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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
@05:39multumesc! ^_^
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
@05:38A personal tribute, yes :thanks: 
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
@06:16I fear even thinking of it :( I'm still clinging to my hopes that it will not break into a war :(
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flynnmutt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
@03:12of course!
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skittycustard Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Interface Designer
@05:15Anytime. C:
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
@06:13thank you so much! :thanks:
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
@06:07thank you so much!
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
@04:01the expressions were not that hard to make, it was the body movement that I needed rotoscoping for. The only scene where I used rotoscoping for the face is for the rapid eye movement when he's down in the tranches
thanks! ^^
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EDIT: Wow! My second DD! Thank you sooo much for the feature :iconkingmancheng:!! Truly grateful and honored! :thanks:

“Remember me” is the result of 4 months of dedicated and almost non-stop work. As with my other big project, “A story of hope for the bullied”, it was more the sense of responsibility towards the seriousness of the subject rather than the hard work itself, that represented the greatest challenge for me. I still feel like I did not even get close to doing justice to the subject, and as much as I don’t like to come up with excuses, had I had more time and any previous experience in animating I would’ve achieved a far better result and made the message a lot clearer and cinematographically more appealing… But what’s done is done, I’ll do better next time.

One of the things I have enjoyed most about working on this animation was the research part because I got to learn so much more about this particular episode of history, not just in historical facts and figures but also from a more humane point view… All the stories, letters, testimonies from the battle front and of surviving veterans that I have read and listened to have had a deep impact on me as they made me realize just how wrong our perspective of war is, not just WWII, but war in general. There is nothing glorious about war… On both sides and in every battle it is humans not numbers that die. War is not as simple as it is being portrayed by Hollywood. It is not black and white, good versus evil, Elves versus Orcs, Jedis versus Stormtroopers… Allies versus the Axis.

The Romanian army was the third largest and most important combatant on the Eastern Front, after the Soviet Union and Germany. At Stalingrad alone 160.000 men perished and yet even today, 70 years later, their remains have not been brought back to the country and not a single cemetery or memorial plate stands there to commemorate their sacrifice… History is subjective and so often unfair. So often the sacrifice of some men is overlooked by history and forgotten, because through the prism of military grandeur they were not worthy of attention…
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Remember me by Elena-Ciolacu. There is a very sensitive handling of narrative in this animation. It is clear that there has been a lot of effort put into the historical research for this animated piece, you can really get a sense of the reality of war. The artwork for it as a whole is beautiful, a job well done! ( Featured by kingmancheng )
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Trycona Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
That was so amazing and so touching. I remembered my great-grandfather...
Greetings from Hungary ^^
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, my friend!! :aww: 
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Trycona Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
I thank you for the amazing experience Hug 
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Ginga-Ninga1994 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful
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laydeepunch Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Su-perb. Absolutely stunning.
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MissKingdomVII Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Wow that was amazing, sad, powerful, so many things rolled into one! I loved it!
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :aww:
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archangelmary Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What else can you say but WOW?!
Very powerful
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :thanks:
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Rhaadoo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
@05:39foarte frumoasa animatia ! good job xD
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
@05:39multumesc! ^_^
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electric-eagle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
This is beautiful but watching it was painful (making all the more worthy), what you said is really true: it's not numbers that are gone in all those battles but humans. We usually can't perceive that because we've never encountered with something so terrible ,scary and big..we've never been in their shoes..
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! and yes, you've understood my idea perfectly :thanks: 
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning... a very beautiful and moving tribute. Congratulations, on both your movie and your DD
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure.
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sindos Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, this is a beautiful reminder of them, a work of art.
I was moved. I'll remember this, and them.
Thanks for sharing!
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! it really does mean a lot to know that :thanks:
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Paw2paw Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I cried at the end. Much much beautiful.
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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Paw2paw Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
You are very welcome. 
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Pikanyaa-san Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Amazing... just the shear emotion, the beautiful animation where it's needed, the gorgeous paintings where it's not... just everything.
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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arcanehalo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
The faces were pretty amazing I loved the rendering
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! ^_^
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My God this was beautiful! Amazing work and congrats on the DD!

I wonder, did you use any Rotoscoping?
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks: Yes, I did use rotoscoping for most of the animation. I had 4 months to finish it on my own so I had to cut corners :)
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see! 4 months for an animation is very little time, but the style you used worked very well! ^3^
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! Have a good day~
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! ^_^
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome~
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Parallaxm Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
It's very heavy, but there were also beautiful moments in the flashes of memory. While I was watching, I didn't feel conscious of watching a short video on dA- rather I felt like there was no beginning or end, only a held breath and then a breath let go (in death); loss after loss on replay. Thank you for this.
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your wonderful words! it really means a lot :thanks:
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eve-the-strange Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My lord this is gorgeous! Amazing work!!
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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eve-the-strange Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're very welcome!
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FullThrottleArt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Riveting work and food for the soul
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! :thanks:
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Liettore Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
An absolutely incredible tribute. I was really moved. 
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:iconelena-ciolacu:
Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! :thanks:
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Liettore Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! Keep up the awesome work. Your talent is apparent!
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lomatic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A very moving experience watching this ,your art. thank you.
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! it means a lot to know that :thanks:
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Snapdragoon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Wow, beautifully done. The subtlety of the animation in parts is breathtaking.
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! :thanks:
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MoonKissedDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
@05:38Well, at least this animation can serve as some form of respect paid to the lives lost but not forgotten.
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
@05:38A personal tribute, yes :thanks: 
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
This moves me to tears.

Thank you for this.  It's so powerful.
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Elena-Ciolacu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! it means a lot to know that :thanks:
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TallestSky Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
@06:16My family is Ukranian, though we have heavy Romanian decent as well, and it was during that battle that my grandparents and his family immigrated to Canada to escape the war. My grandfather was just a boy back then. To think that so many of our relatives fought in that war... never to be commemorated for their sacrifices and brevity. This is a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing.
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