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Jun 29, 2012 | 8:38 AM EDT

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Hello, Newgrounds! First, I should give credit where credit is due:
Thanks to Christopher Bingham (you probably know him as Bing) for letting me use his wonderful music in this video. I highly recommend that you check out more of his music at highfivespaceship.bandcam There's some awesome stuff there.
Thanks to the voice actors who helped me out with this project! It was great working with you guys!

Well, this video is another step away from my comfort zone. The story wasn't some huge social metaphor or anything, and there isn't any deeper meaning in this one. To fit with this round's NATA theme, "a true companion", I made it about a boy and his imaginary friend. I hope that it wasn't too difficult to understand, though, because although it is more literal this time, it is probably just as surreal, if not more so, especially when the friend helps the boy retreat into his mind.

This was the first video I made since early 2010 that had voice actors other than my sister and I. The extra effort of bringing microphones into school and getting people in a room to be quiet while recording is worth the end result, I think. Of course, people weren't entirely quiet, so you can hear some bits and pieces of other people talking behind the actual voices. This is because I did the recording of the protagonists' voices in my crowded computer science class (the only location where I had access to both my voice actors and a computer at the same time.) Hopefully I can organize things better next time so that doesn't happen. I should mention that the voice of the teacher is Kpheeyat's, a Newgrounds user, and he's a great voice actor and if anyone needs voice work, I'd recommend him!

As far as style goes, I tried doing more frame-by-frame than in previous videos and, for the most part, I tried to not be lazy. It turned out pretty well in the end. I had intended to draw some of the frames on paper and scan them, but due to technical difficulties with my cameras and scanner, that didn't happen for this video. Maybe next time. I did try working in Toon Boom for this one, which was nice, and allows for some more complicated and interesting visuals than Flash typically allows.

Anyway, a lot of effort went into this. I hope you like it!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Interesting. I'm unsure of whether the dialogue helped or hurt, as I've considered your previous entries into the portal to be particularly strong partially because they achieve story without dialogue. I felt as though too much was said, and it slowed the animation down.

I loved the imagination's proposal. So simple yet grandiose, to let everything slip away. Your mind can do that for you.

Pahgawk responds:

I think I need some more practice before I really get the hang of doing dialogue again... I probably am a bit too used to doing voiceless animations. I'll take your review into account next time and maybe try to keep things moving a bit more. Thanks!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was fantastic. All around excellence.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Super solid. Really great work.

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Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

good stuff


Rated 5 / 5 stars

of all your animations, I like this one the most. it was very well put together and with a nice story to tell, one that I can relate to.

Pahgawk responds:

Thank you! although hopefully you can't relate to it TOO much... the looney bin must not be a great place to be