I was particularly impressed with how effective your animation was in this...especially when the project only had one animator. Your use of sound was great, and the visual effects were good. The story telling was also very effective. I especially liked the beginning; how you summarized the heros' slaying of the previous monsters before Diablo. The introduction leading up to the battle was as compelling as the battle itself. You summed up a lot of events in a very clear and dramatic way. My only criticism would be to possibly work a bit on the character design of the heros. I personally like the characters to be a bit more visually distinct but that's a minor suggestion.
You do great work! 'Hope to see more!
Awsome job and thanks!
This style of art was refreshing to see, compared to what newgrounds sees on a daily basis. I liked how smooth the animation flowed. I look forward to something longer, with voice talent too! Nice job again and thanks for using my audio, I appreciate it!
I think the color and design in this piece of work are its two strongest points. The characters, elements and backgrounds were well done and the music was appropriate. The animation was minimal but effective. The concept was a bit obscure and in some places made me think of what an acid trip might be like. The artwork was compelling enough to keep me interested, however it got a to be a bit long winded. It's kind of ironic...I think some of my own Flash work suffers from these same problems! Never-the-less, I thought this was good work. It would be great to see you do something a bit more fast-paced in the future. Thanks!
Nice job and thanks.
Nice touching story, I look forward to more. I'm glad my music could help with your story of love. Keep up the good work, looks like you are getting the hang of flash!
Flash is hard to work with. You'll be great in no time. Just work on making a thicker plot with more twists and maybe concentrate on making the flash longer and actually recording voices. No one likes to read. Overall good start. And thanks for using my song! :)
Thanks for using my Aeris death theme song in this cartoon! I think you have good flash composition skills, but you need to iron out a script of some sort before you start and realize that most of us aren't speed readers either. Thanks again. Good luck to your future toons. Just remember to slow the story down and give the audience time to collect what is happening, make time to draw the story out some.
We have always been a huge fan of your work and you have provided great inspiration for us with Fantastic Realm as well. This entry was great man! I loved it, can't wait to see the next one. I guess I was sort of disappointed that there wasn't a "poll a plot" at the end with the famous "what should DR. SHROUD do next" lines... But alas...
Great camera angles and good audio levels. The happy ragtime music was playing at times when I think scarier music would have worked better, but that's just me. I know what you were going for and that was still very effective. Keep up the awsome work!
Impressive Sound Sync
I had to take a look at your work after that great review you gave us and I was pleasantly surprised... I really enjoyed this flash. Tyler and I both are fans of Morricone's "Untouchables" theme and you put to good use here. I thought it was amazing how well the scenes complimented the music. In my experience, sound syncing in Flash that works this well is extremely difficult. Any secrets you can share? In addition, I really felt the tension in the silent characters as they rushed to commit their crime. Each scene was carefully considered, effective and well crafted. 'Hope to see a "Heist II" soon.
Thank you, I'm grateful you took the time to review my movie aswell.
[ I don't check my reviews often, sorry for the belated reply. ]
Anyway, I'm no flash wiz, I work with a camera, but I try to apply the principles of film to some of my flash movies. This was made in late 02, and my other 2 lackluster flicks were made in early 03. I'm really glad that people enjoyed this, considering I made the heist as my entry movie in flash. I had started to develope The Heist II, but school always seems to get in the way. :(
I love how involved you guys have become with your audiences, and that says alot about how much you care. AIM me some time, I'd love to talk. Plus, if you ever get forums on your site, I'd gladly participate regularly.
Thank you for the review, I will try to get the heist II done by 3000, but I make no gaurantees.
I Don't Know...
I don't understand this brand of animation. A lot of people really go for this grotesque, morbid, dark stuff but I see very little artistic value in it. Dark and twisted has become more cliche' than any other venue it seems. Artists and film makers think that if they portray something so unthinkably horrible they will evoke artistic value just because they went somewhere no else would. Shock value does not equal art. Its not a question of decency or morality. Its a question of originality and innovation. I'm not saying that I'm the most original one in the bunch, but I do make an effort. An artist can always fall back on the sick and twisted. It is a lot easier to make something terrible than it is to make something that it truly beautiful or even valuable. For those of you who think this type of thing is so great, can you please fill me in on why? As for this cartoon... I think the style and animation was extremely effective in that it was all together disturbing. Artistically you pull it off, conceptually... well, you know how I stand. To all of you "Dark Artists" out there: Challenge yourself and make something pretty next time. Thanks!
This was short, sweet, and awsome. Make more, I really dug this! Nicely done!
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