LotD

2009-12-09 12:25:06 by chluaid
Updated

The new Brackenwood movie "the Last of the Dashkin" is the first of a couple of storylines dedicated to reestablishing the world of Brackenwood and bringing it in line with what the feature film will be about. The first thing you'll notice besides story, is some redesigned characters (Lemonee Wee - the witch) and new creatures. I've also finally brought a few of the earliest concepts to life, such as the globe tree in which Bitey wakes, surrounded by little creatures.

As it's a narrated trailer-style story setting up bigger things to come, there is a lot of exposition and history crammed into 4½ mins. I wanted to use the opportunity to explore the diversity of terrain, weather, time of day and lighting in Brackenwood. I'm pretty happy with the results and really look forward to starting the new one in around Feb of 2010.

Hope you like it and thanks as always for the continued support, even when I'm M.I.A for 2 years :D
-Adam

LotD


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LDAFLDAF

2009-12-09 12:26:16

That was awesome, can't wait for the next part. :)


ruthlesaceruthlesace

2009-12-09 12:29:43

i really want to see the next part, and the film. ive been following bitey for awhile now.


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2009-12-09 12:30:21

mmm!


benjumebenjume

2009-12-09 12:31:33

nice stuff there


DottoriusDottorius

2009-12-09 12:32:28

Adam Philips - A true mastermind of storytelling, flash animation, giving the audience a thrill and so on and so forth.
I've come to expect much from you - And you've just proven that you can fulfil all of my expectations. And even more!

Rock on!
~Dott


C00L007C00L007

2009-12-09 12:34:17

It was really great =)


HulalaooHulalaoo

2009-12-09 12:40:08

YES !!! This is the best animation of the month sure !!!!!!!!!!! You experience, ideas, and work blind me !!!!!


HulalaooHulalaoo

2009-12-09 12:41:30

sure, i wanna buy the movie in DVD if is posible : !!!


Vandal2Vandal2

2009-12-09 12:43:44

You have out-done yourself this time, it is god-like animation!!!!


f0rsaf0rsa

2009-12-09 13:05:04

You, sir, are amazing.


ThebunniebrothersThebunniebrothers

2009-12-09 13:10:18

Small Bitey is so cuuute :3


ZyphoneeZyphonee

2009-12-09 13:25:27

Oh man! Four weeks to make this? Adam, you're a beast at this stuff, I can't stop thinking of how come you're so imaginative with this stuff, your storytelling is flawless!

chluaid responds:

thanks! I think it needs work in parts but my focus for Brackenwood is now story, so thanks for noticing :)


PeglayPeglay

2009-12-09 13:31:38

that was awesome!!


KlausTKlausT

2009-12-09 13:42:54

I assign your latest work as a Christmas Present sixteen days too early.
Thank you, it cheers me up in a hard time I face right now!

chluaid responds:

Glad I could help :)


NightwayfarerNightwayfarer

2009-12-09 14:01:09

I had eyes-orgasm while watching it ;)
Very awesome work, specially the backgrounds and 3D-like animations

Best wishes, and is that art available as a wallpaper? :B

chluaid responds:

yep I'll put a bunch of wallpapers up for download on the weekend


TheRenoTheReno

2009-12-09 14:15:18

So will we have to wait another 2 years for the continuation or will you follow this up with any sort of speed?


SidorioSidorio

2009-12-09 14:24:27

How often do you work on the film?

chluaid responds:

When I'm working on a Brackenwood movie, it's usually full-time.


DelamortesDelamortes

2009-12-09 14:35:53

I really love it!


TateosTateos

2009-12-09 14:39:46

Your making a movie?
I'm excited.


james301james301

2009-12-09 14:47:21

where are you from...cause all the music in your animations seem to have a strong celtic or gaelic feel so i was wondering if you were from scotland or ireland or something or if it was just the music that fitted

chluaid responds:

I've always been a fan of celtic mythology and musical tradition so that's the type of music I think suits Brackenwood best. I'm from Australia though


loluntilmypieloluntilmypie

2009-12-09 15:02:16

You are the best flash artist on here. Submitting some art posts on the art forum would definately get a few front pages. You'r really insipartional.

chluaid responds:

thanks :)


StarogreStarogre

2009-12-09 15:13:15

Loved the new movie and the new take on the next couple episodes. It keeps things interesting. I'm also interested in what program you're using for the film. ToonBoom I'm assuming?

