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Shattered Heaven

Episode 1 "The Path Laid Out"

An original mecha animated web series based off the novel series of the same name.

A hundred years has passed since the rebirth of humanity. A new world, born from a catastrophe of its own making. The world has grown and technology has advanced. Genesis Global, the world's fore front developer of mechanized frames continue to help educate new generations. The New Year is upon us. For each year, a new path is revealed.

Cast in order of appearance

Narrator: Ty Konzak
Extras: Tamtu Bui, Heidi Tabing, Gerardo Paz
Mike Aquilus: Carlos Moreno
Grace Cooper: Corinne S.
Christina Efflorenso: Michelle Deco
Sean Repens: Brian Gilbert
Jen Fama: Jasmine Carbonell
Amy Caecus: Kira Buckland
Adam Novus: Adam Tilford
Severen: Niel Sumter
Catherine Henning: Brittany Lauda
Sarah Henning: Holly Hampson
Stephen Novus: Greg Nugent
Veronica Laboro: Jessi Nowack

Music composed by Project Trinity

Ending theme
"Broken Machine"
Performed by Amanda Lee
Lyrics and composition by Luke Thomas

Purchase the full song here - http://shatteredheaven.bandcamp.com/

Follow the series:

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/ShatteredHeaven
Twitter - https://twitter.com/christilford

First novel available on Kindle -
http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Heaven-Sins-Soul-ebook/dp/B007QOVL38

Reviews


RevoRobbaRevoRobba

Rated 4 / 5 stars August 19, 2013

I have a couple of questions:

I haven watched them, but I also are not all to motivatzed to spend the time researching it, but: There are a hell load of videos of you since 2008 about this series. Is this the remake? The intro is the story that passed by in the first series, eh? Interessting. Surely the story has potential. I concure though that you have to improve the character development and the voices to make it intersting enough to follow it.

You should check out this series. http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/116666 Flash selfmade y someone who started less skillfull as you are right now, but the dramatics are just better. The characters are shown one at a time, the sounds are confident and suit the atmosphere and the viewer is motivasted to watch even though some huge animationflaws

Though I enjoy the lenghts of the conversation in the party. It takes alot of bravery to make such a long conversation. And hell yea, I really do. Dramatirgicly you should consider though that you can start small. Littler bits af information and some riddles to the charactes. Maybe consider let the viewer dive slowely thourgh them, not let the characters introduce them entirly and then look where they leed. But well. Consider and make your choises.


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nikedrummer33 responds:

Chronologically, this takes place before the previous ones. This follows the first novel. The first series I started with was a sequel to the 3rd book. It was stupid to present something visual to a new audience without explaining the characters. But I look at it as practice at animating since I'm a writer, not an animator. I'm aware of Xin. This episode is really the only episode like this, I should have cut out some of the character interactions, but what's done is done. And I am happy with how this came out overall as it's a big improvement to how I used to animate.

The intro is pretty much the prologue from the actual book, it's more of a history of the world that they're in. But there's a lot of reasons as to why it's set up as it is. Since this is based off of a novel, everything is already set up and I'm not writing things as I go. While it is mecha, and there will be plenty of action, it is a character drama. Where it's shown how they start off and how they change and grow to where they end up by the middle and end of the series. Only 2 characters really had development or introductions in this episode, Adam and Amy since their conversation had the most actual depth. While there were others introduced, they were just sort of, there as foreshadowing for future things.. The issues that were present in this episode won't be in the following ones. I feel like the first episode was the biggest hurdle to get over.


EVAunit1EVAunit1

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars August 19, 2013

It's like watching a poorer version of Gundam SEED. The voice acting was shit. Your opening narrator had the worst British accent I've ever heard. As far as animation goes, I'm sure your just starting out so there is no need to harp on that. But your mech designs are awful. Your angles need to be sharper and shades NEED to be improved. Also the color scheme on the mechs are just bland for their kinda flashy details. Finally the plot is paper thin and the characters are introduced almost all at once. Don't pack the first episode with character crap in an attempt to get viewers to care. Also it's even worse to hear one dimensional characters explain other one dimensional characters. If ALL of these fuckers are as important as you make them out to be then develop them over time. Also dude your ending screams Gundam SEED.



ZHADOW125ZHADOW125

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars August 19, 2013

gundam, and zoids? ....its all been done same plot same story line, but theres nothing wrong with you doing it but be careful on copyrights laws, dont get sued.



jawaiahjawaiah

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars August 19, 2013

Pretty sick fight animations, I deducted 1/2 star because:

1) The Intro was fucking cheesy as hell, the narrator's accent was unbearable for some reason, it sounded fake or something. Had to skip past the intro.

2) The script in general was really boring.

3) Animations of people talking need serious improvement.

Especially if you're gonna make dialog and storyline a key component of your animation, you gotta work on 2 and 3. Otherwise, cool shit, cheers.


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coutecoute

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars August 18, 2013

The animation is not very good but I'm not going to hold that against you or this flash like some others. Everyone has their own current skill level and I'm sure you're going to improve greatly if you keep at it. There are plenty of interesting and exciting flashes with animation that is on par or worse than this flash.

However, this flash is neither interesting or exciting.

Some of it has to do with the animation, it's very lifeless at some places and there's some very bad timing in others. But, like I said, I trust that you will improve on that in time.

It mostly has to do with the fact that even though this is an "intro" episode, it has too much exposition which really drags it down. I feel like too many characters have been introduced and you try to characterize each one of them too soon.

It also leaves me wondering how many episodes you plan for this series. If it's on the shorter side I would have recommended cutting out a few of the characters. Nonetheless, many of these characters should have been saved for later. Some could have been introduced briefly and then characterized later, even in flashback to explain what they were doing in episode 1. There could have been a few short scenes introducing the side characters and show a little of how they relate to the story / main character but it was just way over done in this episode.


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