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:iconrunninwithscissors:
runninwithscissors Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@03:43Its so cute!!!
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AlmostSurvived Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Aye aye. It's still breathtaking, despite the minor vagueness. I half expected 'em to walk out into a jungle or swamp or sommat.
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kndrwllmsn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
LOL! thanks. Im glad you really enjoyed it. I personally wish i could have fleshed the story out more... but with the time i had, im glad you enjoyed what i WAS able to make.
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attapi0 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
@00:39Awesome suspense!
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dantaandshun Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@03:41very cool
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thankyou!
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thats a common feeling. ;)
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:iconerinnic:
erinnic Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Well I will most certainly look forward to it! :D
And congrats on the DD!
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Its simple story is its greatest flaw. I had to sacrifice alot due to time constraints... so while im sure there is a subtle message (in my head)... its visually very straight forward. :)
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:iconbeesta:
beesta Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
@03:25planet destroyed X3
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rorsdors Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
God no it's great, and the set design is really spot on,lot of work well done really fun film.
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AnimeBlue92 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
@01:04Pretty cute film
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
LOL! i agree!

Im working on ideas to do quick shorts to expand the world. lol, and it wont take me 3 years next time. ;)
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I figured that at least for the time being, i would upload my MFA Thesis film for you folks. I was looking into film festivals and such (and still am), and found them to be to expensive and time consuming at the moment.

But i want people to see the film, so here you go.

This is the result of 3 years of tedious work and generous help. Hope you enjoy it.

Feel free to link to it and share it, but PLEASE do not sell it. Its mine, and only I do the selling around here. ;)
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Given 2011-10-17
Revival by ~zxephin ( Suggested by Kata and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student Filmographer
I'm an animation student myself, and am aware of the excruciating pain of giving birth to a short film like this.
Yet, I feel some sincere input could be given, I hope you can take it as reflexive, not pejorative.
I don't get the storyline. Until the verbal explanation by the hologram about the imminent collision, I had no clue of what was going on, apart from "this is a robot world".
The characters then proceed to the solution with no conflicts, obstacles, motivation nor tension. I'm not into cliché and won't ask for a super villain, a helpless maiden, etc., but the concepts mentioned in the previous phrase are fundamental elements for a narrative to become intelligible. I can also mention some takes which add no meaning to the overall plot, and lack of takes that do it, be it by conventions or other semantic structures.
Could you tell more about the creative process used to produce this? Was the plot actually important, or the short has a more technical experimentation nature?

Nevertheless, the animation has a nice looking and the characters, though simple, are able to get the public sympathy, just needing a little more help from the story events to do it.
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No man, i always appreciate good critique! You are absolutely right. The major shortfall is the story. Originally, there was much more to the story, stretching the film out another 2-3 minutes or so. But as this film was to fullfill a school requirement and i only had so long to complete it, i ran into time crunch problem... essentially. (It was my fault for going to big to begin with)

I then was left with a decision to make. Do I keep the complete story and risk having to turn in an unfinished film? Do I come up with a new shorter story that might work, but once again risk running out of time trying to work through all of pre-production again? OR Do i cut up my current story into a straight forward, no twists kind of fim and just get it done?

Whether right or wrong i chose the last, because i honestly was running out of time and would rather have a finished piece. So I decided that if i was going to sacrifice the story, i should focus on making everything else good. So it became more of a technical piece in the end.

However, i am in total agreement with you. I REALLY wish the story was better. Since i finished it for a deadline and got that requirement filled, a large part of me is now considering going back in now and reworking it and possibly finishing it. Im now no longer bound to any constraints, so it is a possibility. LOL! though whether i do finish it or a learn from it and improve on the next film, i DO know i need a break for a few months. But thanks for the insight! Good stuff!
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Filmographer
Oh, always nice to talk with people ok with critiques.
Yeah, deadlines are the terrible scary giant running to get us. If it wasn't for it, maybe half of the worldwide animations wouldn't be produced. Even so, it bites off a lot of content. The price we pay for dealing with time. xD
Haven't I watched you yet? WTF, now I am. Have your deserved rest, and get back animated! We'll be waiting. :D
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:iconrunninwithscissors:
runninwithscissors Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@03:43Its so cute!!!
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DirtySeagulls Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@03:46WAS MARVELOUS.
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AlmostSurvived Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
@03:57Slightly strange, but I quite liked it. Was there a hidden meaning or anything to that effect?
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
LOL! i DID write about a 20 page paper on what the film could mean... drawing from that, I suppose if there IS a hidden meaning, its a question of motivation and of doing what you need to do vs what you want to do.

