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This might be old news to some, but Sita Sings The Blues is a feature length animated movie by Nina Paley based around an ancient Indian legend. Definitely worth a watch and a it’s a free download in glorious HD.

      The movie and animation are good enough that the interest in this project could stop there. But there’s more. Despite the relatively (it’s no Avatar) enormous personal cost of producing the movie, it was actually done on an insanely low budget and was a labour of love rather than art for profit. The final kicker is that the project was made with, and is available as, open source material. With a few exceptions, all the third party materials Nina Paley used are available for free to folk just like you and me (archive.org was a popular source for this material. It also has a nice library of the old Superman cartoons).

      Of even more interest for me is that all her source files are almost entirely Flash (.fla) files available for free download at archive.org with a CC Share Alike license. So I downloaded a few files and saw what I could do with them through ActionScript. The jump below will take you to an animation where Sita’s mouth should move when you speak into a microphone. I suggest you keep a little distance from the mic, and even then you’ll probably need to play around with the mic settings.

Download my source files here.

      I can post the pertinent parts of the code if anyone requests, otherwise, just give me a shout if you have any questions.

Note: Nina’s Flash source files are generally a little hard to work with in terms of a programming environment. It’s all timeline animations and the assets aren’t necessarily crafted to be easily targeted for programming purposes. It’s nothing but hand-made love.


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