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Oct 16, 2010 | 6:16 PM EDT
  • Daily Feature October 17, 2010
  • Weekly 5th Place October 20, 2010

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Author Comments

UPDATE: Daily Feature AND front page!!! Wow. This is my first one. Something I've been working at for a long time. Thanks everyone for the great feedback and votes!

Also, a few of the rather constructive critical reviews have pointed out that the "running" shot looked a bit off. So I have touched it up and made it a bit smoother. Thanks for the reviews everyone. Keep em' comin'. I love feedback.

Well, where to begin...

I came up with the idea for this project shortly after seeing "The Dark Knight". I thought it would be cool to show how Batman handles the fact that he's become a fugitive. This was supposed to be a three month project but took about six. I wanted to combine elements of "The Dark Knight" and "Batman: The Animated Series". I also bought a draw pad (finally) so I could really get the illustrations down. It was illustrating the city that was the hard part. I actually built a clay model of the city so I could get all the perspectives right. No easy task.

Just so everyone knows, there's a "Return to Menu" button in the bottom left corner of the screen while to movie is playing. Just in case you can't see it.

I'd also like to thank all of my voice actors for helping me with this project. I think they really added alot to it.

And one more thing. I do not own the rights to any of the music used in this movie, nor do I claim to. It's all primarily from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Anyway, ENJOY!!!

-Matt Hunter

Reviews


LionclawLionclaw

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Good

Its rare to see a batman flash on here so I was suprised to see this. The dark atmosphere was created very well and the music flowed with the animation perfectly. Your animation is alright but could use a few cleaning up here and there. The voice acting was pretty decent for the most part. Also, I wish you made Batman's action scenes a little longer. Keep working. With a little brushing up, you could make somethingt amazing.



robocarnagerobocarnage

Rated 3 / 5 stars

was that it?

sure it was kind of cool, but it just seems like an extended ending to the Dark Knight, even with a similar style of monologue at the end.

the animation and acting were good, but overall it felt kind of uninspired.



JohnnyAtomicJohnnyAtomic

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Good, but...

As strong as the animation, editing and sound were it really stands out that you didn't bother to get a better illustrator.

In this instance I think that the "near black" darkness was way overused.

Personal opinion: Matt is a great animator and I can see his work is just going to get better.


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ButtcrudButtcrud

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Average, at best.

Let's start positive, I liked the story. Fits in nicely to the whole Batman thing that's going on right now, works well with the movies etc. etc.

However...

After reading several very well written reviews (Cosmik and *sigh* Crazyblonde13) of this I was hopeful.

This Flash did not deliver.

To be perfectly honest, everything about this Flash looked and sounded like the sort of thing we were seeing 2008 and before. Had it been released then, it would have been exceptional but it just felt... amateurish. With the incredible animations floating around these days the bar has been raised so I'm not sure why this got Daily first.

My reasoning behind the "2008 feel" ?

#1, Counter Strike sound effects. With the amazing array of sound effects availble on the net today, you chose the bland effects of Counter-Strike.

#2, The colour blending. I noticed it most on the Red-to-Black fade with the S.W.A.T co-ordinater in the helicopter. I then noticed it on more things the second time round. That really is some basic stuff right there, I don't even use that effect for work presentations.

#3, Lip-syncing is somewhat out, some additional time spent on that would've been noticed and worthwhile.

#4, When the soldiers are running up the stairs, they look so very flat. Two-Dimensional Flat. The downwards stairs and the upwards stairs are identical.
You say you,
"...actually built a clay model of the city so I could get all the perspectives right. No easy task."
Well the stairs don't show any thought given to perspective at all. The city, honestly, didn't show it either.

Overall, for 2008 an exceptional Flash.

But this IS the tail-end of 2010 and for 2010 it's an exceptionally average Flash.

Because of the story I'll be generous and give this a 5/10.

I think quite a few New Newgroudns users could do with travelling through some Flash Portal History archives and seeing the development of flash to where it is today. I'm very perplexed how this got Daily First.

And to all you Budweiser Babies that are going to mark this as *Not Helpful*, bite me. It's a review. Not all reviews make it seem like the Sun shines out of the Authors arsecrack.



keyonastringkeyonastring

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Agreed

I would have to agree completely with *sigh* Buttcrud (your name is no better) It says it all. From the running animation that was nothing more to stiff legs that only moved at the hips, no knee or ankle movement, to the lack there of for most of the people having no real voice animation. Not even a chin movement when talking with the swat guys. It was nicely done, liked the story, but sounds and animation did fall short for as high as the rating is. Better than some original animation. The last of The Darkin? Not even close to the seemingly perfect sound and motion in other animations.