LOL! I know i that may not help... honestly, given more time, i would have went with a clearer story. But alas, sacrifices were made. :)
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AlmostSurvived Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Aye aye. It's still breathtaking, despite the minor vagueness. I half expected 'em to walk out into a jungle or swamp or sommat.
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kndrwllmsn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
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LiensriiLovely Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
@03:54okay..I love this film. It's so very simple yet it still entertained me and kept me wondering till the very end. There were some...awkward pauses...but other then that very well composed.
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zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
LOL! thanks. Im glad you really enjoyed it. I personally wish i could have fleshed the story out more... but with the time i had, im glad you enjoyed what i WAS able to make.
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attapi0 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
@00:39Awesome suspense!
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zidedark Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
@03:57cool
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zidedark Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
@03:57congratulation for the DD
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Xelioth Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Filmographer
@04:06Nicely animated! Good sense of weight and movement. Not particularly complex in terms of acting, but it did what was required flawlessly. I liked the art style and the sound suited nicely. Well done to you and your team! I hope my future thesis turns out as good!
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zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for the kind remarks! And yes. No complex acting, and the story could have used some fleshing out... but its done :) Good luck on your future thesis!
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Typhloser Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@04:06I don't usually take time to see movies on dA, but this was worth it! I wonder, do you have model/reference sheets for the two characters? They're simply lovable!
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zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Glad you liked it! I do have character designs somewhere... but they may be packed in a storage shed somewhere since i recently moved. But if i ever find a copy i will toss em up!
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Typhloser Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok! I love robots, so I was really excited to see this short film!
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:iconphildog:
phildog Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Revivial! The epic tale of a brave duo who have to journey downstairs to press a button!
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
THAT IS A FANTASTIC SYNOPSIS!!! I may have to "borrow" that sometime if anyone ever asks... "so whats it about?"
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dantaandshun Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@03:41very cool
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WubbGirlzPlz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Why'd it remind me of WALL-E? :O_o:
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
maybe the music?
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:iconlablayers:
LabLayers Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Interface Designer
@03:32What a nice film! Congrats on the DD!
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thankyou!
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LOLMaxride Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
@04:06I love everthing about this ittle film! ^.^ it's so cute!
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NoOneSpecial75 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Writer
@03:23I have no idea what just happened >_<
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thats a common feeling. ;)
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@04:06That's cute!
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:iconhedgey:
Hedgey Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
@04:06That was a very nice animation, really great work!
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happyblueimp Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
@03:46This is fantastic! I love how everything flowed so smoothly! The sound effects were great, as well as the music. I think my favorite thing about this animation was the fact that none of the characters had mouths, yet they still had so much expression and life in them. Fantastic job! :D
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zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thankyou! That was one of my goals from the beginning, and i think i pulled the expressions off pretty well. :) glad it worked out!
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:iconerinnic:
erinnic Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
@04:06Wow. That's three years well spent. Such a cute story! I really want to see more! :heart:
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
im working on ideas to expand the story... or another short "adventure"... so their might just be more coming. and it wont take another 3 years, i assure you. I now have everything modeled and built and designed, so if i do more... it will be quicker.
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erinnic Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Well I will most certainly look forward to it! :D
And congrats on the DD!
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MysteryOne617 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
@03:42realy great! :clap: congratz
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C-Studios Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@04:06A simple, yet highly achievable animation.
I love it!
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Martael Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
@03:50Brilliant! Though, unfortunately, I might have to go through it a second time to understand what's going on completely- XD unless it's one of those open-to-interpretation things, then I guess it's fine. Though that's a small con compared to all the pros you've displayed- beautiful animation and great design and sfx done here- great job!
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zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Its simple story is its greatest flaw. I had to sacrifice alot due to time constraints... so while im sure there is a subtle message (in my head)... its visually very straight forward. :)
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stabkamay Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
WOW that was EPIC!
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:iconbeesta:
beesta Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
@03:25planet destroyed X3
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Deliteful Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@04:06That was amazing! I love the design of everything, it's so cute xD
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Memmi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
@03:40Very well made and so totally awesome! :D
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LewiDA Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@04:02How adorable. I enjoyed every minute <3
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Osaki-Suzuki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
@03:50amazing! :3
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LittlePuffin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@03:42OMG!
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Scyphi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@04:06Very nice little animation, and I liked the Wall-E-like music. :)
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:iconzxephin:
zxephin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks! I worked with a wonderful composer! he did a great job on the music. [link]
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Scyphi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That he did. :)
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