seriously needs to get a girlfriend of his own, but it's so much fun to see him matchmake Zhao and Nauja! If Zhao found out he would beat Arluk's culo to a pulp! That was a brillant animation!
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Nope, not playing the dolls. Just drew them (so I guess...I was playing them in a way).
Who says Arluk doesn't have a girlfriend (or many). He's just enthusiastic about everyone's matchmaking (ouch).
Thank you!
It wasn't so much animation as an animatic- storyboard panels filmed to show the animation pace and timing.
thistle_chaser
Feb. 15th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha! :D I hadn't guessed at the ending, even though they looked like toys (I figured it was just easier/quicker drawing). That was great! I laughed out loud. :D
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
It was partly easier-quicker to draw: there would be no body language or expressions.
karine
Feb. 15th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not working for me. I get basically a "file not found".

*pouts*
rufftoon
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
I could send you the WMV file by email. It's only about 2mg heavy, so easy to send. You could pm me your coordinates.
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megalodon823
Feb. 15th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Damn. Not working for me. And all the lovely comments make me feel so left out! Clearly I'm missing something great. I really wish I could see it.
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Might be the wmv format. Windows Media Player really makes it work well (maybe even divx).
zhaowatertribe
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Arluk! You-

That-

I-

What-

That... that would not happen!
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Arluk says that he could probably arrange to make it happen. If you don't mind being tied up, of course.
And put in a snow bank to freeze your butt off.
You know what, I wouldn't trust him on that.
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rivkaz
Feb. 15th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Watertribe ACTION TOYS™! -may not be suitable for children.
8'D it's... beautiful. <3
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Arluk doesn't make it suitable for children. No matter the toy.
Erhm.
engelen
Feb. 16th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
LOL!
This is very very cute XD

The part about "warming ups up" reminded me of my own Zhao thing:
http://boyxboy.org/dibujos/AVATAR-Zhao_winter_contest.jpg

Thanks for sharing!
it was very very nice XD
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I always loved that Zhao pic you did. It's got a slightly creepy feeling to it, but much love for it.
alexds1
Feb. 16th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
After my computer died the second time I decided to comment later XD But seriously that was sooo amazing, you need to make an icon of Arluk's shiftyface cuz that was the best XD XD I wasn't sure where it was going until it started getting hot and heavy at the end, then I knew who had to be behind it <3

In conclusion: Awesome!!!
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Sorry for computer crashing file!
Thank you very much! I can do these things, but icon with gifs is totally alien to me (so no shiftyface from me).
Arluk- making things heavy since...er...a while.
tammylee
Feb. 16th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
HEEE! Your dedication is amazing and I thakn you for the entertainment. The dolls were hilarious! Does Arluk spend the long winter months carving these things?

...is Arluk single? =p
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
It ain't dedication, it is insanity!
Loads of people do carvings in the Water Tribe (Horuk does them too).
Arluk is not single, but his arranged marriage is a mess. It was sort of a mess from the start.
pretty_angel
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
LOL, this is made of win! XD
Knew immediately it has to be Arluk playing with little figures - he's entertaining like that. <333


P.s.: I want a set of mini Water Tribe figures! x3
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Arluk keeps himself and others entertained (at least, he tries).
If I could sculpt, I'd try making inuit style water tribe figures.
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