ALAN BECKER and his website Thu, 24 Aug 2017 20:59:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Animation vs. YouTube!! Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:35:57 +0000 It’s finally done!

I started Animation vs. YouTube back in March of last year, so it’s been a year and 4 months or so. I was pretty distracted by my Ghibli World Project though, to be honest. I also became a father in June of this year. Quite an eventful year it has been.

This animation took 688 of my hours and 206 outsourced hours. It was the first time that I trusted other animators with animating the stick figures themselves. Last animation I only trusted them to place diamond armor on stick figures that I had already animated. I am slowly making steps towards an online animation studio. Anyway, here is the animation!

And here is the behind the scenes video:

Thanks for watching!!


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GreeNoodle Animation Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:00:33 +0000 I made this animation for GreeNoodle, a moroheiya noodle company that is really easy to advertise. I’ve tried the noodles and they taste as good or better than regular ramen noodles, and they are much much healthier. I’ve become very selective with who I make videos for, I’ll only work freelance if I really believe in the product or service.

Here is their website:


And you can buy the noodles here (only ships to the contiguous 48 states of America):

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And here is the video:

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Sneak Preview of Animation vs. YouTube! Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:00:38 +0000 Hey guys,

Here are the first 3 minutes of my next animation, entitled Animation vs. YouTube.

I started working on this back in April, but my Ghibli Minecraft Recreation Project completely took over my time for the next several months, leading me to put it on hold until September. Now I’ve logged 150 hours and can release the first three minutes to the public, in a similar fashion to my previous animation.

The idea for this animation actually came while making Animator vs. Animation IV. Part of the plot for the animation was a scene involving YouTube, but the concept proved to be too big and needed to be given its own whole video instead of squeezing it into the already long plot of Animator vs Animation IV.

Making this video required me to ask permission from all the YouTubers whose videos I used. Many of them were really hard to reach, namely PewDiePie and the author of Charlie Bit Me. But I can safely say that all of these videos either were used with permission or were free to use under a Creative Commons license.

Here it is!

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“My Neighbor Totoro” in Minecraft Mon, 05 Sep 2016 19:33:51 +0000 After 6 months and with the help of 50 people, the world of “My Neighbor Totoro” in Minecraft is finished. I made a cinematic trailer to showcase the map. You can also see the imgur album I made to highlight the comparison between our project and the movie itself.

What’s next? I plan to continue working on my next animation as well as move on to recreating Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Now Accepting Minecraft Builder Applications! Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:53:38 +0000

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Animation vs. Minecraft is finished!! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:53:34 +0000 One year 2 months and 833.5 work hours later, I can’t believe I’m finally hitting the publish button. To be honest I expected this animation to take me a month or two. Then 5 months later I expected it to be done after another 5 months. Well it took another 9 months.

I think when you write a story, it’s very easy to write something like “scene 3: the stick figures get attacked by a bunch of zombies, and defeat them all”. You don’t imagine the scene to take very long. And then when you go to animate it, you realize how much more complex it is, and in order to properly convey the idea, you have to add things beforehand, during, and after this scene. That happened for every single scene, and it wasn’t a very short story to begin with. Lo and behold, the animation I thought would be 8-10 minutes ends up being 16 minutes long!

But I’m very very proud of how it came out. I think in some ways it surpassed the previous animation. And I’m so glad to be done.


And for those who are interested in learning from the original source files, I’ve made them available as a digital download! Requires Adobe Flash CS5 and above.

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A well deserved update on “AVM” Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:50:53 +0000 By AVM I’m referring to Animation vs. Minecraft, my latest project that has been in the works since October of last year.
Current work hour count: 369.5
This is only half of what it took to make Animator vs. Animation IV. The reason why I’m only able to devote half as many hours in the same amount of time is that my need for freelance work is much higher due to the absence of Kickstarter funds. That is why I launched my Patreon page, to hopefully fill in that hole and give me more time.
I had hoped to finish this beast of a project by the end of the summer. Lo and behold it’s September and I’m still only 2/3 of the way done. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s looking beautiful, and I’m hiring some animators to do a lot of the tedious work for me. My personal deadline to finish this animation is the end of the year. Until then, I’m still live-streaming my animating sessions on Twitch, at least once a week.

In an effort to encourage more people to become patrons, I am adding some new rewards!

