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Jun 28, 2011 | 9:54 AM EDT
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Working with the animation students at Brigham Young University has been a real treat. After much blood, sweat, and tears, we have finally completed Alight. We spent countless hours animating Sparker, the "fire boy," and Aquanna the "water girl," to get the effects and character animation looking just right. To us, they're almost real-life characters by now. We hope you enjoy this unique little piece of Flash animation, mixed with After Effects compositing.

For a higher-resolution version of the film, visit m/alight.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Amazing work

It's wonderful to see that stories can now be passed on in such ways :) I feel like fire and water with my girlfriend right now. So hard to trust that which extinguishes you.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

I dont understand this..

But it was amazing.. I give it an 8/10 because lack of story but it was very beautiful..


Rated 5 / 5 stars

You know it's good when your mouth drops in awe.

Sooo moving...

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very Enjoyable!

Critique: I thought the animations were fluid and beautiful. The music really fit the mood, even when the energy picked up. Sometimes the contrast of mellow music with high-pace action just feels right. The story (short and "rushed" as it was) was very emotional. I don't know how deep of a meaning you intended for it, but I think it hit its mark well enough.

Artistic view: I felt what you presented here was gorgeous! Two beings come into existence. They bond (however briefly) and due to uncontrolled circumstances (also unexplained ones) they are separated, causing an outrage that leads to vengeance. A story that can hold the test of time. I also loved how (I assume) the flame-boy was re-incarnated, starting with the machine he destroyed (and most likely hated), the fire he started as, and the water (symbolic of tears?) of his lost-love to form what I assume was man. I only wish it had been a touch longer and we got to see more of the water-girl's dance (hence only 9 out of 10), though perhaps the flash was short to match the length of the music..... I would definitely welcome a re-visit.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Quite beautiful.

I liked it, alot. I love the design of the characters, so props for that. The storyline was a bit weak, but then again, it's a short. It shouldn't really have one should it?

I was sad when you ended up cutting Aquanna off directly in the beginning. But I liked how Sparker seem to be infuriated. I see that you've captured emotions beautifully.

I also liked how the robot skeleton ended up with muscles and then skin, turning into man. Very brilliant, if I say so myself.

Good job with this. I hope to see more shorts from you later on!