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Dec 9, 2009 | 11:48 AM EST
  • Weekly Users' Choice December 15, 2009
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    Brackenwood The world of Bitey and company is full of magic and wonder!

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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?

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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.
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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.

Reviews


nomad519nomad519

Rated 3 / 5 stars

BITEY?!

Great music, awesome narrator, epic effects, not a bad story.But Bitey?WTF?Why bitey?How can we take this seriously?And i had the feeling that something was missing...Can't put my finger on it.Maybe it was because nothing actually happened.It's more of a trailer.



gonzoassguygonzoassguy

Rated 3 / 5 stars

good

story was ok but what was really cool were
the hand rendered effects and motion too



Masonogy1Masonogy1

Rated 3 / 5 stars

hmmm...

It was pretty good, but have you changed your animation style? It feels as if some of the scenes in this were rushed when juxtaposed with your previous animations..? The landscape didn't feel as VAST as the other episodes and like another user said, the voice over didn't suit and ruined that sense of magic and mystery...

Good luck!



RyabovRyabov

Rated 3 / 5 stars

6/10

Oh, Mr. Phillips, you'd lost your way.

Regular style of animating was changed. And it was changed to the simplicity. That was unprofessional decision, wasn't it? You ARE pro, and you have to work like pro does.

And what about atmosphere of Brackenwood collection? I'm not talking about first two episodes. Practice makes perfect. And in your case it had made Bitey adventures. That was just the wrong thing to tell story about Bitey's childhood in that one. And add author's voise was absolutely terrible idea! The zest of previous movies is that viewers make summarys independently, but stupid voise prevents doing that.

Every genius thing is just simple (you know, I mean that every GOOD IDEA is just simple, difficult animation (but not too difficlt, because viewer will get tired) is pleasant to the eye). Mystical atmocphere of your Brackenwood collection is wonderful. Keep it up... Wait, whom am I telling about animation? You worked in Disney, you should know that plot is 80% of the way to the masterpeace!

You'd better realize that, start working harder and stop hurrying up. Ask someone for colsulting, if you can't do that unassisted.

Good luck, Mr. Phillips.
-Arseny



KostouKostou

Rated 3 / 5 stars

not as good

narration ruined it.


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