(Updated ) chluaid responds:

yeah hopefully the feature film (if 2D) will be using ToonBoom


itsKrisitsKris

2009-12-09 15:29:28

I can't believe that only took you 4 weeks to make!! What animation program(s) do you use and what was your education? I want to someday be as good as you :)

chluaid responds:

I used Flash CS3 for that movie


Thingthingdude200Thingthingdude200

2009-12-09 15:44:13

are you really making a game with weasel?

chluaid responds:

I was, but we postponed the project because I got busy on freelance work :/


WolfosWolfos

2009-12-09 16:06:34

great movie, can't wait for the next part, you really took everything that was missing from your series and put it into there.

chluaid responds:

yeah the plan for this new stuff was to answer a lot of questions and finally turn Brackenwood into a series with an interesting through-line :)


Grim13xGrim13x

2009-12-09 16:39:42

That was awesome :D


VidGameDudeVidGameDude

2009-12-09 18:10:11

truly you are newgrounds most incredible artist in the field of flash.
and this twist you added in with a human i felt a sudden chill.

your stories are soo poetic in a strange way.

btw might i ask who voiced this piece?
her voice was lovely.

l8s

chluaid responds:

her name is Emma Reynolds. She does documentaries, audio books, adverts etc in the UK. Thanks for the feedback!


XeozenusXeozenus

2009-12-09 18:36:32

When you say 'movie', do you mean a full length theater blockbuster, a series (like Xombie), or just a really long flash. I don't think I've ever heard of a theatrical movie done entirely in flash. Sure, there are shows like Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, but a 1.5-3 hour .swf? How large do you plan on this being? What do you hope to accomplish with it? If there's anyone who could show people the beauty of flash and 2D animation, it's you.

Also, just wanted to let you know that your art inspires me.

-Xeo

chluaid responds:

The Brackenwood "movie" will be a feature length animated film in cinemas. We won't be using Flash :)


darckblazedarckblaze

2009-12-09 18:51:17

Nice storyline to the new bitey flash! Your awesome.


alerzealerze

2009-12-09 18:52:49

it was great i cant wait to see the next. i hope to see the next one soon (by soon i mean i hope for less then two months)


VidGameDudeVidGameDude

2009-12-09 18:57:25

sorry about asking twice i just saw your reply ^_^;

and congrats again!

l8s


daedraslayer229daedraslayer229

2009-12-09 19:11:32

I love you and you're animations.
Please have my wife's babies.

chluaid responds:

ooh.. um, that could be awkward X)


tyler2513tyler2513

2009-12-09 20:47:30

Brackenwood is like it's own little world I thought the world may be leaving or demolishing but I can't wait to see it in more adventures and fun and I really enjoyed the trailer type flash you broke a record by like, .15 the record was 4.66 you set it to 4.84 you are amazing and Brackenwood is one of my most favorite things in the world your imagination and animation was great keep up the amazing animation job!

chluaid responds:

thanks a lot :D
I remember Waterlollies getting to 4.79 (I think) so I never expected this to get so high. It's a good feeling though, makes all the hard work seem worthwhile


Life-StreamLife-Stream

2009-12-09 20:50:41

As always, an awesome addition to the Brackenwood series. It's getting better and better with each instalment. It's great to see that you've decided to animate to a story/history of bitey now, rather than his random mischief moments.

Surely, like almost every NG user here, i'm really looking forward to the next part....you left us hanging there, haha.

Anyway, great job as always, don't ever give up on this. You're like a swiss-army knife of art, you combine awesome art, animation, directing, coordination, imagination, originality and loads more of those kinda cool words into one!

