Reviewing the Top 10 Wick Editor Anim8 Jam Parts

There were many awesome parts submitted in the Wick Editor Anim8 Jam 2020 which was an animation competition using the free program Wick Editor. We wanted to highlight these entries and provide notes from the Judges. Great job to all participants and we hope to make more competitions down the road!

#10 – Aldio

Judge 1:
This was a really nice simple piece of work that represents spring and other seasons very well. There was good use of graphics and tweens that I felt worked quite nicely with the theme! I felt like a little more complexity would’ve pushed this higher up the scoreboards and maybe even some interesting ways to apply frame by frame animation to compliment the tweens.

Judge 2:
Nice idea that spring is personified as a yellow orb, and it goes around setting up everything to do with spring!

Judge 3:
What a sweet short animation! It’s so cute! There were a lot of good creative ideas in this and you made it quite entertaining to watch. It felt like a company’s intro animation so it was very professional. Very well made! Nice, short and sweet~

Judge 4:
Pretty nice, it reminds me of commercial infographic animations. There’s a particular criticism I have on the usage of tweens, and how they’re moving too robotically and linear. Nothing wrong with tweens, but please use ease in and ease out (or both) on the tween keyframes to make it a bit more organic. Another solution to robotic tweens is to make a new keyframe in the middle of the timeline between keyframe A and keyframe B, then to drag the new keyframe closer to A or B to speed up half the movement and slow down the other half.
This, used properly, will make your movements more organic.

Creativity 7
Animation 6.6
Entertainment 5.4

#9 – MPennanti

Judge 1:
I really liked the story you laid out in this part. The expressions on your characters were well done and really sold me on the horrors of allergies. Could have used some color but was still well done without it.

Judge 2:
Judge Notes: Quite a cynical take on the beauty of the spring season! The characters expressed themselves very well. I really liked the use of the shadow looming over the guy with the hose. Even though it was intended for comedic effect, the sound was too abrupt for my liking – a bit too much like “ear rape”. To make the sounds more natural, try adding a layer of ambient sound to be present throughout the video.

Judge 3:
This was actually pretty close to what I felt an actual cartoon would be like haha. You had a lot of good ideas and kept people pretty entertained I feel! Comedy was good and had very good facial expressions. The down side I’d say was the screen transitions needed some work. For example when the guy was moving away from the bee and then suddenly in the next shot he was running. Or when that guy was about to fight the one dude who sprayed him with water, it transitioned to a house from that scene that we haven’t seen before. Also the animation was pretty quiet except for the occasional sound effects, and some were a bit too loud and happened too sudden in my opinion like the water spray. I’d say fill in the quiet gaps with some music or ambient sound effects at least and try to use a bit more sounds and be creative with that! So just work on those stuff and you’ll be golden!

Judge 4:
This was so slow paced that it hurt to watch. The drawing works pretty well though, you have a lot of potential to make funny and snappy jokes with your already established skills, but first I really recommend making your animations less slow and more to-the-point.

Creativity 6.8
Animation 6.4
Entertainment 6.0

#8 – DesignDip

Judge 1:
This was a really nice simple piece of work that represents spring and other seasons very well. There was good use of graphics and tweens that I felt worked quite nicely with the theme! I felt like a little more complexity would’ve pushed this higher up the scoreboards and maybe even some interesting ways to apply frame by frame animation to compliment the tweens.

Judge 2:
Nice idea that spring is personified as a yellow orb, and it goes around setting up everything to do with spring!

Judge 3:
What a sweet short animation! It’s so cute! There were a lot of good creative ideas in this and you made it quite entertaining to watch. It felt like a company’s intro animation so it was very professional. Very well made! Nice, short and sweet~

Judge 4:
Pretty nice, it reminds me of commercial infographic animations. There’s a particular criticism I have on the usage of tweens, and how they’re moving too robotically and linear. Nothing wrong with tweens, but please use ease in and ease out (or both) on the tween keyframes to make it a bit more organic. Another solution to robotic tweens is to make a new keyframe in the middle of the timeline between keyframe A and keyframe B, then to drag the new keyframe closer to A or B to speed up half the movement and slow down the other half. This, used properly, will make your movements more organic.

