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Ballad of the Reaper

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Dec 29, 2010 | 10:41 AM EST

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PLEASE READ BEFORE WATCHING: Due to extreme clipping, I've been forced to turn the volume of the music down quite a lot. Because of this, you might want to turn your speakers's volume up for the best experience (there's a sound effect in the beginning that is quite loud, though, but after that there's just low-volume music).

A story about death, told through drawings and music.

This is a collaboration between myself (RandomStar) and a friend of mine (PLaU). I came up with the story, directed the drawings, composed original music and put the whole thing together in flash, while PLaU did the drawings. It has been in the works longer than I think any of us are willing to admit, but the final result is here now and I hope you will enjoy it!

This flash has truly been a bitch to make; everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. This includes symbols being swapped or appearing where they're not supposed to be, movie lagging seemingly without reason, music clipping and ultimately forcing me to decrease the quality of it, filesize becoming HUGE which led to a lot of compressing before I finally managed to get it below 10 MB, and flash has overall not been cooperating with me at all. But it's done now, and even though technical problems has made the final result not as good as I had hoped, I'm glad it's done.

Also, if you vote, I'd appreciate if you'd take some time to review it as well, I do read all reviews and probably will respond to all too. Thank you :)



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Pretty good Story

I enjoyed this, though it was a little bit gut wrenching to see the child taken away. It just seemed that this was nothing but scrolling in and out of still pictures and trying to get the music to match, unless that's the way you wanted it to look. But the art was great. Intriguing and sad. Great job.

RandomStar responds:

Thanks! Well, the whole idea was to use still pictures and sort of let them and the music speak for themselves, so there's really not much else to do than scrolling in and out; the movement is just there to bring some extra life into it, rather than actually serve any animatative (is that even a word?) purpose.