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  • “David West” wrote: For guns, fire, and breaking glass, you could always record real guns, fire and breaking glass. For footsteps, why don’t you just record actual footsteps on the surface it is supposed to be in your movie?

    Thats true, most cities have a gun range or police shooting range, if you take a recorder there you typically can get a…[Read more]

    9 years, 11 months ago
  • I’ve been working on a Brick Noir film plot. Right after “Count Vlad versus the Preppies” its my next one. Shot in black and white I’m going to try and give it a decent storyline and a really different soundtrack.. Something I haven’t seen in a Brickfilm yet.

    10 years, 11 months ago
  • I used Chromanator for the “forcefield” shot in my Extreme Delivery movie. It worked very well. You can see the original bluescreen at the very end in the final blooper. Notice the big blue background? thats a sheet of blue cardboard taped to the set. Those boxes moving along in the background is a simple looping video clip that I composited into…[Read more]

    10 years, 11 months ago
  • MarkB replied to the topic Panning in the forum Animation and Effects 10 years, 11 months ago

    “Digital_Dave” wrote: That’s not a bad idea Holgor, if you had a 5 megapickle camera you could manage it. A 5 MP frame is 2560 pixels across which is 4 screens wide at 640×480. I’m not sure what software could do it, but is should work.

    Thats what I did at the end of my APE entry “Reality”. I shot the last sequence with my digital and then…[Read more]

    10 years, 11 months ago
  • That was very impressive.. a good mix of “street” scenes and simple backgrounds showing the weapons and action. Very nicely animated – although as mentioned before, work on your lighting and locking the camera down.

    10 years, 11 months ago
  • You can make live action work for you though, in my “Extreme Delivery” movie, the tube chase with the little tram cars were filmed in live action, I used a piece of fishing line to pull the car through the tube then used photoshop to erase the line later. Also when the tram car is lowered into place I used live shooting due to my inability to…[Read more]

    10 years, 11 months ago
  • msacco – I may be able to give a little diferent perspective on this. I would recommend not having your students do any walk cycles or lighting tests to start with. With junior high students you have a fairly limited “wow this is cool” timeframe, using it up with relatively boring things like making a good walk cycle and “lots of tests” may not…[Read more]

    10 years, 11 months ago
  • MarkB replied to the topic Lego FILM Noir? in the forum General Brickfilming 11 years ago

    I like this definition better:

    Film noir films (mostly shot in gloomy grays, blacks and whites) show the dark and inhumane side of human nature with cynicism and doomed love, and they emphasize the brutal, unhealthy, seamy, shadowy, dark and sadistic sides of the human experience. An oppressive atmosphere of menace, pessimism, anxiety, suspicion…

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    11 years ago
  • gimp- that looks about what I’m getting on my 4000 as well. Some people seem to get really good pictures from theirs but mine does about what yours does. I can’t figure out if I have a bad camera or what

    As for Photoshop, there are some people on the list with good photoshop experience, you can help your images using the “sharpen” command (in…[Read more]

    11 years ago
  • What about some short stories from the ISS ?

    Pretty good idea – in fact thats a good idea for a contest.. any kind of story you want but it takes place in/on/around the ISS.

    There was a series of books by Robert Aspirin (I think) that had a medieval pub as the central focus and all of the stories had something to do with the pub

    11 years ago
  • MarkB replied to the topic Next Contest? in the forum Contests Discussion 11 years, 1 month ago

    What about a contest similar to the “has to have a line of dialog in it” but instead it must have a specific construction. Someone could create a set of instructions for building something oddball using commonly available bricks and then specify that it must be used somewhere in the movie. That would give a lot of freedom and still tie things together..

    11 years, 1 month ago
  • Jamesfm – any update on the submittal date? Even my better half is starting to ask “when will you know something about your movie”

    11 years, 1 month ago
  • I’ve watched it 5 times now and still have no idea what is going on.. but then I’m not much into the surreal movies, they just make my brain hurt

    I was particularly impressed by the zooms, very well done technically and the way you introduce motion after a cut, such as when the scene changes from the phone to behind the (hero?) and he wiggles a…[Read more]

    11 years, 1 month ago
  • MarkB replied to the topic Lego Oscar? in the forum Contests Discussion 11 years, 1 month ago

    I think its a great idea but you have to be careful about who is on the “committee”, if that person created a movie during the year – a good possibility since the people are chosen for their influence/activity – then they would find it difficult to be objective.

    This kind of stuff is tricky – As Josh said, it should be independent of…[Read more]

    11 years, 1 month ago
  • Anyone know what formats and codecs that Linux and Mac people use?

    The entry info only states, “be submitted in enough formats to be readable by Windows, Linux, and Macintosh computers (No .wmv only entries this time!) ”

    I don’t see any of this kind of info in the FAQ, only recommended software for excoding on each platform.

    If I use a…[Read more]

    11 years, 2 months ago
  • Whew – finished my APE film… now to use the extra time to replace that bad scene with a better one… This is sweet, if I can’t get it done on time at least I have something to submit!

    11 years, 2 months ago
  • I think you guys are on to something.. with the recent announcement by Lego on their tough times.. I doubt very much they will be licensing anyone elses properties (i.e. Matrix, LOTR)…they will probably continue to create new original lines such as Alpha Team, Jack Stone, etc.

    Personally I want more castle stuff to come back, I wonder if Lego…[Read more]

    11 years, 2 months ago
  • A lot depends on how much of a stickler you want to be. There are arguments on both side of the issue, the rules are the rules.. on the other hand this IS supposed to be fun and a hobby, its not the olympics. Personally I could use the extra time to add polish, to extract the cheap scene I did in the interests of getting it done and put in a much…[Read more]

    11 years, 2 months ago
  • Dave – so you take each frame and manually outline the saber with the polygon tool and then hit F11? Then it closes the image and your ready to outline the saber on the next frame?

    Do you know of any way to save multiple layers to multiple file names in a macro? I’ve typically got a series of frames, say a 30 frame sequence that was shot…[Read more]

    11 years, 3 months ago
  • I’ve never tried rain. You ought to be able to do some streaks on a translucent layer and move it downward using imageready. In fact two or three layers with the “farthest” rain layer smaller, more transparent and moving slower, should make it look pretty good.. but I think that type of thing would be a lot easier in some kind of movie effects software

    11 years, 4 months ago
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