$10 – A looping animation of anything you want. I will do one per month, picking one patron at random (of the patrons that pledge $10), and will record myself animating whatever that patron asks me to animate, and then post the video to the Patreon activity feed, and send the resulting animated GIF to the patron. As of now there are no patrons at this level, so you are guaranteed an animation if you are the only $10 patron. Here’s a winking hummingbird I made for one of my patrons:

$20 – Text-only cameo appearance in Animation vs. Minecraft. Your name in the next animation! The more months you give, the more prominent the cameo, meaning the more time you will be on screen. It will probably look something like this:

$30 – Picture and Text CAMEO APPEARANCE in Animation vs. Minecraft! Same deal as above, but this reward used to be $50. I wanted more people’s faces to be in the animation, so I made it cheaper. You can submit any picture you want, and change your name to whatever you want. Since it’s a monthly amount, the patrons who have given collectively more will have more screen time. And I will be fair about that. It might look something like this.

Click here to visit my Patreon Page, if you haven’t yet!

And don’t forget my Digital Downloads page, which now has the iPhone fight scene video that you can re-enact by playing on your phone!

Thanks guys!

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Animation vs. Minecraft SNEAK PREVIEW and Patreon Page! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:10:01 +0000 I’ve been working on Animation vs. Minecraft since late October of last year, shortly after releasing Animator vs. Animation IV. I’ve put in about 250 work hours and it’s about halfway done. I intended for it to be a super short sub-episode that I would finish in about a month and move on to the next sub-episode of the continuing series. But like most of my projects, it slowly grew into more of a full length project, with an estimated total length of 8-10 minutes. I’ve decided to release the first 2 minutes as a sneak preview!

I’ve also decided to make a Patreon page! Patreon is similar to Kickstarter except it’s continuous, and rather than having one-time backers, people become patrons, and pledge monthly. This is very good for creators who produce content regularly. For me, I’ve been finding it hard to find time to work on my next animation because I need to do freelance work in order to pay my expenses. Here’s the official video, and you can visit my Patreon page here.

My 12 Principles of Animation series was finished last week and it’s already been published on a few well known websites, like CGMeetup and

Exciting stuff ahead!

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An in-depth resource for animators! Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:59:03 +0000 Taking a character that you made up from nothing and breathing life into it using animation can be so rewarding, but without knowing all the tricks it’s harder to have that fulfillment. I’ve been teaching animation classes for elementary school kids the past few months, and as teaching is one of the best ways to learn, I became much more clear about what works and what doesn’t. I’ve also found that good, in-depth tutorials teaching the fundamentals of animation are hard to find.

So, I started a video series!

It’s based on the 12 Principles of Animation as described by legendary Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in their book, The Illusion of Life. Each week I release a new one.

It’s been very fun for me, and so far it’s been very well received. I have yet to see a negative comment, and that’s saying a lot, since it’s YouTube.

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AvA4 Source Files and a T-shirt Design! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:05:43 +0000 So wow, 1 million views on the first day, and nearly 4 million views in the first two weeks. I got the front page of Reddit within the first two hours. I was featured on 9GAG, USA Today, Digital Journal, Dumpert,, LazyGamer, Madmoizelle, Motionographer, my own front page banner on NewGrounds, The Meta Picture, Yahoo News. I got a Vimeo Staff Pick. The San Jose Film Festival asked to screen my film even though it was happening in a week. My subscriber count on YouTube went from 35,000 to 100,000 in 5 days. My Facebook Page went from 2,000 likes to 30,000 in 2 weeks. Axtelera Ray’s reuploaded version on Facebook has over 14 million views. My twitter following tripled.

What’s the next step? I will produce more tutorials, and brainstorm ideas for shorter Animator vs. Animation episodes, to implement the ideas I didn’t get a chance to use in number 4. This isn’t a guarantee, though, since I want to see all my options before I choose which path to take.

With 738 hours of work at a decided hourly rate of $20/hr, I now owe myself $4,730, after running out of Kickstarter funding money in July, even counting the many PayPal donations I’ve received since last year. So I’ve decided to add a new item to the list of rewards: the .FLA source files of Animator vs. Animation IV! For all of those who are interested in learning animation, this is an essential learning tool, being able to take apart my animation layer by layer. I still have the .FLA files from the previous animation available, and there is the option of getting all four, to see the year-to-year progression over 8 years. I’m eternally grateful to all those who are helping me make more animations! I hope no one thinks I’m begging for money, haha, I’ll be fine.




I also felt bad about taking away the t-shirt award, so I came up with a “pixel art” styled t-shirt that is available on spreadshirt!


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