“Death of a Businessman,” a Doodleronomy animated short
I created this animated cartoon with Adobe Flash in about 2003. It’s not technically a doodle, but it was made for no good reason. It matches the spirit of things here, at least.
The original version was a little different:
- At the time I created this, I was not concerned about copyright infringement. I was more concerned with having material to experiment with than making it legal for mass distribution. I have no idea where the original images on the opening title card came from, so the ones you see here are new. I ran into a similar problem with the music, but I was able to track down a public license version of it.
- Call me George Lucas, but the typography in the original was not very good, so I prettied it up. I also tweaked some of the characters, but that was nothing major, just some empty spots that I had to manipulate so I could flood fill them with color. Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t change it so Greedo shot first; you just wanted Han Solo to be bloodthirsty or something like that.
- I couldn’t directly convert the file to video, so the animation is likely a little different. See notes below.
Warning: It is a pain in the butt to convert a Flash cartoon into a video.
Without spending $100 or more, my easiest option was to capture the Flash animation playing on my monitor with a screen recording program. I used HyperCam 2. This was not easy, either; it took me 27 tries to configure the recording settings correctly. (Stuttering animation or horrendous image quality were the culprits.) If you are going to try something similar, here were my settings:
I picked the 3ivx MPEG-4 5.0.3 Video codec, recording 20 frames per second. (It was created in 24 fps, but it recorded incorrectly when set to that in HyperCam.) My frame compression quality was at 100 percent. Under “Configure this Compressor,” I changed the encoder mode to “Single Pass – Constant Quality” and turned the quality meter to 95 percent.