Hats off to you sir :D

chluaid responds:

Hat off to you too! Thanks :)


ScelesticFishScelesticFish

2009-12-09 20:54:02

Finalllly!!!
FINALLY!!!


tyler2513tyler2513

2009-12-09 20:54:28

Also I am trying my best to get people to vote 5 on all your flashes and most likely this new Brackenwood we bring back all the other Brackenwood flashes that have been going lower, hey it's works for all series doesn't it? I really hope they all get map on the map I'm only level 17 so sorry if it's not helping but I'm always getting people to help out!

chluaid responds:

thanks for the effort hehe. I think the other movies have had their time and run their course in the portal though. When Waterlollies had finally dropped out of the top 50, I was kinda relieved as it meant a new leaf was turned over. It also inspired me to begin work on a new Brackenwood for NG, which as you now know is LotD


EammyEammy

2009-12-09 21:21:41

4 weeks, that is amazing.

Did you find the ultimate method of speed-animating? :D

chluaid responds:

I think I've been using that method since back on 30 shorts :D


FightingSeraphFightingSeraph

2009-12-09 21:25:34

Bitey's origin kind of reminds me of Ralph Bakshi's Wizards, only with much better visuals. Compared to you; my test animations look like shit (and I had Flash for five years). After seeing Bitey in action, now we get to know about what makes him who he is. If your skills tell me something, it's that your Brackenwood film might end up joining Ark and Renaissance as my favorite animated feature films.

chluaid responds:

ooh I hope so! Thanks for the feedback :)


MultihunterMultihunter

2009-12-10 04:28:45

Although the art and animation were flawless and nearly perfect and all of that, I don't like where this story is headed. The beauty of the first ones was that it was a completely alien world with it's own kind of methods and creatures. It was like a beautiful documentary of actual creatures on an alien planet, this "new" story doesn't work for me. (Even though I'm sure you had this in mind from the beginning). And again the problem with this latest installment (like with Waterlollies) is that the story that it tells isn't so intriguing. It's like you've made the Brackenwood series more aimed at toddlers. "Prowlies at the River" was genius storywise. Even the first Bitey was interesting. These new ones follow a better logical order of events, but maybe that was the wonder and excitement of your earlier Brackenwood works, you could imagine the world being so different from ours that I could easily believe that Brackenwood was shaped like a cube, just because it was so wonderfully different. Now you have made the world spherical, and introduced a mostly human character that is adding human observation to it. In any case, the art is alone enough to make me give a top rating and want to buy the feature length release, its just that I don't think that Brackenwood is achieving it's full potential.
(And what happened to Lemonee Whee? She was an old woman last I saw...)

chluaid responds:

Like you said, there's a lot that I had planned from the beginning. I didn't suddenly make Brackenwood a sphere, it was like that all along. I did however completely redesign Lemonee Wee to bring her into the semi-realistic world of Brackenwood, instead of the stylised Nickelodeon-type character she used to be.

Brackenwood needed to progress in order to progress, so I tend to disagree with your comment that it itsn't achieving its full potential. The fact is that if I never tell the full story, it'll never achieve its full potential and just coast along in perpetual and unending simplicity which is more for toddlers than the direction it's now going.

I fully respect your concerns though, so thanks for your thoughts.


sploderdogsploderdog

2009-12-10 04:49:51

<3 <3 <3 <3

chluaid responds:

:) :) :) :)


sleepysrhsleepysrh

2009-12-10 06:12:57

Adam Phillups, I just wanted to say how much i appreciate your ability to direct flash animation. Ever since "Bitey of Brakenwood" in 2004 i have been a huge fan of yours. When it comes to flash animation only two names come to my mind, Tom Fulp and Adam Phillups. The world of Brakenwood is one i can truely get lost in. I've shown almost all my friends your movies. Through the whole movie all i hear from them is silence and laughter. The way you draw in your audiance is truely one of a kind.

I actually had an idea for Bitey to show his sympathetic side. I know you are prolly gonna be concerned with creating the 2nd part to "The Last Dashkin" but i give myself credit for my ideas i can create, and would like to know what you think of this idea. I'd do a fan tribute but i have zero flash skills, only thing i have is a creative mind.

-

The movie starts off with the Yellow Fluff Ball creature (don't remember the actual name you gave this thing at the moment) dreaming.

