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FIRST POST! : The Making of (the concept of) Skeleton Jack

2009-05-06 02:41:38 by NightShadowTWO

Hi all. Glad you liked my first > 4.5 rating animation, Skeleton Jack and the Temple of the Musical Cuttlefish!

First of all, here's a dedicated blog to The Making Of : Skeleton Jack.

Let's have some background info on the project. This project is the final year project of what was supposed to be the Film & Animation course that I am taking here in my university.

Now all these past years, I'd been making 2D animations, 3D animations and motion graphics. I came into the university with a huge enthusiasm to create 3D animations. The reason for this was that I've been creating vehicular 3D animations prior to entering the university. You can view some of them here:

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Those are my two favourite ones. Notice that I animate mostly vehicles. Not one character to be seen. Over the years of the course, they suddenly focused on the importance of characters. So I had to do some 3D character animations. It was pretty fun. Here's one.

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Somewhere along the line, I decided that 3D really isn't my thing. After watching a lot of work by Genndy Tartakovsky, specially Samurai Jack, I had the urge to make 2D animations. The problem is that this isn't a 2D animation course so I had to figure most things out by myself.

I have however recieved some flash training during my internship period in my course. Also called Industrial training, I received some real-world training from a now defunct American Malaysian-based company.

They had an instructor from Canada give the training and it was great fun. He mostly taught motion tweening animation and how to make them look good, giving them the principles of animation and whatnot. Noticing my potential, he personally gave me some frame by frame tips and how to seamlessly mix them with motion tweens.

This inspirational instructor, coupled with my 2D enthusiasm convinced me to make a 2D animation for my final year project. And there you have it, the path that led to the creation of this little animation.

Design processes can be found here: /12/skeleton-jack-and-temple-of-terrac otta.html

Storyboard here: /12/slightly-more-detailed-storyboard.

Well thats it from me. Hope you enjoyed the background info and hope you enjoyed the animation!


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2009-05-06 05:25:18

After whatching Skeleton Jack I knew it was inspired on Samurai Jack!
I mean the name kind gives it out you know? XD but the animatin style and the crazy way things happened it was clear even if yo had named it Skeleton Carl... or something.
It's a great work anyway.

NightShadowTWO responds:

lol skeleton carl. that would be hillarious


2009-05-06 07:45:42

you cartoon was pretty great i must say

NightShadowTWO responds:

hi zekey. glad you liked it!


2009-05-06 08:59:54

Do you play RA3?

NightShadowTWO responds:

i do. but i dont like it as much as i like RA2


2009-05-06 16:07:46

I gotta say I really really like your work. I am currently in the works of becoming a 3D animator and your animations are very similar to ideas I have come up with. Keep it up

NightShadowTWO responds:

i'm currently studying methods on making my style characters in 3D too! good luck with your quest in 3D!


2009-05-06 21:30:14

I loved Skeleton Jack. I'm glad you like 2D more, because it's easier to get your ideas down than having to go through all the process of modelling and rigging everything.
I definately got that it looked like Samurai Jack.

NightShadowTWO responds:

hi there! i do indeed prefer 2D more but currently I am experimenting on implementing my style in 3D. wish me luck!


2009-05-08 13:39:40

ha ha funny robot im flumpman hi your name is nightshadowtwo is it?...have you played portal defenders I got 4 medals in it how much did you get?....did you get 5


2009-05-08 19:58:09

one of the best entries i've seen on NG.. I actually wanted to read this one.. Very very nice work.


2009-05-09 19:00:56

Your movie was very proffesional. I enjoyed it a lot.


2009-05-10 01:16:01

cannons of doom had a MASSACURE!


2009-05-13 11:21:53

While I was watching that movie, I was beginning to wonder whether it had some Samurai Jack influences, not only the name but the way you did the various cinematics and fight scenes (the narrowing screens, robotic enemies, repetitive movements etc) so I came and read this and saw Samurai Jack mentioned. Took the words out of my mouth :). You have a lot of potential, I hope that when you take this up professionally you'll go to high places.
And Kudos for Samurai Jack references, I used to love that cartoon series.


2009-08-19 19:16:27

Why didn't I see any cuttlefish in the animation? You made me feel sad!


2010-09-20 10:19:33

Heut is mein tag, heut ist mein tag^^....nice animations. ...cooler scheiƟ :D


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2013-10-07 10:28:44

I KNEW YOUR NAME SEEMED FAMILIAR. You're the dude who made the sweet as shit C&C animations. I asked you like 10 years ago to make more and I'm gonna ask again. Dude make more please.