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Feb 19, 2009 | 12:57 PM EST
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Very well, boys & girls-

As promised, here is my new Flash movie.
It's original title is "Die Dame in weiƟ", which is german for "The Lady In White". The idea for this film came sponatneously out of the blue and is over two years old. I didn't really think I'd really make the film, but you know- sometimes in those glorious moments you have some time left... and bam, there it was. I made lots and lots of drawings and actual animations that aren't used in the movie because in the middle of it, I realized that the music track was too short- but, well, take a look and please give me some feedback how you like it.
Funny is that I drew 95% of it with my mouse until I managed to get a drawing pad. That time, I also was enabeled to make some frame by frame animations. Unfortunately I also did a lot of formtweening in the beginning which is vbery hard to control.
Anyway!
Yaddayaddayadda, I'll be done in a minute.
The awesome music is taken from the soundtrack of the korean movie "Old Boy", the musical piece is called "The Last waltz". If you are looking for a real good movie and you are also fed up with all the Hollywood bullshit, watch that film. It is one of the most brilliant movies I've ever seen.
Please also take a look at my other submissions and maybe drop me a line if you'll be so kind. I am always glad to hear some constructive critiscism, it's the only way I can improve my Flash skills.

Thanks for reading and enjoy,

Yours,

F. Hildebrandt

Reviews


punbeard81punbeard81

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 22, 2009

Nice but characters suffer at times

A nice fluid look to your style, (I really like the trees and backgrounds) but the human characters suffer from inconsistencies. Legs get too thin in places or you can see obvious breaks where legs meet up with the hips. Walk cycles need a little more work as they distract. Basically, needs some polish and it will be good to go. Still, good effort.


Hildebrandt responds:

Farrck, dude, I thought- well, okay, that part where hes is walking through the woods where he is just a black shape) (--> less work XD) his leg doesn't seem to be connected to the hip for a quarter of a second because I used one SHITTY formtween (I don't do that anymore since I got a drawing pad...), but, well, people won't realize... I was just to eager to finish the animation, I really worked sloppyly on some parts- but, you know... animation just always takes so damn long, and neither am I a professional animator, nor am I unemployed... :/ Thx for you review!!


RexKwanDoRexKwanDo

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 22, 2009

Pretty cool, but it needs something...

I really was moved by what this movie tries to portray, but to my eyes the movie doesn't do the message justice.

This movie is very reliant on tweening early on, which I can understand, but if you're going to use a lot of tweens, you *need* to learn about something rather unheard of by many artists starting off: keyframe easing. By that I mean click any frame in the middle of a tween and - at least in CS3 - there is an easing option. This basically makes the tween movements less harsh. You can visually see a graph as well(Edit option); a normal tween is perfectly linear and an eased tween is a gentle slope. You can also edit the graph to your liking for some really great effects. By easing your keyframes for even just your camera moves the film would look 100 times better.

Another thing I'll briefly touch on is perspective problems. You've done a better job than I could do in a thousand years, but there are some definite perspective problems at the beginning of the movie. I would suggest cutting from one angle to others (eg overhead, to isometric, to straight-on) until you can pull off the rather advanced 3-dimensional camera move in a 2d environment.

The final aspect I'd like to mention deals with the shadows in your film. If the edges weren't blurred they were very harsh and well-defined... This can be resolved in a couple different ways. By breaking apart your shadows and using Modify > Shape > Soften Fill Edges (Once softened, just simply re-group them in order to tween and other stuff.) or just a simple blur you can make your shadows much better. I would suggest blurring them a lot more too.

I'd finally like to make some general comments.

The movie get better the longer you watch. I can see definite improvement through out this: while the style remains fairly consistent, it is more refined by the end. The music choice was very good, but sounded compressed -- slightly muffled might be a good way to put it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this project of yours, and was refreshed by its style.

-REX


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Hildebrandt responds:

Hey, thanks for the review! Yeah, I'm still learning... and, nope, I don't have CS3.


wolfbane570wolfbane570

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 21, 2009

perfect!

It was amazing!



lannix1lannix1

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 21, 2009

It*s beautiful

I found it kinda relaxing. And it looks somewhat japanese style, i don*t know why...=)



Geogizza8Geogizza8

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 21, 2009

Good work friend

Really enjoyed watching this :]

The animation is stunning and it is quite a moving piece, put me in a good mood now, thank you :)