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Dec 13, 2012 | 3:31 PM EST

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this one's about a polar bear

here's a link to the band's page:
http://www.lighthorseharry.bandcamp.com

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HarisHaris

Rated 5 / 5 stars January 31, 2013

Such a beautiful animation. Realy nicely done.


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dylan responds:

Thanks, man!


PixelMammothPixelMammoth

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars January 31, 2013

It was a very good polar bear walk cycle, and It'd have to be since it was your favourite/most occurring camera angle. IT was very enjoyable


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dylan responds:

Thanks for the review! And yeah, I can practically draw bears in my sleep since making this animation. Quite possibly the single most useless talent around.


shawdow357shawdow357

Rated 5 / 5 stars January 30, 2013

That was a sad ending. Very good song,art,story, everything, etc. That was wonderful


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dylan responds:

That's what I was going for! Thanks for the review!


xatharonxatharon

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars January 30, 2013

Great short. The animation was perfect in my opinion. The art kind of drives home the theme. It could have used a few different angles to break up the visuals. A long distance shot or topview could have emphasized the loneliness of the journey. Presenting the protagonist in a close up and taking so much of the screen focuses too much on him and not on his plight. By varying the visuals, as you did at the end, it keeps the viewer engaged.
Good song too.


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dylan responds:

This response is gonna have spoilers to those of you whom have not yet watched. Be warned.

I definitely see where you're coming from, but I can't say I agree. I feel limiting the more powerful shots to important moments helps reinforce their power/emphasis. If I do a longshot every scene, it won't be as special during that final underwater scene. Right now, the longshot there emphasizes the end of the journey/giving up. There are three moments where you get that really wide angle in the short, and each serves a specific purpose: the city scene (introducing the outside world to the protagonist), the log bridge (one of the first major dangers, though I really feel this one could have been scrapped/changed), and the underwater shot.

The keeping of one style of shot for most of the animation also, from my perspective at least, adds a specific tone to the short. Like the bear is so extremely absorbed in what he is doing that none of the world around him even exists as far as he's concerned. It's a long journey, and he's only looking for the end. To him, nothing else matters. Just my own opinion on the matter, though.

However, you're probably right as far as keeping the viewers engaged goes; I'll definitely be keeping what you said in mind when working on any other visually large animations. Thanks for the opinions and the review! And I apologize for this way too long response.


NeoNoggieNeoNoggie

Rated 2 / 5 stars January 30, 2013

Despite the fact that he only had two legs at first, I'm glad to see that the bear grew another two so he could walk normally.


dylan responds:

I took this critique back to the animation lab. Your qualm has been resolved in the updated video.