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!


oh this really made an impact

and the masks are so true, so many people just put on masks, but they have to do it in this society or they will be jumped on.. and when someone is acting like they smile they can actually cry inside, but they cant just go around show people that they're sad so they have to put on a mask.

10/10 stars

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You made me realize that people hide themselves from real life.
Anyway, the flash by itselfwas already amazing. You made most of the short black and white, and the animation was incredible. I can't think of anything to think about this flash that is negative. Great job.

This is possibly one of the greatest short animations I have ever seen.


Beautiful animation loved the message it passes, congratulations friend =D

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You didn't like school much, huh?

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Pahgawk responds:

Well, funnily enough, I actually sort of disagree with the message of my own movie. I quite enjoy school, and I have a really high average, so I'm sort of "winning the game" at the moment. However, I drew myself as the kid with the smile on his mask who was kicking the protagonist because I guess I feel sort of guilty because I can see just how fortunate my situation is and how much worse others have it.

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4.42 / 5.00

Jan 3, 2012
9:32 PM EST
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