He is dreaming about being surrounded by more of these fluff ball things of different colors. They are frolicking and having fun in an open sunny meadow.

In the real Brakenwod world the Yuyu recovered from their beatdown from Bitey see the dreaming Yellow Puff Ball and decided to envolope it into their void.

Back in the Puff ball's dream world. After frolicking a bit, the rest suddenly scatter in all directions and leave the yellow one alone in the middle of this meadow.

It looks around confused making its fart noise. Then all of a sudden the sun is covered by clouds. Worried now the Puff Ball makes it's noise one last time then Bitey pops out screaming from behind it, like in "Prowlies at the River"

It wakes up and finds itself in a darker then usual black and white world.

Nearby Bitey is chewing on berries and hear's the "pfft" noise of the yellow puff thing. Curious he heads in the direction of the noise.

The Puff Ball in it's new dark atmosphere waddles a bit and finds a Yuyu disguised as a Black Puff ball. remembering it's dream the yellow one heads over to it optimistically. When it gets over to it the Black one faces it. The yellow one let's out it's Pfft fart noise and nudges it. The Black yuyu responds by slamming it's jelly body into the yellow one. The yellow one gets it composure and slams back into it.

After it connects into the black puff ball, the black one collapses into 4 little Yuyus. The 4 Yuyus run into the black void and vanish. Then the yellow puff is surounded by hundreds of white eyes surronding it.

Bitey reaches the location and stares from behind a bush and sees the swirling tornado of Yuyus. He has a breif flashback to when he was confronted by the Yuyu himself. Curious to see what their prey is he sprints onto the top brush of a tree.

Back in the dark swirling world of the Yuyu. the Yellow Puff Ball looks back at the white eyes staring around him. The white eye's turn red and two Yuyu pop out of the void and land a blow onto the yellow puff ball which lands on it's squishy backside. The puff ball hops up and tries to make a run for it.

Bitey observing from the trees watches the swirling Yuyu tornado move with it's prey. As it moves into the forest he follows it above from the tree's his curiosity captivating him.

The Puff Ball while on it's sprint from the Yuyu keeps getting slammed from all sides from the yuyu. after sveral vicious blows it gets knock into trunk of a tree ending its retreat. Accepting its demise it stares upwards and seeing the figure of Bitey watching from above. It lets out a sympathetic cry of Pfft in Bitey's direction with sad eyes.

Bitey who has watched this event unfold, stares down at the Puff Ball's sad eyes and has a small flashback of his dream from "Prowlies at the River" when he was happily skipping with the Yellow Puff Ball.

A Yuyu dashes out and strikes the puff ball again. Bitey snaps back to reality and roars down at the Yuyu and dashes from the treetop and grabs the Puff Ball from the grasp of the Yuyu. with the Puff Ball in hand he watches as the Yuyu swirl take on a new shape.

The Yuyu revived from their last encounter with Bitey take on the Shape of a Dark Bitey. Bitey is confused by the new form and just stares at his darker mirror self. The yuyu Bitey sprint forth with his speed and punches Bitey across the face sending him flying, and the yellow puff ball flies in the air and lands on the ground.

The Yuyu Bitey place it foot on the the puff ball pinning it to the ground. Bitey recovers and gets enraged at the Yuyu. He dashes at the Yuyu Bitey and punches it across the face sending it flying with a gap across its face.

Bitey picks up the Puff ball off the ground which is bruised and beaten by now and looks down at it. The puff ball lets out a Pfft and then Bitey looks over at the Yuyu Bitey. The Yuyu Bitey reforms its face and roars at Bitey. Bitey dodges its initial attack, then Bitey and Yuyu Bitey fight over the puff ball back & forth.

Eventually Yuyu Bitey gets hold of the puff ball. Bitey looks over at it and growls at it. The Yuyu Bitey grins and splits into 2 more Yuyu Biteys, with the middle one holding the puff ball.

Bitey sprints at the middle one with the puff ball and is intercepted by the two new Biteys. Bitey battles the two new Bities, and after every blow he lands on either of them they reform.

