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Alive (NATA Finals)

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This is my entry for the final round of NATA 2012! It's been fun!

The theme was "the final fork in the road." For those having trouble seeing how that fits with this movie, remember that the fork in the road is for Death and not Calvin.

First, some things that went wrong. Because it's all frame-by-frame, some of it is shaky. Oops. The way I coloured it is weird and the backgrounds aren't too detailed. The sounds mixing isn't too great, but that's partially because I got my friends to record their lines at their own houses, so the quality differed. Now, things that I thought went well. On the whole, I think the frame-by-frame came out nicely and I'm proud of it. But ore importantly, I branched out in terms of story. This breaks the same formula I've been using since the novice round, and I didn't have to panic and change things last minute like I did last time. It actually sort of worked, so that's nice.

I doubt I'm going to win NATA because I'm against Emrox, but NATA was definitely a great experience. Just compare my open round entry ("Splice of Life") to this. I definitely got something out of this all. Expect me back again next year!


I still think it's good. ^_^

A mix between philosophy and comedy. The switch that Calvin pulled on Death was great to see... Also, the way you animated it had a nostalgic feel. Also I have seen a definite improvement.

4.5/5 5/5

Your friendly (and insane) reviewer, Cafaling

Awesome x 1000. Nice story, smooth animation. You seem to choose a dark or sad ending for each of your entries, apart from your first one.

The only thing that to me seemed not right was the wavy cloak effect on death. It was "rippling" the wrong way I think. The hood in particular was out horizontally as if blown by the wind but then the waves in the fabric where travelling towards the head. It's a common mistake I see. Well that's the only pedantic feedback opportunity I could spot.

Seeing your animating progress to the level that it is now has inspired me. You have been able to take the time to make conscious changes to your style each time despite being under pressure to make a lot in a short amount of time (something which I failed to do causing me to fall into old habits and not improve as much)
well done

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4.17 / 5.00

Oct 10, 2012
5:34 PM EDT
Comedy - Original