The process of animation was actually much, much more tedious that I thought. I had opted to do a frame by frame animation in order to have a smoother product and one I could be more proud of, but this increased my workload heavily. Things like animating the water splashing within the water jug with frame by frame animation and the animations for the sweat and rain proved to be the most difficult. Another big problem I ran into was just the Adobe software messing up. Four times during my animation my camera was pushed off center for no reason (A problem many other in the class ran into) and multiple times my Animate window crashed while saving and I had to restart. The process however was very rewarding, as having people tell you something you spent that much time on is good is a very good feeling
El Arbol Largo
The sun floats overhead, sending glistening rays of light down from the sky, reflecting off the tops of the fluffy gelatinous clouds. A tree stares off into the horizon, a shy smile and lazy eyes are plastered across his face. The sun’s rays are beating down an onslaught of heat, but the tree simply reaches into its leaves, and removes a bottle of water. He quickly drinks it and releases it from his hand, sinking into the clouds below. It is quiet. And he continues to stare. For this is all that was his life, he would walk, soak up sunlight, and drink. This had allowed him to grow healthy and tall, even he forgot what live was beneath the clouds, for it had been so long since then.
Suddenly, something flashes and glistens past his eyes… it's the bottle again! It had come back through the clouds! But how? He quickly grabs a hold of it as it come barreling towards him. As he inspects further he notices something, there seems to be shining object inside, but for what reason? This was very out of the ordinary, this was nothing like his average day, and he wanted to solve this as soon as possible, as this whole dilemma was angering him. He grabbed the glistening silver cylinder like object from the bottle. At first he did not know how it worked, but after closer examination, he found out how it functioned. It was a telescope, something he had never laid eyes on.
At first he did not know what to do, but he quickly figured out that the length of the telescope allowed him to peer beneath the clouds. Below him stood hundreds of trampled and bruised flowers. A display of anguish across every single one of their faces. At the front of the flowers stood the healthiest one, he must have the one who had the strength to throw the telescope up to me. It all made sense to him at that moment. They had sent the telescope to him in the bottle he dropped in order to have him realized what he had done. All this time while he was living the dream live of constantly being healthy and basking in the sun, these flowers were being trampled by him and trapped under the clouds where sunlight could not reach.
Angered at his actions he knew what he must do. He had so much extra water, and they needed it so dearly, so he reached up into his leaves and pulled out a great large water jug. He then wrung out the water from his branches into the jug, which he then dumped into the clouds. This caused it to rain all throughout the area and give the flowers the water they needed. Without the extra energy from the water he knew he could no longer walk as before, so he firmly planted himself in the ground and closed his eyes, never to open them again, for this was the best solution for both the flowers and himself. He is planted there sleeping above those flowers while it rains to this very day, as they sit there, forever grateful for what he has done.