This is from an old project I did in 2003 on the B3ta website. It began as an idea for a long animated gif in phase 1, but grew quickly into a full video production.
There are, in 3 & 4 combined, 44 independently made animations each by different people who knew nothing of what each other was doing. All joined together by common keyframes at the start/finish of each segment. See if you can spot what the keyframes are?
Tweening is when you fill in the gaps
between two keyframes in an animation, but in this case it refers to the unrestricted creative animations people use to get from their start image to their end image.
I wondered what would happen if you got a lot of random images to use as keyframes, assigned them a random order and then got different people to tween from one to the next as animated gifs with no idea what everyone else was doing.
The end result would be a non-stop stream of consciousness from the collective mind of those that took part. I decided to see what this would look like and invited friends from b3ta to contribute.
By Phase 3/4 people weren't just using gifs, they used everything imaginable - flash, after effects, 3D rendering etc. The ideas were amazingly realised by some really highly talented people who just spent some of their free time on it and did it for the fun of it.
I have Phase 3 up on here by itself but it's been hard keeping 3 & 4 online because they are so big combined. So over the years not many people have had the chance to see the whole thing in one piece and certainly not in High Quality.
The originial page for m3tatweening is fnord.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/m3tatweening.htm where you can see a Youtube video of Phase 1. Phase 2 is currently offline.