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Dramaticrabbit Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student
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JennyJinx Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
@04:11your welcome
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Tchii001 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand :D
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
@02:37Thank you! :)
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Funny you say that - Spirited Away is one of my favourite films and the whole train sequence in that was a big inspiration!
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CaylexTimewise Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Don't worry about it, I don't mind.

It's also true that there's more going on in this than just everybody being faceless but the protagonist, but I've become very sensitive to that particular trope. See how many music videos have one person standing still in the middle of a moving crowd (hey buddy, you're not a unique and beautiful flower so much as you're obstructing traffic!). I know it wasn't completely intentional, and it was part of the story and not gratuitous like it usually is.

I actually do pay more attention to the other people on the bus and where we are rather than go off into my own little world... that's usually because I'm afraid I'll miss my stop otherwise! :)
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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UpsideDownCross Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
@01:59potato
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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saevuswinds Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Writer
No problem! You deserve it!
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EchoKitten Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
:) np!
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D Yes, my friend did an amazing job on the music, it just wouldn't have been the same without it!
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Omnitelik Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh very cool! Inspiration from inspiration, I guess. =P
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! :D I really enjoyed doing that part with the fish myself, I'm glad you liked it!
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
@01:31Haha! ;)
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Haha! XD That's an approach that I never considered before! Perhaps I should add a PSA ident at the start?
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DimetrodonDanya Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
No problem. ;P
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
@03:09Thank you! :D That was a lot of fun to animate!
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
@03:07Thank you so much! I have a feeling that the character's habit of preferring her imaginary world is something a lot of people can relate to. ;)
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Rebeckington Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011   General Artist
My pleasure :) All your hard word has obviously paid off! Congratulations on the DD. Keep up the great work! :thumbsup:
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A young girl living in a grey, monotonous, dystopian world daydreams herself into a colourful adventure under the ocean...

Selected for screening at The 2012 Student Film Festival London
Winner of 'Best Drawn Animation' - Canterbury Christ Church University Animation Show 2011
Shortlisted for 'Best British Film' - Canterbury Anifest 2011

You can also find this film on Vimeo and YouTube.

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Created with a combination of Photoshop CS5 and After Effects CS5. I was aiming at developing a style of digital animation for myself that still looked fluid and organic.

Inspired by the fact that I almost always end up daydreaming about something or other when using public transport. Believe me though when I say as a Londoner - the Tube isn't really this bad, I promise! ;)

Comments and constructive criticism are more than welcome! I'm always looking to improve my skills.

Finally - the greatest of thanks to Sophie and Patrick for their work on the sound and music, and to my wonderful friends and family for all of their support, without whom I'd have probably lost what little sanity I have. :)
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:icondramaticrabbit:
Dramaticrabbit Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student
@04:03OMG so good!!
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
@04:03Thank you! :D And thanks very much for the fave as well; really appreciate it! :heart:
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Dramaticrabbit Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student
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JennyJinx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
@04:11i love this!!! amazing job~ :D ^w^
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
@04:11Thank you so much! :D :heart:
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JennyJinx Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
@04:11your welcome
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:icondorbby:
Dorbby Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
That was amazing ^^! Now im motivated to animate xD! Could i ask how long it took you to complete this? :3
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aaaw, thanks! :D I'm glad it gave you a bit of inspiration! The actual process of animating took me about 3 months, but there was a lot of planning and pre-production work that went into it as well beforehand. Animation is a time-consuming job, haha!
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Dorbby Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Wow :D. Thats amazing~. 3 months is tons quick though :O! Haha, or maybe i'm just extremely slow xD. Thanks for replying ^^
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha! Oh, believe me, those three months were a very stressful three months! Most places don't expect you to make a 5 minute film all by yourself in that amount of time. I had an awful lot of nights with no sleep! ;)
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
I just saw the animatic and came up here, looking for the real deal done. :D
Dangerous idea, seeing uncompleted lines make our minds fly so higher above possibilities that I was expecting to see the new Pixar's masterpiece or something.
I learned the hard way, as another animation student, that our job is like butchering. Getting an ideal and perfect animation sketched so we can capture some of it into a finished piece, never achieving that flawless thought.

Even so, I highly appreciate this short. The message and mood are still here, and that's what I believe to count in the end, sticking some memorable feeling or thought. The digital aspect of the animation is also very nice most of the time, everything seems fresh, different. Remarkable indeed.
And I identify myself with the character, specially when I'm with my phones on. Subway, bus, walking on the streets... everything is just OH YEAH, since my ears take me to another place.
Congratulations, thanks for making this piece of your heart alive. :3
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! Yes - it's painful trying to decide what to cut out of an idea. Perhaps one day I'll get to remake this idea and restore it to all its former glory! Still, perfection is unachievable. But it's nice to aim as close as possible to it!

