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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

Everyone wants to escapse reality, but at what cost?

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

How sad.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I love these kind of flash "movies".
We are actually in the character's mind.
I love insane people.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

The storytelling style that you brought into this one seems to be a bigger leap out of your original style. I like the idea and story and I feel it's easy to follow. I'm not too sure if this video had a lesson or meaning behind it like your other ones, but if not it was still just as interesting to watch as 'The Masquerade.' I enjoyed this fully and will be rooting for you in NATA. Good Luck Pahgawk.

Pahgawk responds:

Yeah, there wasn't any deeper meaning to this one, really. It was sort of liberating to make in that respect. Thanks!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I think that is amazing, it might not be the most meaningfull video i've ever seen but it challenges you to think about it. Totally earned the 5 Stars.