This piece has music! Please make sure your speakers are turned on!Also featured on Youtube here ---> [link]
** Note: The preview image features an animation Mirz created for the piece but wasn't able to work into the final version. Also, the change from "Christmas Lights" to "Holiday Lights" was not to secularize it. It was purely for convenience, as the word "Christmas" made the preview and dA title too wide/long. ***
Warning: Wall of text coming!!!!
Many of you who follow me and `Mirz123
may remember an animation we did a couple of years back where we did a Christmas lights show in pixels. We were much less experienced then. Looking back, I believe we underestimated how long the animation took. We probably spent upwards of 150 hours over 3 weeks on that piece. What is amazing is that this piece is 30 seconds longer, has 300+ more frames, and took us about 30 hours to do (done mostly in the wee mornings and on the weekends).
This piece features the classic, "Carol of the Bells." This is a "video game remix" composed by Tanner Helland (~tannerhelland
). Honestly, this piece is so epic, I can't say enough good things about it. Tanner doesn't do a lot of music anymore, but you should check out some of his other stuff on his website ----> [link]
This was another collaboration between me and `Mirz123
. As is often the case, she did the art and choreography, while I did the technical stuff. In this case, I figured out all the music timing and editing, synchronized the animation to the sound, and did the final dubbing. I also created the final files in video format from the original pixellated animation. Even though she is embarrassed for me to say it, Mirz's art is amazing. I actually wanted her to upload this on her account because she did so much work on it and I think it's wonderful. But she insisted that I post it on mine since she felt that she could not have done this without my help.
Lastly, I should note one thing. The synching is not 100% perfect. This is due to the fact that because of the limitation of pixel animation and our software, we had to create the files with a minimum speed of no less than .04 seconds, which meant that a few of the beats could not be timed precisely.
Quick stats: Frames before conversion (not counting the ending credits): 852. Length of animation: 2 minutes 22 seconds.
Gonna add a few words that Mirz wrote...When we were looking for songs for this piece, I came upon this rendition of Carol of the Bells and fell in love. However, Jim wasn't very hot on it at first. He wanted a more traditional version. It's a good thing we couldn't find another free-use one. In the end, we both adore it, knowing this animation wouldn't be nearly as epic with another song. Also, I am literally floored how relatively fast we did this. 2 years is a huge amount of time and my skills as a pixel artist are just so much better. I was able to do much more in far less time. And, just to note, none of the animation from the previous version was used. I re-did every light and sequence from scratch. I believe it shows in the overall quality (even though I am still thoroughly happy and proud of the original).
Check out the original here:*** This piece is free to share. You may redistribute , as long as no monetary value is received. Please keep the file intact, do not edit or remove any of the credit information, or claim as your own. ***