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DD, if you're out there, send me Pimp Daddy back so i can finish my LA project!

Thanks!

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: New Project
« on: September 10, 2006, 02:36 PM »
A cool little story.  Like the comic book style, I'm definitely going to have to take this program for a spin.

At times, it's a little "clausterphobic" - i.e. no wide or establishing shots.

But good stuff nevertheless!

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I absolutely loved MFK's cantina comic and the above example sure looks cool, as well.

In my older photonovels (no longer available on line....at the moment), I used speech balloons and captions, more similar to a comic book.  I enjoyed that style.

But then, inspired by Chewie's great pictures (the movie still format), I switched to that format for my interactive photonovel.

As visually striking as the comic book format is, it suffers from one weakness - the static facial expressions of the figures.

In real comic books, the character's faces are extremely descriptive and evocative.  More is conveyed through the art than the dialogue, in most cases. 

I went back to doing "text below pictures" in order to make my stories more "novel-esque".  Because the visuals are limited, you can make up for those deficiencies with descrptive, well-written text.  In my versions, though, the text is part of the picture, not written into the thread.

this is essential for my Interactive story, where I need to convey a lot of information to the reader about the environment and events that are happening.

However, in the future, for straight narrative photonovels (assuming I ever get the time to do any) I may experiment with a hybrid - using limited text blocks when necessary, but also trying to employ the great collage/comic book visual style that MFK and others have done.


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I really dig this figure.  Sort of a hybrid between animated and "live action" styles.  Very original, very unique, very cool looking!!

Neat eyes!

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: My Cantina Comic *COMPLETE!*
« on: September 5, 2006, 01:02 AM »
Awesomely gorgeous, as always!!!

I don't like the use of the brand new Tatooine wave Han.  Don't mind it for the "I don't have it with me" bit, since that's what his arm was sculpted to do, but I would have used him as little as possible and switched back to VOTC immediately.

but that is a minor nitpick.  This is friggin' GREAT!!!!

Now please go make an original photonovel!  I love your work!!!

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: My Cantina Comic
« on: August 30, 2006, 10:18 PM »
I replied at RS, but let me comment again here.

I really think this looks FANTASTIC.  It really looks like a comic book come to life.

The layout, the picture quality, the lettering are first rate.  Bravo.

Because you are clearly a very creative and very visual person, I think you should let your imagination run wild and create an original story.

I know you said you were a stickler about backgrounds and such....

Well, head on over to niubniubsuniverse.com or erikstromtrooper gallery download some textures and make some dios!  They don't have to be super elaborate.

Use your cantina set, use the Jabba set, prowl the internet for more images, etc.

Your talent is CRYING OUT for an original photonovel, man!  Get cracking!!

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: Episode VII: A DARK FACADE
« on: August 29, 2006, 10:22 PM »
I'm sorry I never commented, but I have yet to finish this MASSIVE story.

I'll say this, though, it is visually stunning!  I'm amazed at how complicated your shots are, it must've taken you forever to edit them together.

I love the little touches, like the DVD jacket, menu screen, crawl, etc.

I am working my way through, it sure is exciting, I will hopefully have more detailed comments when I'm done.

but so far, so good!

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This looks awesome, but, alas, I can't play it!  :(

Sorry!!!

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: BSG meets SW
« on: August 27, 2006, 04:11 PM »
I dunno, man.  I enjoyed this comic, but I think the Galactica would've held off a bit longer. 

And I think your scale is off.  The Galactica is probably almost as big as one of those Star Destroyers.

And Starbuck would have a field day with those TIE's.

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: The Annex
« on: August 26, 2006, 10:51 PM »
Wow, Flacksguy!  I had no idea you worked (are still woring?) as a correctional officer.  I can't imagine how difficult a job that must be.

Your story really does have the ring of authenticity to it,  it's thoughtfully written, believable and dramatic.

Please continue this story, as this was anexcellent set-up, but I'd very much love to see more!


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I am reprinting some comments here I posted in Flacksguy's newest photonovel chapter.

Generally speaking, though I think we are seeing more and more great photnovels than ever before, I am dismayed by the general lack of participation and commentary that this great work seems to generate, not only here but at RS, which also has its own PN forum with many of the same members and stories.

I am not singling myself out of the bad behavior, as there have been many stories in which I have not personally commented on, so i don't mean to come across as hypocritical.  But it is upsetting that these labors of love seem to get so little in the way of replies.  While in-depth feedback is always appreciated, even a few of the quickie comments would be a step in the right direction. 

There are a number of amazing chapters right now in this forum that have less than ten replies each (and many of those are replies from the authors responding to the few comments they did get.)

Here is what I wrote in Flacksguy's forum.  I really wish that we could revitalize the level of analysis and participation here.  It terms of material, it seems like we've never had a richer mix of projects, so it is puzzling and frustrating that the comments themselves aren't commensurate with the great work being done.

Hopefully together we can find the solution and make this an exciting, encouraging place to be.  From personal experience, as someone who has poured his efforts into photonovels in the past, there is nothing more disheartening than having to wait days and days and days just for a few comments. 

Here's what I wrote in the other thread -


I am a little dismayed over the fact that there are so many good photonovels here and at RS that seem to get very little feedback.  And I'll admit I'm just as guilty as others, since I haven't been posting much lately and don't comment on every single photonovel (just because I'm usually pretty busy).

But I really wish that these awesome stories, whether they're yours or Swede's or Longhorn's or Ennis' or Lushro Dofine's got more replies.  Making photonovels is probably the most difficult and labor intensive project on these boards, as it involves making customs and making dioramas and writing and photoshopping/special effects.

