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Updated again: I finally had the time to reply some of your reviews. Part two is now around 6 mins long & will be coming out around early May.
Updated: Wow I can't believe I got 3rd place. Thanx for all who supported me. I feel like talking in some freak'n Oscar lol.
Like always, I suck on the voices but this is the first part of my mind-exploding thing but before I do that, I've to do that boring main idea part.
Is this a trailer?
I know it's not, but you play with special effects so much that it could be. Hell the movie IS one large special effect. No problom with that, FXes are always nice, but you forgot to tell the storyline clearly. I didn't understand half of what was going on in there (maybe 'cause I haven't watched the other EgoCities? Dunno). Well that's all. Remember the storytelling next time!
I'm sick of people like you bitching about them giving you a bad rating if they do just to start off. Second I'm sick of people using the music in from the matrix in thier presentations, its getingold and drawn out. I know how hard it is to create flash I've doneit before but thats no excuse for poorly drawn characters, the rest of your art is perfectally fine, then again it's all geometric, work on your natural shapes and smoothing it out. try doing it on paper first and yes I do know that what looks good on paper dosent nessecairily look good on a diferent medium but you had to draw all thoe characters anyway so practice with it. BTW someparts were really slow moving and had no point to them beingin there. Also don't even get on me for not having any submissions here, if I had the money and time you can bet I would put something up.
I really enjoyed your animation techniques, sequencing and style. The graphical appeal and varied camera angles and shots, coupled with your scene transfers trough radar screens was done extremely well. I will agree that you need some help with your voice work, and i have no clue what's really going on yet... it's the first chapter, i know, so I'm not going to dock you any marks for that. Your next installment will have to carry more with story, since your animation style won't be as fresh, now that I'm familiar with your techniques (kind of like how the second Matrix movie was lousy because the story disappointed and the special effects were no longer ground breaking to carry a lousy plot). Make sure to have a good script ready to contiue this story. So far, it looks great... as for only animators making comments, I think that's short-sighted. I'm sure you watch movies and play video games that you critique with your friends, yet you probably have never made a production length movie or have completed a feature length video game of your own. When you restrict your reviewers, you're restricting your target audience. The general public can't animate. I'm one of them. I don't have time for learning it either, since I write and am working on getting a corporate law degree. I still know what I like in an animation on New Grounds, and therefore feel that I'm entitled to a say, since I patron this site and you don't pay to upload your wares. I also want to mention that you should be aware that people without the technical know-how may be able to give you far better advice than those who are just interested in promoting their own style. I'd rephrase your comment to "Don't bother reviewing unless you're planning on leaving constructive criticism," or "If you're going to criticize, make it something I can use." Otherwise you're missing the point of what newgrounds really is.
Quite frankly, I was impressed. Usually when people say something in the authors comments about not commenting unless you've made stuff before usually suggests that the movie is sub-par, but aside from the slightly geometric characters the end result was good. And about the voices they were accually a good fit for most of the characters, especially missy. One of them sounded a bit like they had a speech impediment, but it didnt deter from the overall experience. And finally, the accual coreographing with the music was good. Although it was part matrix soundtrack the end result was far exceeding what I had expected. The effort here is visible.
What just happened?
Too fast. The key to great filmmaking is artistically created scenes and slow meaningful sequences, not a single blur of frenetic action flicks linked by screen effects.
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