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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.

PS

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!

Music
"Ossuary 1 - A Beginning" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Sound Design by Lorenzo Nikolo

Animated by Karl Sia
https://youtube.com/karlsia
https://karlsia.tumblr.com
https://karlsia.deviantart.com
https://karlsia.newgrounds.com

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!
https://www.patreon.com/karlsia/posts?tag=Downloadable

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This is my (most likely incorrect) theory on what this animation means.

It's a futuristic post-apocalyptic world (considering we didn't see any humans or proper civilization; cities, neighborhoods, etc... Futuristic because of two reasons one being the entire human race is presumably wiped out and we see a space craft) where if you fall asleep you die.

It would explain why the girl has giant eye bags, and why she cut herself and rubbed a open lemon on the wound, it was all a desperate attempt to keep herself awake. It could also explain the green flying (fox/dog?) she has with her. It could be a futuristic genetically modified creature, or my main theory being that it is just a hallucination because of how tired she is.

The shot of the light through the trees is brilliantly captured.

Good work on this! Animation and story are both facinating to look at.

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!

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Uploaded
Jun 27, 2018
12:39 AM EDT
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