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Jul 5, 2013 | 8:57 PM EDT

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In the middle of the desert, there is no water for miles in all directions, except for a fortress oasis named Green Acres. The owner of this gated plot of land will stop at nothing to protect his water supply, and he has an arsenal of weapons to do it. It's going to take one very lucky tortoise to slip past his defenses.

2013 Newport Beach Film Festival
2013 Oceanside International Film Festival
2013 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (Jury Prize for Best Student Short)
2013 Kansas City Film Fest (Best US/International Animation)
2013 Sedona International Film Festival (Best Student Short)
2013 Treasure Coast International Film Festival
2013 Reel Teal Film Festival (Best Direction & Best Concept)
2013 LA Comedy Festival (Best Animation)
2013 Tiburon International Film Festival (Best Animation)
2013 Durango Independent Film Festival
2013 Logan Film Festival
2013 Charleston International Film Festival (Audience Choice Best Animation)
2013 Cannes Short Film Corner
2012 New Orleans Film Festival
2012 Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut
2012 OC Film Fiesta


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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

really nice and some parts made me laugh. creative piece!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Great! Love the movie. Made me smile. Really felt like a looney tunes type of comedy.
On the technical side of things, some of your texture maps were kind of low-res (like the ground diffuse was pretty low res) and the animation in some parts was just a bit off. But overal, great movie! Awesome project. Looking forward to seeing more work of you

Courageousturnip responds:

Thanks for the review! The ground texture was a pain. I know it didn't look all that great, but it was the best I could do at the time. My problem was finding a balance between looking good up close and still have it tile into the horizon without destroying my render time (it was about 5 min a frame at 1080p).


Rated 2 / 5 stars

I didn't like this. There were so many things you didn't think of. And you didn't make the atmosphere comedic enough to allow for all the obvious plotholes. It would have been nice to hear the bird from the bird sound effect being shot for extra humour. I didn't understand why the area directly around the oasis was just as dry and parched looking as the rest of the land. By no stretch of the imagination can cannon balls create holes that large. I also don't understand how the man expected to buy any more bullets of cannon balls if he really is the only human around for miles. These things probably wouldn't have bothered me if the general feel of the animation had been less... realistic. You employed a lot of classic cartoon humour effects but they weren't enough to overpower an atmosphere that was more suited to a more realistic piece of comedy. I have to admit I'm not quite sure why the atmosphere was so off. I also didn't feel the characters were developed enough. The turtle wasn't really cute or clever enough for me to like him/her and I felt like the man should have been either more obviously heartless and evil (more dead animals, references to him being part of a society that created the desert in the first place, even more obviously evil attributes such as enjoying killing the bug) or you should have made him less evil and more pathetic and scared of losing his oasis. Either way that would have made the punchline much funnier in my opinion.
That said I am not criticising your animation or art skills as i am no authority on that respect.

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Courageousturnip responds:

Wow that's quite a thorough review! This was my first stab at 3D animation, so I wanted to keep the story pretty short to avoid getting myself into technical problems. If you're a stickler for loopholes, I can see how this movie might upset you :)


Rated 4 / 5 stars

the beginning was pretty amazing. didn't really like how the guy is drawn. nice


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I really liked it! Good job! Although the walk cycles were a tiny bit flimsy, I thought that the characterization and story really made up for it. Also, really nice job on those models. I can't wait to see more.