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The Blythe Avenger

Posted: Thu, 8th Oct 2009, 9:59pm

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davlin

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Rating: +1

The Blythe Avenger is my latest Poser mini movie to be added to the Cinema.
This time I've decided to do a dark comedy that I hope you'll enjoy and have fun watching.
The inspiration for this movie will be obvious when you view it.
It also features two great music tracks from Brent "Greybro"
Bowers who I'm eternally grateful.
Don't forget to comment if you have time.

YouTube version for speedy viewing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDBZvjWVnbw

Dave


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Posted: Thu, 8th Oct 2009, 11:49pm

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Davlin never ceases to amaze me, just when you think he's done his best, he comes along with a film like this to prove you wrong again!
Wonderful visuals, and great good verses evil storyline.
A cross between Walt Disney, Nick Parks, and Tim Burton with a little Maurice Binder thrown in for good measure.
Loved his Sin City, love this even more!
If you only watch one film in the cinema, make sure this is the one, or you will be missing out in a big treat!
Posted: Fri, 9th Oct 2009, 9:17pm

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Many thanks FXT....I'm glad you liked it .
It's a real uplift when someone enjoys your movie.
Thank you again for finding time to watch and comment.

Dave
Posted: Sun, 11th Oct 2009, 10:22am

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Thanks "Nova" for taking the time to rate my vid....


Dave
Posted: Sun, 11th Oct 2009, 6:43pm

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Okay, well I just caught this - didn't see you had a new film out, Dave - so here's my review:

As with all your stuff, technical polish and narrative economy matches up pretty perfectly here; most specifically in the beginning and end. You've got Poser, a program that uses what some would call 'plain' models, and yet you've put it to work to create a product with enough style and cinematic sense that any 'done in Poser' complaint is void.

The story itself wasn't something I think I "got", given that I dunno what a Blythe doll is in the first that - but even that being said, it was still relatively clear what was going on. The irony played out in a Burton-esque way, and the cinematography and editing matched to compensate appropriately.

I'm giving this a 4/5, because I wasn't 100% down with the idea of a 'Blythe' doll (just because I dunno what it is), but still enjoyed what you did here. Congrats again.
Posted: Sun, 11th Oct 2009, 7:13pm

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I see that it is ironic

you must take a long time you can be proud! wink

and I rate as it's because this is not the kind of movie I look at myself but for respect I look at all!

good luck ! smile
Posted: Mon, 12th Oct 2009, 5:44pm

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hehehe| Very good Dalvin! Your skill with poser always increase!

Continu!

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Posted: Mon, 12th Oct 2009, 6:04pm

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So, had time to watch your film while mine is rendering. smile

I'm not familiar with the dolls so the title didn't right a bell for me. I'm familiar with 3D animation etc so I know what it means to do this all in 3D. Kudos for your work there!

We have attention to sound, a nice collection of great shots, nicely modelled sets and 5 minutes worth of animation. Excellent!

While I find the animation a bit rough in all honesty - it's okay, but there's quite some room for improvement as it's rather stiff and a bit wobbly in lots of places - I really enjoy your storytelling visual vision. You have a clear grasp of what you want to tell and how to tell that visually and accustically and that's worth gold. With that clear vision, the somewhat unprecise execution in certain moments becomes less important and the story that unfolds grabs you. I really enjoy that.

I liked the film and it shows that it's done by someone with a lot of creativity and a lot of skill in every area already! I would love to see what happens when you work on those skills in the animation department and finetune those to the level they match your shot and storytelling vision. Now there we'd have something to rival the great names in animation cinema - aardman, pixar etc.

Good job!
Posted: Mon, 12th Oct 2009, 6:47pm

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Thanks very much for your time Marco..
I really appreciate your reviews of my work,always find helpful advice plus great encouragement......much needed.
You really have found me out.....you see making movies has always been my hobby for many years but animation has not.I feel rather uneasy calling myself an animator as I use Poser as a means of telling stories
without real people being involved .I use any method of "animation"
available to me...ie.motion capture,poses and manual manipulation so as to get the story running.....my main thought is to get the story across
without too much pain:)
But I'm striving to improve my "skills"

Thanks again

Dave
Posted: Mon, 12th Oct 2009, 6:54pm

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Something I didn't touch on, also, that Marco mentions is that you consistently (and appropriately) show the good storytelling vision in your stuff. The means is creative (Poser animation) and it reaches a good end. The angles or opening/closing actions we all imagine and would like you put into films; those things that feel filmlike when we witness them, they've all been put to work in your films.

There's something to that that I suppose I really enjoy, regardless of the overall technical schema.
Posted: Mon, 12th Oct 2009, 7:22pm

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Ben...please forgive me, your previous post i thought I had responded but
no I did'nt.
Your review made me feel extemely happy that you enjoyed the movie and the style it was done in.
The Blythe doll thing, well that came about when my Daughter started collecting these things and as I learned there was much money to be made by customising these dolls which meant chopping head in two ,pulling eyes out and so on with phrases like "Boggle" (to cut eye area so eyes can move in different direction).Of course my mind went into stupid gear and thought of a bit of payback....lol
Basically this little fun movie was put on the "Blythe Collectors " sites
hehe!
Thanks again Ben your review has been a joy to read....I really do appreciate the time and effort to put words into print.

