I've noticed many people are saying they don't understand the concept of this flash. To that I say that's half the point. The other half is half as confusing as the first. Heh. Sometimes I feel I'm on the same wave lengths as you as far as thinking goes and wondering/designing how the world is put together in unknown sources.
At any rate, this was very well done, more so as far as concept is concerned. The actual flash quality and design can be improved, such as a few sticky animated portions and bad sound quality. I don't mean when you meant to make the vocals and sounds fade around and get bizarre, I'm talking about instances where we couldn't hear the character's narration because your background music was too loud, and some other cases. But I liked the sound crossings and how his sentences would fade into others, very creative, well done.
As far as the meaning behind this whole thing: I've got my own interpretation of it all, and I feel that's part of what you want people to do, but also, I believe I understand things you're saying as well. Not all of course. No one will ever know the deepest things hidden in works such as these, sometimes not even the creators.
Good work though. Pretty creepy, pretty insightful, pretty pretty.
if i get a few more complaints (about the music volume), i'll edit it.
Your adaptation skills with characters and events to music is unique and probably the very thing that makes your movies so successful. That is because you are one of the few artists, or people I should say, out there who can actually do it correctly. And it's that aspect where you earn my respect. This flash only reinforces your name and abilities.
And as to the last reviewer, "Liteice" or somethin, this flash scored so high because it captures what I stated above, and it also tells a continuing story of some very unique characters in a very creative world. If you're lost as far as who is who then I suggest you go watch his previous works and read all of his author's comments. And no, talking or any audible dialogue, or even sound effects for that matter would've distracted and ruined this flash movie. The story is told through visuals and the feelings embeded in the song which coordinate with the action perfectly. Any other sounds besides the music would destroy that bond and thus pretty much destroy the foundation of the whole flash is built on; it ruins the moment and feeling. But at least you didn't rate the movie low like most idiots do when they don't understand stuff, so I thank you for that at least.
I love your work and am glad to see you're still alive and producing content. Keep it going, you have a rare talent.
That's Not Satan..
Story, logic, and design wise, this flash movie doesn't make any sense. Mainly because Satan would never want to do anything like that. You DO know who Satan is right? What he stands for? How evil he actually is? Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, the redeemer. Do you actually think Satan would be jumping for joy, wanting to help spread good cheer around Christmas? ...No, he hates Christmas and he hates Christ and hates joy, and hates making little children happy and blah blah blah all that corny stuff. He wants nothing more than to see you burn, to see those kids suffer and tortured endlessly. Sound cruel? Thats Satan.
I agree what others have been saying. This is more so a little imp or a demon seeking love and acceptance. That makes more sense to me and actually makes the story more touching. But with Stan? I almost felt like you were promoting him. Which sounds...loving and all but, I dunno, it is very awkward. Of course you have to right to say or represent whatever you want. It did have a good message overall.
Everything else, graphics, sound, was all pretty good. Above average suits it well for a description. I gave you low style points though for that whole Satan stuff. It was just very awkward watching this movie and felt very condradictory overall. It gets you thinking though, which is good but at the same time you're sitting there blinking at the unrealism. Half and half, its balanced in negative and postive points but a pretty good movie, so I give this is a solid 6.
Nobody knows whether if satan exist or not. Satan is just a name to me which is the same as 'hell'. These names are just tools that are used to control people through their fears.
Actually i am not promoting satan, you can see that satan and santa are quite similar names but one is good and the other is evil. I just felt that it is a pretty interesting point to me since both are red and special and making satan pretending to be santa for the sake of wanting to be loved is what christmas is all about. You accept and love people on christmas.
You Forgot a Space Between "My" and "1st"
Where the heck does that grey thing go? I couldn't fit it anywhere. Hairy panties? Around the mouth? Is she a robber? Aside from her looking like the Pilsburry Dough Boy, she looks incomplete. I know you did a lot of work on the hair probably but notice it doesn't have an outline and her body does? Her body is kinda lopsided and legs off center. There's also no shading. The stage doesn't fit the background and you have white bars on the top and bottom. You might scoff at these little things and 'say who cares?' but subtle things like these make all the difference in quality.
I know it's your first, but that's why I'm giving you pointers in the things I did. Simple basics.
Do You Realize..
That I didn't do anything and got a score of about 1400? It's because I jumped right into the game without reading instructions and didn't know how to work it, thus, I ended up doing a lot of nothing except spinning around. My next try I clicked start and didn't even touch the keyboard. I got up and left to get something to drink and when I came back I was still alive and scored over 2,000 in the end, haha. I couldn't beat that score after I figured out the game and actually tried.
I'm not saying this game is bad. I'm just saying it's odd tp play a game where I can get a high score by doing absolutely nothing.
I'm Not Impressed In the Slightest
Sadly enough, as harsh as the review by Epikus may sound, it's all true. This "beat boxer" is very faulty, not in that it's broken or doesn't work--it works it's just...well it just sucks at doing what it does.
Seriously what is up with the tempo? You've got this funky 4, 5, 4, 4, 5, 4, 4, layout.. not to mention a random 2 beat to start us off with, it seems, just to ruin the rhythm of what's to follow even more. After seeing the odd 2 set a the beginning, I just went ahead and started my song (or "beat") right after it so that I'd stay on track..not realizing at the time that that was going to be impossible due to screwy beat placement (took me a while to figure out why my beat wasn't fitting correctly). Yeah, you can try to ignore the odd layout and do your own thing but it gets too confusing because then you have to sit there and count out everything and fight the graph. Frustrating.
I don't know what you know or heard about music, but no matter what kind of music it is: country, hip-hop, rock, whatever, beats per measure never ever change. Tempo speed might, hits per beat may, but the time signature just can't flip out in mid-song dude.
And why on Earth did you use those annoying sounds? Some were pretty alright, like the Thump, and Scratch, and a few others but if it had "synth" in it's name is was gross while others were very unrealistic. I'm not even going to begin to wonder why Bump and Thump sounded like a bass and Bass sounded like Darth Vadar on helium. Nothing at all makes much sense here, but it could just be me. You also had a few grammar errors.
For an amateur mixer or someone with no music composing/editing experience, yeah, this might be fun for them because it's something new and lets them be somewhat creative. But for people who regularly submit to the Audio Portal or those who are highly experienced mixers (like myself) this is a joke; just utterly laughable. It's good you're thinking up of new things and trying to provide a route for those who lack music software but still want to submit to the Audio Portal. Yes that's very thoughtful of you, but please.. don't cheat them like this. They deserve more, and I know you can do better. At least, I think you can..
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