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Gift of Ages is an animation I made in about a week and a half for my church's Christmas program.

Ah, there's so much to say about this one, but I somehow feel that explaining it will make it weaker. I should hope that the piece is strong enough to stand on its own without my having to prop it up with words.

And so for some of you I might have ruined Christmas. But to everyone else, I hope you've enjoyed this presentation and that it brings new meaning to the secular symbols we see annually.

Programs used: Flash 8, openCanvas, 3D Studio Max, and Sound Forge. All 3D work was done by my brother Brian (thanks!), and the music is Chopin's Etude in E major Op.10 No.3.

EDIT: I've read all your responses but haven't replied to them all since...there are a lot. Anyhow, in general, I appreciate how much some of you are moved by it, and I'm also impressed with how open-minded the rest of you are in receiving it. Thanks, guys. Merry Christmas.

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Given 2007-12-20
Gift of Ages by *JohnSu This beautifully crafted piece was suggested more times than I can count. Please read the artist's description to learn more about it. Regardless of one's spiritual beliefs, the passion behind this work is obvious and the artistic merit is certainly appreciated. ( Suggested by EnigmaticEmpress and Featured by FallenRox )
Rodegas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
what is given can be taken away!
Seppukrow Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ever since I watched Final Fantasy A+ I always admired you a way. There's something about people who strive to be so pure that is so admirable yet sad. This flash is beautiful yet eerie. The conversion to Santa and praying to the cross that gives him that warm touch seems so mechanical. And no matter how famous and jolly people think he may be, he's still alone.
xKaseix Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is still one of my favorite Christmas videos, I think about it every year and am always showing it to people. Thank you so much for making it and sharing it with us here on DA, I think it is beautiful how you have touched so many people using your talents. Thank you for keeping it posted up in your gallery all these years.
ImAGirlNamedMichael Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
John- I share this every year, either on Facebook or email, and it is still as beautiful today as it was the first time you posted it.  Thank you for is moving and beautiful.
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing it every year!
ImAGirlNamedMichael Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for leaving up to be shared- it is truly one of the beautiful and meaningful pieces of work I have ever had the pleasure to view.  It is a blessing to be able to share it!
Tiniest-Monny Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh..QAQ That was sad and beautiful... 
irethkalt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Moved me to tears. Gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing this!
oshibana Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I've watched this video every Christmas season for the past few years. It never ceases to touch my heart, to remind me of the gift of our Savior. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!!:)
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it continues to serve its purpose even after so long!
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