Bitey sets his sights on the middle Yuyu Bitey with the yellow puff ball in hand, and flashes his teeth at it. He makes a final sprint at it and the other two Bities try to intercept but are exploded in Bitey's "final dash."

Bitey slams into the lead Yuyu Bitiy and grabs the Puff Ball. The two destroyed Yuyu bities merge with the lead lead one. They swirl back into a mass of Yuyus and make their escape through the forest. Bitey with Puff Ball in hand watch as they flee away.

Bitey stares down at the Puff Ball and it responds by looking up with a Pfft. Bitey sets it onto the ground and pats it twice on the head and sprints back off into the forest. Then the credits roll.

-

I was inspired by the bond the Yellow Puff Ball and Bitey share in "Bitey of Brakenwood" and "Prowlies at the River." I tried to send this in you inbox, but you only accept comments from your contacts which i can understand since you probably get dozens of fan mail a day.

Anyways
Hope you enjoyed this idea,
Mike Macauley
A.K.A. Sleepysrh

chluaid responds:

Hey Mike that's a cool little story. I won't have time to animate it of course but I think it'd be cool if you did something with it. Maybe not Flash animation if that isn't your thing, but perhaps a comic-strip style narrative? Or a series of images with speech bubbles. I think it'd be awesome. There's one of those on DeviantArt and it's incredibly well done. You should check it out, it's Bitey vs Sonic and it's like 50+ pages.


RYNOLRYNOL

2009-12-10 07:14:18

Damnit I loved that one. I can't wait to see the next one. That was the most interesting one by far. I want to know what happened to the Dashkin and why Bitey is in Brackenwood. Although I think that some of the previous episodes looked and sounded better. Like the YuYu had the best music ever. But this is still good. Plus, lil' Bitey looked so damn cute. :D

chluaid responds:

awesome. I agree that it'll take some incredible music to top The Yuyu :)


VovichVovich

2009-12-10 08:23:57

I'm so glad you're back. It really was a week ago when I thought "what happened to the Brackenwood stories" and then yesterday - i was like o_O in front of the monitor. I loved it like i loved all the others. (Thanks for telling us about the witch being redesigned, i thought it was her daughter or something ). Needless to say you are the best at what you do. I have never seen ANY better movies here on Newgrounds than the ones you do. I'll be waiting for your next one. Thank you for making them, thank you for letting us enjoy your work!

chluaid responds:

thanks a lot :)


6th-sage6th-sage

2009-12-10 09:40:57

Erm... I'm a bit confused about your film. Is it going to be a medium-length flash to be submitted to newgrounds or is it going to be a true animated movie that will be featured in local theaters (and I'm talking disney-scale style, becausse I know you once worked for disney)? If so, are you going to get it sponsored by any company, say Disney or Pixar?

chluaid responds:

I'm working on both. The feature film (that you'd go see in cinemas) is under way and the LotD sequel will be a Brackenwood web episode on NG and my site.


SimonGSimonG

2009-12-10 10:47:14

Lovely!

You're gonna make a christmas flash this year?

chluaid responds:

Not sure I'll have the time, but I may do if I can think of an idea :P


SheizenhammerSheizenhammer

2009-12-10 13:00:55

I know you get a lot of this, but I really think <a href="http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/liste n/248262">this</a> deserves a place in one of your next flashes.

Ta for reading.


bocodamondobocodamondo

2009-12-10 13:37:16

awesome awesome man !!!!!!!!!!!


PeglayPeglay

2009-12-10 15:27:28

would you ever sell your idea to, i dont know Disney or some other big animation studio?

chluaid responds:

Only on two conditions: 1. The price is right and 2. I'm the director.


Blind-AvaveBlind-Avave

2009-12-10 15:34:50

awsome.......i am a big fan of the brackenwood movies....please kep my me informed of the movies. you are a great story teller

chluaid responds:

thanks :)


TheHarvesterTheHarvester

2009-12-10 19:32:19

ya ive watched all the brakenwood series an i have to say this one the best! cant wait for part 2, and keep up the good work!
oh and i liked the narration even though alot of people have been complaining about it.