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Dec 13, 2012 | 3:31 PM EST

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this one's about a polar bear

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Ah wow, i love it.
You've got a decent undistracting art style and whilst some parts looked a little sloppy (the two lines of blood on the bears fur, the log bridge, etc.) there were also some beautiful moments. The parallex effect on the changing scenes as the bear travels was nicely done and there were some cool environments.
I quite liked the music too and as a music video it was certainly well timed with pertinent imagery too ( i liked it when the bear stopped to look at the sun/moon). The concept was my favorite thing though and the story was really swell, especially the ending. I thought the animation was good too and i'm a sucker for some nice fbf.
A great experience!

dylan responds:

Thanks for the kind words! I definitely agree that there are some less than stellar parts, the log bridge being high up there on my list as well; sacrifices were made to fully finish the video by the deadline, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it overall!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very sad, but very beautiful!

dylan responds:

Thank you!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

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.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Animation was fluid with a few slight improvable points. Choice of music was superb to drive the message "home" of this music animation. Great work!

dylan responds:

Well, it was a music video, so it wasn't so much "choice of music" as it was "choice of visuals."


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Great animation and I liked the song, fit together perfectly.

dylan responds:

Thanks! I'm also happy with how well the tones matched.