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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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.

Oh, man. She's high af. What was in those berries? lol
Great art, smooth animation, wtf is going on? haha

I dunno. I don't see the appeal of this at all. Animation is honestly pretty basic looking to me.
Reminds me of a lot of anime...slow, not a whole lot happening. Sure it's not like it's BAD, but I still don't see the huge appeal this is getting based on that. The art itself is top-notch though.
Personally I find the destroyed world theme kinda empty too, even if it is apparently in her head. Pretty cool idea but it didn't really wow me too much either. Didn't enjoy the audio in this at all. Droning silence & sudden loud annoying grating crap. I know I'm in the minority here, but none of it really did anything for me. 2.5 for the artwork & obvious animation skill, I just don't think they were put to very good use.

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.

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Jun 27, 2018
12:39 AM EDT
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