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  • #24157 Reply
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    At long last, 2 monthes of work have become a 3 minute 40 second film. I won’t bore you with the details though, please enjoy.

    TCOA’s site

    High Quality, 9 MB, Real Media

    Low Quality Coming Soon

    The server the high quality version is on is quite fast, so you 56kers shouldn’t be caused too much greif.


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    Wow, very good Logan! Nice animation combined with very good lighting! The voices though, made it slightly hard to make out all the words. And the story is slightly confusing, since you have no idea that the man is in a courtroom in the beginning. Anyway, a very good film!

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    yep .. nice, smooth animation .. the picture quality is really great .. sometimes for me, as a non-native-english-speaker (is this a word? :lol: ), the dialog was kinda hard to understand, but nonetheless great work !

    #24171 Reply
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    Not bad Logan, nice job. Very nice lighting, the dialogue and the plot was abit confusing though, the voices are ok. IMO, i thought it was not as entertaining, but still, the technical parts of this film stood out well and was well done, overall great job
    My grade: B-

    #24174 Reply

    Very good Logan. Nice lighting, animation, and all that filming techniques. Just the plot is a little confusing.. but very good job!

    #24175 Reply

    WOW! That was awesome! Kepp up the excellent work! :D

    My rating 7.5/10

    How’d you get the file size so low with such a high resolution with DIVX? (what settings?)

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    A devoted reverence to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” which is worked out very well though the performance of your seiyuu’s (voice actors) is abstruse (difficult to understand) betimes. Comparable with some of my words but also in means of acoustics and engagement. I appreciate the high resolution and quality of your film.

    Nevertheless, a very confusing and clueless story for those who are not adepted with its topic or even the English language. It should include English subtitles and a heterodiegetic (third-person) narrator with some explicating illustrations.

    “Pass your hand,” I said, “over the wall; you cannot help feeling the nitre. Indeed it is VERY damp. Once more let me IMPLORE you to return. No? Then I must positively leave you. But I must first render you all the little attentions in my power.”

    “The Amontillado!” ejaculated my friend, not yet recovered from his astonishment.

    “True,” I replied; “the Amontillado.”

    As I said these words I busied myself among the pile of bones of which I have before spoken. Throwing them aside, I soon uncovered a quantity of building stone and mortar. With these materials and with the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche.

    I had scarcely laid the first tier of my masonry when I discovered that the intoxication of Fortunato had in a great measure worn off. The earliest indication I had of this was a low moaning cry from the depth of the recess. It was NOT the cry of a drunken man. There was then a long and obstinate silence. I laid the second tier, and the third, and the fourth; and then I heard the furious vibrations of the chain. The noise lasted for several minutes, during which, that I might hearken to it with the more satisfaction, I ceased my labours and sat down upon the bones. When at last the clanking subsided , I resumed the trowel, and finished without interruption the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh tier. The wall was now nearly upon a level with my breast. I again paused, and holding the flambeaux over the mason-work, threw a few feeble rays upon the figure within.

    A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back. For a brief moment I hesitated — I trembled. Unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess; but the thought of an instant reassured me. I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs , and felt satisfied. I reapproached the wall. I replied to the yells of him who clamoured. I reechoed — I aided — I surpassed them in volume and in strength. I did this, and the clamourer grew still.”

    By the way, Fortunato looked like a hustled and invalidated baby in this scene. The animation was too slow in my opinion.

    “And the motto?”

    “Nemo me impune lacessit.” (No one provokes me with impunity.)

    Remigiusz Krawczyk alias –plastic boy-

    #24180 Reply
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    Thanks for the reviews, please keep them coming.

    Everyone seemed to think that the story was confusing, and the voices were slightly muffled, or low quality. I expected this, perhaps my mic simply isn’t good enough. The confusion shocks me slightly, however, Poe’s writing is no different, and as such I don’t feel as if I’ve failed too dearly in this category.

    How’d you get the file size so low with such a high resolution with DIVX? (what settings?)

    I compressed first with DivX, and fed the AVI through Helix producer, creating a 350 kbps RM. When first compressing with DivX, I used a bit rate of 400 kbps, but it was lowered by the RM’s settings. The resolution is quite high, 720 by 380.

    The lower quality will be of half the resolution, and because of this, I’ll be able to lower the bitrate, without loss of clarity. I’ve noticed simply lowering resolution does very little to the size of a file, but a lower resolution (unless stretched to 200% it’s size) is capable of being compressed at a lower bit rate (in this case, probably 225 kbps), and still looking fairly good.

    Plastic Boy

    Nevertheless, a very confusing and clueless story for those who are not adepted with its topic or even the English language. It should include English subtitles and a heterodiegetic (third-person) narrator with some explicating illustrations.

    I hardly agree with you that it was “very” confusing, perhaps confusing. Clueless is a rather strong word aswell, I’d hate to throw any punches at you though, over use of it. It is, indeed, your own opinion. I’d like to think that I did my homework here.

    In the story, Poe often times, uses such a heterodiegetic narrator, but not in “The Cask of Amontillado”. The main character often thinks to himself, and thus was the purpose of the “court room scenes”.

    As for the excerpt you’ve shown, I find differences from it to that of the version I read. Perhaps, this is original, but I see little to no revelance in this.

    By the way, Fortunato looked like a hustled and invalidated baby in this scene. The animation was too slow in my opinion.

    Yes, I’d have to agree with you there. I’d argue that he looks like an old man, rather than a baby, and I’ll use that as my crutch. I am, assuming that one would imagine Fortunato as such an old man, and a violent shove would not only ground him, but likely injure him, and keep him there for some time.

    And, yes, I can admit that it isn’t completely true to Poe’s story, and that I’ve left out a few parts. Fortunato’s scream, was in the un-edited version, but it seemed to hinder the pacing of the film, and as a result, it was promptly removed. I don’t regret my desicion to do this, as now, one fully comprehending the story, will be further shown of the main character’s lack of satisfaction.

    Once again, thank you for the reviews. I’ve never had a film have 2 pages of reviews before (to the best of my knowledge), and I’d very much like to have many opinions on this.


    #24194 Reply
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    You’ve done a great job here, Logan!

    ***There might be spoilers below****

    The story in this film was quite hard to understand. That I don’t understand so much English, made my fall out a couple of times. When I watched it the secound time I got it. It was better then, but what I didn’t understand was why Fortunato didn’t do anything when that other man locked him in.

    Your animation was very good. The charachters moved realisticly and it looked good. I appriciate that you had put some moving people in the background. That’s always nice to see!

    The lighting was good and I couldn’t see any flickering, but sometimes when you changed the cameraangle the lighting changed. I guess that’s because you filmed it on different days and couldn’t keep the lighting as it was the day before. Try to avoid that next time (I know it’s hard)

    I have to say that the cinematography was very good, but I have some advices. When you film angles where one man talk to another and you film from behind his head (I hope you understand what I mean) you should put the focus on the one that’s farest away and not the one that’s close to the screen. Another tip would be to not change the angle to one that’s very close to the previous. Then it’s just best to keep the previous one a little longer.

    One last thing: the black spaces lasted a bit long. I thought there was something wrong…

    I don’t hope you got the impression that I didn’t like the film, because I really did!

    #24203 Reply
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    Downloading now…..

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