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Dec 9, 2009 | 11:48 AM EST
  • Weekly Users' Choice December 15, 2009
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  • Daily Feature December 10, 2009

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This is the story of the last of the dashkin. The people are all gone and in a world of innocent animals, the solitude, the sadness and bitterness have corrupted his view of life. What does the future hold for such a tragic creature? Will he wander the planet, forever alone until his death? Will he always be the wild King of Brackenwood?

It's a massive honour to be nominated for a 2nd Tank Award, thanks NG! Thank you for front page, all the great reviews and the incredible score for Daily Feature.
Thanks to Brackenwood fans and donors for all the support not only during the 4 weeks I spent making this, but also in the 2 years since I submitted Waterlollies.

Since then I've been working on the Brackenwood feature film outline with my good friend Ryan O'Loughlin. With no plans for a new web episode in the meantime it occurred to me that Brackenwood fans could be waiting years for the feature. I didn't want to abandon them altogether, so this new movie is my way of staying in touch with them and the NG audience.

This is the first Brackenwood short to break away from the "character introduction" style movies that had little or no character motivation and plot. This is a story, not only answering a lot of questions, but asking just as many new ones.

I used Flash CS3, the .fla is over 300MB (half of that is audio) and it took me 4 weeks.
Don't worry I won't be leaving it another 2 years. I plan on starting storyboards on the conclusion in jan-feb 2010.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

awesome animation!

I liked it. It was pretty cool. Awesome animation!!! I kinda like your older ones, without narration.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Oh, Adam. Adamadamadamadam.

I loved Waterlollies with a passion. Why did this have to ruin it. Whyy did you add a narrator. You could've just had scrolling text. It was too epic for this type of story. Far too epic. -sigh-
I guess I'll have to wait for the other part to continue raving.

BUT OTHERWISE. This was the most amazing display of Flash talent I've seen in quite a long time.
Kudos to you.

It was helpful to understand where Bitey was coming from, but why'd she have to be British?

Anyway, it was good to see one of your masterpieces. Hurry up and make the next one, Ok?


Rated 4 / 5 stars

its a really supreme game to play but still its on

its a really supreme game to play but still its one of the best


Rated 4 / 5 stars

It seemed a bit...

off. I've always admired you for using original techniques in your art and animation, and here you're using strong gradients, blur, bevel... But I can live with it. As for the story, unlike others here I liked the story of his past, and the documentary style was interesting, though I hope not permanent. And Mazimadu, there were witches in Brackenwood before, but they've always been my least favorite element. I like the idea of a mysterious disappeared human civilization, but witches? The thing I've always loved about you Phillips, is that you're original, but that water witch at the end has been done by every single fantasy game.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


well done ... this is a true pilot. I hope you will, with this piece, get funding for at least some more concrete development of the brackenwood feature.
I like it, but it feels more like something for "cartoon forum" than actual entertainment for the masses of NG.
I like your narative skills, but I'm also sad that the animation and more technical aspects, which has always been sublime, suffers a bit here and there. Where waterlollies contained jawdropping sub surface scattering, amazing relfection work, absolutly fantastic camera work and well scripted cuts and screen direction - LotD has some nice background info and a good sence of storytelling. But I have to admit that I dont feel the visuals improve over the earlier episodes. Some of the cuts seems off, and one can't help to miss a couple of frames here and there, just to let information sink in.
and this might sound harsh, but what the hell is up with 4:3? It does brackenwood no favor, it only makes backgrounds and compostions seem less interesting. You take full advantage of 4:3, but I know you would be able to do even more awe inspiring compostions with a less outdated 16:9 or even scope, which only few dare use.
Sound is amazing. Music is absolutly fantastic. Kudos to you and your musician.
truly - andreas ng

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