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Mimi-Evelyn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
@02:26Really Awesome bit of animation^^ the very different way in which the ghost moves compared to the magician is very striking and I have to commend you on your choice of background music. It was nice an tense^^ Good Luck!
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TheArtgrrl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@02:34so COOL!!
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rhosien Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional Filmographer
@00:31"Numen sapiens! Da mihi ut potestate divina utar, ut elementa diducam et conducam, ut vitam donem et mortem expellam ... et ut mortales ita attollam ut immortales pares esse possint!"

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"Wise divinity, grant it to me that I may use divine power, that I may take apart and bring together the elements, that I might give life and banish death, and that I might raise man to being as one with god!"

Voice acting by Calum MacAskill; English to Latin translation by Eleanor Jefferson.
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About time I uploaded this ...

This is my degree film, Solve Et Coagula, produced in my fourth year at Dundee Duncan of Jordanstone College. I can kiiiiind of hardly bare to look at it now, but it got me where I wanted to be (BA (Hons) 2:1), which is what counts! All hand-drawn (Pencil On Paper 1.0, between two of us) and digitally coloured (PhotoShop CS3 ... about 12 of us), over the space of about 3.5 months, following 4.5 months preparation by myself. Doesn't seem to look like much all considering, but ... blah. XD

Shitty "official" synopsis:
While occasionally led astray by beliefs and practices considered strange by modern perceptions, the alchemists of the 16th century were in truth the scientists of their day. Toiling to achieve the elusive promises of gold and eternal life, their efforts often met with failure. Still many sought the grail that is enlightenment, a path that has led many a well-meaning man to ruin. Depicted in intricate hand-drawn and digitally painted 2D animation is a tale that illustrates that which could happen only when a man in the pursuit of science turns to a higher intellect to aid him in his quest. The alchemist finds himself near consumed by more than just a longing for knowledge as he lets loose his other-worldly consult, who shows no mercy in taking revenge for her imprisonment.

Solvē Et Coagula was written and directed by Gail McColl, assisted by Ewan Hiddleston throughout the animation and colouring processes. The film includes collaboration with a large group of colourists, as well as an original soundtrack by Stuart McColl, all together capturing the wonder and exoticism of the arcane.


Ooky spooky.

Pleeeeeease let me know what you think on this! I know I rarely comment/show face on DeviantArt, but I'd appreciate it so much just to know what you think, being that this took up so much time! Animation is what I'm wanting to work in from now on ... so feedback would be excellent to work from. ^_^

Aaaaand, enjoy! No-one else that worked on this uses DA, so please take a look at the credits!
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Kushami-Aru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Music's going to repeat itself in my head forever. xD
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rhosien Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
HAHA! Yes ... my brother did this for me after I requested something "catchy" ... 3 years later and it still manages to latch itself in there occasionally! ^^;
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Mimi-Evelyn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
@02:26Really Awesome bit of animation^^ the very different way in which the ghost moves compared to the magician is very striking and I have to commend you on your choice of background music. It was nice an tense^^ Good Luck!
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TheArtgrrl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@02:34so COOL!!
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Arkeresia Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
@02:33Woooooow. I love these hand-drawn kinda animations, it looks really nice!
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Wa-ka Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
@02:33The pictures are nice ,a nd the idea is original so good work =)
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Friedenmann Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
@02:34It's rather good for handdrawn. What disappointed me most was lack of animation in the beginning frames - static candle flames, frozen hands of the man. It got a lot better afterwards, though:)
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zarkia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@02:34wow, that was great. i can't believe this was all hand-done. as the first commenter said, this could do with some inbetweening, but that's nothing major. good luck getting into the industry - you definitely have the talent.
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Alradeen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
@02:34wow I love it
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alcaknight Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
@02:34That was brilliant. Hope to be as good someday.
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