I'm glad you enjoyed it - I know myself that it's not perfect but the style is one that I want to push further and hone in and try to improve/perfect. And yes - I think the experience of imagining yourself in a different place or time when you're travelling, whether you're listening to music or reading or just daydreaming, is definitely one that almost everybody can relate to! :D
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
To the hundreds of wonderful people who've faved this - I wish I could thank you all in person, I really do, but it's just an impossible task! So, please, if you've pressed that little star next to this video - from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. :heart:
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Tchii001 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@04:25I prefer this version >>> [link]
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:iconambeeanimation:
AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you liked the original concept - unfortunately it was just too big a project to take on alone in the timespace that I had.
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Tchii001 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand :D
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Silenthilllz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
@02:37Love the animation sequence through here.
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
@02:37Thank you! :)
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@04:25A wonderful concept
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:iconambeeanimation:
AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
@04:25Thank you very much, you're too kind!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no worries
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Frenchmann Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@04:25How wonderfull of a shy hushing dream like a fresh breeze of flowers. just a bit of life in our lifeless lifes today... rescues lifes
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
@04:25Thank you, that's very poetic! :D
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Frenchmann Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@02:19somehow this reminds me of chihiros travel to the dreamy land with the train driving through the water
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Funny you say that - Spirited Away is one of my favourite films and the whole train sequence in that was a big inspiration!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
@04:25Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! :D
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
My pleasure! :hug:
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hannahjenny Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
@04:25So beautiful. It gave me the chills at beginning.

Lots of emotion indeed.
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, that's a real compliment! I'm really glad you liked it! :D
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CaylexTimewise Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
@03:59I think everyone wants to believe they're the one unique person in the world... this constant idea of everyone but you being a faceless nobody rather irks me.
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CaylexTimewise Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Don't worry about it, I don't mind.

It's also true that there's more going on in this than just everybody being faceless but the protagonist, but I've become very sensitive to that particular trope. See how many music videos have one person standing still in the middle of a moving crowd (hey buddy, you're not a unique and beautiful flower so much as you're obstructing traffic!). I know it wasn't completely intentional, and it was part of the story and not gratuitous like it usually is.

I actually do pay more attention to the other people on the bus and where we are rather than go off into my own little world... that's usually because I'm afraid I'll miss my stop otherwise! :)
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's a very valid point you make.

If I may, though - I would argue that it's less that everyone is a faceless nobody because one regards themself as utterly unique and better than everyone, but rather that if you travel on public transport regularly, especially something like the Tube, everybody practically *becomes* a faceless nobody because you pay them no attention. You could travel with the same people at the same time every day but never be able to say what any of them looked like. Everyone begins to just sort of blend in with everybody else.

In my own observation, I would say that nobody on a bus or a train or whatever is really all there. Nobody actually focuses on their journey - most people, I'd wager, go off into their own little world somehow, whether that's by reading a book, or sticking their headphones in and blocking out the world, or just sitting there daydreaming or just musing on what they'll have for dinner! It's not something that's unique to a single person, but everybody feels like they're unique, mainly because they don't know how anybody else's mind works.

BUT - that's the beauty of making a film or a painting or something; the fact that once you let it go for everyone to see, people form their own opinions and interpretations of it! And thank you for sharing your's, because I like seeing how stories come across once you let them go. :)

(I'm pretty certain all the above was quite rambly, possibly slightly incoherent. Sorry about that, haha!)
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Bioshutt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student General Artist
@04:21Very beautiful I love the imagination of the girl
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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TheQZ Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student General Artist
@04:25Amazing! Very touching and profound. Good work!
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much, you're too kind!
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UpsideDownCross Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
@01:59potato
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UpsideDownCross Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
@03:21tomato
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Devilchild93 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
@03:53Very Nice
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:iconambeeanimation:
AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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SketchedExistence Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student General Artist
@04:25This was just lovely. I love the transition from the mostly monochrome train station to the vivid colors of her daydream. Your friends did a brilliant job with the music/sound as well! It all flowed really well together.
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D I'm glad the contrast of the two worlds worked well! And yes, they did an absolutely amazing job; it wouldn't have been complete without them!
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aileen Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
@04:25Great editing with the transitions, especially toward the beginning. I noticed the influence of Miyazaki. Beautiful work! :nod:
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much! :D Yes, Miyazaki and in particular Spirited Away were a big influence!
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist
@04:25Beautiful and touching!

I always do that when I'm traveling like that, with all the crowd.

Magnificent Master Piece
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D

I get the feeling that everybody does, in their own way, whether it be through daydreaming or reading or listening to music. Everyone goes off into their own little world somehow!
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist
:dance:

So true!
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sumangal16 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
@04:25very beautiful .. congrats for DD
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AmbeeAnimation Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! :D
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