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The Legend Of Shad

rated 3.64 / 5 stars
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Comedy - Original

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Jan 10, 2010 | 4:58 PM EST

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Update 1/11/10: HOLY CRAPSICLES!!! DAILY 9TH YESTERDAY! Wow I'm so amazed! Thanks everyone!!!!

Shad is a little guy off to a mysterious castle. Join him on his legendary adventure!

Format: Frame-By-Frame - 12 fps
Created by Jordan Sparks.
This is my first flash EVER, besides some random tutorials and some experimental junk I've done. I first started this in March 2009 but when it was halfway done, I was able to get it as my final project for my Co-Op course and was able to quickly finish it. Tell me what you think!

Note: There's a special easter egg of sorts in one of the menus. See if you can find it.
Note2: Apparently there is a Zelda character also named Shad. I had no idea about that making this so that wasn't my intention.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

When's the next installment?

I think everyone here has hit the nail on the head.

For a first animation it's really good and show you have loads of potential.

There's a bit of code on the internet you may find useful, essentially it programs a box on the top layer that's invisible but acts like a camera. That way instead of trying to move 2 characters, the background and props at once, you could just move Shad and the camera box.

I look forward to your future work.

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SuperSpark responds:

Thanks! Glad you liked it!

Do you mind sending me a PM telling me where I can find that program you're talking about. It sounds super useful!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Hmm... not bad, for a first flash...

For your first flash, this is good work! Just a few tips:

- Work on improving your artwork (this will come with time and practice)
- Some of your shots were a little bit too drawn out (the unmoving shot of the road at the beginning comes to mind, as does the shot where Shad is looking from the ground up at Block-Head)
- Tone it down on the videogame sounds. They're funny in moderation, but they ARE a tad cliche and only begin to get more and more annoying the more often you use them.

That being said, Shad and his spiky li'l Sonic-esque hairdo are adorable. I think that, with a bit a work, you could turn this into a series worth following.



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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Nice work!

I think there were a tad bit TOO many sounds from video games, and maybe the idea was just that, but I think it was a bit of an overkill, loved the Rick Roll part, since it happens to everyone, all the time, voted a 5 for you mate, keep it up, if you get better, maybe you can start a serie :)

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


I'm impressed how well this came out!
I will however give out some advices and some things to improve on...

Constructive advices: As the movie started, I noticed that the outlines are relatively large. To help with this problem, try zooming in to help reduce the bold lines. As Shad starts skipping merrily through the road, the signs seems to be passing rather quickly and are a little unreadable. Maybe you can try to help that by having signs pop up on the sides in a comical manner. I also noticed that when Block-head is facing towards the viewer, he seems a bit stretched out and flattened on the sides. To fix this, try to work on your perspectives a little and study how to manage those tricky views. There's also the matter of frame-per-second issue as well. To create an effective animation, try to have the FPS at the minimum of at least 24. I recommend 36 FPS, but be warned though! The more FPS you have, the greater the space is required! However, it can make your animations more fluid-like and less choppy.

Praising: Because this is your first animation and you tried your best (which came out great btw), You came a long way for that! The comedic way the cartoon has shown now shows that you have potential for a greater cartoons to put more laughter later as your skills would improve. You also manage to put in a music video of the song in the flash that seems to fit into a TV screen that you made (Well done on that!). The fight scene was short, but it did give me more to expect great things later as your skills improve.

I have animated once, but it was rushed and incomplete. However, I learned quite alot in just a short amount of time and put forth my maximum effort myself. I hope you improve yourself and become a great animator in the future! As far as I seen this animation, It's pretty well made! Congratulations!

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SuperSpark responds:

Thanks for the review! I'll be sure to take that into account next time.

I'm especially taking your advice on the frame rate.When I started I barely cared about it and it worked out alright... Then the fight scene came and I realized how screwy 12 fps was. By then I was too far in to mess with the frame rate.

I'm glad you liked it! :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Cute, I definitely encourage you to make more.

You're pretty nicely talented. I think you can probably become as big as you want to be with this sort of thing. Good luck! :-)

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