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Apr 19, 2010 | 9:11 PM EDT
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My first solo flash submission!??! Just kind of a short experiment.. do pardon the file size, I know it's a little on the short side. A five-day exercise based on a story a professor of mine once told me. I'll spare the details so you can decide what it means for yourself.

Done entirely in Flash CS3 and Photoshop CS2 (including the 3D looking stuff, which is actually only some 2D trickery)... rendered to video because the number of simultaneous filters and effects in some parts tend to make Flash players seriously unhappy :0
It actually took me longer to sort out the file formatting than it did to animate and draw... go figure?!

Using the "dim the lights" feature kind of helps too.

Plz do enjoy.
Thx

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AlondroAlondro

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 23, 2010

Illusions

I quickly understood this to be an analogy of the illusion of control.

It is comforting, and people always seek it and imagine it to hide from the randomness that often pervades life.

But, to assume control over something one does not understand is a danger, for that which is truly in control asserts itself without regard to those who imagined themselves in control, and their disappointment at the end is quite crushing.


redminus responds:

A great interpretation, I'm glad that held some meaning for you. There really are lots of ways to approach this, and its amazing to me that some people are taking the time to share their thoughts.
Thanks ~!


JabedinJabedin

Rated 2 / 5 stars April 23, 2010

It's ok I guess

Oh it "means" something
It's deep

Same with everything else
In the end it's boring and forgetful


redminus responds:

The flash is forgetful? I suppose you're right, Flashes don't have very good memories.


ZombiffixZombiffix

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 23, 2010

That baby sounds like Smeagol xD

I was expecting him to go 'Preciousssss'

lol NICE :D



DjblackskullDjblackskull

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 23, 2010

pretty nice

this is good, i like it. very deep atmosphere.



JszostakJszostak

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 23, 2010

Well done.

Your animation was spot on. great angles and very nice feel/atmosphere to the entire piece. As far as art like this goes, I always feel that the artist is intrigued by what the viewer gets out of it, so I'll give you my impressions.

In the beginning, the baby has no control over his own destiny, he is in the arms of the parent and free-will is non existent. The baby is put into a crib and his lack of control is reaffirmed. It isn't until the baby see's the crane, something that the baby does not understand, that a sense of control is acquired. Now that the baby is experiencing something that he doesn't understand there is a sense that control is now evident. The baby feels the control and enjoys it. However that enjoyment is short-lived when the baby realizes that the crane is a completely separate entity from him and that control never truly existed.

Theme: Control over one's life is a conflict evident in humans from birth to death.


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