Prison of the Clairvoyant

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This animation is an entry for the Bad Dream theme of the Animation Jam.

I admit, this is a weird one. It makes one ask more questions than it gives answers to whoever watches this. But a mystery is better than none. It doesn't make it easy to make sense of it, because where's the fun in that? I'd love to hear what you think is happening here. Enjoy.


I couldn't find some way to tell this story in a shorter time frame, in 15 secs or so. This was supposed to be longer actually, and could have been more polished but there was only so much I could make within a month so I had to compromise. Hopefully this story will make more sense to you guys once the rest of the animation jam themes start rolling in!

"Ossuary 1 - A Beginning" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Sound Design by Lorenzo Nikolo

Animated by Karl Sia

EDIT: I've uploaded the project files (PSD, AEP, PRPROJ) available as a downloadable on my patreon. If you're willing to help support me, then you're free to download it and see the ins and outs of this animation!


Really really fucking good

That shot of the light through the trees is so good. Also the frantic bit with the lemon makes my skin crawl (in a good way). The little fox is really cute and you really captured the sometimes esoteric nature of dreams with some some really great backgrounds too!

I'd love to see your original draft for this because I understand the nightmare that is compromising for jams (the real bad dream i guess) and it definitely feels like you originally wanted it to go further with it. That being said, I think you did great and what you got in the end was great!

That one walking clip was used too many times. The rest was too simple to make it feel like an animation rather than a picture book. The audio was totally out of balance and I had to turn it all the way down at the end because it hurt my ears. 3 stars for trying to be different and while that's good, the rest simply wasn't compelling enough for me.

Her spiritual guide was remembering her something about her choices and how the paths she followed led her to where she is, in a Planet of the Apes fashion. But the guilt she carried over keeps her from seeing the truth. Maybe someday she will realize her spiritual guide is in fact her prison keeper, and watcher.

the animation was really nice put the plot was pretty bleak and generic and something that's been done way to many times at this point

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4.34 / 5.00

Jun 27, 2018
12:39 AM EDT
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