Review by Valstein
I like the idea of the plot. Reminds me of the book Velocity by Dean Koontz, vaguely. I may have voted too low, based on masterpieces like Castle III, Bitey of Brackenwood, and Lilium. The animation and voice were kind of painful. That's not an insult. I'm terrible at flash, if you look at my submissions, but that doesn't mean I don't know how to review something. I know you must have put alot of work into this, unless you're just that good, and rushed it. I wouldn't know you money situation, but maybe a better mic, and many, many takes for voices would definitely help. As far as the animation, too much frame by frame, with alot of experience or training can be cheap looking; joints don't hinge realistically, edges can seem sloppy. My advice for the animation would be to quicken things up, and use jpeg blurs, or even half transparent streaks to make up for the loss of frames by making movements quicker. Less frame-by-frame, and more symbols and motion tweens. I know from experience that eye close-ups, and first person shots are almost always a bad idea, unless executed very well. If you do learn to do eye close-ups and first person shots well, don't forget to make them come and go quickly, before people get bored with them and want to see more. You can take my review with a grain of salt, or appreciate my advice, just please don't get offended. I liked it. You'll most likely do what the animators of Joe Zombie and Castle III did, grow and develop as a quality animator, and want to remake your first flashes with your new skills. Keep up the work, and try to learn new techniques if you have that much time to dedicate to flash.
i'm definitely not offended and i really do appreciate the advice. i know, i need to work on my animation skills more. i haven't really taken any classes for making good animations, only a class for the basics. i'll keep on working on it, and i guarantee that you'll see much better results in the upcoming episodes. thanks again for the advice.
The Lilium entries. whew
By far the two submissions that stand out the most to me.
The surreal world she lives in. The style. The confusing break from reality these flashes give us.
People will prejudice against Lilium because they are wastes of life. They know nothing. Goth is a term I despise. Art sometimes needs to have a dark, serious, and sometimes sincerely scary theme to it to get it's message across.
Art with the colors of the normal world, and the speech of the normal world, as well as the situations of the normal world, are dull. Even flashes like Bitey of Brakenwood don't stand up to Lilium, just because of how the darker themes touch a deeper part of you than a more politically correct, family oriented theme.
The character Lilium is a mysterious and genuinely different person. Her mystery and seperation from our reality just ties me down to her, like I MUST know more. Like I need the whole story. But at the same time, she cannot be truly revealed. Her secrets must stay as such, for her mystery is her. The fact that there are dark, hidden parts of her character that we will never know, only be slightly hinted toward is capturing.
Please never give up or get bored.
But the terrorists woulda won. The bomb was planted.
For being on the front page, I was almost sure that this was just gonna be a preloader for something worth-while, or that it was only gonna be this stupid for a little bit but nope. I was wrong.
This is pretty rediculous.
WHY WOULD I HAVE A PRELOADER FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS?
It wasn't fluid at all. The animation was good, and the credits were done well, but the actual cartoon was just a bunch of scenes thrown together without transition. There were alot of unnecessary awkward pauses also. I don't know if you were actually going for that or what, but I didn't like it.
The graphics were very nice. The girl was beautiful and her outift and additude was very attractive. The backgrounds were a little bland, but the graphics were overall superb.
I loved the style of this. Most people that make silent movies ruin the quality of it by digging too deep into the old fashioned style. You created your won unique little style. I liked that.
I liked the song and it worked beautifully with the movie. The credits song was a nice touch too.
The blood was nicely done, and since it is one of my fetishes it really helped your movie in my oppinion.
Ya know how you could turn this 9 to a 10?
Redraw everything into perfect unsketchiness. I love the sketchy style, but now that you have it all drawn and syced and everything you can easily just draw over evrything in frame by frame.
But yes. About the film at hand. It was beautiful. I loved the art style. I loved that there was no noise other than the guitar. I wasn't to dazzled by the storyline, but there was nothing to complain about there either.
The imagination and creativity that this shows is immense. I've never seen something so seemingly insightful on this site. My favorite part was the war/jesus/river of death part. That part really made me smile. I like how he was just being dragged around to these places by some unknown force and was just percieving, and wsn't interacting.
10 10 yes 10. didn't take the time to vote right.
In all of these movies, getting ebtter and better, with the great humor and points and animation, you still lack one thing. Fluid mouth movement for germaine. Instead of using frame by frame, make just a couple mouth symbals and tween them to her speech. It works alot better and is easier. Cuz Germaine's mouth just doesn't match her words.
THE BEST sprite animation on the internet.
I've always looked down on sprite animations because they almost always suck and use no skill in flash to make, but you have just changed my views on that. This is the absolute best sprite animation I've ever seen, and also one of the best animations in general that I've seen. Good fucking work.
newgrounds.com — Your #1 online entertainment & artist community! All your base are belong to us.