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-- I'm aware of the music issue - being too short - that's to do with a slower playback rate of the frames in a browser, and also the text issue - where some goes off screen - which is due to me using a Mac only font. --

Alrighty, this is my major motion design assignment for this semester.

The brief was we had to choose either a band, product or movie promo, or a short poem to animate. I went the stupid idea and chose a movie promo based around my own movie. And here is the end result.

The movie is based loosely in the future. It's a perfect world, a utopia, free of disease, hungry, poverty, crime. On the surface, anyway. A young boy discovers his mother was found dead, through an accident. Through some further investigation, however, he learns that she was murdered by the Government. Consequently he stumbles upon a brutal discriminating past of genocide and a bunch of revolutionists, and becomes an integral part of the uprising.

Most of that you can't tell from this. Because of time restraints I didn't get to put in the amount of detail I originally wanted (which was an absurd amount considering) but I'm relatively happy with the result.

:bulletred: Details:

Created entirely in Flash 8. Music created using GarageBand. Photo references taken by me, with the gracious support of Gemma and my brother, Aaron, with the exception of two stock images obtained from

Huge thanks to Gemma for the overwhelming patience and feedback through my hours and hours of time-strained frustration. I love you! :love:

Inspired by the visual stylings of Renaissance.

Also, try and spot which bits I did first. And the fantastic Nokia 6288 buildings :slow:

Enjoy guys. :slow:
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UltraRaccoon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hundreds Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Dude that's awesome!! :eager:
We demand moar!! (meh, nvm me)

That's a really good story, do you plan to do more with it in the future?
budgieishere Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Daww, thanks :aww:

I'd like to revisit it, redo some of the graphics and stuff. But I say that a lot, so I probably won't. :slow:
Abfc Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I knew that those were camera phones... that kinda confused me at first.... cellphones in a utopia?
budgieishere Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
I just wanted a kind of building that looked semi futuristic, but I also wanted to be lazy. My girlfriend has one of those, in white, so it was a readily available reference. :slow:
Abfc Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol, you're not supposed to want to be lazy... You're just supposed to be to lazy to stop being lazy.
Sausabe Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That was classy. Despite the text problems, it was put together very well. It was smooth and stylish.
zachriel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Odd. First time I just looked at it because I had no sound card, and now I came back to see it again with the music.. And it's different. I could read all of the text when in windows and IE, but now I know what you mean with the text going off-screen, after using linux and FF.
budgieishere Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
That's really weird. Like do you percieve the animation differently on a whole or certain aspects? :O
zachriel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
I didn't analyze it that far :paranoid:
j-m-s Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
The illustrations in this are superbly detailed for a flash animation. The high contrast look is nice too.. all up I think you did a pretty good job.

Do you know yet what mark you got for it?
budgieishere Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Nah, no idea. It's most likely I won't know until next semester when I ask him, cause he's lazy and doesn't send around emails with marks. :[
zachriel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Y'know, just break the text apart to make it objects instead of text. Then we all get to see the snazzy mac font the way it's supposed to be seen.

MrNudge Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
sounds like a big name movie actually.. well it has a story line that could become a big movie. nice work! i wish i had your flash skills
camelhijackation Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
I won't touch on what already has been

Nice work Tom, it was a well done animation.
slimy-earthworm Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
oooooo snazzy
mynti Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hey tom!

The music issue seems intentional because of the timing, but yeah, I'd get the fonts fixed, because otherwise this looks really quite professional, and I get distracted with the missing text, when I should be focusing on the images more :D

chrissyd Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rather like this piece tom...who knew you were artistic :slow:

Nice Vectoring of the people...and the buildings kinda remind me of an Xbox 360 :lol: But all in all, nice animation throughout.

Also...i believe the short cut-off of the music serves to add some dramatism to the animation, it cuts off right at the "scream" of the young boy. It works soo well that i thought it was planned like that and had to watch it a second time to realise that it was supposed to be longer :slow:.

:+fav: anyway :thumbsup:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
Surely you'd be happy with this?

Music works well with the simplistic animation and use of a stills. I noticed a bit of the text cut off towards then end and the "Utopia" seems to shake as it tweens bigger, try breaking apart the symbols then tween.

Love the flickering lines used throughout.

Good work Tom. :ahoy:
budgieishere Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
Yeah, the text issue I've found is because the font I chose (the one that's in the preview image) is a Mac only font, and the default one it's put on the PC is a little larger, forcing that r off the screen. It's a bit frustrating, as is the sound not going the distance because the movie is a little slower than when it ran on here.

Overall I'm fairly happy, but there's still things I felt I could've done better. :slow:

Cheers Zac!
eldris Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
^_^ Awesomeness. I love the style :D Make the movie, lol
realillusions Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
'Discovers theres a lot' is cut off :B

Other than that, its totally bitchin.
budgieishere Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
Yeah, Mac to PC font issues are the cause of that. :slow:
realillusions Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
You're obviously at fault for not using windows.

/me sets mode budgieishere +guilt

l0stwhispers Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome! :clap: :+favlove: =)

And yea... nice music too! ;) Go Garageband! :giggle:
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