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Splice of Life (NATA)

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Apr 29, 2012 | 8:33 AM EDT

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This was made for the open round of the Newgrounds Annual Tournament of Animation. The theme was "discovery of time travel."

This is the first time I've participated in anything like this, so I ended up working like crazy in case I didn't finish in time. It turns out, after spending pretty much all my free time working and temporarily forgetting about having a social life, I got it done right on time. See, I'm actually leaving to go to Waterloo for the Skills Ontario 2D animation competition soon, where I will only have access to a computer while I'm working on my animation for that competition, so I wouldn't be able to work on my NATA entry. My entry is done now, though, so I no longer need to worry about that.

As for the theme, I didn't want to do a typical time travel story, so I interpreted the theme a little differently. I recalled that scene from Back to the Future 2 where Doc draws a graph showing multiple timelines for Marty. I took this idea where, rather than moving along the forwards/backwards axis (x), I would move along the timelines axis (y), or in the case of this video, squish them all together into one timeline using a package that was supposed to be delivered to the mad scientist next door. It's a stretch in terms of adherence to the theme, but I think it still works.

Anyway, it looks like NATA's going to be a blast this year. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's entries!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Lol, dude your sister kicks a***. Awesome animation, i hope you win mate :D Good luck to ya, has she seen it yet, or you still aint shown it to her?


Rated 5 / 5 stars

That was awesome! I'm amazed at how much you've been able to accomplish during such a short period. The only thing that I can think of when it comes to constructive criticism is that I didn't really find it clear what you and your sister (?) were fighting over until the end. Maybe you could've made that more clear with a silhouette shot of the missing pen or something like that, but it might just be me that wasn't observant enough.

Just one more thing... doesn't your entry have to be tagged with "nata2012open" to be considered a submission? Can't see that tag at the moment. It would be a shame if all that hard work were to go to waste :(

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Pahgawk responds:

Oh wow I can't believe I forgot that. Thanks so much for reminding me!

Yeah, I guess I left it a bit too unclear at first. I was originally planning to try to make it look like they wanted the timeline merger device so that there would be more of a misunderstanding about what they were fighting for, but I guess I just confused things a bit too much.

Thanks for the review! I can't wait to see yours :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

really great, loved the ending :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Awesome job man, it was really fun and creative, lots of effort in it too, good luck with NATA


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Much funnier than your other stuff, but just as cool, only thing i'd mention is that the "time machine" seems pretty useless to me and not a time machine at all for that matter... but i think weirdly and it's probably just me so i'm just gonna ignore that little detail.

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