"The Cottage" - (Credits)

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UPDATE 1-28-2009
Though I know a lot of people were pretty stoked about this, I think it has a 95% chance of never coming to pass. As you can tell, it's in like a 12FPS, no play button, choppy animation, etc and I didn't really want to go back and fix it once I progressed in my knowledge of Flash and whatnot. Because of this, I have thus undergone a NEW project, equally as large scale, but much different as well. So this may at some point come back down off the shelf, but more then likely this will simply be a fictional trailer and nothing more. Thanks for watching, nonetheless :D Cheers

-This is the opening "credits" to an animation I'm starting in Flash CS3. This is my first flash movie, so it's taking me forever to do, seeing as I'm learning as I go. I am simply watching tutorial online and getting some ideas of how things work. Also, I've noticed that this is quite a large file-size for the length of the movie so far. Not exactly sure why, but hopefully I'll figure out a way to reduce the size w/out reducing the quality.

-Story: This is,as mentioned, the opening sequence to what will become a full soundtrack, multi-actor voice dialog film that I am imagining will be anywhere from 8-9min to as much as possibly 15-20, depending on many many factors. The basis of the story is this: The main character, Kate, is in a great relationship. Her and her boyfriend of many years never fight and seem to be in love. However, one day while stopping by his apartment unexpectedly, she finds him in bed with another woman. Now Kate has a very severe case of anxiety and claustrophobia and so with this newly added stress she decides to leave the city and spend a weekend or so at her family's cottage in the mountains. Wide open space, no people around, and she has a brand new kitten that she decides to bring along. Everything seems fine, until certain events start to unfold and slowly confine her to smaller and smaller areas. At first she cannot make it to the nearest town and eventually is confined to her home. This film will be an emotionally driven thriller that I hope will turn out great!

-ANY suggestions or Flash Tips whatsoever are greatly appreciated! I'm such a newbie at this, but so far I'm loving it. I hope you enjoy this short clip! :)

(Also) Proverbs 6:6 Entertainment is stated in the credits. This is a fictional company I've created for myself to be used as a sort of signature for this and any future animations/films I will do. In the bible that verse more or less says hey, don't be lazy. I've taken it as if you want something done, do it yourself if possible. Instead of pitching this idea to someone, I decided to take the initiative and learn Flash and create it myself. Hence the fictional production company name. Just FYI. :D



Your problem is, the amount of effort going into detail affects the effort in the motion of the characters, clearly you have a talent for drawing, the sounds were great but the movements weren't good and it was the only core let down.

All i ask is that you hold off on this movie, you need to put in more frames, animate smoother even if it decreases detail, unfortunately tweening isn't always the best way to animate it's very static, and smooth tweens come with a stack of layers for simple movements in some cases.

You might think it's taking you way too long to do the simplest of things, but welcome to the animation business, yeah it does it's faster than traditional means, yet it still takes an awfully long time even with traditional concepts in mind in computer animations.

so in a nutshell, i think you need to improve on your animation and not make it look so static..because in the long run people will care more about the animation than the drawing, after all it's what it's all about.

You've got the hardest aspect down, being the drawing the learning to animate is the easier part IMO so, just figure out what style suits you better, FBF tweening or otherwise, i suggest a vector camera especially for the scene with the car movement, it was awful slow. (sorry if you have it already it was hard for me to notice)

As for compression, in the main timeline you should contain animations in symbols (Graphics) you have more control over them, but you need to be aware of when different ones que etc, having loose drawings inside the main timeline really loads up on the file size, decreasing the amount of lines, and gradients is good too, convert lines to fills will make things look more authentic as well as smaller file size, adding scenes and having a clean timelines good too, just keep things layered, symbolised without too much going on at once to slow everything down, you'll be fine and make sure you save to compress when done.

And..last point reading your description or not, viewing this movie..some people should get a sense of what the trailer is getting at or what message it's giving, i didn't really see it, yet maybe it's really hard to get the message you want across, it's easy for you to see it for others, like me not so much, just keep in mind a lot of people are too lazy to read the description yet it's there problem i guess, it's no big deal.

a feature length..as a first project is very ambitious and you seem determined, you're doing really well for a first flash it's really really surprising, and good things will come from you, just watch your animation and the movements then watch some others, you'll know what I'm talking about.

good luck.

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good start

Not bad at all, very creative. I like how you are making a serious film rather than a parody or comedy like most do. I like how you actually took the initiative to do this yourself. You are very capable, so good job.

Some tips - your art is very nice, very well done, but work on your animation which is very choppy and tween-based. Use more frame by frame and maybe a higher frame rate and more fluid drawings so it looks more life like and less stiff. While the art was good, I only enjoyed it when it was still, the stiff and robotic movement is very unappealing.

Great syncing of audio, I hope you are going to use voice acting - and read up on exporting sound so your voice acting has great quality. If you're planning on getting actors, look to www.voiceactingclub.com there are many talented people there willing to help. Good luck!

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OMFG! This looks quite sexy!

Dude... that was one of the most sexy things... but come on! Newgrounds for a high-quality serious project? maybe u should add it on a more serious page...

But tell me what page it would be cause this sure looks sexy! :D

good, but doesn't belong here.

your animation looked great so i hate to bring this up but unfinished work doesn't really belong here, stuff like trailers and unfinished peices are referred to as ng alphas and should be posted on ng.mag(theres a link to it on the nav bar and on the submissions page) aslo, posting on ng.mag may benificial, feedback is usually better there because there are less newbs posting silly unconstructive reviews about how good or bad you are. out of the latest 5 reviews for this piece, there sems to be only one person who gave useful feedback. you asked for suggestions and flash tipsand you mostly got reviews like daeperez's review which just said "nice" , you may get more help on ng.mag.
by the way i think one way you can improve slightly is by adding more tone to the face, the image at the top of the page next to the "watch this movie" link, the girl in the pic only has shadow under her chin, i think it will look better if there was more dark tones on the people, it wil definately bring the quality up to the high stanard of the rest of the animation.


The quality is amazing. I have to admit im not too keen on animations that have a dark and misterious tone to it (thats just my personal taste), but full credit goes to you anyway :)


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3.91 / 5.00

Apr 27, 2008
5:23 AM EDT
  • Daily 4th Place April 28, 2008