Dave
Posted: Tue, 13th Oct 2009, 1:57pm

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DAVE! DAVE!DAVE!

Yet another fun to watch short film from you. I really liked the dark little edge you're exploring here. I think you are an excellent story teller and this one really shows originality as well.

Unlike you, I have no problems thinking of you as an animator. The basics are the same in Poser as with the higher end programs. Key frames, easing, tweening etc. That's animation! Great work once again!!!
Posted: Thu, 15th Oct 2009, 1:52am

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Thanks Brent for your kind remarks...much appreciated and also for giving me permission to use your songs.

Dave
Posted: Thu, 15th Oct 2009, 3:15am

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Hey Davlin.

This was fantastic as expected. Around every corner and bit of this, from start to finish, you really establish a very polished and slick sense of style that I really like; and show a real storyteller's/filmmaker's eye for the order-of-events. Where perhaps the narrative cohesion isn't fully there in bits you've successfully made up for this by having a flowing and carefully constructed vision to your work, and that's really cool.

While I don't know much about Blythe dolls for it to connect entirely with me on a content level and while I find a little bit of the subject matter odd- I can easily look past it for the sheer fact that the feat alone, a 3D film, is successfully done with a finesse and professional edge and 'completeness' I rarely see of CG artists' work.

Well done, man. Like your Sin City project you consistently prove your talent with 3D modeling and, most of all, how it is implemented in a storytelling setting. This isn't without it's faults, no, but from the opening frames and instrumentation into 'Davlin Studio presents...' onto the moonlit title revelation; I immediately knew this would pretty easily resound as another fairly excellent achievement from you.

Congrats, man. 4/5.
Posted: Thu, 15th Oct 2009, 1:22pm

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Atom....many thanks for great comment and for finding time to review my
little movie.
I'm just putting together all the bits for my next foray into the black arts of Poser... biggrin


Best

Dave
Posted: Sun, 18th Oct 2009, 7:40pm

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Time for my review...
I enjoyed watching it and this is very good for Poser. It had some moments where the movement was a little choppy and I'm not a fan when it comes to "dark-comidies" however I feel that I mostly enjoyed this one and found myself watching it multiple times. Overall I enjoyed it and hope to see your works here at FXhome in the future! A solid 4/5!
Posted: Mon, 19th Oct 2009, 1:21pm

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davlin

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Hi Storm

A great big thank you from me for finding the time to review my little vid.
You really do put the effort in to support the Cinema.....Thank you again.


Dave
Posted: Sun, 25th Oct 2009, 1:39pm

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Hi "swintonmaximilian"
Many thanks for your vote ..I'm glad you found time to have a peep.


Dave
Posted: Wed, 28th Oct 2009, 5:44pm

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Hi Dave, sorry I've taken so long to write up what I thought about this.

I really liked it, it was funny and bizarre and had me smiling the whole way through.

My favourite bit was the Bond style opening credits, fun and inspired.

The story was fine and simple, even though I had no pre-existing knowledge of Blythe dolls I understood the premise because it doesn't apply specifically to the doll itself. Rather, the story of an obsessive collector of niche items, horribly exaggerated into a crazed Dr Frankenstein freak, who meets their fully justified demise at the hands of their own obscure obsession, is basically a funny story with a moral, a bit like any classic fairy tale. It's also sort of a super hero revenge film.

I liked the tone of it, odd, funny, and the dog was genuinely unsettling. I think it's great that you based a film around a subject which it seems the majority of people know nothing about, and you made it work as a story.

Basically, I thought it was very fun and enjoyable.

It almost seems pointless to critique the technical aspects because that is clearly not what the emphasis is on or what you're films are about, although I will because it's a film and that's such a huge part of making a film.

The animation is fine, it's simple and it works well. It's not without it's faults but it's a means to an end and in that context it completely succeeds. I do think it's definitely improved since Family Values. Same goes for the sound, it's fine, not perfect, but it works. The noises from the dog really enhanced the tension and horror aspect.

Clearly though, the focus is on telling a story, because you want to, and that is a brilliant thing.

I'm looking forward to the next one,

Max
Posted: Thu, 29th Oct 2009, 1:53pm

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Hi Max
Absolutely no need for apologies...I know you've been very busy so I really appreciate the time and care you've put into this review.
I'm so glad you enjoyed the little vid and I totally agree with all your
points that you mentioned.....I hope my next adventure will be better animated....mmmmm.smile
Many thanks again Max for a great review.

Dave
Posted: Wed, 4th Nov 2009, 7:16am

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That first song sounds exactly like STP's Creep (the first 11 notes ores so)
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2010, 6:41am

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Dave - Your work never ceases to amaze me. You are a true artist my friend - Great work!

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Posted: Tue, 22nd Jun 2010, 3:52pm

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Eric a big welcome back to the forum and thank you so much for your kind
words.

Your movies need to be brought to the fore so some of our newer members
can be aware of your great talent.

"Punisher-the forever war"...a Poser masterpiece and one that got me
interested in Poser mini movies.

The Last Days....a brilliant war story.

Hope you stay with us

Dave