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The Masquerade

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Jan 3, 2012 | 9:32 PM EST
  • Frontpaged January 16, 2012
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  • Daily 3rd Place January 5, 2012
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Author Comments

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!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

i can relate

i feel the same way he felt at school. the lone mutation in the sea of normal cells.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

best thing on newgrounds, or Earth. wut evur.

man i wish i could rate higher. CURSE YOU MAX OF 10 STARS!!
I can really relate to the main character, like the "weird kid" while every one else is the same. wonderful animation, its perfect!!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Interesting Concept

The premise of a society that masks the individual's true face and, instead, gives another that can be permanently stigmaed by a wrong choice (or, in this case, unauthorized free thought.) It made me think somewhat.
The visuals were solid and, as said, the concept was novel, but if I had to make one complaint, it would be for the music (and it is only a slight complaint at that.) A bold, piano score might have been a bit more effective with the story and visuals, but hey, that's just my opinion.
At any rate, great submission.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very cool video!

Anybody that gives this less then a 10....well FROWNY FACE FOR THEM!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very dark and interesting

I really like how you made this flash. A very creative world in which you can actually relate to reality. We feel as if we are always fighting to be the same as everyone else. The dark tone that was given in the video really captures the depression and sadness that the character goes through. A lot of simple yet very effective symbolism pieces are included and it just makes it so much greater.
Sorry if I am over thinking it but that just because I can really connect with the main character in the story. The idea of conforming to society seemed impossible to me while at the same time I did not even want to conform in the first place. People can really get a connection from all the characters in the flash and the masks (in my opinion) create a way for the viewer to relate the characters to other people that they know whether they were the main character trying to fit in or if they were the others who just wanted him to conform or degrade because they felt superior.
I like this flash and would really like to see you create more like this (in the sense that it leaves a moral or a message to the viewer).
So two high fives dude. :D

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