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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 5 / 5 stars

do not let others decide your future. if you want to become a musician then become one.

i think he should tircked the machine by pushing the button so long till he got what he wanted.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Loved this. I thought it far better than Masquerade, too, and not just because of the happy ending - the storytelling was smoother and more cohesive here, and you gave a nod to the fact that - for some people - the business life may in fact suit them better (the background characters, in this case). The music was simple, but played an integral part of the story, and I DID notice the smoother animation when compared to some of your past work. Great job, good luck in the NATA, and keep it up!

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Pahgawk responds:

Thanks! Although for the storytelling, by the end of this, I was chopping out all sorts of scenes because just felt bored with what I was making and wanted to be done with it. I think next time I'll have to move towards something stylistically different from this and my previous stuff in order to keep me interested D:


Rated 5 / 5 stars

best video ive ever seen. at first i felt sorry for the guy b/c he had to do sumthin he didn't want and before that riding the worlds most forcful train train.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

It's been a while since I've seen something like this, with a deep outlook on life, and the steps ahead. You have a great way of synchronizing with the music, its quite touching. And then the way he shows resentment for his placement was such a wonderful twist! My favorite part about this entirely is your use of colors, it shows a sense of understanding of strong emotions while also showing how situation can alter your entire perspective. I've seen some of your stuff before but this is serendipitous, Thanks for the wonderful effort! :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

AWESOME! Loved the symbolism, excellent craftsmanship with silent storytelling, that is not an easy task and definitely takes practice. Hats off; beautiful message :]