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The First Christmas

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Dec 14, 2009 | 3:14 PM EST

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The First Christmas by M. Aurelius Rhodes. Animating made with Synfig and preloader with flash. This is my first animation. HUGE thanks to Patrick of Godlimations and everyone who helped with this submission.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Left out a few things.

I do agree with VoxDeo on all things. The audio needed some cleaning up obviously, and the entire deal sort of actually gave me a view of religious tolerance among beings (of course, I follow the same biblical sense as the animation showed above). The only thing that I think you had off was the whole story. If I remember correctly, it was an Angel that came down from Heaven, telling the 3 Bishops to go to Bethlehem and give gifts to the child of God. Also, I think that it was a star that guided them there, not just the Angel or God (whoever you were picturing) telling them to go to Bethlehem and somehow they find their way there through the pitch black darkness of the night. You got the message across to me though. I salute your efforts and, throughout these hard times and countless endeavors of our nation, wish you a "Merry Christmas."

DvorakStudios responds:

I have heard many different versions of the story. One involving a child finding his way into a cave one night to find Jesus (or the Saviour) sleeping in a carved log of wood, another involves three angels trying to find a gift for Christ to give him on his birth. The animation above has the version of several shepherds (I have three but a number was never given) being informed of the Saviors birth by an angel and visiting him that night. Later in the story, it reads that Wise men (again, no specific number given) visits Christ two years later by fallowing a star to give him three gifts. I might do that second part this year. Thanks for your version, though! :D Were did you here it? It sounds very similar to another religious story I read... Thanks for your review and Merry Christmas!!!


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Yes and No...

As much as I find this a seemingly odd place to pitch the notion of serious Christianity (just look at the religion collection), I found this in no way to be offensive, preaching, and in the end, overall delivered a nice, simple flash that quietly gets across a positive message. 3/5 and 7/10. Points lost for the audio. Slight background fuzz with popping noise. Did you record the music or did you find it? Otherwise good work. And as much of an agnostic as I am, I salute you a, "merry Christmas."

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DvorakStudios responds:

Thanks! Yes, I did record the music. It sounded fine until I rendered the video. Then it had the popping and the fuzz in the background. I would have worked on it to rid the audio of this, but I had a deadline. MAN do I hate deadlines... Thanks for the review! :D