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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 4.5 / 5 stars


So this will be life if emotions weren't allowed...

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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.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

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.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

an interesting and abstract animation


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Society's reflection. very nicely done.

music needs work though.