Creativity 6.6
Animation 6.6
Entertainment 6.4

#7 – Dansel

Judge 1:
The chill vibes you brought with this animation was really nice. I really got the sense of being “trapped” in the winter but a transition to spring brings out that relief of finally going outside. The narrative you showed with your animation was really clear and read well. Bird animations all being frame by framed was an awesome plus as well.

Judge 2:
I think this one really went a step further with the storytelling, following the two points of view, and building to a satisfying reveal.

Judge 3:
Very beautiful and I like the atmosphere through the seasons, because usually people just start in Spring but your leading up to it was a pretty smart idea. Creative with the amount of things you manage to do and pull off with this because it potentially felt like it could be a limited concept but you had some good symbolic and lovely ideas. I like the color changing in some scenes too to emphasize on it’s mood. I think the cloth wrapped to the tree was a bit unclear to me, but that could just be my limited knowledge. Well animated as well!

Judge 4:
Pretty ambitious animation. Got a nice narrative and story going on, but around 40 seconds it starts to fall apart, it ain’t finished. It’s got a pretty atmosphere though, and the scenes you made are good. Some of the movements are also really well animated, so overall it’s not bad!

Creativity 8.0
Animation 7.6
Entertainment 7.2

#6 – Zecaanimations

Judge 1:
I really loved the animation in this. The frames were smooth and there was some really good smear framing with the bee wings and general movement of the characters. I really wish there was a better ending or that the animation had a stronger conclusion but overall it had me wanting so much more because of how well it was animated.

Judge 2:
I’ve got to say, I love the way everything moves in this – natural and free flowing. The personified plants were well considered in how you adapted their construction to move like humans. I like the atmospheric music with intense reverb, but I don’t think it fitted what I was seeing in the action. The idea was very unique – we often think of bees and flowers being friends… but three flowers trying to take on an angry bee? That’s WILD!!!

Judge 3:
Very well animated! Good job on that! I kinda wish it had more colors to it but it wasn’t too much of a biggie as I can see you wanted to focus purely on the idea and animation itself. I was still a bit confused on it really, but I guess they wanted to capture the bee? The music choice, while it was good, didn’t quite feel like it fitted the piece either. I don’t think it was that bad either though and the animation itself won me over! Good job~

Judge 4:
Is… Is that minecraft music? Very nice movements, feels organic, and feels lively. I wish it had color 🙁

Creativity 7.6
Animation 8.4
Entertainment 7.2

4th & 5th place tie – RTY

Judge 1:
I really enjoyed this animation but it made me question if Wick Editor was used in most of this part? It may have a lot of post processing in other programs so I feel like this animation might have defeated the purpose of the competition but regardless of that, the part was very well done. The concept of Spring was a bit confusing after the beginning. Maybe it was a symbol for fighting allergies but it still wasn’t very clear.

Judge 2:
the music, sound and colour choices set an overall vibe which immediately hit me upon watching. Your interpretation of the theme – with the influence of current events creating a post-apocalyptic dystopia – was refreshing and conceptually advanced compared to the happy submissions surrounding this one. This really does stand out among the entries.

Judge 3:
Man this is really well made, kinda hard to believe it was made in Wick haha.
Great stuff! Good transitions, good animation, good cinematics! I kinda had a hard time understanding what was happening though which is my only criticism but if I had to take a wild guess it’s forbidden to have spring / nature so it was destroyed in place of more modern society? Very deep message but I’d try to make it somewhat more clear and work on the pacing between scenes so as to not feel too much rush between them! Regardless, nice job!~

Judge 4:
my favourite part was how 30 seconds of the video wasn’t animation but title screens. That’s a joke. I like how it took a pretty dark turn a few seconds into the animation, the kind of turn that makes you go “what just happened, I kinda wanna know a bit more about this.”

