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Diary of a Lone Butterfly

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Jun 3, 2009 | 2:31 PM EDT

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Secret Diary of the Lone Butterfly: Of Child's Dream and Nightmares...

Finally, the first prequel episode to the Tsunami series has arrived! In the first chapter of a probable long list of the Diary episodes, we are introduced to a mysterious character only known as The Lady Scientist, a shy, lonely gal who was, along with her uncle (known as The Machinist), one of the keys to the evolution of future androids. The story takes place a millennia ago when robots (a common term at the time) were nothing more than mere tools for humanity; only one could unlock the door to their progress, survival and salvation. While The Machinist found a way to make them think like humans, The Lady Scientist was eventually the one who would be fondly remembered by her believers throughout the universe: the one who gave them 'hearts'. Many of the themes and clues will be present, obviously and subtly, throughout the main series.

This first part of her long series of 'diary' dreams tells The Lady Scientist's dilemma to unlock the secrets of her late uncle's gift to humanity and destroy what's left of both of their sanity. The Lady Scientist, whose wondrous dream was haunted by recurrent nightmares of her uncle's forbidden ambition and her brutal fate, has no other choice than to survive by forcing herself to lead a new civilization to light.

Animated & Directed by Glen B.Wang

Story by Glen B.Wang

Screenplay by Kieran Squires and Glen B.Wang

Music composed by Selcuk 'Maestrorage' Bor

Featuring the voice of Erin 'Overshadowed' Tenelle as The Lady Scientist

Based on ideas and characters by Glen B.Wang, Anthony 'A-Log' LoGatto and the Santos Brothers
2009 (C) Glen B.Wang/A-Log/Santos Bros.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Constructive criticism

First of all, to all of you who are blindly throwing criticism at this animation, you should be ashamed of yourself. The individuals who made this animation put enormous effort into creating this. Look past the inadequate image quality and into the details put into each frame and the background. Look past the voice acting and listen to the music orchestrated just for this animation. The 'butterfly part' that so many of you claim not to see is artfully and subtly integrated into the animation, through the eyes of the scientist.

Although this animation is not the best out there, it definitely does not deserve the reckless bashing that it is currently receiving.

As for the makers of this animation, I absolutely love the Samurai Jack-esque style. Refreshing to see something new in the sea of anime-style ones drifting around Newgrounds.

It seems this is your first time animating (or posting an animation), so I will give you some constructive criticism to help you hopefully improve your future animations.

I have the impression that you drew this animation on Photoshop or a program similar to it, frame by frame. This is a notable feat indeed, but there are some downsides to this technique.

The stiffness of the movements is a common trait of Photoshop animation. The movement problem can be solved by learning the basics of animation: squash & stretch, frame spacing, etc. Google those up, they will help you greatly.

Another hitch in using Photoshop is the image quality. Although the aesthetics are better, when importing them as individual frames into an animation program, whether it be Flash or even Windows Movie Maker, the image quality is lost. To solve this problem, increase the resolution of the image from 72 dpi to 150 dpi. The image will still be slightly pixellated, but one must remember working with non-vector images has downsides.

Also, there is the issue of voice acting. I know Erin from DeviantArt and have seen some other animation projects she has voice acted for. It was surprising to see that in this animation her acting is not up to par to the other pieces. This can be because of several reasons, other than she being a bad voice actor. Which she is not.

(1) Scripting and storyboarding. It is hard for a voice actor to be in character if he or she does not know what is going on in the animation. In the script or storyboard you send to voice actor, be sure to add specific stage directions, like tone, emotion, etc.
(2) Rushed collaboration-- if you request voice acting at the last minute, then it is likely that since the voice actor needs to rush the recording, the quality would be low. Manage your time. Communicate with those who collaborate with you.

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Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Interesting Style

Unfortunately, I found the voice acting unbearable. She needs to learn a lesson about inflection and another about characterization. Oh, and another about recording quality.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

hmm make it better

I watched it only once, but I guess its enough to make some observations.

The voice has no emotion at all! Besides, it's badly recorded, can't understand some parts.

Theres something with the perspective on the characters. They dont seem to follow the same perspective lines of the rest of their bodies, or even of the setting.

This is personal, now. I don't like much the style. Its like Samurai Jack, too many straight lines.


Rated 3 / 5 stars


Well, I liked this but it confused me a lot. Also, the blocky-shaped parts for the characters made it look bad. I also agree with the others that the voice was to bland. You should have had it a weaker more mysterious voice with a little bit of fear and nervousness mixed in. You should make a new version of this video.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

nice job!

but weres the butterfly part?