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Straw Boats Borrow Arrows

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Apr 6, 2009 | 8:23 PM EDT
  • Daily 4th Place April 7, 2009

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This is "Straw Boats Borrow Arrows", adapted from a part of Luo Guanzhong's classic chinese novel The Three Kingdoms. I entered it in a contest for short movies (5 minutes or less; this cut is available on youtube - just search "Straw Boats Borrow Arrows"), but I made an extended version just for you guys. xD It's not a comedy, nor is it some bloody showdown - its a battle of wits featuring one of the greatest military minds of all time.

Zhou Yu, director general for the Southland forces under Sun Quan, is jealous of Zhuge ("zhu-guh") Liang, director general of Liu Bei's forces (united with Sun Quan at this time, to oppose Cao Cao's invasion force from the north). So Zhou Yu conceives of a scheme to eliminate Zhuge Liang - he asks for 100,000 arrows for the army, and he wants them in ten days. Failure, he emphasizes, will be met with death, according to military law. Zhuge says he'll do it in three days. Thus our story begins.

To reviewers: I appreciate and read every constructive review, and I'm always eager for suggestions on how I could improve. In particular, I'd very much like to know what you thought of the story, which I had a hard time adapting so the context still came across. I made the music myself, despite not really being a music person, so if you have something to suggest, try not to use too much music terms, cuz I'll have no idea what you mean. I know all the people who did the voices (most aren't members of NG) so if you've got somethin to say to them, I'll pass it on.

Special thanks to Tom for letting me upload this huge file (sorry to everyone for the large file, movie's got a lot of 3D shots, so hopefully its worthwhile in the end)

For the first time in any of my movies, there's an easter egg! Who can find it? (if you're stumped, I'll probably post its location on my userpage later, or you can PM me) What do you think of it? Should I ever do it again? Feel free to give me some advice.

Edit: Daily 4th, not bad! Thx again to Tom, and to everyone who voted. Keep sendin reviews tho, I'll keep readin.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Well done, but my ears are hurting

The work in the 3D rendering was clear, so I'll let the 18MB slide. My only gripe was with the audio quality. I know that it can't be helped if you're using a cheap mic, but poor sound can really detract from the overall experience

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RPGsrok responds:

Well glad you liked teh 3D (took frickn hours to render). Audio huh? Well, I think there's a few things I can try, but overall, ur right - I probably need a better mike. If u know any tips about avoiding such problems (I got a pop filter, but I guess I need work on finding the optimal distance from the mike...) plz send 'em over. Thanks for reviewing


Rated 5 / 5 stars


The animation in this flash was really good; especially the 3D parts. The voices could've been heard better, but it wasn't really an issue.

All in all, it's a great animation and the story is very interesting!

Keep it up! :)

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


Great job, but some downlays, other than that. Great!