My first-ever completed film, originally submitted to Newgrounds about a week ago
(I didn't think it's worth the effort to change the preloader at the start, sorry...). The music is "Rain in the Night
" by MJTTOMB
, and licensed under this CC license
It is about a young boy who dreams of journeying in Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Some of the scenes are quite dark, so it is best viewed in dim or no light. Oh, and you probably need a fast computer for it to play smoothly...
Please vote for it on Newgrounds, by the way. I don't think I have much of a chance of winning their contest, but hey, you never know.
A few more words:
I started it last December, missed the deadline last year, but did manage to make it in time for this year (it was about 1.5-2 months of work in total). In the process, I learned two programs from scratch, ArtRage (a fantastic program which all the artwork was painted in) and Flash MX (yes, I had an 8-year-old version of Flash lying around... it did the job well, I don't need anything newer)
Regarding the technique, there were almost no vectors used here; all the art was digitally painted in ArtRage, then saved as either GIFs or PNGs (where gradient transparency was needed), then imported into Flash, made into movieclips, and animated either with motion or gradient tweens, or frame-by-frame (as in the reindeer run cycle).
Further technical info (in case anyone's interested):Painting technique explanationSnow actionscript
(I spent the final two days being entirely frustrated with actionscript, since I was trying to do something a bit complicated and didn't know a thing about it)
It was painted with a UC-Logic PF1209-PRO tablet.