Let Heaven and Nature Sing, a vanilla Christmas cinematic by HailToTheOboe.
Note: To the first few people who downloaded it, you may experience some difficulty. There is a section of the cinematic that did not work properly if your computer was much faster than mine.
I have uploaded a fixed version, so if you re-download it should be working.
Let Heaven and Nature Sing is a Christmas-themed cinematic approximately 15 minutes in length.
The cinematic is a story that captures the essence of Christmas around a small northern village, home to the lonely postman Erland.
The music is crucial to the cinematic; please download the music as well and put it in your "sound" folder, and make sure Age of Mythology's music volume setting is on.
The scenario (.scn) files go in your Age of Mythology\scenario directory; If you have the Titans, play the "Let Heaven and Nature Sing (TT)" file, if you only have vanilla AoM without the expansion, play the "Let Heaven and Nature Sing" file.
I hope you enjoy Let Heaven and Nature Sing.
Merry Christmas AoMH
This is a cinematic submitted for the Christmas Competition.
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Thank you very much for the kind review, I've seen from other reviews that you have very high standards, and I'm glad I could meet them.
As I've said before, the music was really the framework and the glue for this cinematic. When I first saw the cinematic competition open, the veyr first thing I thought "okay what sort of music could I use for a christmas cinematic?" and I started thinking of cliché Christmas music, but instead, I decided to have a go at some woodwind repertoire (except the finale, that was a full orchestra) that I love and that so few people listen to.
So I found myself a few pieces of music I wanted to include, and built a story around them (with a bit of tweaking of the music choice until it fit)
The music for the dream scene was what really inspired me to make the story the way it was; when I listened to it, it immediately made me think of a lonely man wandering silent streets at night, and that's how it ended up being a story about Erland.
I took extra care to make the action line up with the music in that scene of the cinematic, and I'm glad you liked it. It is my favourite scene too, but I assumed it would be overshadowed by the scenes with flashier special effects.
I'd like to make another cinematic, but right now time is really getting the way.
Posted on 01/28/09 @ 11:42 AM
I would encourage you to make another but likewise I understand the lack of time. It's great to see your creative process. I suppose it makes sense with a theme like this to work from the music up as opposed to implementing the music at the end. Great work, once again.
Posted on 03/16/09 @ 04:08 PM
Posted on 08/07/09 @ 09:25 AM
This is the best cinnematic scenario in aom I have ever seen. It was pure beauty. Congratulations.