Tel Aviv Animation Festival signal film

This is about a year old, but new to me – and I really like it. Guy Harlap did this 15-second opener for the 2009 Tel Aviv Animation Festival, all in classic 2d (flash) animation.


  • Ron

    Tov Me’od! (that means ‘very good’ in Hebrew)

  • http://www.pitchbibles.blogspot.com Steve Schnier

    Nicely done. “Escapism” at its best.

  • http://aalong64.blogspot.com Aaron Long

    I love the movement in this. Very nicely done!

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    I’m lovin’ that dude and his walk!

  • Mike Luzzi

    Great work, Guy! Love it!

  • http://jaggedsmile.wordpress.com jaggedsmile

    Great stuff. I’ve always felt that Flash, in and of itself, actually holds a lot of promise as an animation tool. The problem comes from the fact that it’s capabilities provide so many “easy outs” for lazier animators. But there are some gems out there.

  • http://www.superfunhappyhour.com Rajesh

    That was quite brilliant.

  • http://coldhardflash.com Aaron Simpson

    I love that work produced in Flash is now regarded as “classic 2d.” You’ve come a long way, baby!

  • http://warburtonlabs.blogspot.com mr. warburton

    this just reminded me of something elliot cowan and i were discussing a while back– where did the term signal film come from? there’s absolutely nothing on the internets about it at all. sounds like a question for mr. beck if i’ve ever heard one.

  • http://guyharlap.com guy harlap

    hi guys
    big thank you to you all!!!
    about the flash thing, i use it in the old school way
    its all hand drawn frame by frame.
    wacom is the name of the game,yay!!!
    take care you’ll
    guy :)

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    “The problem comes from the fact that it’s capabilities provide so many “easy outs” for lazier animators.”

    This is the Flash rap that probably tells more about commenters who say it rather than Flash itself.

    Are people not aware that animators have been taking “easy outs” in every mode of animation for the last 100 years? Are they unaware of Terrytoons’ output? Bray Productions? They’ve never seen a Rankin-Bass Christmas special? Hanna-Barbera never happened? South Park? (I don’t regard those as meritless, but obviously economies have been taken.)

    Is it “tweening” they fret over? That’s hardly a dominant technique in Flash. And the Cinderella clip that was up here a few days ago had inbetweens just as mechanical as what an automatic Flash tween might do.

    It’s a trite crit that doesn’t hold up under examination.

  • http://jaggedsmile.wordpress.com jaggedsmile

    Whoa, robcat, didn’t mean to ruffle any feathers. I never said “easy outs” haven’t been taken using more “traditional” animation methods. All I meant was that Joe Public can abuse Flash’s capabilities in much the same way they abuse the ready availability of clip-art, camcorders, Garage Band, etc.

    In the past, at least, the shortcuts were being used by true animators. But, thanks to the internet and home computers, we are flooded by tons of REALLY bad toons done by amateurs who don’t have the patience or the talent to produce a decent piece.

  • Josef

    Great animation. Way to go, Guy!

    @robcat:
    I work in Flash and After Effects and I can see jaggedsmile has a point. Bad Flash animation is everywhere. I personally think it’s more to the fact that many Flash animators don’t know how or when to use the “easy out” tools effectively. It’s not something that is commonly taught. Would you agree with that?

  • http://cookiebite.blogspot.com Tali

    great work guy!! Does the TA animation Festival still exist?

  • http://guyharlap.com guy harlap

    thanks tali and josef:)

    tali:yes it does
    if i am not wrong its around the end of august
    i think this year we will get lots of cool stuff
    take a look if your around
    guy:)