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Stick Figure Test Animation


So I’ve been wanting to create a Flash movie for the past few months or so.  I’ve had an idea for a action-packed and quality stick figure animation and I think I’m going to begin work on it in the coming weeks.  I threw together this test yesterday just to see how rusty I am and if I think I’ll be capable of pulling off what I’m imagining.

Click here to check out the animation.

Stick Figure Flash Animation

Excuse the crude background / graphical assets, I just needed something to work with.  If this movie idea I have works out, thinks will look much more professional.  Go on and rip me apart in the comments if you want.  Any criticism is welcome.

Why now?

Well, for one I need a slight break from making games.  I already have my next game planned out and I’ll more than likely work on it while animating the movie.  However, as long as I have something else to work on besides just game stuff I’m good.

Also, my next game will be my first game that utilizes the new Stage3D API coming in Flash Player 11.  It’ll still be a 2D game, but it will take advantage of the GPU acceleration technology offered in FP 11 (using a 3rd party API, still haven’t chosen one yet).  This basically means that I’ll be able to have a lot more graphical assets / detail on screen at once (a lot more) at 60fps and not have to worry about slow downs.

Currently, FP 11 is in beta, so I can start building my game right this second if I wanted.  However, I obviously don’t want to release the game until FP 11 is fully finished and released to the general public, so there’s no rush in getting started right now.  There’s no official date, but I’d say around February – March of 2012 should be a decent guess for it’s public release.

Anyway, that gives me some time that I can put towards animating while I wait.

What’s the plot?

There’s this stick figure.  He’s mad at another stick figure.  Fights ensue.

There’s of course more to it than that but you’ll have to wait.

  1. FlashMush blathers: August 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Great animation!

  2. Sean states: August 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Only thing I didn’t like about the animation was that he seemed a bit too stiff.. maybe make his torso shorter?

    Great animation none the less, and I’m glad to see someone out of our small group of net-friends getting back into stick figure animating, I kinda miss it..

  3. Ralph blathers: August 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Your old animations, show me them.


  4. Sean blathers: August 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm
  5. Ralph proclaims: August 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Oh man, I miss the days of watching pivot animations over on DarkDemon. That really brings me back (even though it was only like 2 years ago).

    And is that some EasyToon I see? Holy shit. Last time I saw one of those animations was like 2005.

    Here’s the only archive I have of just some of my old stuff. Excuse the horrid pictures of my cat and some computer desk area which looks like it was bombed.


  6. Sean states: August 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Yeah, it brings me back too, but yeah, it feels like a life time ago..

    Sure is, I only ever made 4 animations with EasyToon, and that nuke one was my second ever.

    Your flash animations were definitely your best works, you were right to stick with Flash and I’m sure this movie you have planned will go great

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