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Epexsus Episode 1

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Aug 17, 2012 | 4:32 AM EDT
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It's finally here! HORRAH!

*filter-whore warning, you'll need a good computer to view this at full speed, if you have performance problems, consider watching the youtube version, in which there is a link in the menu*

Note that this is 15 minutes long, while it loads, grab a snack or something!

Epexsus is a internet-based flash cartoon series created and animated by me, Dylan Simpson since 2009.


The setting of the series is based on the distant planet of Epexsus, where war between humans has devastated the planet and it's human population, the humans have made "tribes" for themselves that there are now hundreds of, small warfare still goes on between tribes, but it's not as severe as the "Great War" the main world-wide war that happened over 400 years ago that diminished the humans into a few. The humans have repopulated only a small portion of what they were before.

I'm much more active at my deviantart, you should watch me there!



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Well, since you'll probably be wanting some valid criticism, I'll just give you my input.
The animation was a bit underdeveloped. It was alright, as far as conceptual animation, but it can definitely be improved dramatically. I think the best action to take would be to study up on some traditional animation, human anatomy, and maybe even some martial arts videos (in order to become familiar with how the human body works).

As far as background art, I think it would be wise to not use so many gradients and avoid over-simplifying the environments. It's going to take a lot of work and time, but I promise it will pay off.

Now, as a typography buff and graphic designer, I would suggest you did not use typefaces (commonly called 'fonts') that are notorious for being over-used and abused. The typeface you are using (Birth of a Hero?), is not a good choice for three reasons:
1.) It's overused, which hurts any artistic value to your typography
2.) If you want a grungy typeface, you can do it yourself using your programs or even doing them by hand with the use of a scanner and some form of photoshop (or any other program that allows you to make precise selections and delete the background).
3.) It is unmistakably the same typeface you used for your logo which, once again, devalues the artistic value of your type.

With the logo of the series, I'd advice you to rework it.
Avoid stretching typefaces (stretching type destroys the integrity of the letterforms, such as your 'p' and 'u'). Avoid using typefaces which do not convey the mood of the overall story of the series. Typefaces actually have personalities, which most people are not aware of âEU" but are subconscious, much like the typeface Garamond is associated with body text in books.
If you feel compelled to re-design your logo for the series, consider using Chinese calligraphy brushes (not photoshop brushes âEU" ACTUAL brushes), using ink as your medium, and simply drawing out the word "Epexsus." From what I'm seeing you're creating an environment that has some oriental themes, so this method seems appropriate.

As far as story-telling âEU" I can't really give any confident advise, so I hope you can take some criticism on that issue with another user.

Just as a note: this is just a critique. You may respond however you feel is appropriate.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

you know Unator making animations is never easy it takes long to make animations so if you think you can do better try it then


Rated 3 / 5 stars

I did not particularly enjoy this. The voice acting was shaky, especially on the token girl and the village chief. The humor seemed a bit too slapstick, although the hunting jokes were ok. The animation during action scenes was blurry at best, and the writing had too many obvious plot dumps. "The chief thinks that just because I am his girlfriend I can make him do things" for instance was both a badly written line and delivered badly.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

this is awesome it looks like an anime