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The Piper's Waltz

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Dec 5, 2008 | 1:32 PM EST

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*Update 12-7-08*
WOW! Frontpage!?! Thank you Sir Fulp.

*Update 12-6-08*
Thanks everything for the nice comments. This is my first Daily award! I'll try to keep producing more work at a professional level. And thanks to all the people who have bought shirts so far, really appreciate it!


Hey, I'm very pleased to present The Piper's Waltz, my latest animation. This is for the Winter Flash Off Contest. Before I say anything about it, please don't complain that it is in a video format, if you have a problem with it, just don't watch it.

So basically, this is a culmination of everything I know. In this short animation, I used my knowledge of Flash, After Effects, Illustrator, hand-drawn elements, stop motion, as well as probably some others. I think it is my most polished and professional piece thus far. I put a lot of work into it, so I hope it shows. When watching this animation, please keep an open mind. I realize that this is not a direct narration of the Pied Piper, and that is the point. It's supposed to be an experimental interpretation to convey the dark and eerie mood of the Pied Piper. I apologize for the large file size but it is a pretty high quality video with good sound quality.

By the way, there is an easter egg in there that I also worked very hard on. It's really difficult to find, but if you do, I hope you like it. It's really inconspicuous, so many of you will have trouble finding it. Har Har Har!

Also, as a shameless plug, active until Jan. 1st, RAWR! Clothing (my clothing company) is having a Christmas clearance sale where everything in the store is at a discounted price. So please, if you want to help a starving designer, like myself, this holiday season, pick up some shirts. It's a really good deal, and I'll send it out to you by Christmas if you buy within the first two weeks of December.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

didn't get it

i did not get it, but it was still very well done


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

It looked nice!

I agree with the guy below me on some notes. I didn't get it either, and though it is true this was made as an artist's interpretation of the story, that doesn't excuse you from neglecting a certain portion of your audience. I don't agree with the mentality of assuming whoever watches it knows the story. As someone who does not this was completely indecipherable. This is not a MAJOR flaw but one you should work on in the future. I can tell you put a lot of time into effects and textures but the animations were nothing to write home about. It was just swaying! I could understand this getting something more in the range of 3.5 to 3.9 but 4.16 is too high. Keep working and I am excited to see your next piece!


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Good music

The music was really good, the sound effects too as well the graphics are very nice. For the animation movements there's not much on it, just left and right movements pretty simple animated. I like the sketches and the money bag.
Good overall sweet work. Keep it up.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

WAY too short!

This movie had a lot going for it. Nice music, brilliant style, and excellent animation... And then it ended. If it had been twice or thrice (or whatever) as long it had been a definate 10/10 5/5.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

sooooo well done, but....what?

it is obvious that there was a lot of skill and time put into this. visually this was definitely television worthy.

but.....what. i don't get it. i have a vague memory of what the pied piper is, and this flash did NOTHING to help me remember the story. according to this flash, some piper plays his pipe, kills all the rats, plays his pipe again, and all the children die. seems like a really cruddy story.

i'm betting that you made this for people who already knew the folk story of the piper, but for people like me, this is just a really good looking piece of nothing.

RAWRoutLOWD responds:

Well if you read my description you'd understand that this isn't a narration of the story. Like I said: "When watching this animation, please keep an open mind. I realize that this is not a direct narration of the Pied Piper, and that is the point. It's supposed to be an experimental interpretation to convey the dark and eerie mood of the Pied Piper."

So yes, in a way I suppose it is for the people that understand the story, but I feel like the animation would lose a lot of appeal if it was literally trying to retell the story, because that isn't the point. I'm just trying to convey the tone of the story within this animation. I hope that makes sense. I'm glad you thought it looked good though.