Hey, if you haven't seen this yet ( [link] ) and are squeamish about spoilers, you should probably take an immediate U-turn and go watch the film first on the youtubes. Because this MIGHT be a huge spoiler and stuff. OR IT MIGHT NOT BE. IT'S STILL A MYSTERY...
-------------Until the FLA is uploaded onto the Double Rainboom website, feel free to download the FLA (in Flash CS5.5 format) for yourself over here (even if there's not much to look at since it's all drawn and frame-by-frame, unlike almost everything else in the film): [link]
Man, I've been waiting since last summer to post this thing, and now that the film is out, I finally can!
Probably my absolute favorite shot on Double Rainboom that I got to work on was getting to do ALL of the character animation in the first vortex/portal/wormhole/whatever that Rainbow Dash broke into. After having just finished making True Friendship and moving to this (just look back at True Friendship today and see how mediocre the artwork looked, lol), it was a gigantic challenge to go back to all of these shows, study how the characters looked and moved and animate them all appropriately for the film, not to mention those three shots alone took my entire summer and some of the following semester to complete. I'm pretty sure watching marathons of Samurai Jack, Billy & Mandy, Cow & Chicken and Courage ate up some of that time as well.
I learned a gigantic amount from this however, and it will probably always remain my favorite segment of the film that I worked on because of that. The entire assignment really stressed gathering huge amounts of references and learning really quickly how to animate in a way different to whatever way one may be used to, which I did neither of for True Friendship and ended up making the project kind of suffer in the long run because of it. It was also not really what I expected when I chose to help out a My Little Pony fan film, but for someone like me that's always done more frame by frame animation in Flash more than any other form of animation in the program, it was an awesome and welcome privilege to animate all these classic characters, and turned into probably the most educational experience I've had yet in my animation ventures.
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