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Feb 8, 2009 | 7:45 PM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place February 9, 2009

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Finally it is finished! Took me way longer than I hoped, pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong. Couldnt establish a style, couldnt find time, 3D program was buggy, music was hard to time to in combination with the poem, and so on... There are many mistakes I wished to correct but couldnt (because otherwise I had to wait yet another year).

Anyway, this is my alternate take on Valentine. Instead of chronicling about love, I decided to tell a story about the road to love; the path we take before we confess. The goal of this animation was actually a confession of myself to someone. Unfortunately I got rejected, but that doesnt really matter that much anymore.

I wanted to go for a more surreal style with this one. I choose the textures for that reason; while giving the characters a contrast by making them black/white. I also choose not to give them facial expressions; as I wanted to concentrate on the path to confession, not on the answer resulting from it. I think that with facial expressions, I would have spilled the answer. It was also an experiment to see whether I could combine a poem with an animation. Special thanks for that one goes to MoonGoblin, a fellow deviantartist. He hasnt been active for a while now, but I still want to mention him for the excellent job he did.

Even though it is far from perfect, I hope you guys still like it. Happy Valentine!

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zakaroozakaroo

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 22, 2011

Not bad at all.

I gave this a nine because while the addition of 3D was a really nice touch and the poetry was beautiful, it seemed a little repetitive compared to your previous works. I still really enjoyed it; it had a beautiful message behind it.


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CounterpartCounterpart

Rated 4 / 5 stars November 4, 2009

great but..

Its too much of a hassle trying to both read words as they appear and focusing on the animation. Id rather someone was saying the words or something, that way you could get both the animation and the poem


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d3rail3dd3rail3d

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars February 11, 2009

That was nice

Really REALLY loved your use of masking. All those textures and patterns... Your leaf wipe was nice as well. Only problem I really had with it was that I have no idea what the poem said. Because it was in the top left and not in a font that can be read out the corner of the eye, the overload of great visuals demanded more attention. But, with out the poem, I'm guessing a bit of the story is lost.

I'm not really sure how you could have fixed this, other than using a more basic font, because you really don't want the text to cover up the visuals.

Anywho, Happy Valentines Day!


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Cridia responds:

I am already busy on the next Valentine one :D. Yet again, I am going for a different style; this time I want it more to get a showbox kind of style. Although that one is not going to be timed on a poem, but just a vocal song.

Thanks for watching!


Kittykaki209Kittykaki209

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 10, 2009

Oooh

Very nicely done. The animation was good and the colours were unusual and worked very well to create a new, fresh style
Great take on a lovely poem!
Good work!


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RemousamaviRemousamavi

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars February 9, 2009

Great take...

I did this once with Edgar Allen Poe's "Nevermore" poem once.


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