Creativity 7.8
Animation 7.8
Entertainment 7.8

4th & 5th place tie – Mayru

Judge 1:
The camera rotation and pure frame by frame animation for this part was very impressive. I like how you challenged yourself to go for this kind of animation but I think it turned out very well! I know you had issues with making it longer but it’s understandable with this amount of detail you put in each frame. Great work overall!

Judge 2:
Some solid animation here! I love the double meaning of the title – worked well as a punchline. Short and sweet.

Judge 3:
Lmao that was very well animated, I always loved spin around animations and you did a magnificent job! Very simple and short idea. I love that if you can freeze frame it on the right frame, you can see her face warp in the sneeze process haha. Great stuff and a lot of attention to detail! Just wish there was more to it than this but considering the time you had and it is a bit hard to animate in Wick as of right now, what you pulled off is great in itself!

Judge 4:
Oooooouhh Nice spin!! Appealing drawing too! It’s the kind of animation that I like.

Creativity 7.0
Animation 9.0
Entertainment 7.4

2nd & 3rd place tie – dann

Judge 1:
This was one of my favorite parts as the level animation, drawing, and just the overall feeling you get when watching this animation. I really appreciate the frame by frame animation you put into this and it’s definitely something that you put in a lot of time and effort into. Can’t wait to see more of your work!

Judge 2:
From personal experience, I know how hard it can be to animate a plant growing! I think the movement of the mouse was particularly observant. The music elevated the emotions of the piece – well chosen. Overall, very impressed!

Judge 3:
Very cute! I love the ending when the little mouse goes on an adventure with the fairy girl haha. I think the animation was a tiny bit janky in some scenes especially around the start with the hopping mouse because the spacing felt a bit off but still very well done! I still consider Wick a tiny bit hard to animate in seeing as it is still in beta, so taking that into consideration then what you did make is really great! Good music build up as well, fitted the animation well~

Judge 4:
The line quality feels a bit scratchy but generally pretty nice drawings! As for the animation itself, the movements feel a little slow and lack a bit of snappiness. This kinda makes it a little painstaking to watch. The transform sequence is lovely though and it’s quite creative. I think you should have focused more on making flowers grow from the spirit of spring instead of going on a wild ride with a cute animal lol. Overall, pretty nice!

Creativity 8.4
Animation 8.0
Entertainment 7.4

2nd & 3rd place tie – happycrazywild

Judge 1:
The colors, the characters, and just everything about this animation had an awesome POP to it. Very awesome drawing / animation ability and the characters looked very appealing. Kind of wish there was a little twist at the end or some kind of extra movement with the characters but I enjoyed this animation!

Judge 2:
The facial expressions were fantastic. And the timing of the humour worked well – with enough space to read the sign before the music starts. Made me laugh!

Judge 3:
Hahaha, very funny and cute! I like how not much happens but it was still very entertaining regardless. Well setup and beautiful color choice! Face drawings on the bee were great too. Good job!

Judge 4:
Lovely colors and pretty quirky humor, the expressions are also nice, it’s pretty simple but you pull it off pretty well, good job!

Creativity 8.0
Animation 7.6
Entertainment 8.2

1st Place Grand Prize Winner! – 5J8

Judge 1:
Loved the animation and the vibrant colors! The attention to detail with all the particles, the reflection with the bee on the window, and just everything about this animation was about the attention to small details which I really love.

Judge 2:
I was surprised with how well polished this was. Nicely timed with the flowers sprouting out of the head at the last second! This is a really strong overall entry. It brought a big smile to my face and made me thankful for the spring season we have had.

Judge 3:
Freaking rock solid, this is amazing and truly is hard to believe you made this in Wick. Outstanding job dude! I love the little details like the reflection of the bee in the window’s glass and the little sparkles when they fly by or jump around. I don’t really have any critics on this and you’re an amazing animator. Keep it up and would love to see more stuff from you in the future! Hopefully with Wick!

Judge 4:
Charming background, smooth movements, quirky humor, good visual effects, fitting sound effects, made me smile

Creativity 8
Animation 9
Entertainment 8.6

Great job to all the participants in this competition! You can see the top 20 results in the google docs judging sheet HERE for those who didn’t make top 10. Happy Spring and happy animating!

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