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XKCD Animation

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:49 am UTC
by Graham Finch
Not to derail this as an intro thread, but I've been a long-time reader of the comic, and this is my first post in this forum, so I'll just make this brief: "Hi!"

Now that that's out of the way, onto business: My name is (as you can tell) Graham Finch. I'm currently a college student aspiring to be in the film industry, studying in at least one different aspect of production per semester, and this semester, I'm taking a 2D Animation course. Our first major projects of the semester utilizing what we've learned so far (and then some, depending on if we decided to go an extra mile and read further into our textbooks) were turned in this week, and my idea for a first project was a remake of A God's Lament.

My college doesn't really give a damn about copyrights and all that as far as presentations go (hey, they're just presentations), but if we want to broadcast these on the web, we'd have to ask permission from the original sources if we can do so.

I ask you, Randall: Is it okay if I present the animation here?

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:58 am UTC
by the_bandersnatch
As far as I'm aware, Randall doesn't read the forums, so you're unlikely to receive a reply. You might be better off emailing him directly.

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:37 am UTC
by Nimz
You really should check the (not-so) fine print at the bottom of the comic page...

xkcd.com wrote:
Image
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.
This means you're free to copy and share these comics (but
not to sell them). More details.


Meh. Best I could do to make it look as close as possible to the original without spending too copiously much time on it.

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:48 am UTC
by Graham Finch
Nimz wrote:You really should check the (not-so) fine print at the bottom of the comic page...


Thanks for pointing that out, Nimz; I didn't notice that.

Well, since I'm in the clear, I guess it's ok, then.

Here it is.

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:16 am UTC
by Benny the Bear
Pretty good, but the voice is lagging a lot. Maybe put a preloader before the movie actually plays? PM me if you need help with that.

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:50 pm UTC
by mudge
God is the MCP from Tron?

Edit: Since I don't have the comic memorized, I actually had no idea what you were saying through all the effects.

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:37 am UTC
by Graham Finch
mudge wrote:God is the MCP from Tron?

Edit: Since I don't have the comic memorized, I actually had no idea what you were saying through all the effects.


What I'd recommend doing is looking at the strip while the Flash movie is hidden. Just read the words in your mind as my voice says them. ;)

Benny the Bear wrote:Pretty good, but the voice is lagging a lot. Maybe put a preloader before the movie actually plays? PM me if you need help with that.


Lagging? :? It plays in proper sync on my end. What connection are you using? Can you maybe elaborate on it a bit further?

And regarding the preloader thing... Sure. :D

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:22 pm UTC
by MFHodge
Yeah, I couldn't understand a word of the dialogue. I understand that you wanted a cool voice effect, but if the video is unintelligible, it doesn't connect with the audience.

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:09 pm UTC
by Nimz
I thought that was Also Sprach Zarathustra :)
I have to agree that the speech was almost unintelligible. I can make most of the words out if I have headphones on, but even then the sound you used for each planet coming in completely masked the words at times. E.g. I only know you said "Lisp" because I read the comic.

I liked how you got the alt text in there. Only other suggestion I have is making the credits show up just a little bit longer. Or maybe I'm just weird for liking to read credits.

Re: XKCD Animation

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:15 pm UTC
by mudge
Graham Finch wrote:
mudge wrote:God is the MCP from Tron?

Edit: Since I don't have the comic memorized, I actually had no idea what you were saying through all the effects.


What I'd recommend doing is looking at the strip while the Flash movie is hidden. Just read the words in your mind as my voice says them. ;)


What I'd recommend doing is not making your viewers jump through hoops just to understand your animation.

Unless of course, you're just doing this as artistic masturbation and don't care how it's received.