It's definitely an interesting take on the subject material, I don't think I've ever seen an entry that takes this particular stance. I like that you managed to address doubting (which is certainly an important part of everyone's life, regardless of religious affiliation) in a mature and honest manner.
However, I felt you tried to pack in way too much in too little time. The film feels very rushed and choppy, and just ends in the middle of nowhere. There's a good beginning and middle, but no resolution, and no time to establish an ambiguous ending. Also, the speaking doesn't sound very natural, as the characters are just speaking non-stop and there are no pauses. I understand that it's not easy to avoid, given the constraints of this contest, but it still sounds off.
The animation quality is a bit rough (though not the worst), and the cinematography and editing could use some improvement. You have a lot of pans, zooms, and dollies packed into just 20 seconds of footage. I like the opening shot, but the rest is feels way too excessive, especially since there is no cinematic reason to have the camera move in shots like these. It's actually counter-productive since the film feels very fast-moving cinematography-wise (which would be more suited to, say, an action scene or heated argument), which is at odds with the subject matter. It would be much better to use still shots to create a sombre, "dead" feeling, which is what I assume you're aiming for. In addition, we never see how the characters are positioned in relation to each other, so the cuts feel choppy and awkward. I would suggest adding at least one wide shot where we see both the mother and son standing in the same frame to help the audience work out the geography of the scene.
Hope this feedback helps! Sorry if I went a bit overboard with the detail.
Last edited by Mr Vertigo (April 4, 2015 (07:48am))
Retribution (3rd place in BRAWL 2015)
&Smeagol make the most of being surrounded by single, educated women your own age on a regular basis in college
AquaMorph I dunno women are expensive