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Jun 28, 2011 | 9:54 AM EDT
  • Frontpaged June 29, 2011
  • Weekly Users' Choice June 28, 2011
  • Review Crew Pick June 28, 2011
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Author Comments

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 3.5 / 5 stars

Well, the animation was well done. I especially liked the animation of Sparker and Aquanna. The soundtrack also fit the mood and was pretty good. But then the story came in. Basically, this was my reaction by the end of it:

Wha- what?

The story didn't really make sense. Alright, so a Fire Boy and a Water Girl meet when suddenly BAM. Water Girl dies from a giant castle that randomly springed up out of the ground and crushed her. The castle magically lifts up to show Water Girl dying, and then dead a few seconds later. Fire Boy now wants revenge apparently, flies up to the castle, and obliterates it in one shot. Then a giant mech pops out of the rubble and transforms into a...human?! What?? Then the credits roll.

I'm sorry, but that didn't feel touching at all. You had only met the characters for about a minute before one of them gets killed off (literally: the character is introduced at 00:12 and dies at 01:10). You need to have the character alive for a little while so that when she dies, the reaction is much more emotional than just "Oh. Water Girl died I guess."

And the ending made no sense. Where did the mech come from? Why did it turn into a human all of a sudden? Where was Fire Boy? WHAT JUST HAPPENED THERE?!

I'm still giving it 3 stars for the animation, and another half a star for soundtrack. Good job on that. Work on your story and I think this might be pretty good. :)

- Evilgrapez


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I still get chills from watching this, simply amazing.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Stunning, just stunning.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Truly beautiful in every way.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

que esta animacion sirva de ejemplo a los que lo entendieron

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