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Jan 30, 2012 | 9:13 PM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place February 1, 2012

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UPDATE: Uuuuh, front page?? Thanks a ton. :] And thanks for all the votes and reviews and advice. I've updated the movie with subtitles to make up for over processed audio garble.

My first newgrounds entry ever, as well as my first animation in years. It was made in part to get myself playing around with Flash again. It was also so I could get some sort of little intro for this story I've been working on, but have no intentions of animating(if it were, the style would be way different. Frame by frame awesomness that I'm not capable of now). Therefore this animations raises faaaar more questions than it answers. I worry that it won't stand too well on it's own because of that, but hey, twas a good exercise and stuff.

My apologies for the Frankenstein-esque mess that is the narration. I compiled all the clips in the most unorganized way ever, so in the end it turned into a hodgepodge of different volumes, voices, effects, and noise that was hard to fix after the fact. Blargle. Welp, lesson learned for next time.

So yep, I'm no animator(nor a voice actor, apparently), but it was fun to do. So will probably try some more stuff in the future...with less vibration inducing textures...and better audio.

Song credits:
George Shearing - Guilty
Yann Tiersen - Sur le Fil
Apocalyptica - Farewell



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Really enjoyed it!

My only disdain is with the poor audio; please invest in a better microphone, artistic expression should not be hindered by technical capacity but should be fueled by the storehouses of inspiration and creativity (of which you seem well stocked). Keep it up!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Different than what I expected

Although the narration didn't sound at its best, Seeing as to how this ended up being a creepy flash, it fit in great and amplified the chilling effect of it. And I really liked the animation; to me, it seemed to fit the theme perfectly. The way the words are spoken is also great, and add the right emotion to the flash. Overall, I'd say that this would be great if finished rather than being left as an intro, as you did a very good job with it, despite not having done flash in a long time.
PS: You say you are no animator, but I care to disagree

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I love Yann Tiersen

But seriously, after watching this, I feel it deserves daily first, not second.

I love the style, it all looks very dark and evil, and the entire atmosphere is only enhanced by the voicing. In spite of the varying volume levels. It could definitely do with some refining and finetuning, but with a story like this, it's bound for greatness. Love it.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Awesome, but....

Where will we be able to see/read the rest of the story?

KLawter responds:

It's basically this story that I don't think I can tell until I get the story JUST right and can illustrate it JUST the way I want it. But I plan for a graphic novel format one day once I iron out all the wrinkles. Though I may animate random excerpts from the story as exercise. Thanks for the comment. :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

An Excellent Foray back into Flash

I think you've got a good deal of talent and that this is a great springboard for a larger story. While it is true, that it wasn't full of frame-by-frame "awesomeness" as you put it, I still think it was very well done. The flash chose a style and stuck with it. The backgrounds were good, the characters even better. If each flash needs some kind of a thematic overtone, yours definitely achieved that. The audio was a bit problematic, which is really why I took 1 point away from the score. The good news is, you seem to be aware of how to improve the audio, which is definitely half the battle. In and of itself, the "raspy" and "garbled" effects to the narration didn't bother me, in fact it partially added to the sense of unease the flash created as a whole. The issue is balancing between effectively distorted audio and something that simply cannot be understood. I think this flash danced along that line a little too closely, but again, I still enjoyed it and there were really only a couple of moments I would say the audio was "bad." As another reviewer mentioned, if you wanted to, you could amend this flash with subtitles and really improve the overall quality. If you learn from your audio experience, I think you've got a great starting point, and I look forward to seeing where you go from here. I wouldn't worry too much about your animation style, I think it works, and it will hone itself and improve as you get back into the nitty-gritty of flash.

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