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ludas animans Ep. 3

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Before you watch it, MAKE SURE THE QUALITY IS SET TO LOW. If it isn't put it on low, the blur effects will look really crappy if the movie is set on medium or high.

I began working on Ep. 3 right after Ep. 2 and it didn't take me that long to finish it seems. Scene 2 is probably the one that took me the longest to animate since I had so much going on that scene, like the life bars, the numbers, plus going and trying to find suitable special effects for that scene. I don't remember how many games I played through to find the special effects I wanted. The town environments took a bit to make since the town and the shop were both made using tiles from RPG Maker. I had finished the outside portion of the town during the making of Episode 2 (which was where it was originally supposed to be used), and the shop I made during the making of this one. The final scene took me a while to finish because I couldn't find any suitable backgrounds to what I had envisioned in my mind for this particular "dungeon" so I think I spent around five hours playing through a bunch of games trying to find what I was looking for. The main things I wanted in it were a computer console and a container of some type in a lab setting. The game closest to what I wanted was in Spider-Man for the Super Nintendo, though it kind of changed what I had originally planned for that place since the lab I envisioned looked nothing like the Spider-Man one.

Geez, I'm rambling. I guess that's what I do when I'm practically minutes away from falling asleep. I think I worked on the finishing touches for about 8 hours....whew, I'm beat.

WARNING: This episode contains no action!! So if you're the type that only likes action, then you'll most likely be disappointed. That's about all I have to say. Hope you like the movie.

Movie Stats:

Approximately 13 minutes 13 seconds
20 Frames a second
12607 total frames [UPDATE: 12810]
Frame Size 611 x 362
25 Sounds
Made with Swish 2.0

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very cool.

Even I actualy seen ep 4 and 5 befor i realied I missed this one. Even tho their was no fighting the story telling was good. you said you made this in swift ?? does it make it easy or maybe even quicker then making sprite movies in flash? Also ur lucky you rip ur own stuff. You can create any movie you can imagine. i should invest in ripping.

KNanakase responds:

9/15/06 11:24am

I used Swish 2.0 for all the episodes before episode 6.4; for episode 6.4 I moved up to Swish Max. I used Swish first for making my movies because it was the only flash program I found way back then. I got Flash MX a lot later (around when I was working on episode 6.1), and I tried it, but I couldn't do anything on that program. It was complicating for me to do the simplest things, so I just stuck with Swish.

About the ripping, yeah, I do it all myself (excluding the sprite sheets I use for a few characters). If you're gonna do that, good luck and prepare for a lot of work ahead of you.

Good stuff

Good work! Time to watch Ep4...


I just can't wait for the part 4!!! When will you finish it???

KNanakase responds:

It's a pretty long story of why it hasn't been released yet. Long story short, my computer and internet connection totally screwed up and I pretty much had to do a full system recovery. This happened around the 2nd or 3rd week of June. By then, episode 4 was practically finished. I just need to add one or two sound effects I didn't have, but without a working computer or internet until now, I couldn't realy do much. Anyways, I will hopefully release Episode 4 soon.

Another good one.

Another nice addition to the series.
The animation flows as well as the others, and the plot continues to build up well. The new character was good, too, as was the cliffhanger/foreshadowing at the end.
I also liked the music a lot in this one- it really went well with what was happening in the movie, and helped keep things moving along, making it easier to get into.
You did another great job with this one, KNanakase... keep it up!


Even though there were lots of text, you chose the right music which didn't make it boring. I enjoyed it and I hope to see the next episode.

Credits & Info

4.05 / 5.00

Apr 19, 2004
5:50 PM EDT
  • Daily 4th Place April 20, 2004