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Last Stop - the animation by axl99 Last Stop - the animation by axl99
This is the finalized screenshot from my grad film short entitled "Last Stop". A little dedication to everyone who has or has once ridden on public transit :). Since I didn't make it into Ottawa's animation film festival, I thought I'd console myself by sharing it with everyone I know :D. This took a total of 6-8 months to complete from the initial concept to post production.

:star::star: YouTUBE: [link]
:star::star: Vimeo: [link] - this one's got better qual

Feature track "Next Move ft. Voice" by MOONSTARR of Public Transit Recordings - [link]

You can find more of Moonstarr's audio clips on his MySpace here - [link]

If you've never heard of the Broken Beat music genre, this man will make you a believer!

Finding music for Last Stop was freaking murder, tried improv jazz, reggae, surf guitar, scat.... Nothing worked. Seriously, there must've been some kinda funky karma at work.. I mean, a film about public transit featuring music from a label like PUBLIC TRANSIT RECORDINGS? What're the chances? I'm still counting my lucky stars.

["TOS violation?" - old news really....]

When I tried submitting my film to AtomFILMS, I was soon given an email that vaguely stated it was rejected because I violated section 4 of their terms of service [link] . It said that my film should not be "indecent, libelous, defamatory, obscene, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal, harassing, contain expressions of hatred, bigotry, racism or pornography, or are otherwise objectionable, or that would constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party or violate any law."

Maybe there was some misunderstanding or perhaps the general subject of public transit was deemed too sensitive for viewers.

I have no idea. But I posted all that here because I thought it would be an interesting discussion topic while mulling over the scenes in the film.
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Unpredictabloo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Hah, I loved this! xD I'm from a little town where public transportation isn't something I have to put up with most days, but the few times I've ridden a bus . . . this is what it was like.
Carameja Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I laughed my ass off xD
Meadhorn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Nice! I love it!D

In which technique have you done it with? traditional handmade or cutout?
Panda92 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
This is soo true especially with my bus it's like I have to fight for a seat and when I get the seat somethings a matter with it or I'll be getting off. This was perfect and the girl was awesome (i'm just like her pratically) she conveyed the perfect reaction that I see all the time with other public transit riders!!!
SaiFongJunFan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009   Digital Artist
awesome animation!!
Sjob Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
love it! i am going to be doing this stuff at Columbia college in chicago, hah, hope I'm as witty as you ;)
2ndgatewaytonowhere Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Student General Artist
that was so cute! good job!
CheetaHamSloth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
poor nice beautiful girl!

hahaha funny xD so adorable n0n
AMC1031 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
aww that has to suck. you get a seat and its time to leave D:
the movie was really cute too. :D
justclaire44 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Student Digital Artist
aww man that was really good and the end oh man ha ha poor girl
love it ;)
CeitorinCait Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
:o I saw pictures of that in the flipbook..great film :)
KirstenChocolate Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Student General Artist
I like it! Although, I'm not sure why … :D;
It's just cool!
Neolucky Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
I loved this the first time I watched it, and again just now it gave me a giggle fit. =D I thought I had it favorited but I guess not. Time to remedy that! :heart:
draco-datura Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Totally awesome!! I really like it! Very well done. Good caracters and story.
awgie Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
very nicely done...^_^
axl99 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you liked it :)
Rave-666 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
So way cool D I loveed it ...!
MattShadinger Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Very well done. After watching it several times I can't figure out what was offensive that they rejected it lol.
axl99 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
When I asked about it - they told me earlier I could ask for a critique about a specific offensive part in their rejection letter - they replied that they couldn't give a proper response because of the sheer volume of entries they recieved.

... Well, they did say I could ask.
Em-j-akahana Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful :D :heart:
ani-r Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
That was so inspiring and beautiful. I'm trying to animate something that's not even a 1/10 of this, but seeing this gave me more motivation to work on it. This is grand :love:
toasty-fresh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Ah, public transport. I hate buses :XD: Super cute!

Why didn't you submit the entire thing to the film section?
axl99 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
[Why not ask Vashperado the same thing eh LOL.]

My problem is that I've used copyrighted music, but which of course I had written permission from the musician to use.. However it's all in email form, not in a formal contract. It's possible for me to just send in a copy of the email, but I'd feel like it's bad form to give out someone's email address.

