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The Masquerade

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Jan 3, 2012 | 9:32 PM EST
  • Frontpaged January 16, 2012
  • Review Crew Pick January 11, 2012
  • Daily 3rd Place January 5, 2012
  • Weekly 4th Place January 11, 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

Very cool video!

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


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great Concept

I think it was an all around, well made movie. You did an amazing job on everything, and it definitely shows, great work.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


i mean it's a great concept!
plot: "a world where you have to hide your {real} emotions under masks and sometimes even fake it and act like biotic\artifical robots or androids?..just to make people happy or unhappy..a society that forces you to do this day in and day out, wow and those who think differently and choose to be free are persecuted? (seems like martial law to me.)

but it was really good. the frame rate was stable, the emotions they tried to convey showed on their masks well..the music synced perfectly, i couldn't find anything wrong with it.

. this deserves to be in the top 100 great job. .it's funny it feels like this is how the world acts now an all we need is some masks..(preferbly V FOR VENDETTA ones. :D), i feel inspired now to write a story about a society that's governed by a single law. thank you.:) oh and would love to see more of these awesome animations!

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Pahgawk responds:

well, if "stable" means animated at 18 fps in twos, then I guess so....
Anyway, thanks :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

this messed up world IS our world.

in some cases not really, in others, 100% true. when u leave ur house, do u change ur personality or how u act? (changing masks). if u act the same way no matter where ur at, then good for u cuz u don't have to pretend something ur not. In this case, the boy was forced to act a different way ( the way everyone else is doing) and to not be himself so he can be shuned by society. this is all to familiar with the real world. just be urself, of course shit happens but how u deal with it can change ur future.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This kind of awesomeness is beyond words.

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