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Alive (NATA Finals)

rated 4.17 / 5 stars
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Comedy - Original

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Oct 10, 2012 | 5:34 PM EDT

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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!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

It was good and very interesting,my only complaint is the voice acting

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Nice. But Calvin use more emotions next time you voice act :)
Cus I didin't felt the spark in it. But you gus made a good job I Love it


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I quite liked the way you tell a story with this animation. The idea of an average man having a casual conversation with Death himself is very amusing. Especially how he gets him to focus on other matters like his own life(death?). Just a little work on the emphasis of your voice acting though. The animation itself isn't bad at all, it's actually quite smooth considering a frame-by-frame.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I enjoyed it, the only issue was the voice acting.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I always enjoy your animations because you really focus on delivering a story. And while I don't always enjoy your animation style you have definitely been improving. I hope you stay avid about animating!

I'm sorry to not have much to say about this one in particular. I did enjoy the voice acting and the difference in quality was not a detriment. I don't think the animation style succeeded as well as when you tried something new in "Until It's Gone". I would love to see you explore that style of art more.