I've revamped the timing of episode 2: it is now timed to follow the spoken dialog, rather than the subtitles; when I made the original silent version, I had to leave time for everyone to read the subtitles, but with sound added, it was feeling slow, since we hear faster than we can digest subs. All in all I chopped out over 90 seconds of "slow" time, tidying up the lip-syncing while I was at it, so the result should be a much peppier viewing experience. Thanks to Yasamuu on the A* forum and frozenm on Newgrounds for their helpful comments about the issue.|
If you've seen some of the earliest sound movies, you may have noticed that film directors in the early 30's went through a similar struggle when sound was introduced into that industry. For instance, the 1931 Greta Garbo vehicle Mata Hari, and the first film version of The Maltese Falcon, also from '31 (the famous Bogart Falcon was ten years later), still followed silent film conventions in their staging and pacing, and the dialog in those films feels very slow.
You'd have thought that I would've got it right on the first try here, nearly 80 years after those examples, but as it turned out, I needed a little more time. =p