NATA 2014: Novice Round
"Through The Eyes Of A Stranger"
Sponsored by Jaltoid and Newgrounds
From the start I fell in love with this theme. I liked the idea of having the movie take place inside a bar, and as I tried to come up with ideas, I realized I could do a prequel to my first NATA flash to further explain what was going on. When I wrote the script, I didn't actually realize how many of the situations portrayed in this movie coincide with people I know or themes that happened in my own life. So yeah, it feels pretty personal. Does this mean my father is on a secret space mission? Of course it does.
So, I kind of gave in and made their home look like the livingroom of the house where I was born. The hallway looks like my old school and even the psychiatrist office was made after a known location. Speaking of which, the shrink was based on another real life person. All other characters and locations are fictional. The backgrounds were made in photoshop, which is something I don't usually do. I was surprised with how quick I could draw those! The dotted texture was something I experimented with in the sketching stage. I really liked the comicbook feel and sense of contrast it provided so I kept it in the movie.
If I had to be deaf or blind, I'd choose to be blind. I spend a lot of time on the audio in my animations, and I hope people notice. There's a lot of foley, ambience, simulated room accoustics, compression and noise reduction going on, and I wish I had more time to perfect it. I don't record these things myself, but I spend careful time looking for sounds on the internet, which are then synchronized in flash and reconstructed in fruityloops. And of course, I couldn't have done this without the help of my amazing voice actors: SketchEffect, Chongo and Codeblackhayate. I would also like to thank VegetarianMeat, MIDImachine, Deadlyfishes, Camoshark, Stunkel and Ryeguyhead for their amazing music!