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Apr 22, 2008 | 11:25 PM EDT
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PLEASE RECOMMEND THIS FOR THE MATRIX COLLECTION!

Thank you to the high voters for the Front Page and Daily Feature.
It's nice to know someone appreciated the hard work!

For the rest of you, assuming you take the time to read this description, let me address some FAQ's:

1) Why is everything green?
I exaggerated everything in this movie. Like actors in a play, to convey the actions and appearance of the sprites I found it necessary to amplify a few elements. The color green is one of those elements that defined The Matrix.

2) He jumps way too high and far too much, why?
First off, refer to question #1 for why so high. Second, using sprites, for anyone who has attempted a sprite animation, it becomes difficult to vary the motions as you get further into the animation. In order to account for this, I incorporated new moves. Also, given the 2-D nature of the animation, I was one dimension short. While I made every effort to give the illusion of depth, in order to compensate for that missing coordinate, I added more height to the animation.

3) Why didn't you use your own sounds or original music?
Keep in mind that the animations are synced to the original soundtrack, which I recorded straight from the movie. This provided more challenge, as I like to set various limitations on myself when embarking on time consuming tasks, such as this animation which, for the curious lot of you, took around 4 months to complete. There are moments in the animation when you might hear a sound that doesn't accompany an action. Watch it again, check the side of the screen for a Smith banging into a wall. Or maybe you hear the pole twirl, but Neo is off screen.

4) How could you forget the scene with Neo spinning on the pole and kicking all the Smiths?
Once again, limitations in two dimensions. Additionally, while an eight minute long sprite movie may appeal to some, most would become bored. I used about three minutes worth of sound from the fight sequence, focusing more on the stronger points of the song. The section of the song to which the movie featured the pole-spinning-kicks was not one of the portions I used and therefore was no series of sound effects with which to create that scene.

5) Are those KoF sprites? Why didn't you make your own?
Yes, I found the original sprites on FightersGeneration.com. They are from a fighting game entitled King of Fighters. I used Oswald for Agent Smith and Ash Crimson for Neo, as these sprites most closely resembled their prospective characters (Smith more so than Neo, I'll admit). I edited the sprites, to which was delegated about one fourth the amount of time it took me to complete the animation. There are a lot of sprite movies on Newgrounds which feature sprites and rarely have I ever seen fully original sprites. Mario and Zelda parodies are very popular and I see very few complaining about these animations. Just try to put that in perspective. I would have loved to draw original sprites from scratch but it would have taken a year to complete this animation had I done so. I don't know too many people with that kind of free time and I'm certainly no exception.

6) The Matrix came out years ago, aren't you a little late with this animation?
Yes. However, I began this submission back in 2004. I worked on it for a few months then moved about 3 times, had 5 different jobs and got pretty busy. I recently got a new job and a new computer. Between the upgrade to Flash 8 and the ability to work from home and make my own hours as an SEO consultant, I was finally able to finish this. I thought, what a waste to not submit something I worked on for so long. Don't you agree? Also, some of us still enjoy a little throw back here and there, even if the idea was killed by a bunch of morons in the hay day.

7) Why sprites?
Three Words: Super Nintendo Rules.

8) Credits?
Music - "Burly Brawl" by Juno Reactor vs. Don Davis, The Matrix Reloaded Soundtrack
Sprites - King of Fighters, SNK (Oswald and Ash Crimson)
Backgrounds - by me, from scratch, in FormZ
Text - Matrix Font found on dafonts.com

Enjoy.

Reviews


BlumpkindudeBlumpkindude

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 23, 2008

holy shit dude

That was absolutely amazing. It was like proxicide good. The colors, the sprites, the matching of the music and SFX to the action was all absolutely perfect. I would love to see you take on the final Neo vs. Smith in Matrix Revolutions, or hell any major fight scene. You have a lot of ability and this is truly amazing work, some of the best I've seen on Newgrounds or anywhere. Keep it up!


LeviFolds responds:

I've been tossing ideas around for other fight scenes. I originally wanted to do an 8-Bit version of the highway chase scene from Reloaded with a chiptune version of Mona Lisa Overdrive, but I just couldn't find the time to put something like that together. This took a few months and I cut out 3/4 of the original scene for lack of varied sprites. Still, I would like to get started on some other ideas.


MarcheckMarcheck

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 22, 2008

Holy Cow!

I first thought...oh look another matrix vid and its a scene that's been done to death.
So I went into it expecting nothing, BUT was given a real treat.

I watched another sprite battle yesterday ( the uchiha vs hyuga one) and your video trumps it 10 fold. For sprites the movement was really solid and steady. You have excellent editting skills. Don't let them go to waste and keep up the awesome work!


LeviFolds responds:

Thanks for the encouraging words. I know, Matrix has been done to death but I honestly searched the portal and the web in general for Matrix sprite movies and found nothing like this, so I thought I'd give it a stab. I actually made this awhile back and never got around to finishing it. Then I got a new computer and added some effects to make it presentable.


DBlachDBlach

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 22, 2008

Oh..my...god.......*head explodes*

that was hands down the best sprite movie I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!! The sound fxs were exactly in sync with the movements and the fighting effects were fantastic. i almost crapped my pants when he got the pole. how the hell did you pull that off!?!?! the slow mo scenes were my favorite and the 3D effects were superb. PLEASE MAKE A SERIES!!!!


LeviFolds responds:

I wish I had time for a series, I definitely would. As far as the pole scene, the pole is a seperate sprite and I used a mask where it went behind Neo. This way it had free movement to knock some Smiths around. I hope you find the rest of the pieces of your head.


steve4jsteve4j

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 22, 2008

add author and flash to your Favorites!

Nice..made me want to pull out all my Matrix dvd's...nice, nice.


LeviFolds responds:

Yeah, I know the feeling. I watched that scene about 20 times to get a good idea of what the background looked like so I could build it in FormZ. Still, nothing tops the real deal.


SarifSarif

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 22, 2008

good...

A bit late on the uptake of this idea....but awesome none then less. I like that you used the original sound bits. Good Job.


LeviFolds responds:

I actually made this a few years ago, just never got around to uploading it. Then I forgot about it and stumbled upon it on my hard drive when I got a new computer and was transferring all the files. So I touched it up and uploaded it. I'm glad you liked it.