Len - ep. 1 - part 2/2

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thank you to everyone that liked this enough to help make it daily feature. I already have another series in the works and we might continue this one with a more action-oriented plot. thanks again, and I'll try to respond to all of your reviews.

made this for a school project over a year ago. it's our first flash movie.

this is part 2 of 2 parts, so you should probably see part 1 first, if you haven't yet. we probably won't be continuing this series unless there is some kind of demand for it. it was mostly an exercise to help us learn.


**To clarify: This movie was originally made in Flash and then it was edited in a video editor for output to DVD. For Newgrounds, I re-imported that video back into Flash, and had to keep it under file-size limits. That's why it looks kind of fuzzy. In other words, it's not stolen and sorry for the low picture quality. Peace.

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the wind was only thing i thought unbearable

the fuzzyness i could handle but i mean other then that it was a good and solid short
the only thing is that you make me jealous reading the last comment under me lol i used to be in the story telling and left it for a little but back to the flash it was good i liked it and could really get into a series

RonaldRaven responds:

thank you, I appreciate the review. I still hope to make another episode in this series some day. we'll see what happens, but it is encouraging that people want to know what happens next.

I'm not sure exactly what you were saying about story telling, but I think I understand. hey, I know it's hard sometimes for us to do the things we aspire to do because of all the work and planning involved. often life and our own indecisiveness get in the way. but hopefully we can overcome, eh? good luck with getting your own stories off the ground. peace.


You have it. Quality however, not so much. I realize that many conversions made it really fuzzy but even beyond that, the sounds of the wind got really annoying after a while. Also, are we ever gonna get any background about this? Is it some sort of cowboy apocalypse?

RonaldRaven responds:

thank you for the kind words and honest criticism. indeed, looking back at this work, there are a lot of things that seem almost laughable to me now. of course, we were proud at the time since it was our first serious flash movie, and in some ways it actually exceeded our admittedly low expectations.

the quality issue, though, was something that chafed me ever since I first uploaded it. actually, the current file size limits on Newgrounds would have been more than adequate to put the whole episode in one flash and at decent quality. but at the time the size limit was lower, and this was the best I could do without dropping some of the effects I added in post. also, I agree with you about the wind sound effects. when we put this together we had some rather limited resources and experience. we tried to layer the sound in such a way that it was not too repetetive, but a better recording would have helped immensely.

we actually had a very long and detailed backstory for the movie, including the histories of several characters and world events that led to what you see in this movie. I think part of the reason for the rigor was that it was being done for an open-ended school project in which we could design our own assignment and set timelines that were approved before the project began. thus we had to check in with people at different stages in the pipeline, since the people grading it weren't really familiar with the animation process, and we ourselves were just learning.

it may have been even a little too ambitious, since the actual animation never made it past the intro (the ending that is there now was just a last ditch effort to finish it at a point that made sense). it was a lot more time-consuming to do the actual music and animation than we had initially planned. looking back on the story now, even though it has some elements from the well-established "post-apocalyptic" genre, I think we had a slightly different take on it that never got to be fully expressed. we even had scripts for maybe two or more additional episodes, including staging for complicated action sequences, as well as an overall idea for where the story would go. this material was meant to be the real beginning of the character development in the main story arc. what you see so far is just an introduction that was meant to raise questions and get people interested in and acquainted with the alternate universe in the story.

so I guess the short answer is that there was *supposed* to be more background in this story. it's interesting to see that people are still occassionally watching this and wondering about it even now. we had thought about picking this series up again and continuing it the way it was originally planned. maybe we will one day. I guess it would be a shame to let all that work go to waste.

anyway, thanks again for the review. peace.


perfect movie i hope you do make more it would be a shame if you didnt i would like to see the story line develop up to now it looks like the story of a hollywood movie and who knows if you continue with such excellent work it could be

RonaldRaven responds:

hey, thanks again. when we first made the movie almost three years ago we actually had a fully fleshed-out story planned, but we didn't have time to finish even a fraction of what we were aiming for. one day maybe we will continue this series, since we already have the script pretty much ready to go. I'm trying to work on some other projects right now, though. I just have so many unfinished ideas, and really I need more practice before I can do the kind of animation I've been planning for this series (including massive battle/action sequences). but who knows maybe someday there will be a Len ep. 2. until then, look out for my future stuff. and thanks for the kind words, man. having fans like you is definitely motivation for me to get back into animating.

oh, and good luck with your own animations, man. I'll be looking forward to them!


((( WOW )))

Wow i was more impressed with the graphics like characters and some nice designs overall, verywell don artworks its always great to see such detail and effort put into flash like this, i loved it from the start to finish, nice job indeed, hope to see more soon...


RonaldRaven responds:

i'll try to do some more stuff soon


That was probubly the best looking flash that i have ever watched. I loved how the robot stuck its leg into the earth...that was a nice detail. I really liked the other one too! In the other post you state that you spent 80+ hours on this and in my opinion it shows. The only isues was that it was so short (Thus the 2 for humor 8P)and the graphics were a little choppy like the other one was 8(. MAKE MORE I LOVED THIS FLASH!!! If you make more it will make a lot of ppl happy 8D lol.

RonaldRaven responds:

hey, I'm glad you liked it, man. it feels good to know people appreciate the time that went into this. And, yeah, it was pretty funny that it was so short, :P. I'm planning to do more flash animations in the future. I have so many ideas, but not a lot of free time. but hopefully I will prevail. the choppiness was due to compression, so I'll try to avoid that in the future. anyway, thanks again and look out for what's to come, dude.

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Jun 27, 2005
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