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Underground CalArts Film 2011 by sketchinthoughts Underground CalArts Film 2011 by sketchinthoughts
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I was going through a bit of a tough emotional time making this, so it's not fully animated. I hope the story gets across regardless- I made about 7 passes before finally deciding on this version. Hope you enjoy it!


©Melissa vdP 2011
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Styl-Fly Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Thats so beautiful and inspiring~ :iconluvluvplz:
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
What a charming little film. The subtle interaction between the characters is altogether heartwarming and believable, and the music only complements this. The designs are also charming in their own, simple way. Additionally, I like that you kept the story incomplete -- it lets the audience use their imagination instead of laying down a definite positive or negative conclusion. Very well done! You're definitely going places. :aww:

-- Mitch
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SweetButtermilk Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWWW. That was so sweet!
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! =)
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calistamonkey Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwww... wow ;_; This is so heart warmingly beautiful... You did a really awesome job. You can really relate to the characters and how they're feeling; you did a really great job in conveying their emotions and feelings. And it's such a lovely little story too... Brilliantly done! Keep up the awesome work! We could all use a friend like that dog, sometimes... Must admit; I was pretty damn moved <333 Awesomeness ;_;
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the comment! It means a lot that the film seems to be effecting people. =)
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KicsterAsh Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This was a lot of fun to watch. I'm going into second year animation in September, and you just made me even more excited to start working on things like these. I wish I could have gone to CalArts though. I bet the classes there are just fantastic.
Good luck with your studies!
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I wish you luck in your second year. =)
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SilverFlight Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an amazing short ^^, it is wonderful to have people who believe in you.
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. =) Thank you!
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Mema17 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i loved the video. it was so well done and had so much emotion even with no words
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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RedRodent Featured By Owner May 5, 2011   Digital Artist
You did an excellent job telling this story. And a very sweet story, it was! Adorable!
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! =)
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dapplet Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That was really lovely. You did a wonderful job (: <3
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! =)
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Onyttig Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
That's wonderful! Great work!!!
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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hallow-marshmallow Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so sweet, love the dog! i can totally relate to the poor struggling musician, that'll be me in a few years, i just hope never to lose the love of music
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yes, the arts tend to make struggling careers in general, but keep at it and you'll find a way to make a living doing what you love. =)
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hallow-marshmallow Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's the plan! my parents can't pull the instrument out of my hands :7D but that's OK cause I need to keep in practicing shape for Tanglewood again this summer, woot!
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Luci-Lou Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Would you mind if I share it on facebook? I think it's a fantastic and emotional piece. For some reason it reminds me of Fluke :)
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, I would be flattered if you did that actually. Thank you so much! =)
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scrii Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student
oh my gosh this is absolutely beautiful, i'm all teary now. you did an amazing job and i hope things have picked up for you again. <3
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! And they definitely have. =)
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dandypandy12 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic job, a pity it wasnt completly animated but even without that it was still GREAT!

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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! =) Yeah it was a bit of a mental struggle to animate this year, but I'm glad it looks alright anyway.
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otherwise Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It came out great Melissa!! (And also: Yay! You posted it~)
That dog especially has such a charming design. My soul always dies a little whenever I see your character designs, dies of envy.
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! =)
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animallogic13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
super cool, everything was great and a good pick-me-up after a hard day.
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that. =)
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desertwind75 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing work!
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Blithegirl Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful story! I felt really involved in the plot and with the characters as well.
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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Not-Quite-Normal Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
aaahh

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That was so emotionally brilliant ;__; Major props to you, the timing was great and you could really see the characters think. Like my animation teacher said, it's about E-motion, not motion. I didn't even notice or care that it wasn't fully animated, the story really came across. Great job. (:
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you thank you thank you! I'm happy the emotions got across, thank you so much for the comment! =)
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Dorkodactyl Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
This is wonderful. I love the simplicity of the design of the guy, and just how easily you could convey emotions with him. The story is sweet, and everything is over all stellar. Great job! You've got a real future ahead of you!
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so happy that you think that. =)
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FaPingMulan Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Awesome
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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FaPingMulan Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
you're welcome
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purple-colossus Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is kind of embarrassing (cuz i normally don't cry at ANYTHING), but i almost cried when i watched this. I really loved this, you did a great job with the story and characters and the animation and aughhhhh... keep it up, you are doing fantastic! :heart:
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, thank you so much! =) I'm really happy you enjoyed it! It means a lot. =)
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purple-colossus Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh thank you for posting it!! it was wonderful to be able to watch! :D
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So beautiful and emotional. I really thought the animation was lovely, and that dog was adorable! :)
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! =)
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Madkazer Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Filmographer
this was so nice and sweet. I'm going to try and share it with my animation class if I can. This was fun to watch and very emotional. Great work
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sketchinthoughts Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, I would be so flattered if you did! I'm glad you enjoyed it! =)
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Madkazer Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Filmographer
My class looks up to all of you Cal Art students! Good luck with all your films!
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