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The Masquerade

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Jan 3, 2012 | 9:32 PM EST
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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!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is more awesome

This should be in front page. Behind the animation isn't smooth in some parts, I think it give a message to the audience, and in my opinion a good animation is not having the maximun detail and tecnology, its the imagination and talent of the artist to give the message. Newgrounds should learn from artist like this.

Pahgawk responds:

Yeah, I didn't make this because I felt like practising my actual animation skills, which is what I do for a lot of my others; rather, it was because I had a story and a message that I wanted to tell. I still probably could have put more effort into the animation anyway, but oh well...
Thank you!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nice dramatic shots, good message

For the short period it took you to make, I think that gave some parts a rushed intensity to them. No parts felt stupid or unnecessary either. The message behind this is even more important. It was well executed and believable.

My favorite part was how they used masks to hide other masks, or to fit social appropriateness, and even label eachother as human beings.

Without going to deep here I'd say the delivery of the message was well done.

Pahgawk responds:

Personally, I feel that everyone has a range of masks we wear at times, and I thought the best way to portray that was to literally give people masks on top of more masks :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Mind-blowing. In all its simplicity this flash was still very effective and impressive. Beautiful plot. I really enjoyed the style, it was beautifully austere which I don't think is so easy to carry out. The ending gave me honest chills. Brilliant work!

Pahgawk responds:

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

thank you

not just for the video.that was great but you have inspired me.i am crap at art but now i can see how i can express myself with simple drawings(no offence)

Pahgawk responds:

Thanks! I'm glad to hear you're inspired. Never let initial dissatisfaction get in the way - just keep trying, and you'll find that you'll find a way to make it work :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Pretty amazing.

Really loved the story and concept. Animation could have used a little work, but overall excellent.

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Pahgawk responds:

Thanks :) This was one of the few times when I got an idea that was actually complete from the start, so I knew exactly what I wanted it to have happen. I'm still pretty terrible at frame-by-frame animation though, and I guess I tried more just to achieve atmosphere than to get all the motion smooth. Oh well.