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Simple short film expressing life and death, good and evil.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this short film and I would love to hear what you think :)

Update: I cannot believe that this flash received front page! Thankyou Tom and all of the viewers!

Note: Sorry there is no preloader. This film is rather small so it should load relatively fast on any connection.



I think your short was just...amazing. It was beautiful in every way...I loved the music. It was just...I don't know. It's definitely going in my favorites.

Thank you for submitting it. :)

Amazing.. Really...

Absolutely beautiful.
Jesus Christ, I started to cry... ;D


??????????wtf???????????. uhh what was i gonna say.............. god damned commies derailing my train of thougt.... ahhjahdahd god dammit!!!!!!!!! uhh yea nice job,charming lil like 7 year old kinda grafiks (not a bad thing btw) im dut potn 3v3ryth1ng a5 1o cu2 1 feel5 l1k3 1t


Some things don't even take words to express, this is one of those things.

P.S. I know its not humorous or interactive ETC, but I wanted to make sure you had a good score.
P.S.S. (Is it PSS or PPSS?) I was the 666th person to view this... which is pretty freaky considering the heater just happens to be on full blast.

Simplicity is Beauty

Often the best stories are the kind that can be translated into any language because they have no words. Often the best stories are the ones that draw no conclusions and leave the viewer to decide for him or herself. Deciduous is both these things.

Presented without dialogue, Deciduous nevertheless speaks to its viewer. It gives no moral but there are dozens that can be interpreted. The figure on the skateboard throws away the one item with any bright color in his world. How many times do we do the same thing in our own lives and the world around us, throwing away the meaningful things? The angelic figure struggles, then finds the source of his enlightenment in the tools of his tormentor. The tormentor becomes the instrument of his own destruction. And in the end, we're left to wonder if the tormentor might be redeemed one day himself.

The muted palette is quite elegant and the figures are deceptively simple. The motion is exquisite, smooth and nuanced with tiny details, like the movement of the skateboarder's hair when he falls off. The figures are never static even when they sit still. When the two characters interact there is equally interesting and appropriate motion from both -- Chen does not neglect one figure for the other. And, of course, the way the angelic figure rises from the ground is both innovative and skillful and just plain interesting to watch.

The music mirrors everything else: simple and elegant, yet it sets and changes the tone effectively. It's very appropriate and the overall animation is short enough that it doesn't become too repetitive.

All in all, this is a masterful piece of work, touching and endearing. It's clear a great deal of careful consideration was put into Deciduous, and the result is a story that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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4.35 / 5.00

May 15, 2005
8:40 PM EDT
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