Meh, I'll figure something out.
toasty-fresh Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Oh, I see. Well, it's still awesome! :heart:
WotanaZ Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
ohhhh!! this animation is just great!!
i love it :heart:
trp86 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist
holy shit but this is amazing. Realy love the color and moods and the way the bus just...kinda tips and falls out over everywhere XD AND YES ITS SO TRUE DAMMIT. You only get a seat when it stops at the frigging interchange WSEYRHJSTDJSTZERNTYMD.

You win the internets for this. The animation's fantastic :D Love the cute little girl and her OTL at the end of it all XD
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thats great :D
I really like the acting from the girl :D
nice colour scheme too :D
Fantastic :D Using the stills was a really effective way to illustrate that chaos without being tough on the vision as well :D

would be awesome in the film category no? ;p
axl99 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ye kindly :D
Thanks to you I'm tempted to put it up here now LOL...
jadedsanity Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008   Artist
I really like this animation, it was well done and the humor was done, in my opinion, rather gracefully. I can only think that the "Ride the Rocket" bus was what killed you... and possibly the little girl getting smacked in the face with a butt.
axl99 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
When AtomFilms gave me the rejection email, they mentioned I could ask for a thorough critique in certain problem areas of the film. When I emailed them for a reason why my film was disapproved, they replied that they couldn't answer all their complaints due to the sheer volume of entries they receive.

Well, they did say I could ask :roll:.

Just take a look at some of the films up there, like this one: [link]

I mean, how did THAT not get the rejection letter?

The way I got burnt, I was clearly dealing with an extremist conservative douchebag who tried to read too much into the film. I had absolutely no idea AtomFilms was recently bought by MTV. Go figure.
jadedsanity Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008   Artist
Ouch, what a bummer. Jeez.

I agree completly and confounded just the same, it's amazing what get's picked and doesn't. I'd say they passed right by yours and picked up a feces encrusted cookie enstead of the glittering diamond. :/
EpicMyst Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aaaaaah - so wonderful! Just awesomely done in every way. This reminds me so much of highschool.... the bus crammed with hot bodies everywhere. The second a seat opened we'd all jump for it like starving dogs to a slab of meat. I'd usually get trampled. Ah, the memories..

The animation is suberbly smooth and has style. It would be so wonderful if you uploaded the animation to DA.
axl99 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed the film!

There's already the Youtube and Vimeo links, I figured it'd be redundant if I uploaded it here as well hehehe.
EpicMyst Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aaaaa - it would be so good if you did, though!

However, come to think of it, DA would probably be against the music used -- copyrighted and whatnot. Anyway, wonderful film again! *cheer*
axl99 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
No no, I had permission from the musician himself, awesome guy that Moonstarr.

It's just that I'm not quite sure if telephone conversations and emails would suffice. Technically speaking they should so long as I have a record, but I'd assume DA was expecting something like a formal contract.
EpicMyst Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o.o *pause; then gasp*

You're right. If they were contacted by Moonstarr himself that must suffice? I don't know. D_D I wish I knew more about the legal processes. Sorry!
chirumu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
i'm not allowed on youtube and stuff right now cause it killed my laptop lol. XD or something like that. I'm sorry you were rejected u_u but i'm sure if you persevere you'll make it one day ^^
axl99 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
There's a download link over on Vimeo: [link]

^^ It's alright, the whole thing doesn't bother me as much right now. What matters is whether or not the viewers enjoyed it.
dmaa88 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
suhey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
wow that was so pro!!
Akiahara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
i think this was really neat. i'm an animation major so it's neat to see other things like this. :)

on the policy violation thing... i think that's really bizarre. i didn't see a single thing in that video that could be deemed offensive. how strange...
markuro Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i wish that someday I would do something like this!
ThePublicsEnemy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
OffTheChain2 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really enjoyed that =D
stardroidjean Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
The video is adorable! Too true too. Happens to me all the time.
axl99 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahh thanks :D, amazing how some things never seem to change eh?
stardroidjean Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
Might be because I never grew past 5'1'' and live in one of the most transit efficient systems in the world XD
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meccil Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
that was good. I chuckled :D I have a lot of respect for the work that I know went into that animation
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