Much love for everyone's patience and help. <3
This was the most fun Prof. Layton animation I've worked on yet. It started off with about 2 hours of audio recorded, which then got sorted out to about 17 minutes. Then slimmed down by voting to about ten. Then finally, and with great griping, crunched down to about 5 minutes. The last bits were hard to get rid of because there were a lot of good lines and running jokes I wanted to include in this episode, but they would have made pt. 5 way too long--still, there's always future shots.
Also, after hearing the jokes +50x, they all became completely dead on a funny-level. I had to take a several day-breaks from this project just so it could sound fresh again. It's rough working when you're comedy-blind.
I'm glad I was able to carry out a lot of the motifs I had established since the first episode. Even though the art is my personal Lazy Style <3, it's my style all the same--and I like to make fun challenges for myself. One of the main fun-loving-goals was in the openings, where one supporting/main character will always enter a scene from out of the shot or from behind a door. Just simple stuff like that. Maybe next month I'll break that pattern... It'll be fun coming with a new quirk.
Lot's of puzzles this time around to make up for the sincere lack of em during pt. 4. Now that I think about it, pt. 1, my other Doctor vs. Layton animation had only a couple of puzzles too. Doctor vs. Layton scenarios usually call for a different kind of humor (than my Luke vs. Layton scenes) that's harder to pin puzzles too.
I also took the chance to try to animate with characters based more closely to the original character models--mostly as a surprise. I won't lie to sound cool, that quick scene took me all day and an extra morning to finish. xD I noticed that the color palettes of the originals are slightly different than mine since I just pulled my colors straight from the pre-assembled pallet offered in Flash. I also had to toy with the character outfits, especially Flora's, to make them match my versions since I drew those originally from memory. ...What else? Oh! No fingers! I hate drawing fingers. xD
Final note: The folks at "Whoever Translates Layton Games" finally gave Audrey the official name, Katie. This wasn't the case during pt. 4, so I had to make the name "Audrey" up. To help glide around that inconsistency, I just made Audrey her middle name that Layton calls her by. Maybe if they get more friendly (or caustic >:3) towards each other, he can start calling her Katie (the official name).
FINAL FINAL Note: I stopped bleeping out the cursing when it stopped being funny around the first curse in. After that, I found that they were too distracting away from the awesomely delivered lines. *(Favorite--> "What the f*** have I been doing on weekends when I could have been RAPING BRAINS???" powerlol)
Anyway, much love for reading all of this! <3 Hoped you liked it!