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!

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Classic japanese horror compressed into a minute and a half. Triggered my ASMR too. Should I be worried that 'Prison of the Clarvoyant' speaks a little too close to home for me? Nahhhh.

Woah, I was genuinely shocked! The urgency of the situation was pretty gripping.

Very good stuff. I was riveted and immediately replayed. The art and animation are excelant- I was stunned by the vision of the light through the branches and thought for a moment it was real.
As for what is going on, I have no idea and I suspect that maybe you don't either!
For a while, I could not see where the BAD bit came in, then it became very grim. I suppose I just interpret it as a sequence of dreams, which may or may not have any meaning to her.
My definition of a good story writing includes the idea of making the reader/viewer care and I found that I did. I wanted to hug her and make it all right for her- and stroke the green foxy thing. The sound/music choice is also spot on.
Nothing I would change.

wow did she ...die for the 2nd time in the middle? almost went to the bad place and came back to the middle? ...forever to suffer either in death or lack of ...better then hell though id imagine <:C

That's some good animation dog.

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4.32 / 5.00

Jun 27, 2018
12:39 AM EDT
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