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A short made for Albino Blacksheep's Tournament of Flash Artists (TOFA 2012).

Round 4 Theme - Character Origins

Challenges:
- Protagonist must have characteristic strengths and weaknesses
- Characters used in the short must be newly designed (no characters made before the date of September 8, 2012)


Opponent this round:
:iconpatrick-94:


Thoughts:
"For the final round of TOFA, I needed to do something really special. I took a huge risk in the previous round, and I got the feeling that the judges thought I was playing it too safe or plateauing. That perhaps they thought I would be relying heavily on the voice talent to carry my cartoons.

I took that as a challenge. I needed to surprise the judges.

I jossed a few ideas around, such as the concept of silly superhero, Salt Lick (has a super tongue, is weakened by deer). Partway through writing the script I realized it wasn't going to work; it was still too dialogue heavy, and predictably silly.

I threw it out, after 5 days of sitting on the idea, leaving me with only 16 days to make a cartoon from scratch.

I decided to do a story with no dialogue, feeling that if I wanted to make it as an animator and really wow the judges, I'd need to convey a story with emphasis on visual storytelling. Something emotional; simple but profound.

This is the result. I hope it surprises some of you.

Enjoy."


I'd like to give a shout-out to these guys for sticking with me while I worked on this, and who gave me the support to make one last cartoon:

:iconnuclearmime::iconinkyfirefly::iconsupercleaveland64:



Also, I may have forgotten to mention that this cartoon won me the championship.
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:iconjahtani:
jahtani Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
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:iconnamicat101:
Namicat101 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
You have given me a reason to hoard paper and never throw it away.
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:iconmalowbowman12:
malowbowman12 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What program did you use for the animation? Also great story
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Flash. Thanks!
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:iconmalowbowman12:
malowbowman12 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
How do I work with flash? Can you please tell me what I need to do to use it.
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Nope! Good luck!
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:iconmissmewx:
MissMewX Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what happened to her sis?
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Did you watch it all?
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:iconmissmewx:
MissMewX Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
um yes
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
That's her at the end.
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:iconmissmewx:
MissMewX Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh such a heart warming story!
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:iconmissmewx:
MissMewX Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
was this based of a true story?
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Aw, nah. I made it up.
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:iconmissmewx:
MissMewX Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well its very sad and heart warming
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:iconmissmewx:
MissMewX Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just so ss-s-s-ss-SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconodartist:
ODartist Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
That was a great little story.
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Thank you! :D
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:icongreatest-nightmare:
Greatest-Nightmare Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Truly a great video and it is so beautiful!
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Thanks you! :D
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:iconmartonszucsstudio:
MartonSzucsStudio Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
WOW It was so touching.:) I love it:D
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Aw, thanks!
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:iconmartonszucsstudio:
MartonSzucsStudio Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
You're Welcome:D
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:iconharejules:
Harejules Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
What a great story!

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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconharejules:
Harejules Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Your Welcome ;)
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:iconkheelaia:
Kheelaia Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so beautiful story!
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Thank you! :D
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:iconroger-dog:
Roger-Dog Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
WHAT AN INSPIRATION!

And a well-earned victory at that. Should have said this ages ago, but congratulations! LOVED the fact there was no dialogue, really showed how strong your work stands on its own. Great choice!

Stellar compositions on those scenes inside the trash bin too.
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Aw man, thank you! :D I've been thinking about submitting it to a local film festival, I'm really quite proud of it! I'm glad you like it.

You think so? I thought it would be important to give the scene a sense of loneliness and despair with a little light coming in. I guess I got it right!
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:iconfoxinramen:
FoxinRamen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awww this is so sweet ; w;
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconinkyfirefly:
InkyFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This is probably my favorite animated piece of yours' so far. Very beautiful story and animation! The additional touch-ups really help out too. I know TOFA was an extremely taxing task, but you pulled through it and certainly came out on top! I think that's just awesome! Congrats again, friend! <:
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Aw, it's a lot of people's favorites; including mine. TOFA was was pretty brutal, but I'm glad I had friends like you to help me get through it.
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:iconinkyfirefly:
InkyFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww of course pal! You did really good!
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:iconbaddleebadd:
baddleebadd Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   General Artist
This was an amazing piece. It nearly made me cry.
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
That was my intention, sorry. XD

Thank you! :>
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:iconprofessorfandango:
professorfandango Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
You neglected to mention that you WON with this cartoon! And very deserving it was too.
An ability to get a bit of pathos into a cartoon is always commendable.
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Oops. Well, I may as well add that bit of info now. I figured that's what the TOFA portrait was for. XD

Thanks, man! I'm really quite proud of this!
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:iconl-yggdrall:
L-yggdrall Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh yeah my favorite !!!, very good job for this animation. ;)
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Thanks, L-yggdrall! Hope you have time to enter TOFA again next year! :D
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:iconagentc-24:
AgentC-24 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very sweet. That was genuinely entertaining! :)

Your work on human-style characters here are impressive here too, as well as that cat. Top it off with your animation style as well as the great work on the paper physics, and you're really becoming a fantastic animator as well! :highfive: Keep up the amazing work! :thumbsup:
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Aw, gee... Thank you! :D
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:iconbanditringtail3:
BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Wow. That was...

Even if you don't win, it won't be for lack of effort or skill. You deserve a spot among the best.

Keep working for your dream. You are going to go somewhere.
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I take it you liked it, then? XD

Thanks man. I'll post an update VERY soon!
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:iconbanditringtail3:
BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I LOVED it! Please keep animating! I think you have what it takes to go places. ^.^
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Awesome! You bet I'll try! :D
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:iconjumbi:
Jumbi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work. I think this one is my favorite of your entries, just because it stands out from the others so much.
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I agree. Not to boast or anything, but I think this shows I can do more than just silly stuff. People worried I would rely on the dialogue too much, and I like to prove people wrong. XD
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TimeTravelingEchidna Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Awesome.
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:iconatrox-c:
Atrox-C Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
:D
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