Category Archives: 2D Animation

Kyoki The Key

So this is the final video in the Life and Death series.

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Jordan came up with the name “Kyoki” which I kept changing to “Keyoki” because… well, it is an animation about a key…

I thought it was funny (or should I say “punny”?).

I apologise for my sense of humour.

Anyway, after spending weeks on this and realising that it made absolutely no sense without an explanation, we chose to upload it to youtube because after watching it constantly, we just became more and more amused by it.

We do actually intend to upload a version with subtitles but haven’t had the time at the minute.

Jordan and I originally intended to create it using clay but then realised that it would be rather time consuming and that we didn’t actually have enough clay. So we thought drawing it all out would be easier -HA!

It was far more time consuming that we thought.

I used Photoshop to draw the different images – all 129 of them – thankfully making good use of the layers. Then saved each change as a .jpeg, that I imported into Windows Live Movie Maker and set each frame to last around 0.1 of a second. Jordan helped by telling me the numbers I saved the frames as and whatever I was about to do next because I kept forgetting what I was doing.

We constantly reviewed what we had done, and probably due to exhaustion of watching the same thing over and over again, found it absolutely hysterical. Then again, we are rather strange on a good day too. (See “punny” for evidence of this).

The main idea was that when you are born, you get a key. Then, for as long as you have the key in your possession you live, so if you lose it you die.

Jordan just liked the “maggot baby”.