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Well, here's my submission for the NATA Novice Round! The theme was "The Elephant in the Room." There are no literal elephants here, of course. I went with the metaphor about having a large, overwhelming issue at hand (or something along the lines of that.) As far as the storyline goes, I guess this is sort of a bit of a sequel to Masquerade because it discusses another chapter in life, sort of. It is hopefully less depressing, though. The happy ending was intended from the start.

In terms of the animation style, I experimented a lot with this (probably more than is initially evident.) I did a lot more frame-by-frame than usual, and although it's still pretty shaky, I think it's getting better, so that's nice. I also started using the same sort of very limited colour scheme that I did in my last video for NATA, but I quickly found that using just blues and purples looked visually boring, so I branched out a bit. Each object or character only has two or three shades of a colour, but entire scenes are now more colourful. I also went a little overboard with vignettes and colour effects overtop of the final product, but I think they help make things look less flat and more appealing. Hopefully.

I also did a bunch of little 3D things in this to test out how well it could be integrated. Some things (i.e. backgrounds) fit in better than objects that move in the foreground, but it's still a learning experience.

As far as music goes, as usual, I did all the music. The tracks in this are just bits and pieces of things I'm working on, so I'm not uploading them to the Newgrounds Audio Portal yet, but whenever I work them into standalone songs, I will. Also I got a sweet condenser microphone for my birthday so for my next video I will have no excuse to not do voices.

Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. I need a weeks' break so I don't go mad from exams/finals/my job/life. Good luck to all the other competitors! Can't wait to see your stuff!
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iiCanoodle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so deep man.
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BorogoveLM Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I think this was easily the best entry in NATA 2012.
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pahgawk Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
thanks :)
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Greycat17 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing job *-*
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blabla759 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
thats amazing
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anakima Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
oh.my.god!!!!! it's perfect!!!! :iconilavplz:
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Moogl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool!
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Pablenstein Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
love it!
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artmonkeyd Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Filmographer
I really enjoyed watching it. Great storytelling. I understood everybit of it. Great job. :)
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
I don't like the ending sequence, when he's "arrested" by his boss and forced to balance his tastes. I dunno, I get the entire thing was a somehow easy to absorb metaphor, but this specific part was shoving its meaning in my face.
Nevertheless, this animation is awesome as a whole. Once again the color scheme showing divided factions in a strong way and a serious question brought to the spotlight.
Voices in the next one? OH YEAH! Can't wait for it.
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