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A Boy & His Vision Quest

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Jan 8, 2005 | 6:49 PM EST

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*Update: Daily Second Place and Front Page!? Oh joy!! Muchos gracias Tom Fulp! W00t, it was fun answering reviews from you people, me and Martin read some and were happy with the response.. while some ...were funny. Thanks to everyone and Joe Rodgers for support.*

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..and for those of you who like to read about what you watch, here we go:

About this movie:
This is my third submission to Newgrounds.. and not surprisingly, its another school project! This time, it is for my Grade 11 World Religion Course. The assignment was to present some material covered from the course and I got native spirituality. I teamed up with my good friend Martin to take this massive project on and I thought it would be cool to make an animation. This was started.. late November with me going on a school trip to a native preservation area, I was hoping to interview someone who was native but the whole Sha-bang was run by white people. Haha, kinda ironic. But I did get to see what a long house looked and other stuff, whatever. So then for the first time ever, I decided to story board a movie before I start it, and that took a while because I timed it with the song I choose. (Gladiator Theme Song = Enya - Now We Are Free). Once that was done, I started animating in early December, then on my Christmas Break I had it done..with alot of complaints. So I was editing and making things look less stupid for the past week. My friend Martin would sit beside me for hours and watch me animate slowly, providing insight and making me laugh to help me get through the tedious process. He also did some editing by telling me to fix things >_< …I know the animation is kinda choppy and slow but that is because the frame rate is low and when I speed it up, it does not go with the song.. oh well. It is only my third movie so before I ever get good I have to make a few stepping stones. By the way, the little picture thingy for this movie was crafted by my net-savy friend Joe, good job.

About the story:
The theme is native spirituality. It is about a boy, around age thirteen, going on his vision quest. And what a vision quest is you ask? Well it is a coming of age ordeal and it varies depending on what natives do it. A boy has to leave his family and go off on his own into nature and survive until he has sought guidance from “The Great Spirit” which appears to him in the form of an animal usually. It is a spiritual journey of reflection and inner maturity. So this is what I portrayed in my movie, a boy maturing through his vision quest.

So I hope you have a nice time watching the colourful movie. I made my own art style for this, no black in the movie other then the fade-to-black-screen parts. I tried to stay away from anime because I am tried of it all. So with some day-dreaming and sketches in my binder when I was not paying attention in class, I crafted the boy and molded a style for him. Thanks for reading, if your still with me here. I will try to answer the reviews so tell me what you think… I wonder what my fans, (all 1 of you) think of it… =)



Rated 5 / 5 stars


This was very deep I'd have to say. I like how the boy grew up to be a father and he had a son who was going on the same quest as him.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

its beautiful....

the message and the music is what makes this...everyone should/does have a vision quest of sorts...w/o one you truly dont know who u are....

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Rated 0 / 5 stars

oh shit oh shit

wow what kinda village was that only 1 house where do fuck do they just have huge orgy or something that would be sweet did not get the story at all how bout u make an orgy movie yay orgy

your biggest fan elrice93
p.s. orgy


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


I loves it! good animation, but i agree it is a bit choppy and nice song, it gives it feeling


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Needs more depth

I understand that you were unable to actually speak to someone who has been on a vision quest, so I am not going to get all crazy on you about what they are really like. I would suggest for your next project, though, that you try to do some online research before tackling something this huge. It'll make all the difference to your audience if it is more truthful.
The artwork was a little cartoony, but I know they never give you enough time for these assignments, so I would say try to do more shading and detailing on things that you have more time to do.
I do have one more suggestion. It makes me crazy when people post assignments and don't say what grade they got! :)

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