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'Cosmic Love' Storyboard Animation

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Apr 29, 2012 | 7:16 AM EDT
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Artist Statement:
"While the story is a touching tale of love and destiny, there is also a secondary emphasis on the effects of tragic events on an individual. The lyrics “I was in the darkness / So darkness I became” symbolize the different reactions of the constellation and dryad. While the dryad has been stricken with sudden blindness and can no longer view the world she loves, she embraces this newfound darkness and follows the single light. The constellation, however, falls into despair and gets consumed by the darkness, resulting in acts of violence and losing all hope. This became an emphasis because I am a firm believer that a situation is what we make of it. We can choose to be defeated, or we can stand up and turn it into something great."

This was created for my Advanced Drawing class. I was given the task to simply tell a story. I decided to take it further than just a few images and created the backbone to an animation: a storyboard. That being said, this is the reason the drawings are so simple/messy. I needed to get them all done in only a month, so I only had time to do the sketches. Hopefully in the future it will become a full animation ^^ And yes - this is my first attempt at this :)

Throughout the whole process I learned new things, which can be seen in the images themselves (the quality basically changes from image to image). But the top 3 important things I learned were these:

1. Don't edit a video in one night/for 12 hours straight (even though the sunrise was pretty).
2. If you're going to save your layers, then DON'T FLATTEN THE IMAGE YOU IDIOT!
3. Running sequences need to die.

Time taken: 150 hours (including illustrations not here)
Total frames: 304
Special thanks to: SultanaOfStars

Thank you for viewing! Enjoy!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

6/5 for originality
2/5 for smooth transition
4/5 for audio
5/5 for visual-effects

I loved the idea, I know you put a whole lot of thought and hard work into it and for that, you deserve to be praised for not going to the mainstream route of flash animations. I have no problems with it and wish you good luck~!

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black-lotus-kitsune responds:

i appreciate your rating on the transitions ^^ i'll really focus on them when i move onto the final project - thank you, and thank you for all the other kind ratings and comment <3


Rated 5 / 5 stars

omg so romantic I absolutly L-O-V-E-D it!! cant wait till you make more your really good at this I encourage you to do more it was amazing words cant explain how absolutly amazing it was!! and bravo to you p.s. yes i am a girl


Rated 5 / 5 stars

the music matched perfectly with this flash. the animation is really good. all in all i loved it. btw did u base this animation off the greek mythology?

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black-lotus-kitsune responds:

thank you very much!
while i am a huge mythology lover, this was just done out of my own imagination ^^ dryads ARE greek mythology, but in terms of story i didn't take inspiration from much :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow. I was never so astonished of such a stop motion video.
The music fits the video perfectly, I think also the lyrics do so as far as I understood them.
I definitely need the song! It made me sing waching this.
Wanna do a remix. I'd like to start right now.


black-lotus-kitsune responds:

i never knew i liked florence and the machine until i watched an amv with her music; after i watched it and got my assignment, this was immediately born ^^ it's amazing how inspiration can strike sometimes. my teacher always tells us to never go with our first idea, but i'm glad i did in this case :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Might be just me, but does this have a reference to long-distance romance in the digital age we live in today as well...?

black-lotus-kitsune responds:

i can see it having that message, but that never crossed my mind when creating it ^^