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Jun 9, 2011 | 1:47 PM EDT
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Thanks to everyone who helped me make this possible! Namely Ty Bucek, Jeff Lupetin, Kevin Czarnecki and Katelyn Foley. Without you guys there is no way this would have been nearly as good as it is!

This is my submission for the Tournament of Flash Animators (TOFA) 2011 First Round. The theme was "Lost and Found". I decided to go with a stylized Noire not only because it fits the theme so well, but because I've been wanting to do something involving detectives ever since I finished watching Twin Peaks, and just recently beating L.A. Noire certainly helped fuel that some more.

This is my first animation working with professional voice actors and not lending a voice myself. You may all know Kevin Czarnecki here on Newgrounds, his name seems to get around alot. He is one of my friends from College and was happy to lend a hand, he also found Katelyn Foley for me, who had just the most perfect voice for this! Jeff Lupetin is a veteran when it comes to voice acting, he's starred in Radio Dramas and video games (like "Red Faction" and more cult notably, Hideo Kojima's "Snatcher".) Ironically, I met Jeff and Kevin in the same place, as Jeff was my Voice Acting for Animation teacher.

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Reviews


ninjaguy753ninjaguy753

Rated 4 / 5 stars

loved it but

the ending is predictable.


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HarlequindeRustreHarlequindeRustre

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Geez

The whole short was nice, but the beginning was pretty rocky, especially with the really crappy voice acting on Katelyn's part. Perfect voice or not, she's not good at acting. The rest was okay, though the job for the Don bit pretty big, too.

The animation is good, if a tad grainy, and the story's plot development fit nicely into the alotted time. Nice work and good ending, I say.

Just try to get your VAs to practice their parts more next time. Please.



quimera-chanquimera-chan

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Good Noir, Bad Colors

Great voice acting, good plot, but the animation wasn´t the best piece here on newgrounds.
It is usual that noir movies and animations dance around with a palette of blacks, and sometimes reds due to recent influences like sin city (even though on comic books thats a much older tendency).
Anywho, i didn´t appreciate the color balance, it just seemed to have been done randomly and without care. The characters outlines also seemed too ruff for this type of story, but i really liked the casual blurs that accentuated proximity or distance. Really well done.
Ah, also, Gigi's voice seemed really adquit to the part, but sounded really low...i don´t know if it was on purpose.
And a big clap to whoever took care of the typography. Nice choice ;3

I would love to see something of the gender again, but a little more detailed. Good work :D


DaveBruno responds:

Thanks for your critique! I always like improving where I can. The only thing I wanted to point out is that the characters were all assigned colors for reasons. Vic was blue because he was the good guy and blue usually represents that. Gigi was red like the devil because of her dark side. Mackey was yellow because he was a coward, Tony Piper (the dealer) was brown because he was a brown noser. Donavan King was purple because that's the color of royalty, and all the Mugs were green with envy of the people who were in charge.

I normally do more detailed work, but TOFA is a timed thing and I essentially only had 2 weeks to animate 6 minutes of animation, but I'm hoping with my next entry to fix that, because I will have more time to do less work. And that clap would go to me lol, with the exception of half the script and the voice acting, that was all me. Again, thank you for your critique, I do read all of them and take to heart what is suggested so that I may better myself for the future.


One111One111

Rated 3 / 5 stars

5/5 for animation and voice, 1/5 for story

The animation was good and I appreciate all the hard work you put into making this BUT there are so many cliches in the story and script i found myself saying the words before they came and predicting every next scene.

So good efforts all around but the story could use work.

Good luck in future projects :)