Entry #4

BROKEN - Animated music video

2014-07-18 02:16:43 by celestrial-hardrave

Check out my latest animation project BROKEN, its animated music video to accompany " Bachus's " brand new single. Unfortantly i cannot post this on NG so if your interested check it out on Youtube and let me know what you think. Here are the specs -

November 2013 – March 2014
6000 frames running at 25 frames per second
46 shots, 1490 symbols and 70 layers
Total running time: 3 minute and 59 seconds
Programs used – Adobe flash CS3-6

Produced and Directed by – Ryan Catania
Art and Animation by – Ryan Catania
Music – “Broken” by “Bachus”
Written, arranged, produced and
Performed by – Matthew best

BROKEN – Animated music video -
The project was to produce an animated music video for the song “BROKEN ", which is produced/recorded by the band " Bachus ". The music video was to be created to accompany the band’s first single from their self-titled album.

Animation synopsis:
Trapped within the confines of her dark, twisted heart, Euphorica begins to create an atmospheric dreamscape to escape the harsh emotions that have been inflicted upon her during a troubled relationship. The pieces of a broken love can only be buried for so long; As Euphorica continues to dive deeper into the nightmare her heart has created, she soon discovers the true feelings that she has buried for so long.

The narrative and visuals of the animation focus on the concept of all the memories and moments that one builds up during the course of their relationship. Weather these memories are happy or sad ones, they slowly build up the pieces that reflect your heart. Euphorica is going on a journey to recollect these pieces of her broken heart; she must discover that all the pieces that make up her heart are important and should be treasured. Without these broken shards, she cannot break away from the love that has tormented her mind for so long.

The animated music video was created for Matthew best for his band “Bachus “
Broken music track is written, arranged, produced and performed by
Matthew best © 2013

Original animated video clip is produced, directed and animated by



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2014-07-19 19:45:03

Art and animation were great, I can't imagine the nightmare that this project must have become once you started adding so many textures and blurs.

That music bitrate was total butt though, why didn't you add it in a video editing program instead of in flash?

celestrial-hardrave responds:

Thank you for your reply, looking back on it now there's a million things i wish i could of fixed up or changed. But keep in mind this was done for a client, so there was only so much i could input myself as its all up to the client in the end. Story elements were changed alot along the way ( including the ending ) so there a few different variations of the video but this is the final one that they desired.

The file size only became a nightmare towards the very end, flash was going quite well till then, had to start doing each shot separately and slowly import them all together.
Funnily enough the video was imported then exported through a video editing program, i never noticed anything wrong with the song quality as it has sounded the same to me the whole time ? i had no idea,

Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated.
- Ry


2014-07-19 23:52:16

It turned out great, but it definitely looked like you wanted to take it in one direction then took it into another. Personally I think you might of been able to do much better out of flash, but to each their own.

-I personally would rather pay the artist for a labor of love rather than forcing them to change to my will, though sometimes change is needed when multiple people are involved.