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"Lemming Torture" Amiga D-Paint IV animation

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Uploaded on Jan 20, 2010

In the early 1990's, inspired by the game "Lemmings" and an animation found on a magazine cover disk (yes that's 'disk' as in 3.5 inch floppy disk folks!) I made a series of D-Paint IV animations based on Lemmings using my Amiga 500. Memory was tight so I kept the frames low to just above 200 and had them loop continuously. The basic premise being that Lemmings would travel through a torture chamber one by one being squashed, pulled, flattened and drowned on an infinite loop. I made quite a few (among many other animations).

I stopped making them towards the end of the 90's when I abandoned my Amiga altogether in favour of the Playstation and later my first PC.
Then in 2007 armed with an Amiga floppy controller card for my third (or is it fourth?) PC I set about transferring all of my Amiga D-Paint IV floppies into ADF format to be used in the Amiga emulator WinUAE. Then I exported all the animations to AVIs and burnt them all onto a DVD.

It was while doing this that I remembered how great it was making the Lemmings animations. I wasn't sure if I still had the patience to do it but I started in earnest in late 2007. As before I used the same 'easy' method of creating my Lemming and animating him. When I started making them on the Amiga I came up with this simple character made up of about 16 pixels. Not quite as good as the original but my reasoning was that it was easier to animate even if it did look a bit crude. So I kept the same style for my new animation. Unlike before where few frames meant having to loop everything, this time with an emulated Amiga 1200 and better chipset I was able to give myself more RAM so I could increase the amount of frames available. I used one Lemming and animated his way around a series of torture set-pieces before surprising you towards the end. Originally his death was the end of it but I still had ample frames left to continue.

It wasn't until January 2010 that I came back to my AVI version of the animation and decided to add sound effects. For this I used Adobe Premiere Elements 4. Not a brilliant program as it has bugs but did the job nicely.

Well this is the result. An Amiga D-Paint IV animation created in an emulated Amiga 1200 with modified RAM and chipset using a crude but effective method of drawing my Lemming and sound effects added and the video re-encoded as an MPG for upload. I hope you enjoy it!

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