H.P. Lovecraft's "The Terrible Old Man" Animation
At the beginning of the semester a friend and I started on this project. It took us up to this date (finished editing and sound this morning) to complete this project. It was a long haul and to be honest I still have some problems with it, but overall I was impressed by the work done by my friend Doug (he did all the great backgrounds) his friend Eric (he did all the music) and myself (did the narration and most of the animation).
It is based off the short story by H.P. Lovecraft and despite the fact we had to cut it down and change some stuff for time, I think it sticks fairly close to the overall feel of the story.
I still have some problems with it, that I may fix in the near future, but I hope you like it.
Last edited by Newbeing; 05-10-2007 at 08:16 AM.
Fantastic dude!-I love it,fantastic animation,music and the narration is spot on.HP would be proud.
With the exception that I found the narration a little unclear and at times hard to follow, the animation is amazing. The drawings are very good, and I love H.P Lovecraft even more after watching this than I did before.
Very good work.
Yeah. Myself as the narrator certainly wasn't the choice I wanted, but being pressed on time (and money : I originally wanted Ron Perlman to narrate :P ) it was our only choice. Some of the sound effects are a bit loud too and muffle out some of the narration, but to be honest I have to say good enough for now heh.
Thanks for the comments though.
Last edited by Newbeing; 05-09-2007 at 06:18 PM.
Most of the mixing is easily sorted,and also I'm listening thru top dollar headphones too,which helps!
Cool— I was going to mention the sound effects obscuring the dialogue, but I guess everybody keeps telling you that.
Edit: Also if you slowed the first few frames down or added some extra frames so that you can slow the recitation down it would probably make it more effective (it sounds a little like you're moving very quickly through it so as not to run out of film before you've finished reading).
Last edited by Hatesink; 05-09-2007 at 06:30 PM.
Originally Posted by Hatesink
I see what your saying. The narration was actually done before the animation so it would be easier to time everything out. Again I had to keep things sort of short due to the lack of production time so that's why I read so fast during some scenes. But I will certainly take your critique into consideration.
Please keep the critiques coming.
Did you attempt to contact Ron Perlman thru his agent?-He has got such a great tone.
Long time Lovecraft fan. Loved it. Would like to hear the dialog volume increased, certain sound effects decreased. The visuals were cut together splendidly in a drawing style I find makes the video flow nicely.
Suggest using a voice synthesizer app to tailor the narrators voice, one like MorphVox should help.
Thats a good idea,compressing the vocal may help also.
Awesome! I loved it!
Now make one for my favorite, Pickman's Model
I made a newer version with louder narration, softer sound fx, and a little less wind.
Those who left comments, please tell me if it is any better (or worse).
Far better overall mix
Nicely done! A little too nicely... *looks nervously about the darkened room*
Thanks and please tell your friends. I'm trying to get it exposed to as many people as possible.
The improvements are excellent— it's a lot clearer now (a lot easier to understand)
I think, if you can, you should definitely extend the length of the clip, so that you can take more time over the recitation. Maybe cut in some still images, maybe with some slow zoom or something, just to give yourself more leeway with the whole delivery. You're voice has excellent tone/timber.
I heard "Exceedingly Evil" on the first narration. So this second recording is a definite improvement in the audio department.
I haven't read this story yet but your interpretation of it will be foremost in my thoughts once I do.
If you found someone with a legible Maine or New England provincial accent to narrate another Arkham tale it would be intense.
Perhaps "Pickman's Model" for the next attempt? Lots of still frames that would be an intense build to the finale for certain.
Thanks for sharing.
If your team has this much finesse interpreting horror I'm pins and blood stained needles at what Rapturian thoughts might be brewing.
i liked it a lot and i give you 5 stars
it was hard work i guess, but i hope you make another one eventually...
Heh yeah. When my friend and I started this at the end of January we had thought it would take us a month or so to do. Oh boy were we ever wrong. It was a mad dash to the end, but we were really happy with the results.
Originally Posted by jackinthebox
My friend, who was the first to suggest doing an H.P. Lovecraft story originally wanted to do "Rats in the Walls", but do to the length of the story and time constraints I suggested "The Terrible Old Man". There may be a chance that "Rats in the Walls" may be our next project. Its really up in the air now, but since we are both pretty much done with school we should have more time to work on something else.
Glad you guys enjoy it.
the general agreeable response of the community has convinced me to watch this. however, that wont be for a few days, as our internet has been shaped down to 64k/s (slightly more than dial-up)
soo sad, and annoyed at my brother. he downloaded 65% of our quota in the first week of our internet month