Reviews for "Toll of the Lost 1"

Interesting plot and an artwork that is rarely seen, and pretty comedic at some points. I really hope to see more!

Xiphon responds:

Being absolutely fair, the style the characters are drawn in is rare because most people hand-draw everything these days whereas I'm just not that good a character artist, haha


Soundtrack was brilliant. Animation was a little underwhelming at times but still TV cartoon quality. Great voices and story. V funny. Hope to see more soon. 5/5.

Xiphon responds:

Yeah, i'm much more experienced as a background artist, but I wanted to strike out into animation. Although my style will probably limit how far I can go with it, I'm sure the animation will improve over time

Bravo!!!! This is brilliantly executed in all aspects of production, visual, audio, storytelling and dialogue. Kudos to the cast and composer, too. Often there are decent productions that come up short in an area or two, but not this one. (Being persnickety about music, I greatly appreciate the score, which is a throwback to the classic adventure scores of John Williams, showing off a broad orchestral pallet and harmonic range, while too many other composers, these days, never venture beyond the home key.)

I look forward to seeing the next episode(s) and hope someday I can be a guest voice in one (or more) of them. Keep up the great work!

Xiphon responds:

I think there's definitely aspects of the work here that could use improvement, in some cases a lot of improvement, (I could fill a book with them to be honest). However, audio quality and performance is a thing that I feel is often overlooked in Internet based entertainment. Most people don't really take a lot of time and care to record in good recording spaces or practices, and it's just sort of accepted that way.

I remember doing a lot of voices for my own work long ago, and people complained about it. It's what pushed me to seek out help from real voice actors and the change in quality at the time was night and day. Just having a performance that made you feel something, was a concept I hadn't even considered, and ever since I've looked at the audio side of a production as it's own art form. Toll of the Lost certainly pushed my understanding of it even further.

On the matter of the score, there's not a lot I can personally say. It was mostly handled by Pierce, who I touched base with very frequently. He's a big fan of John Williams, but music production goes over my head. Outside of me wanting the show to have it's own identity and offering input on how I want scenes to feel, properly telling a story with music is something rather abstract to me. I know some of the technical basics, certainly enough to direct this, but I could never score something myself.

This looks like it's gonna be a very fun series.

And what a cast too. It's amazing how you got Xander Mobus and Chris Niosi among the other great talents. Can't wait for part 2!