I absolutely loved the sound design in this! I think most flash games have a lot to learn from something like this... you did an amazing job with the simple tools flash provides. Art is incredibly solid too, as always. :)
I won't try to make much of an interpretation, but I really think it's fascinating how something like this can have great meaning to some and no meaning to others. Really says something about us as humans.
Thanks a lot, samulis :D
Loved this! Great message, great art, great music too. ;)
Always love me a good Emrox animation.
hehehehehehehehehehe great music bro
Funny for those with a sense of humor...
For all those overly serious folks out there, try to smile a bit more... and look around a bit more. If you don't have a good sense of humor or have nothing good to say then don't say anything at all. ;)
As for the film, I found it very humorous, as the people tricked into thinking something new was going to happen found quite the contrary had occurred... and thus wasted 'valuable time' sitting on their behinds waiting for the 'new release'...
A good message, regardless of quality...
What really gets me is the fact that people post their average and worst work here. For me, that is what places without voting systems (i.e. DeviantArt) are for- there you can get plenty of help learning how to draw a circle and use the text tool correctly. On THIS website, which is designed specifically to isolate the scum from the fun, keep your 'test runs' and 'mai fierst flaush fielm' projects out, as you will only get discouraged and blammed (something no artist should have to encounter, I warrant). Please, as an amateur animator myself (if that), keep your 'attempts' and 'trials' off unless you plan to update them within the next few days, as we don't want to see them. It's best to wait until you are done and have gone through several versions (as well as received much advice from fellow animators around the interwebs) before submitting. I have fought claw-and-tooth against the 'anti-animator' movement (i.e. when people purposefully post their garbage and all support each other's garbage), but it's clear neither Newgrounds nor most of its inhabitants wish to agree with me that garbage leads to more garbage.
Our standards are sinking, Newgrounds, will you all go down with them? I don't care if there really were 'golden days' or not when every flash was quality... even if the 'golden days' are our archetypal Camelot, that's more than enough to look forward and backwards at.
And if you are new to Newgrounds, I advise you to study well in the tutorials section and come up with something quality before posting... I would recommend studying the ways of Flash for a good month or two before attempting to put anything up. There are good people here that will give you advice, but you can't expect them to be nice if you are new person no. 47 of the day with first flash no. 32 of the day.
Very nice double meaning there, with 'O Fortuna as the score, as the song's meaning is essentially about luck turning on a poor drunk monk, which may be compared to the NG community turning on a radical who looks at the big picture waayyy too often.
Incredible read-through of the post... truly perfect accents on the misspellings (which makes this all the better)... and better yet, it overdoes the concept, which is precisely what makes a good film!
If you ever find another review like this, I will be so thrilled if you make a second one of these. :)
What a comedy! I am rolling on the floor for crying out loud! I don't see how anyone couldn't get this if they go through the flash portal lots. Keep it up, great message, "great" animation, and a very nice concept.
For a first job...
For your first flash, this is pretty good. There is certainly room for improvement, though. Here are a few steps that may help you create better and higher-rated material:
My first point would be to record the audio slower, as it is more important that the viewer can understand the speech of the characters. Record it how fast you would speak when talking to someone who doesn't hear perfect yet is nowhere near deaf... at perhaps a word to two words per second.
Second off, learning the technique of 'lip-syncing', or having animated characters look like they are speaking, is something that you should experiment in and look into. There are plenty of web resources, tutorials, and tip sites out there that can help with this, and it's a skill that, although being difficult to learn, can help you make great films.
Third down, there's a large amount of community resources out there to help you with getting even better at flash... I hardly know anything compared to many folks out there, and I can promise there are people who know both less and more than you about the program.
Good luck, and keep on animating!
A good start
If this is your first, it's pretty good for a first actual flash. As a black and white short, it'll probably be marked out as not very good, but I have to say, although it lacked a strong plot, it still was solid enough to give an impression (especially so as a first full piece).
Not having color is fine to start, but in the future you may want to look into using shades to start (grays and such), just to get the feel of it. Color is something to practice and experiment with in flash.
The trick to making things not loop is creating a new frame at the end of the film, selecting it in the timeline, going into window, then 'Actions', and typing the following into the text box. Then just click the 'x' on the actions panel.
That makes the film stop at the end. If you want to set up a preloader (which I HIGHLY recommend), go to the downloads section on Newgrounds and download the appropriate preloader that you want. Instructions are generally included. If you have any questions, feel free to look through the various guides and the forums for help. :)
Keep up the good effort!
Thank you! I'm sure to use your tips:)
Neat, but a few small things...
You did a good job with your camera movement here and the motion is nice and fluid, but I have a few little things to say. If the grey character following the guy is his shadow, make sure it stays behind him unless it is shown that the light is in the center. Also, it would be good to see the shadow work in conjunction with the surroundings, e.g. in the beginning where the character enters, the shadow should not appear on the door. Instead, it could be transitioned upwards where it is on the door so it looks like the door is actually popping out (or not on it all together).
Second, the stairs look a bit messy. I would recommend that you draw them using a grid made of the markers or by using a layer with lines on it that shows the movement of the stairs. They look neat, but can be distracting if not done neatly. ;)
Third, a little shading would be a neat addition and would add to the realism of the scene. You have a little bit of shading on the stairs in the form of gradients (which you used very appropriately in my opinion, which is something very hard to do), but some very light shading (or at the least, very VERY slight gradients on walls or such) would add a little bit to the realism.
Generally, just keep on practicing, it looks good, but I am sure you can make it even better! :)
Wow thanks! I'll take up on those! I figured for the window to be the light source, as in there's another set of windows on the side that we can't see. But the shadow does go a bit too far. As for how to fix the shadow, I just came up with a snazzy way to fix them up. I have a bit of difficulty making stares though. so I'll conjure up a way to fix those too.
Hmm... not the best, but a good start
You did the exact thing I did when I started out with flash... for some reason, everyone loves making a flash with a ball bouncing around. Keep on working and submitting, but my one tip is that before you hit the submit button, make sure that everyone will want to see it added to the portal, not just you. :)
Best of luck!
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