Hey there everyone, DeepRising here with the Weekly Newsletter and Weekly Topic competition.
We had a great response to last week's topic Trolls, and a selection of our favorite winning entries are coming up.
But first, if you're thinking about making a topic Flipnote, don't forget to check out next week's topic theme and it's description, as well as the subsequent Upcoming Topics listed at the end of the Newsletter.
And now, here are the winning Flipnotes from last week's topic "High Speed". Well done to everybody who entered.
In a darkened cavern, a knight quests for a troll, in our first Winning Topic Flipnote this week, by ⒷIⒷⒷⒶ.
Watching this, we were instantly transported to a medieval cave, with atmospheric lighting effects, and great character design.
Also, the use of camera shake, with booming footsteps to signify the troll's arrival, worked brilliantly.
Cleverly entitled "Trolled!", we really loved this folklore re-imagining of the modern phenomenon, which concludes with our hero being summarily bonked on the head!
He was Trolled indeed!
Our next Winning Topic Flipnote this week, by yusu😃, illustrates the nature of what it is to be a Troll.
Including written conversation, heroic poses, and emotive animation, the Flipnote is brought to life with a hand drawn style that we really enjoyed.
An innocent young chap makes the mistake of thinking a troll just wants to be his friend, in this colorful Winning Topic Flipnote, by Mau.
But, as we see, a troll is nobody's friend!
Especially a hungry one!
This Winning, Weekly Topic entry by ♦Vulpixie♦, features a colossal Hill Troll, fast asleep in the tall grass.
The drawing is shaded and colored using both the paint brush, and pencil tools. And the sleepy animated zzzzs work especially well with the snoring sound effects.
A familiar troll character pays an unexpected visit, when he hilariously transforms from the face of another, in this Weekly Topic Winner by PSI_Vinten.
We thought our last two Topic Winners went particularly well together, as they both deal with a natural human reaction to Trolls.
The first of these, by morton, is the classic Troll Chase!
And it's followed by the equally classic, Troll whacked on the head with a mallet, by JioSeff.
You show those trolls!
Winning Weekly Topic Flipnote by JioSeff. (See joint review above.)
This week's topic is about anything that rolls; Wheels, dice, balls, coins, logs, boulders, rolling pins, steam rollers, or anything else you can think of.
How about an athlete doing a forward roll?
Or children at play, rolling down a hillside?
It could also be something that can be rolled together, like a carpet, a newspaper, or if you're feeling hungry, a swiss roll, a sausage roll, sushi, or a burrito.
The very movement of rotation can be quite challenging to animate from scratch.
But when creating things that roll, there are some cool cartoon tricks to make life easier.
For example; Fast movement, whizz and spin lines, blurring, and my personal favorite, multiple overlapping images, are all good for this. (Bugs Bunny cartoons use these kinds of things all the time.)
One interesting idea to try with this topic, could be animating a rolling three dimensional shape, like a tube, a cone, a cube, or a cuboid-(3D rectangle).
-With just a bit of dressing up, the basic animation of these could be used to create all sorts of interesting and amusing rolling subjects.
They don't have to roll smoothly, after all!
We love the way you're all so creative with these topics and look forward to seeing the Flipnotes you create for this one, come rolling in.
Make sure to post your entries to the Weekly Topic channel Weekly Topic - Rolling and the deadline for your entries is July 18th (12pm EST / 4pm GMT).
Also, we would encourage you to add a description to your Flipnotes. This is your opportunity to explain any points of interest and specific details that we could feature in the topic winner reviews.
And don't forget, if you want a cool thumbnail picture on your Flipnote, whichever frame you save the Flipnote on, that will become the thumbnail. So choose your favorite frame for this, or add in a cool title page at the end, and save on that.
Keep on Flipnoting and the best of luck with your entries.
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