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November 15, 2012
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This is the full preview clip that will debut at Sacanime in January. Just started the line art.

Shattered Heaven: Midnight Twilight is an original animated direct to DVD feature. It is based on the novel series, "Shattered Heaven".

The first novel is available on Amazon Kindle for $3 here [link]

Midnight Twilight is the sequel to the first novel and it takes place 2 years after it.

Amber Rollins, a military commander has returned from a failed mission with nothing but an aura of shame. In an unexpected turn of events she is thrust back to Mars along with the famed Alpha unit of the Trinity Alliance to look into the circumstances of her failure.

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VA: Kira Buckland
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1-of-Millions Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Loved this little moment
kisekinokami Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Omg! That was AWESOME!!!!
Tokyo7 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Artist
Your definitively improving but few things
1. your camera cuts are many and its quite unnecessary, You jump shots and it doesn't really work too well.
2. Your shots dont add up with whats going on, he states about being used but you show the birds and the moon. (not very common Birds+Moon)
your back shots, environmental shots, are just there with no substance... there too short as well.
"im clearly talking to my self" shot looks like the exit of a scene but its not it jumps back to a face view as and leave a harsh feeling to me as the viewer
3. you use a lot of head shots with few or no bodily gestures so the characters feel like dialog flat puppets rather than characters or people. No dramatic pause, characters don't feel impacted at all.
4. the first shot misses an opportunity to actually move the character so that the next shot seem more natural (all your shots feel forced)
5. Why is every one emo....
the dull tone the majorly sad faces and the way line jump into each other looses a persons interest in whats going on.

But for what it is it's ok :)
Azure-Knight33 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm just going to touch on point 5. It's not a stand alone clip. It's a single scene from an entire 2 hour movie which is a sequel to a novel. So the emo part is based on events that happen in the first book. Long story short, he killed her, sort of, kind of. So it's not one of those "people are emo for absolutely no reason, teen angst", there's substance. Just can't really see it in a small clip taken outside of the full context.

The rest of your points, that's why this is rough. Easy to change shots, etc. Gestures are my weak point, I'm self taught, never properly studied animation, so I'm playing catch up and learning as I go. I was watching this and taking notes today while at work, I'm going to be adding in more gestures during the clean up, because there could be more. I think I did the birds as an experiment and kept them there, they're not necessary. I mainly started doing this particular scene because 1) I had all the lines lol and 2) Because it was sort of a confrontation of things in the main character's past that happened. I understand and expect people who have no purchased/read the first book and no nothing of the series to look at this as just an emo clip, it's okay.

I'm not a background artist, at all. I've been looking for artists to help out with this movie but haven't found many. I'll be doing the backgrounds after all the character animation is done. Ended up not just sticking to point 5, oh well. I appreciate your input and most of it I'll be able to actually implement successfully since I'm still working on this clean up this week.
Tokyo7 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Artist
no. 5 is actually a reference to to shattered heaven ep1, 2, & 3
I watched it all and I had no idea what was going on. (I'm a sucker for most indie animations)

another words of advice concerning the series is ...
I haven't read the book(s)(unfortunately since the animation hasn't captivated me to read them)

I have more advice and feed back and suggestions but I'm not sure you'd want it or not. But I'd be happy to share
Azure-Knight33 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Yeah, ignore them. The series was after the 3rd book. It was originally set up as a movie sequel to the 3rd book but I had no idea about animation and jumped right in. It was mainly being pushed to a forum I was on that had read the books as they were being written. The problem with that was that all the characters were expected to have been known, so no development went into them as its audience (at the time) was targeted to the fan base developed on the forum. But episodes 1-3 happened right after a war which was a full culmination of things, loss of friends, etc, etc, the series was supposed to show the characters trying to move on and deal with the events. It never got that far because I was too busy using it as my experiment on animating.

I was new to the whole indie scene and I didn't even take into consideration starting over. The novels are what was first and what is the strength of the series. The animation was something that came after. The writing was more or less dumbed down while I taught myself how to animate. I'm an author first, it's what I was trained for, studied for, etc. Animation is something I picked up on my own and played with.

Luckily for the movie I do have staff and a friend who went to school for animation and worked on professional programs, I'll be following her lead. But in the meantime, I'm working on getting myself better as an individual so it'll be easier to follow. With the first book already out, this movie is a direct sequel to that and leads into the second book. So it's on a proper chronological track this time around. And the movie opens up giving a run down of the events prior. So the issue that happened with the animated series when I started, won't be happening here.

That all being said, I'm open to advice and suggestions. I can't see everything while I'm focusing on small things one step at a time. That's why I post things, to get suggestions.
Azure-Knight33 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Writer
jkglnlkgnmgf, ignore awkward grammar and misspellings. For some reason, whenever I get an opportunity to respond to something meaningful I get bombarded and people just like to hover over my desk.

Thank you for the input, seriously ^^. Since I'm striving to improve and try things differently I'm going to miss a lot of things. But with actual input that's not condescending lol, I can apply it properly and see exactly what you're saying. There will be a lot of changes before this is finished.

Still really bad at gestures, which is why I don't use them often, I'm just recently starting to go out of my way to implement them, as long as I feel comfortable. As I learn more, they'll be in more often. Mainly just an awkward/comfort thing right now.
Gugarts Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Very nice!
Azure-Knight33 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks, I appreciate it.
wabi777 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome! Great job!
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