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Shattered Heaven Ep. 4

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This one was actually done, animation wise back in August. Fastest one I've done. But I found a new sound designer to handle the audio so it's balanced and we ended up creating original sfx instead of using the same Gundam or Armored Core sfx I used to use.

If you're interested and follow the series, I recommend following me on Youtube as I upload more consistently there. I also upload side stories that I don't upload here. https://www.youtube.com/user/AzureProStudios

I tried to implement improvements to this episode that weren't around in the first 3. This episode also really pushes the plot forward as the first 3 were really character establishment/development driven. Also, I don't think I could have properly animated what's to come plot wise when I rebooted this series. So they served as practice for me. I'm a little more than halfway done with Episode 5 at the moment. And now that library building is pretty much done, it shouldn't take long to get out.

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After daydreaming about it for so long, the day has finally come for Adam Novus. The Alliance military's entrance exam. He has spent months preparing, but when he's thrown into the cockpit of a real Frame, how will he handle the pressure?

Cast (In order of appearance)

Adam Novus: Adam Tilford
Karin Dolor: Amanda Lee
Stephen Novus: Greg Nugent
Veronica Laboro: Jessi Nowack
Jack: Mike Varker
Sam: Jalen Cassell
Violet: Sheila Gagne
Hayate: Peter Gerkman
Nathan Gelidus: Austin Lee Mathews
Mike Aquilis: Carlos Moreno
Sean Repens: Brian Gilbert
Christina Efflorenso: Michelle Deco
Jen Fama: Jasmine Carbonel

Sound Design: Natalie Van Sistine
Voice Direction Assistance: Brittany Lauda
Music by: Johnathan Johnson "Projecttrinity"

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Ok so, I just watched 1-4 of this series and I figured I would leave some thoughts on it. First, the bad: The characters need better introductions. Pretty badly, to be honest. By that I mean their names need to be made clearer sooner. In a story that's this scale with so many people and sub-stories to keep track of, making sure your audience knows the names as well as the faces is super important. Also, the animation needs a little work. Nothing major, but I'm noticing a few things here and there- movements that don't look quite right, awkward proportions, that kinda stuff. I also have a few problems with a few art style choices E.G. the missiles that the frames fire look kinda weird, and a few of the effects. Also, some of the audio needs work. That said, you've done a really good job of splitting the story up to keep track of the other characters while still keeping the main character the focus of it. Like, a REALLY good job. The premise is also pretty interesting and the ominous implications that "nothing is as it seems" looming ahead really adds to it. The characters are pretty well developed and interesting- they all definitely have a unique story of their own and the way you tell it indirectly adds a lot to their mystery. All in all, pretty good! This could be like, the next TOME.

AdamTilford responds:

Thanks for the feedback! I agree 100% with what you've said. I learned a lot about adapting a book to a visual medium. Things like those introductions happened in the book through description/exposition, and it never occurred to me until after the earlier episodes were done. When the first season, 1-6 is done, I'm releasing a remaster OVA of it. Since that's basically what this is, a single "movie" split up. I'll be fixing earlier animation issues, adding some content to fix those introduction issues etc. Animation is always a work in progress. I'm still doing it on my own and I have a full time job as well as other things, so I do end up cutting corners for the sake of getting the story out somewhat consistently. But I'm looking to improving all of this with each episode. But I'm glad you took the time to watch all of the episodes and that you're picking up on the things I wanted to be subtle. I could have done them better as not a lot of people pick up on it, but seeing a few starting to recognize/appreciate it is really inspiring. I'm glad you're enjoying it so far. Lol at it being the next TOME. It's funny that you mention that, but you'll see why when Episode 6 is released ;D.

best one yet :D

AdamTilford responds:

Thanks man, I appreciate that. I was looking forward to getting this one out because I felt it was definitely going to be the best one to date.

I'm getting more and more into this story with each new episode.
Can't wait for the next one!!!!!!!!!!

AdamTilford responds:

Thanks for sticking with it!

Audio's definately an improvement in this one! Nice work on everything, plotline and graphics; it remains a good balance between dialog and battle, following both the characters and their fight. Looking forward to pt 5!


AdamTilford responds:

Thanks, I appreciate it!

Great Job! I woun't criticize the animation and graphics, but story was interesting enough to keep me waching, and voice acting was well done on top of that! Keep it up!


AdamTilford responds:

Appreciate it. Animation will always improve with each one that's released.

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4.39 / 5.00

Dec 29, 2014
8:53 AM EST
  • Daily Feature December 30, 2014