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Dirt is an animation accompanying the revised version of a poem written during a search for universities. Its a response to my initial frustration with having people telling me not to write anything personal in the "personal statements"... after writing the poem I decided to actually write a "personal statement". Enough about me...I do hope you like the animation and please I would greatly appreciate you reviewing it, it would mean so much (too much?) well enjoy.


From the moment you are born. Innocence.

Everything experienced for the first time. you won't get that feeling again.

Grade school-given freedom to play in the dirt. For a limited time.

The older you get, the more humiliating it is to play in the dirt.

Self-conscious of image. Decades without a soul.

The days get shorter. Your spirit drifts away.

And before you know it. you become one with the dirt.

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Hmmm... I feel a bit derpressed now, but in a rather good way, if you know what I mean... not sad, more melancholic.

Your flash movie is touching, with a thoughtful deepness that's rather hard to find among so many other stuff in the internet. A fine piece of work, artwork as well as scripting. Great poem, you sure got talent.

If you allow me a suggestion, you wrote "Decades without a soul." But since you always want to be that that happy, innocent child again, you didn't lose your souI, you lost the feeling of inner peace. Therefore I would rather wrote "Decades without a hope.". Just an idea.

Thanks for making me think about life itself. Very refreshing for my soul!

Ef-X responds:

wow thanks for the review and suggestion. I'll be sure to add the line as soon as I have the chance. Your interpretation makes total sense; I didn't view it that way but I can see why.

oh, and no problem :D


Wow, this was extremely well made with an excellent music choice. Very important and nice points are brought up too; it makes one think how much we fail to realize the reality that is life. I'm going to watch this again after I'm done writing this, and I hope a lot of other people get to see this too. You don't find much deep stuff like this on the internet nowadays.

Ef-X responds:

Why thank you stranger. I'm glad to see your interpretation of this piece and I find it to be genuine and agreeable. May this flash be a lesson to you that you will cherish and once again I thank you very much for this review.


This actually made me feel something, and I think a lot has to do with the the simplicity of the music and artwork. Normally I would want more, but I think this is one of the few cases were it works.

My only regret was the typography was a little hard to read especially when it had lines breaking it up, or it had hyphens in weird places.

Ef-X responds:

Thanx for reviewing my work. I totally agree with the typography being all over the place, I decided to go fully experimental with it and follow what I felt rather than what I thought. This of course led to weird typography. I heard minimalism can give a great impact, and I'm glad I succeeded in getting emotions out of the viewer. Thanks for the review again.


I'm not really into poetry but I loved that poem. It was simple and poignant.
I think the music and animation complimented it nicely.
I gave this a 4 because the artwork just needs a better finish to it.
I know you were going for that simple style but I think it needs to be cleaned up a bit somehow.

Ef-X responds:

Thank you for the review. I do admit I felt that I rushed it a bit when it came to the quality of the art. Patience and time is something I'll plan to include on my next animation. Glad you liked the poem :D thanks again for checking my animation out.

memento mori

Feels really personal, like something you'd chalk up in a journal.

Kinda curious what'll happen if you'd apply colours and your own sounds :D

Wish i could tell a story in flash like that :3

Ef-X responds:

Thanks ketel for da review. I'm on the early stages of flash, so I'm just starting to get the hang of things. I haven't experimented as much with colors but I do plan to sometime later. Btw, you don't need to tell a story with flash...your music makes up for it :D
thanks again.

Credits & Info

4.50 / 5.00

Apr 16, 2011
2:47 AM EDT