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The Masquerade

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Jan 3, 2012 | 9:32 PM EST
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Author Comments

The entirety of this was made over the course of the last seven days. I'm actually really surprised at how efficient I was here, since I managed to get around 25 seconds done each day.

Even though the actual animation is not pristine or anything and the frame-by-frame is sort of choppy and shaky, I'm proud of how this turned out, mainly due to the atmosphere of it and the story. I think this time it actually has some meaning behind it. Also, this time I actually have some REAL INSTRUMENTS in the music. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? OMG. Except I mixed them in with synthesized versions of themselves so it's occasionally hard to tell. Oh well.

Edit: Wow, I'm genuinely amazed by the quality of these reviews! There's been a lot of thought put into each and every one of them. Thanks so much, everyone!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very dark and interesting

I really like how you made this flash. A very creative world in which you can actually relate to reality. We feel as if we are always fighting to be the same as everyone else. The dark tone that was given in the video really captures the depression and sadness that the character goes through. A lot of simple yet very effective symbolism pieces are included and it just makes it so much greater.
Sorry if I am over thinking it but that just because I can really connect with the main character in the story. The idea of conforming to society seemed impossible to me while at the same time I did not even want to conform in the first place. People can really get a connection from all the characters in the flash and the masks (in my opinion) create a way for the viewer to relate the characters to other people that they know whether they were the main character trying to fit in or if they were the others who just wanted him to conform or degrade because they felt superior.
I like this flash and would really like to see you create more like this (in the sense that it leaves a moral or a message to the viewer).
So two high fives dude. :D

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


I love how everything has a monochromatic color except for the markings on the masks. The story seems very cool and self-explanatory enough. I love the animation you do when you redraw each picture, but I didn't really like the parts that used motion tweens (example: the arms) and squeezed the characters around.

But I like its eerie environment, too. Also the music you made is very nice.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Creative work.

I'd really like to see this go on, possibly create a whole new series? It's a really unique idea, something I haven't seen in a while.

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Pahgawk responds:

Personally, I think I'm just going to end up moving on to other things. I sort of feel that if I try to squeeze any more out of this idea, the creativity would be strained and the message would be lost. But I will make other things of a similar nature, not to worry :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

In most of my time on NG..

I've rarely seen a story of any value being told. It represents captivity that lives on in us, or the feeling that captivates us. We see it all the time: Kid is too scared to confess something. But this... THIS made an even bigger picture. To show we hide behind false emotions, hiding behind the masquerade.


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Rated 5 / 5 stars


I only wish you expanded more on this, like why they wore masks or exactly how many normal people there were. The fact you got this so well without any context or dialouge is incredible.