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Jun 3, 2012 | 8:36 AM EDT
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Well, here's my submission for the NATA Novice Round! The theme was "The Elephant in the Room." There are no literal elephants here, of course. I went with the metaphor about having a large, overwhelming issue at hand (or something along the lines of that.) As far as the storyline goes, I guess this is sort of a bit of a sequel to Masquerade because it discusses another chapter in life, sort of. It is hopefully less depressing, though. The happy ending was intended from the start.

In terms of the animation style, I experimented a lot with this (probably more than is initially evident.) I did a lot more frame-by-frame than usual, and although it's still pretty shaky, I think it's getting better, so that's nice. I also started using the same sort of very limited colour scheme that I did in my last video for NATA, but I quickly found that using just blues and purples looked visually boring, so I branched out a bit. Each object or character only has two or three shades of a colour, but entire scenes are now more colourful. I also went a little overboard with vignettes and colour effects overtop of the final product, but I think they help make things look less flat and more appealing. Hopefully.

I also did a bunch of little 3D things in this to test out how well it could be integrated. Some things (i.e. backgrounds) fit in better than objects that move in the foreground, but it's still a learning experience.

As far as music goes, as usual, I did all the music. The tracks in this are just bits and pieces of things I'm working on, so I'm not uploading them to the Audio Portal yet, but whenever I work them into standalone songs, I will. Also I got a sweet condenser microphone for my birthday so for my next video I will have no excuse to not do voices.

Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. I need a weeks' break so I don't go mad from exams/finals/my job/life. Good luck to all the other competitors! Can't wait to see your stuff!

Reviews


ErichoEricho

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Well, I'm glad now I understand the metaphor a lot better. I think the strongest part of this was probably the animation. It makes me realize that the term "Elephant In The Room" could really be used to refer to a lot of things. It could refer to a literal elephant or any kind of debated topic. I'm not going to go political on you. I just think this was meant to make fun of how we're obsessed with money and should think more about the finer things in life.

This certainly counts as one of them. It was cool, because orange is my favorite color. I appreicate all the little details. This was probably my favorite of all the NATA submissions, mostly because it drove home a really good point. It made me think about how we'll always have the freedom to do whatever we want. Life choices are important.



Bigfoot3290Bigfoot3290

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very, very good. Every once in a while you come across a flash that transcends the others. Sometimes, it is a result of the animation quality, but this flash had everything--the soundtrack, the story, the sense of cinematography, and the intermingling of several different animation styles. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you go far in the tournament (and beyond).



meamcatnmmeamcatnm

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

i thought it was great he looked so hapy when he got music



TemplarfreakTemplarfreak

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Why can't I choose both Happyness and Wealth? It's something a lot of people don't think it's possible, but I believe it can happen. I want to do something, it will be something I will love, and it will be profitable.



PixelTreePixelTree

Rated 5 / 5 stars

It's a beautifull story with a beautifull music, that will show you that the something you love is more important than money.