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Death & Elsie: Part 1

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Jul 16, 2012 | 9:19 AM EDT
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Death finds a friend in one of his victims. Part 1 of a three-part series. Written and animated by Katy Towell. Narration by Tim Jones. See more stuff at!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

i love the way it was told, and the story is very interesting.
not much to add, i would love to see the next!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

This really is a unique and engaging story! I also like your mostly B&W minimalist style. Top notch voice work as well. Overall - A


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I really enjoy the animation, the delivery and the story telling. I have watched it over and over again. This is a great animation. I like the extremely crisp style and the details that you put in the ornamental touches. I would like to suggest a few things; however:

I think that the black and white color scheme has too much contrast. The piece feels like it is sunk into the page and almost two dimensional. I suggest adding shading through grey-scale. This would allow for more color variation in your arsenal and allow shading which would help the shapes to pop out more in the third dimension.

Secondly, I know that you do use some background music for the appropriate times in the story; however, the lack of music in all other places allows for low levels of static to come through the short. I suggest that you have constant ambient music and incorporate peaks and valleys to match the mood. This way it doesn't distract away from the story.

I may not be able to articulate these concepts very well as I have never really animated anything. I do not know the verbage or correct terminology. I think adding those two suggestions would really take the short to the next level. Then again, you may be designing these effects on purpose. Anyhow, GREAT use of non-black/white color. The voice acting is superb and for some reason, the artistic style really emotes and engages the viewer/reader/watcher. Watching it again for the fifth time. . . . Thanks for uploading.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I liked that a LOT! Wonderful animation and narration. I can't wait till part 2!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

well voiced nice animations u sir did a good job