Excellent short film. Its almost like a mini music video. The camera motion and lighting reflected the mood set by the song very well!
I know the file size was large, but to compress it more would have taken away from the visual quality. I know this compromise well, and its always a tough decision. Too often I’m not even happy with the artifacts introduced by MPEG2 DVD-quaility compression!
I like the stylized tree model and leaves (yes, its good to keep them simple when rendering it with yafray - it still must have taken ages!) Blenders most recent features might allow a similar look with significanly reduced render times, allowing for more textures, details, etc.?
My only crit is the rectangles that “sprouted” up around the tree didn’t appear to be buildings like you say they are. I wouldn’t have gotten that impression from the video if you hadn’t mentioned it in your reply above. I guess it was a city sprouting up around the tree, like a metaphor of modern technology encroaching on the natural world. It just didn’t look much like that. It was nicely done, however.
Great job, and I look forward to seeing more from you!