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Dec 21, 2009 | 4:40 PM EST
  • Daily Feature December 22, 2009

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This was a project I've been working on for about a year and a half. I'm happy to finally be able to share the final product. The goals of this work were to improve my ability to make backgrounds--because if you know me (or have seen any of my past works/excuses) --they aren't my strongest suit. :3

So what I tried to do was make a mellow episode of a series that mostly only had over-the-top action scenes. This would give me grounds to strengthen an ability to make something beautiful to look at, as well as fun to watch.

***To put the story simply: Ilu would love to be a conductor when she grows up. Likewise, her friends would love to be great artists, dancers, and even skilled musicians. But the daily mechanical grind of their lives don't really lead to any real chances to find that love they're searching for. By the end of the animation, neither Ilu nor any of her friends reach their goals--but based on Ilu's passion, they all get a bit closer somehow. And that was the kind of animation I wanted to make. ***

What you see here is what I'm honored to share with you.

(I'd love supportive comments just as much as the next guy, but if you have something critical to add, please--PLEASE--do so too. Thought-rich comments appreciated above all else.)

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Reviews


Bloodnut101Bloodnut101

Rated 5 / 5 stars May 16, 2012

Alright, I'm gonna be honest here: when I first saw your animating style, I seriously thought you were some kind of starting animator with alot of patience. After watching a few of your other videos and ending with this one, I realised that this is just your style. You're very, very -VERY- fucking talented, mate. And I can totally understand you putting a total +year of effort into this. It clearly shows the secret, innermost desires of the four girls that they're afraid to show to the world, instead demonstrating much harder exteriors to make them seem like different people within the school society: and we only got a glimpse of a single day in their lives. In my honest opinion, you could turn this into a series, with this as its introduction. I may not be a great animator, I might not have knowledge to be a director and I sure as hell can't draw for shit, but as a writer I know a good story when I see one. Just watching this, I see pure, un-bridled potential for a great story. I'm going to track you from now on, mate. You just earned yourself a very dedicated fan.

I, like the group did to the little kids on the flagpole, mother-fucking salute you with. Tears and all.


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JoeTurtleJoeTurtle

Rated 5 / 5 stars January 27, 2012

Amazing...

The animation contains so much ideas and character development and even though its only just a flash animation, its more powerful than most movies I've seen. The animation style itself is in its own league and just seems to work with the whole story line.

In Short, I like this animation :D I seriously cant get over how good it is
ADFASDF DAMN



exoldanexoldan

Rated 5 / 5 stars December 15, 2011

i know the feeling

crap this feels like my entire life minus anyone i know having similar feelings. well nice flash and good luck to any of my fellow dreamers



Bonehead93Bonehead93

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 24, 2011

An entertaining and beautiful work of art.

Truly a masterpiece, and one of the best things to hang in your "Flash Submissions," gallery. I was checkin' up on ya' again today and, I don't know how many times that makes it now, clicked this video again. I'd already left a lengthy review on This Is Unmei, and I felt this one deserved just as much, if not more, credit. So here we are, almost a year later and I finally decided to go ahead.

Animation wise, flawless for what you exceeded in and an incredible step up for what you used to not. The tweens are perfected, and I couldn't find a single problem with the fluidity of the motions involving walking, running, dancing or any other of the quirky little things these girls do. The characters were never just at a stand-still either, as reviewing of the scenes show great movement 24/7 in everybody, even the ones taking up background space.
As fantastic as the motion is (believe me, I could go on), you did such a great job on background work, that I had to pause and play over and over again just to check it out. The jpeg image usage was everywhere, but not in such a way to where you just slapped it down straight from Google Images. The backgrounds visualize consistency, depth-of-field, inside jokes and even development of characters. The lighting was handled smart, and I constantly went back just to check it out. If there was anything that took the biggest step up, it was this. Bra-freakin-vo.

As for sound, I loved it! You animated perfectly to The Rental's style, and the motions, just like in This Is Unmei and Don't Trip, even matched the rhythm and beat. The additional noises, like footsteps and various character noises were handled greatly and with good, high quality. I hope to hear more of the same later!

As for the impact and effect of the flash, I have to say, I still get that wonderful feeling of discovery and love when watching this like I did with This Is Unmei, all pertaining to the characters, the art, the music, and the emotion you managed to present so well. I felt the same sense of nostalgia upon seeing all the old characters like Jackie, Uli, Ilu and Melon, and felt another sense of wonder when seeing the new characters you've shown here. You showed the emotions and charisma of these girls with incredibly subtle details like body motion, things they do in the background and what they aspire to become. In fact, you showed the entire story with a sense of subtlety, and I love that! It's one of those great things you've created where I couldn't possibly get all of it from one viewing, and notice something new every time I click Replay. I felt an incredible sense of being in the universe of these Unmei-ish characters.
The story of it all - how these girls secretly desire to pursue their dreams of conducting, dancing, art and music - hit me even before I read your explanation.
I felt that there were things in my life that were similar as well, so the personal aspect, if you were heading for it, got me pretty good in the emotional sense of the word. Not like crying or anything, but in the sense that I wanted to watch it again and again and think of how I relate.
You say you wanted to create something fun to watch and beautiful to see all at the same time, and believe me when I say that you've done more than accomplish that with this piece. It's not something you can just write off with a simple vote of 5 or a thumbs up. It's something you wanna' watch again, show to your buds, and then think about it even after you've left the computer.

Overall, I can't tell you how happy I am to have discovered you and your work. This is one of the best, if not the best movies you created thus far, and this was in 2009, even! I still got the same vibes watching this at least a year later as I did when I first did, and that's impressive. You've got an incredibly unique way of telling a story, and I hope you never lose it. I await anything you do in the future, and I personally hope and would love to see the characters of Unmei again someday.

5 outta' 5, 10 outta' 10 and favorited!
FANTASTIC JOB!


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leomannleomann

Rated 5 / 5 stars September 19, 2011

One of my favorites.

What can I say? I just really like pretty much everything about this flash. The animation style takes some getting use to, but its undeniably bursting with character. The underlying story being told is really interesting and goes really well with the song. Each character comes across surprisingly clearly given that there's no dialogue...everything is shown, not told, and that's great. Just love it.


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