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Jun 3, 2012 | 8:36 AM EDT
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Well, here's my submission for the NATA Novice Round! The theme was "The Elephant in the Room." There are no literal elephants here, of course. I went with the metaphor about having a large, overwhelming issue at hand (or something along the lines of that.) As far as the storyline goes, I guess this is sort of a bit of a sequel to Masquerade because it discusses another chapter in life, sort of. It is hopefully less depressing, though. The happy ending was intended from the start.

In terms of the animation style, I experimented a lot with this (probably more than is initially evident.) I did a lot more frame-by-frame than usual, and although it's still pretty shaky, I think it's getting better, so that's nice. I also started using the same sort of very limited colour scheme that I did in my last video for NATA, but I quickly found that using just blues and purples looked visually boring, so I branched out a bit. Each object or character only has two or three shades of a colour, but entire scenes are now more colourful. I also went a little overboard with vignettes and colour effects overtop of the final product, but I think they help make things look less flat and more appealing. Hopefully.

I also did a bunch of little 3D things in this to test out how well it could be integrated. Some things (i.e. backgrounds) fit in better than objects that move in the foreground, but it's still a learning experience.

As far as music goes, as usual, I did all the music. The tracks in this are just bits and pieces of things I'm working on, so I'm not uploading them to the Audio Portal yet, but whenever I work them into standalone songs, I will. Also I got a sweet condenser microphone for my birthday so for my next video I will have no excuse to not do voices.

Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. I need a weeks' break so I don't go mad from exams/finals/my job/life. Good luck to all the other competitors! Can't wait to see your stuff!



Rated 1 / 5 stars

I agree with deathpyre. Business/productive people are necessary for the world to function. Couldn't the character find a middle ground by just having music as a hobby? This animation makes fun of the white collar workers who designed and built the keyboards she was using and the computer you're reading this on. Yes, the world needs artists, but it isn't a black and white (or blue and orange) conflict between being useful and being an artist. Society is tolerant of a worker who spends his free time playing music. To all you liberal arts students: there is a middle ground. However, the art, animation and music were wonderfully executed.

Pahgawk responds:

I definitely did not intend to make fun of anyone. In fact, aside from animating, I'm also a programmer, and that could easily be me huddled up at a keyboard typing away indoors. But there are definitely some people that can't work that way. The "moral" or "message" of this video, if it's going to have one, would probably be "do what YOU enjoy, not what everyone else wants you to." For the sake of making an appealing product as a movie, I went with music as the profession of choice because it allows for a lot more creativity in the story, sound, and visuals than if I had reversed it. There's just not as much to animate about if it was about a guy who wants to go into business but ended up in the arts world.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

its because society wouldnt let him, moral of the story, follow your dreams not the dreams society gives you. your life you decide!

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Rated 0.5 / 5 stars

I did not really agree with the message. Business people are necessary if the guy liked music, why can't he just do it as a hobby?

Pahgawk responds:

I'm not hating on business, it's definitely necessary to society. It's just not for everyone.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

What a hearwarming story!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Amazing! I love the style, the music, pretty much everything about it is great, and it seriously made me think. Though, I think the reason I love this as much as I do is because I can relate to this.

Again, this was amazing!