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My first Flash animation. 50 something layers (with nested layers in many of those), over 200 symbols. Every single part is hand drawn and hand colored in Flash.

Fun story with this one. It's for my Flash class' midterm that we started in mid-February. However, as this was my first animation in Flash, I was creating the Ring completely wrong. I was trying to blend with gradients mostly, and it was not working out at all. After 40 something hours of little progress, I talked with my teacher a week before it was due and she showed me techniques to make painting easier (because painting in Flash is *completely* different from painting in Photoshop).

So, throughout the last 6 days, I've spent around 70 hours working on this. I have gotten about 8 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours, so yea, I'm exhausted XD

The fire was giving me ridiculous problems; my original fire kept crashing Flash, and when it did not crash, it slowed down the fps from 24 to about 10. It was ridiculous. I redid the fire at the end and while it did slow down the animation fps a bit in the swf and didn't render it in a smooth 24 fps, it is not ridiculously slow and it worked really well with the original music.

The original for my midterm also has credits and music. I cut the credits for the web, and dA does not upload the music, or so I've heard. The music was the last 40ish seconds of the Two Towers soundtrack 13, The Forbidden Pool (with the One Ring theme, the boy chorus with the Elvish lyrics).

Edit: The music *does* play! At least on my computer. Not sure if it works with others. Sorry about it cutting off a bit, that comes from me cutting off the credits at the end and Flash's fade out totally not working.

As this is my first Flash animation ever, comments and critiques are very much appreciated!
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Ellis47 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Music is working very well. That is a huge accomplishment, flash and music. Well done!
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Ellis47 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I love it!
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Darkness-Nightguard Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Awesome dud, completely AWESOME!
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let-the-inSANIty-in Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
I am at a loss for words. I have no idea how to do something like this, and the fact that it's all hand drawn and colored is absolutely amazing!
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Wild-Huntress Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So great! :clap: This music sends chills down my spine...
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Thank you! Yea, Shore's music is flipping brilliant.
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Mspugluver Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
my laptop cannot handle the awesomeness =D
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
You laptop clearly has been overtaken by the power of the One Ring. xD

Thanks for the fave.
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Mspugluver Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
NNNNOOOOOO! sadly, one cannot simply walk into Mordor and kill sauron ;-;
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RootbeerRawr Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The epicness.
It's piercing my soul.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Hahah, thank you. :D
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RootbeerRawr Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Youre very welcome
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adorindil Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
yeah great !!
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Thank you!
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silamir Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011   General Artist
wow, I can't imagine doing this. o.o My teacher just had us do animated web ads in my Flash class. Though, my teacher was bad and the class was only half a semester. This is cool. :)

by the way, the music does play for me.
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:iconainulaire:
AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Heh, yea, it was very work-intensive. My next project with web flash stuff is much less work.
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silamir Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   General Artist
yes. though, my teacher had wanted 4 web ads in the small amount of time we had when he doesn't teach programs well. -_-
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Ah, good times :| I've had some horrible teachers in my time as well-- it's times like that that I thank god I was born in the era of the internet. It makes completing tasks given to me by teachers that cannot teach much, much easier.
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silamir Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   General Artist
oh yes. My school's problem was that when I was in the program, they only had 3 main teachers... and 2 of them teach like a billion classes. So one semester I had pretty much the one I can't stand who doesn't teach for all my classes but one, I think. I had to redo my schedule my last semester so that I didn't take him again. haha
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Holy crap, three teachers? How small is your school? Is this HS or college?
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silamir Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   General Artist
It's college. It was a community college, now state. They've actually hired like 3 new teachers now. But their graphic design program is still growing, just now went to bachelor's.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Hehe, a small program indeed. There are like, a good 10-12, if not more, art-related instructors at my school, and the university has only 3500 students.
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Rahona Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Student General Artist
This came out very nice, I like how this came out. The Ring looks very pretty. It would be awesome if the animation for the flames was smooth, but I think that would require the use of a 3D modeling software.

I have tried doing a few small projects in Flash, this looks like it was a lot of work, and I think you did a very good job. :)

The music plays just fine on my computer. Although when the animation is playing it makes my computer a little slow.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Yea, the animation slows my computer down as well. The file itself isn't huge, but Flash did *not* like rendering out all of those different elements.

Heh, yea, there were a few sleepless nights spent on this project.

Thank you for the thoughtful comment!
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Seconds-Design Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Aye, the music does seem to work usually. It sure is intensive, think some of the fps still slow down which may be the cause of the music sometimes not playing, not sure, it depends on what setting you used.

Flash painting is indeed a pain, so different with everything painted liking to merge together and... ugh.

All your many hours of work paid off, the ring itself is excellent and the fire within the ring looks good, no wonder you had so many layers! The fire in the background though is not quite of the same caliber. It does add some interest in the background, but I think you could've left that out entirely to just focus upon the ring, which is the main focus anyways and would help in keeping the frames going more smoothly. Overall, some really nice work for your midterm.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Actually, I do have a version without the background. I showed both versions to my flash class, and they unanimously voted for the version with the background :) But yes, thank you for your input! Your comments are always very thoughtful.
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designdiva3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011   Digital Artist
I think it's a great mid term project.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Thank you! And thanks for the fav :)
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dardo2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Thanks, and thanks for the fav :)
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
I can't hear the music, but it looks really nice. Congrats on your patience! I would have just given up or something... X3
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Heheh, thank you :)
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ellethana Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I think I'm speechless. This is amazing!
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Thank you! And thanks for the fav :)
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ellethana Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
You're welcome :)
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Devro1962 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Precious! My Precious! :-) Really, really nice work. Very impressive.
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Thank you :)
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Skraja Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is indeed lovely.
Very well done. :)
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Thank you :)
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Mini-nick Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
very nice!! and for hand drawn too!! Congrats on ur first AND successful flash deviation! :thumbsup:
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Thank you! And thanks for the fave :)
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Mini-nick Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
anytime!
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
That was a lot o' work, Suvi! Hand drawn and colored - that's the way to do it! ;) Looks awesome, my friend!
Dunno much about the process, so nothing helpful from me....
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Ah, thank you! It means a lot to me, coming from you. ^^ It was a lot of fun.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Aw shucks..... Well, thank you. I meant it! :)
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Ccarcia3 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Super awesome!!!!!
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Thanks :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
... Also, the effect is very nice and I can hear the music. :D
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Nice! Thank you for the comment. ^^
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome, keep up the great work! :)
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