The Masquerade

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The entirety of this was made over the course of the last seven days. I'm actually really surprised at how efficient I was here, since I managed to get around 25 seconds done each day.

Even though the actual animation is not pristine or anything and the frame-by-frame is sort of choppy and shaky, I'm proud of how this turned out, mainly due to the atmosphere of it and the story. I think this time it actually has some meaning behind it. Also, this time I actually have some REAL INSTRUMENTS in the music. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? OMG. Except I mixed them in with synthesized versions of themselves so it's occasionally hard to tell. Oh well.

Edit: Wow, I'm genuinely amazed by the quality of these reviews! There's been a lot of thought put into each and every one of them. Thanks so much, everyone!


Only presents the question, not the answer

I give this a 9 instead of a 10 because it only presents us with a question, and doesn't really show us the answer.

Parents pretend to happy to avoid depressing their kids. Teachers pretend to be angry to scare students into doing what they want.

It's all common knowledge.

The question is - Should this be stopped? And if so, how?

This animation provides us with none of the answers. Instead, the boy gets the easy way out by having some girl magically appear to comfort him.

In real life you have to take the hard way out, you have to confront the problem. You can't rely on strangers magically appearing and comforting you.

Good job on presenting the question, now we just need the answer.

Pahgawk responds:

All that may be true; however, that was not the purpose of the video. It was not made to answer any of those questions because, really, they can't be answered. The point was just to give the message that it's ok, you're not alone, and not all is bad.

Ever watch Mawaru Penguin Drum?

This reminds me of the child broiler.

Quite poetic

Even though my ADD won't let me summarise the whole idea, I got the whole "pretending to be someone else, everyone isn't who they seem, people hide their emotions beneath predetermined roles yadda yadda yadda" message behind it. Overall it was a very nice piece, and I felt that the choppiness and uneven art style actually lent atmosphere to the whole piece. Very good work.
I'll be sure to draw a smiley on your mask.

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I truly enjoy the Idea.

The message you have in this flash is an amazing one and portrayed beautifully. Well done good sir! Keep up the great work.

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Wonderful piece of art

Really touching. Not all people would understand. Marvelous

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4.42 / 5.00

Jan 3, 2012
9:32 PM EST
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