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!



I love how everything has a monochromatic color except for the markings on the masks. The story seems very cool and self-explanatory enough. I love the animation you do when you redraw each picture, but I didn't really like the parts that used motion tweens (example: the arms) and squeezed the characters around.

But I like its eerie environment, too. Also the music you made is very nice.

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Creative work.

I'd really like to see this go on, possibly create a whole new series? It's a really unique idea, something I haven't seen in a while.

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Pahgawk responds:

Personally, I think I'm just going to end up moving on to other things. I sort of feel that if I try to squeeze any more out of this idea, the creativity would be strained and the message would be lost. But I will make other things of a similar nature, not to worry :)

In most of my time on NG..

I've rarely seen a story of any value being told. It represents captivity that lives on in us, or the feeling that captivates us. We see it all the time: Kid is too scared to confess something. But this... THIS made an even bigger picture. To show we hide behind false emotions, hiding behind the masquerade.


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I only wish you expanded more on this, like why they wore masks or exactly how many normal people there were. The fact you got this so well without any context or dialouge is incredible.

Really enjoyed it

I don't see videos like this very often and you told the story amazingly well with no words. Good job

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4.42 / 5.00

Jan 3, 2012
9:32 PM EST
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