Hi there! I'm not sure many of you know me, but I started stick animation back in 2002. I was about when Oscar started his Castle series, and with the return of him on Castle it's inspired me to conclude my stick series. So, I thought I'd create a thread to help encourage people to animate, and push our boundaries, as well as keep me on track as much as possible with progress.
Like Oscar, the original Rival animations were made in early versions of flash. The first Rival Part 1: When Hatred Dawns was created in a month, released in Jan 2003, follow by Rival Part 2: Escape in May 2003. A third part, Rival Part 3: Max and Alex came shortly after in August 2003. From there on College and University took all my time away, and I worked on other animations purposed for that.
Upon finishing University and having some free time, I returned to try and push myself to create the next in the series Rival for part 4: Demise in 2010. As soon as I finished I started Rival Part 5: The Final Confrontation. However, the redevelopment of things which people disliked in part 4 hindered on the progress to get the next one out.
Things people asked for were, Better dialogue and story. Rival 1 to 4 was product of an old script and story, but times had changed, and people expected something bigger and better. So the script was completely re-written, as it was a decade old. Dialogue was all re-recorded, and preproduction animatics were produced for pacing and consistency. The characters were slated for having 3 fingers, so the body was remodelled to have 4 fingers and a thumb, with better deformation in the joints. Heads, and rigs were also completely redone, and to be honest, they could do with another reiteration. People want to know a more of a backstory to the whole reasoning with the Dojo, so comprehensive scenes were added to help understand it more. As well as all this, I've intently tried to cover as much as I can to please both myself and fans, and create a final animation which concludes a long awaited finale while staying true to the original.
With all that being said, you can watch Rival 1, 2 and 3 compiled. Here, but please remember it's a product of it's time. Back in 2003. 12 Years ago when I had just begun flash.
Part 4, is here, which is now over half a decade old:
I'm currently working on Rival 5: The Final Confrontation, it stands at 5mins long currently, with it being around 17 mins in total duration. This will be the final part as I want to really close this chapter to my life, and if I return to stick animation, create something much more amazing and not restricted by an aged idea when I started. However, like Castle, Joe Zombie, Killing Spree etc, this was one of the handful of stick series which made a promise, and I plan to keep it.
So, with that being said, hello to all that remember me and pleased to meet you to those who have never heard of it and prepare for some Rival 5 wip! Which I will always keep spoiler free!