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Jun 29, 2012 | 8:38 AM EDT

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Hello, Newgrounds! First, I should give credit where credit is due:
Thanks to Christopher Bingham (you probably know him as Bing) for letting me use his wonderful music in this video. I highly recommend that you check out more of his music at highfivespaceship.bandcam There's some awesome stuff there.
Thanks to the voice actors who helped me out with this project! It was great working with you guys!

Well, this video is another step away from my comfort zone. The story wasn't some huge social metaphor or anything, and there isn't any deeper meaning in this one. To fit with this round's NATA theme, "a true companion", I made it about a boy and his imaginary friend. I hope that it wasn't too difficult to understand, though, because although it is more literal this time, it is probably just as surreal, if not more so, especially when the friend helps the boy retreat into his mind.

This was the first video I made since early 2010 that had voice actors other than my sister and I. The extra effort of bringing microphones into school and getting people in a room to be quiet while recording is worth the end result, I think. Of course, people weren't entirely quiet, so you can hear some bits and pieces of other people talking behind the actual voices. This is because I did the recording of the protagonists' voices in my crowded computer science class (the only location where I had access to both my voice actors and a computer at the same time.) Hopefully I can organize things better next time so that doesn't happen. I should mention that the voice of the teacher is Kpheeyat's, a Newgrounds user, and he's a great voice actor and if anyone needs voice work, I'd recommend him!

As far as style goes, I tried doing more frame-by-frame than in previous videos and, for the most part, I tried to not be lazy. It turned out pretty well in the end. I had intended to draw some of the frames on paper and scan them, but due to technical difficulties with my cameras and scanner, that didn't happen for this video. Maybe next time. I did try working in Toon Boom for this one, which was nice, and allows for some more complicated and interesting visuals than Flash typically allows.

Anyway, a lot of effort went into this. I hope you like it!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

While it IS extremely tempting to retreat into your mind and block out reality (believe me, I know), you can't, because you can't close yourself off from the entire world and live in a lie your mind creates and shapes, because the world is a necessary componet to living. And you especially cannot close yourself off from the people that care or don't care about you, because it's selfish and cowardice, because people may need you in their lives... whether you believe it or not.

Great animation, great story, and great theme!

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Pahgawk responds:

I guess if there's a moral to the story, then you've found it. I'm glad you could get some meaning out of it!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

In the end, everything is in your mind. That was a great flash with a story worth watching. The animation was well made which added a lot to the eerie feeling of the lonely guy. Great choice of music too.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


Really this was an amazing vid I loved it and even if you just made up that story to go with a theme or whatever it really conected with me on a personal level.

Because I have an extremly powerfull imagination and when I think about it I can pretty much have dreams on comand about whatever I want or just let my mind run subconsiosly and explore these dreams just like any reality EXEPT unlike most people Ive talked to my dreams are at least as real(feeling,smelling,tasting,touchin g,hearing,and just sensing) as this reality nut this didnt start untell I was about 7 so I know that If I just spent all my time (mentaly) outside of this reality then something like this would happen(mental hospetall) and that all the people I have known since I was 2(when I realy started remembering people other then my mom and dad) would be sad and think I was crazy wich I geuss technically I would be then.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great didnt see the ending coming ether.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Well, this movie was intresting... Rly intresting.. overall rly good viedo. and the ending... hes in a mental hospital lol