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It was suggested in one of my interviews in Ottawa that I create a lipsynch animation for a demo reel.

So I did. Took me the WEEK to do this. Hardest part was to find a skit that was not too long but had enough emotion that it was interesting to both animate and watch.

Good part is, I never got tired of the audio.. not when each time I would watch my timing I'd see a little more of the characters become alive.

It was all done in TVpaint.

I hope you like and please, feel free to comment and be constructive.
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Madness-Made-Fresh Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Love it!
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wrybread Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
arguing with a chick brandishing a bat'leth; y' got balls, Tom.

huffing; must be an ALF thing; like Marvin [link]
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Not sure if it was something the actress added or if it was part of the script but it made for a perfect animated skit :D

And yes.. Tom's got Balls of Steel... just dating a Klingon girl should give him major street cred :D
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HermaCrab Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
And I watched that episode 5 minuites ago
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
'Displaced' I think it was :)
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cobeoe Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
wow if star trek went animated this would be a good start (not talking about the tos animated series)
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HermaCrab Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
yep. I've got a website to watch every episode so it's quite useful. Have you seen the episode "Shattered"?
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Without looking I beleive it's the one where different part of the ship are in different time periods.. But I have seen every ep at least once and kept some of the best for personnal enjoyment ^^
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HermaCrab Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
good idea
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Rasgonras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
I always loved Star Trek. VOY not so much, but nonehteless, this is the first time I see an awesome Star Trek animation. Great, man, thumbs up :thumbsup:
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Their bickering made for a nice skit to animate ^^

Thanks for the encouragement :D
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Ultraviolet-Oasis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Constructive criticism? Just do more... I could watch this all day. You just can't get that depth of expression out of humans acting on the screen. (Yes, I know that she's half-Klingon; cut me some slack.)
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Quite all right :) I know that ST:VOY is not exactly an all-time favorite for many ^^;

But thank you :)
I'm sending tons of reels and portfolio everywhere, so I don't know when I'll have time to do another one like that again.. but I really want to :)
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Ultraviolet-Oasis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Oh, I like Voyager plenty... I haven't seen all the episodes but want to do that.

And my most elaborate fan fiction (related to Star Trek) is set in the Voyage series. But don't hold your breath waiting for me to publish it. Feh, it will probably never get published; I just replay it in my mind from time to time.
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wrybread Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
arguing with a lady with a bat'leth; Tom has some kinda cojones.
I can't help but think of Marvin the Martian. "I am VERY angry! (pant pant pant) Very angry indeed."
:D
great work
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
heheh.. It would be consistent with marvin, yes ^^
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g67 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011   Filmographer
very nice animation. i love the acting for each character. lots of emotion.
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Thanks! :)

It is my intention to make more :)
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darthwolf769 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
This is so awesome!!!!
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
thanks ^^
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mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I never did comment on this Rich, so I apologize:

I really like the interaction between the two characters here. Especially with Be'lanna's reaction to Tom calling her "hostile". Her frustration was more believable here than the real source you drew from (saw it on YouTube, I like yours better than the original scene).

Quick question on TVPaint: Is it pixel based or vector based? Thought I asked. :) Again, this is awesome work here Rich! :)

Another quick question: Did you teach yourself to animate? Or did you go to a school to learn how to animate?
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Thanks man :) I thought it worked best to pick a skit from a live action show and then toonify it than trying to 're-toon' from a cartoon show. I have a few other skits left and right I can animate too.

Now for TV paint, as far as I know, it's pixel-based. But it's also layer-based. I liked the fact that I could have a 'light' line instead of a 'thin' line (like flash and Toonboom do.. thin or thick, it's still a 100% opaque line.. tv paint allows to draw lightly)

And as for learning, I went to a school to animate.. but they didnt teach me much if anything.. I'm basically self-taught.
However I get tips from anywhere I can :)
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qwertypictures Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cools - never really heard of this TVpaint software, but it seems you've made good use of it. Great emotion and staging here 8-)
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
I look at it now and again and there are parts I could push, but I'll keep that for the next thing I animate :)
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Lonestarr357 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
That's pretty damn good.
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Thanks mate ^^
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faze73 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
In my opinion, it's GREAT. How did you do on the interview? Also the lip synch was on point. Great job.
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
The interviews went ok, but I don't know when I'm supposed to be expecting any call.. if I was to be contacted..
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
She's really selling that she's not hostile with her vocal tone. And I love how you animated it, really well done man!
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
thanks bunches :) She was really fun to do and I knew right away the poses I wanted to use :)

I gotta do more of those ^^
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
That'd be cool. :D

For some reason, I see you doing one of Data singing, "I like looking for little life forms..." from the Generations film.
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
that's a pretty cool suggestion :) I'll write it down ^^
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blakmanta Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
The lipsync is great and the characters are very well made. It's really fun to watch and you got the characters so well...
And btw, I loved Star Trek Voyager: it's great to see those two after all these years.
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Thanks bunches man :) I'm glad you liked!

characters are not really clean OR colored but the goal was to get the acting and lipsynch done and visible.
I don't remember how the idea to pick a skit from Voyager came about but I know I started looking at some 'whose line is it' and realized the canned laughs were not helping the timing one bit.

Still, I will animate some other things soon too ^^
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blakmanta Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
That's good to know.
I saw that you did a little test with Flash: it is good.
I hope you're going to do more animations: really inspiring works.

And you're not alone, btw. That program (Flash) hates pretty much everybody. Also, last week, I tried to animate something with another software named "Pencil Animation". After 30-40 min of work, it just crashed and I lost every frame I did. So, I feel your pain. :XD:
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
The flash thing was short, but it was to see how if I still could do it.. which apparently would be the case.

And I think I did try the program you used.. it didnt crash on me but it didnt work well with my tablet device.. nothing was proportional.

I'm glad I could find TVpaint too ^^
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noveler00 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Dude! That was Awesome!
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Thanks :)
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Ritualist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect motion of body on both of them - breathing, shaking of hands and all. Solid lines (something I couldn't do ... yet)

Just great work.
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
It's my first animation of the sort in 8-10 years too x.x took a while but got it working I guess ^^
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CDRudd Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kool, Animation is well done. Very well suited to the dialog.
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Thanks :) I had fun doing it :)
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MidnightNomad Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
TV paint free?
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
I got a demo on a Disk.. but I think they have one online
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MidnightNomad Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How much does it cost?
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
I have no idea, really.. but I'll check it out later :)
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MidnightNomad Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:-)
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Seiki5x Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
Woa, It's very good. It's all your voice right?
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
nope.. it's from the TV series.. Episode 'Displaced'
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