And yet....so often, an awesome story like yours only gets a small smattering of comments.  What the heck? 

It seemed like last year, all you had to do was crank out a quickie clone custom and you'd easily get a dozen replies or more.  But spend hours and hours on a photonovel and you're lucky if you crack double-digits.

I don't want to denigrate anyone's great custom work, but I just wish that, both on JD and RS, that we could somehow revitalize and re-energize the fan base so that these stories not only get big audiences but get some feedback.

As a once and (hopefully) future photnovelist myself, I have had many frustrating days when I've worked my ass off on something only to get a minimal response. 

The general slowness of the forums lately has been one of the reasons why I haven't been eager to resume my stories.  I worry about spending literally four, five or six hours on a single chapter if I'm only going to get three or four replies.

Unfortunately, I don't know what the solution is.  The last year has really been a "golden age" for photonovels, with many wonderful and talented people getting into the act.  There are some really amazing stories being made out there and, at least for a while, there seemed to be the audience to go along with them.  It's why RS eventually created its own forum (following in JD's footsteps, which made the sub-forum here.)

i've tried to be a cheerleader for photonovels for a while now (though admittedly I've been lacking in at least the past few months) and I just wish there was more interest, more discussion and a greater awareness and appreciation of the art form from these forums.

A story as cool as this deserves 50 or a 100 comments, not just five or six.  Like I said, I don't have any answers, but it frustrates me to no end to see our uber-talented photonovelists get so little love from the general public.

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: The Annex
« on: August 23, 2006, 02:04 PM »
^You're absolutely right, LONGHORN.  I didn't mean to derail Flacksguy's awesome PN thread.

This is just latest in a disturbing trend.  A truly awesome story with so little traffic.

But, to reiterate, this is an EXTREMELY original and fantastically entertaining effort. 


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Photonovels and Movies / Re: The Annex
« on: August 23, 2006, 03:53 AM »
Flacksguy, this is an AWESOME photonovel.

Wow, I friggn' love it.

What an imaginative premise!  Highly original, I've never seen anything like it.

There is so much to love here.  The story, dialogue and characterizations are great.  The concept is brilliant.  The characters really pop and I love Dozier, great choice of a customized Mace head, since I can so hear this guy being played by Samuel L. Jackson.

I love the backstory gag about the Annex itself, which is brilliantly satirical.

I love the world you create here, a very unique and imaginative take on an undiscovered corner of the SW universe.

I love the orange jumpsuits you made for all your inmates.  damn, that must've been hard!

Outstanding work, welcome to JD!  I have been a fan of your humorous work at RS and I would definitely encourage you to post them here.

I am a little dismayed over the fact that there are so many good photonovels here and at RS that seem to get very little feedback.  And I'll admit I'm just as guilty as others, since I haven't been posting much lately and don't comment on every single photonovel (just because I'm usually pretty busy).

But I really wish that these awesome stories, whether they're yours or Swede's or Longhorn's or Ennis' or Lushro Dofine's got more replies.  Making photonovels is probably the most difficult and labor intensive project on these boards, as it involves making customs and making dioramas and writing and photoshopping/special effects.

And yet....so often, an awesome story like yours only gets a small smattering of comments.  What the heck? 

It seemed like last year, all you had to do was crank out a quickie clone custom and you'd get a dozen replies.  But spend hours and hours on a photonovel and you're lucky if you crack double-digits.

I don't want to denigrate anyone's great custom work, but I just wish that, both on JD and RS, that we could somehow revitalize and re-energize the fan base so that these stories not only get big audiences but get some feedback.

As a once and (hopefully) future photnovelist myself, I have had many frustrating days when I've worked my ass off on something only to get a minimal response. 

The general slowness of the forums lately has been one of the reasons why I haven't been eager to resume my stories.  I worry about spending literally four, five or six hours on a single chapter if I'm only going to get three or four replies.

Unfortunately, I don't know what the solution is.  The last year has really been a "golden age" for photonovels, with many wonderful and talented people getting into the act.  There are some really amazing stories being made out there and, at least for a while, there seemed to be the audience to go along with them.  It's why RS eventually created its own forum (following in JD's footsteps, which made the sub-forum here.)

i've tried to be a cheerleader for photonovels for a while now (though admittedly I've been lacking in at least the past few months) and I just wish there was more interest, more discussion and a greater awareness and appreciation of the art form from these forums.

A story as cool as this deserves 50 or a 100 comments, not just five or six.  Like I said, I don't have any answers, but it frustrates me to no end to see our uber-talented photonovelists get so little love from the general public.


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Longhorn, this is just AWESOME!

Even though I am a major, major fan of your stories, usually I have a few constructive comments to offer.  Nothing today, though, this is flawless, as far as I can tell.

I will try to post more detailed comments, as usual, but off the bat, this is just wonderful, wonderful stuff.

Thanks again for your amazing stories. 

And thanks to YESTERDAY from RS for his amazing special effects.  It makes an already extraordinary effort even cooler.

Wow!!!

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Photonovels and Movies / Re: Blood and Honor: Prologue
« on: August 17, 2006, 04:06 AM »
Wow, somehow I missed the added dialogue.   Thanks to the bump from Depressis, I got a chance to take a look again.

Very nice work!  When will we see the continuation, this is a great chapter and a great beginning.

I hope to see more!  Tox is a cool character and your dialogue is quite good (typos not withstanding  ;)  )

Well done!

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