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Jul 13, 2010 | 1:39 PM EDT
  • Daily Feature July 14, 2010

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Thanks for Daily 1st and front page!!


The official music video for "The Faster the Treadmill" by I Fight Dragons!


I began work on this shortly after completing Grumatorium, and it was a pretty intense project. The band utilizes a lot of game controllers and NES era material into their music and performances so I approached this video from a similar perspective, starting by designing and animating gameplay from a fictional 8-bit game that the video would take place in.

The result was "the Adventures of Puddlenaut," in which a shark-armed diver hero does battle with deep sea creatures in order to mine mystical power crystals that are abundant in the underwater kingdom. The main grunt enemies, one of which is the protagonist of the video, were modeled after drowned fetuses since I couldn't find any deep sea creatures to fit the image I was looking for. Thus I ended up calling the main character "Fetusaur" throughout production.

Check out the song on I Fight Dragons debut EP "Cool is Just a Number!" More information at: http://www.ifightdragons.



Rated 5 / 5 stars


loved the video and everything about it. I just happened to watch I Fight Dragons on you tube doing an excellent rendition of The Legend of Zelda. Didn't think anything of it until I watched this video and thinking..."where have i heard that band name before?" It clicked and I am dowlaoding the album as we speak. Because of you dear friend, because of you.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


really good job you put into, although i didnt like the music i liked the concept of your animation

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

I'm not an artist, just a veiwer.

I hate to give you anything lower than a 6 because it does look like a lot of work went into it. I just didn't care for it. Music was good. The video looked good. I just wasn't entertained. I kept watching for what made everyone go OOOOO WoW this deserves a 10, but I never felt like I made it to that point. Seemed like a lot of work into a random dream. Neat, but not interesting.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Review of "The Faster the Treadmill"

The overall mood, or aura, this animation gives off is nothing less than superb. The mood-uprising song mixed with the action-packed panning and zooming in the animation really releases a confident feeling to the viewers. Although, the change in view from a flat, 2-dimensional 8-bit mock to a 3D real-life perspective is a bit confusing, and killed the mood a bit.

Especially with the complicated 3D views you did, most of the perspective's with eachother look correct. I did realize that the size of the little winged-creatures in the 8-BIT form were much smaller than what was interpreted than in the detailed prespective.

Art & Animation:
This really stood out to me. I LOVED the distorted colors and film grain that is going on, it makes it not only feel old, but also original and unique. I would like to know if this is digital animation or using a traditional method, because this really gave the animation character and is a good reason for it to have its rightfully place as #1 in the portal.


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Rated 5 / 5 stars

I loved it a lot.

Congrats with the front page! After all that hard work on this animation you sure deserve it!!