Great all around
Your drawing and animation skills place you among the best of the best of Newground animators, but what really impresses me are your abilities in dialogue, plot developement, directing, and (!)voice acting. (Mary's voice was good, Elliot's was great, but the Rabbit's was fucking spectacular). And all of this in 11 days..
I am an Electrical Engineering student contemplating a life in computer graphics or animation. I'd kill for the chance to pick your brain for a few minutes on AIM or over email about what it's like. If you have the time to spare, be288@yahoo dot com
No dubbed over Matrix shots
No talking cat moved around by tweens
No stupid Lord of the Ring jokes
Pure, 100%, Unadulterated talent.
This is what REAL animation looks like.
Awe inspiring lighting effects, very good choice of music and sound effects. The CG was also well integrated into the hand drawn stuff and the real photographs.
Much better than your previous work. More!
Awesome voice acting!
Best I've heard yet. I like your style, work on the walk cycles a bit more.
Kudos on the Disney style, it's a change from the anime stuff usually seen around here. I dunno if the style is suitable for Flash though, it seems too traditional, too detailed to be able to animate effectively.
Boo on the boring storyline - not much happens! I don't mind if there's no violence, but when you take out humor and anything remotely interesting happening, it makes for a boring movie! It seems like a waste to animate all that nothing happening.
I suggest that you watch Ninjai(www.ninjai.com) to see how a good series is done.
Yes this episode does nothing but introduce the characters. Stay tuned though, plenty of action to come!
Before you can entertain the viewer you have to make sure he knows what the fuck is going on. Stop being a lazy ass, draw out your characters and make at least some minimal effort towards actually animating them instead of using swirly lines.
That's not entirely fair
If you are "flashing off" the NG community for rejecting your insights, then you should take a look at those insights first. While they are contained in highly symbolic, metaphoric flashes(just like the flowers are carried by a hulking, menacing figure), they aren't exactly flowers or lollies.
Your themes tend to be very abstract and very freaky. Maybe the guy should have been offering flashes of kids being raped by a snake coming out of bird-men with scythes for hands instead.
Good graphics, bad animation
Spending tons of time drawing anime characters in cool stances is useless if all you can do is tween them.
This is just a trailer divided into 5 or 6 "chapters". Actually make something, and I'll take another look.
But your skills aren't quite there yet. Watch Genryu's Blade by Nelso Hurst(about 3rd or 4th on top 50 list right now), if you haven't already, I think that's where you're trying to go.
Get the patience to animate swordfights frame by frame, that DBZ crap will never cut it, get better music, and for Christ's sake get a more original plot.
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