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An Adult with an Imagination is a Kid which Survived

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Mar 7, 2017 | 1:27 AM EST

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One of the main aims of this project was to start it and keep producing it no matter how bad it is or how inconsistent the style or formatting is, in order to see how my skills develop as I become better at art and also more proficient at the techniques involved.

This is a project I started in 2011 where I did the first 45 seconds. Then I did a tiny bit in 2013, and maybe 2014 and 2012. I did the rest of it in 2016 and 2017 (2-3 months).

It was interesting seeing how the scenes eventually turned out as apposed to what it was like in my head at times.

I did all the visuals and the music myself, including the story, designing, producing, etc. It is most likely the last "big" project I will ever do by myself, as working with others is better!

As far as an artist statement goes:
This movie is sort of like a day dream that people have, but also having some sort of result in the end, such as meeting someone and making a friend. And to enforce people to imagine more! I think people become great at maths and the sorts because they imagine more; imagine more visualizations, and think deep/big.

A had in mind, creating unique geometry all over this movie, which delves into scene design. Geometry to me, is playing around and exploring all sorts of shapes and compositions, etc.

I created the LIVE one-shot piano recording after making maybe the first 30 seconds, where I focused on this story and its themes whilst playing it. The song ends up ending a bit early, and I decided to keep the silence because it can in a way be suspenseful.

The eyes' style is inspired by Sword Art Online.

Thanks for viewing :)
-Elton D'Souza



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very cool cinematic piece. Lots's of visually interesting stuff!

Now I'm about to be really critical. Your cinematography is, at times, absolutely atrocious. For example from 0:09-0:16 your establishing shot zooms in on the these random clouds in the corner when all the interesting stuff is in the opposite side of the screen; then you zoom back out and back in on a different part!?!? There's no reason to do that. All the moving around takes away from the emotion you're trying to convey... Simple is more effective - you should have had a single pan in on your character. Then in 1:44-1:54 you do a downward pan where you alternate between fast and slow moving speed. Why? It feels really ugly and there's nothing gained by doing it. I also don't understand why you chose to do a downward pan when the character is moving across the screen horizontally, lol.

That being said you do have some absolute gems that translated well. Shot at 0:19, beautiful and matches the mood of the music and ambiance. 1:13-1:22 simple yet powerful imagery. 2:06-2:17 pan upward works well with the vertical moment of the sea-monster - didn't need the pan downward before that.

You're animation work is great but your cinematography could use work. If you do some research and know the reasons why you use every shot then your feature will improve.

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SkillSkillFiretruck responds:

Thanks a lot. Yeah, I agree my cinematography was all over the place at times. the 0:09-0:16; i liked how the clouds just before this shot goes into clouds. I also liked how the windmill was in the position where the boy is in the next shot (~directing the eye in a way, if they viewer was looking the windmill). Fair enough though!

1:44-1:54. You are correct XD. This was a very bad flowing part; I'm fully aware of it. I did 'that' (the fast running clip just before 1:44, and editing it in) at like the end of the whole production which I had to complete this project and move on from it for reasons. Maybe the intensity of the lighting in the clouds help it though or could of been more intense with more horizontal lighting strikes. But anyways, thanks a lot.

Thanks! more to come. Appreciate it!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Quite interesting animation. It is great, that you kept going and never gave up until the project was finished. I also like seeing the small changes in the drawing style and so on.
Anyways, good project. Keep doing these! Would like to see you do an animation with some people and see how it'll change.

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SkillSkillFiretruck responds:

thanks. I have more animation movies in the works. getting better and better!