April 11, 2003 at 7:00 pm #499
Cometgreen, that movie of yours really KICKED ASS!!! Only, how did you make those cool effects like the lightning blots and stuff?April 11, 2003 at 7:01 pm #501
I think he used static electricity from socks fresh out of the dryer to make the lightning bolts. At least, that’s how I would do it.April 11, 2003 at 7:06 pm #503
Yes, that’s the best way to make electricity/lighting bolt effectsApril 11, 2003 at 11:31 pm #519
Other effects, such as lightsabers and the lightning from the Jedi’s hands and things like that can easily be accomplished in easy programs like AlamDV2, which is $80, or something more expensive and may be a little harder, something like Adobe After Affects which is over $500!!
It’s your choice. I’d go with AlamDV to accomplish special effects like i stated above, if you’re on a low budget, and After Affects if you have a LOT of money…April 12, 2003 at 2:17 pm #550
alamdv is not that great. I saw this starwars lightsaber competition at theforce.net. The after effects and photoshop sabers looked great. But the Alamdv and the axogon ones looked like crap.April 12, 2003 at 6:42 pm #557
Ooh, thanks. I thought it did too.
You have to remember that the only things real in the movie were:
Obiwan fig (with lightsaber handle)
Jango fig (with two pistols)
Sith (with lightsaber handle)
Well, that actually turns out to be a lot of real elements, but everything else was digital. The electricity was a standard AE plugin (Advanced Lightning; it comes with AE 5.5). There was a tutorial popping up early this year about how to do lightning with the plugin that looks exactly like the lightning in the real AOTC. I tried it, and though it worked, it really only looked nice in close ups. I figured that the plugin looked nice as it was, and came pretty close to looking like the “real thing”. Using real electricity would be…well, I guess a good learning experience, but I would never really need it again. So I threw that idea out the window.
A lot of the other effects were done in AE. The lightsabers, the cloning (with the infamous 250 layer composite :)), the titles, even the jumps. My next film should show a useful way of compositing without going overboard. This one was basically a test with digital effects. Considering I had never touched After Effects or 3dsmax before, I think I did pretty well.
CometgreenApril 13, 2003 at 3:59 am #578
can I have the link to the movieApril 13, 2003 at 4:17 am #579
You mean the url? What for?
CometgreenApril 13, 2003 at 4:21 am #580
i would like to see itApril 13, 2003 at 4:26 am #581
It’s in the film directory under “small movies,” but oh well: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Comet … es/aotc.rm
If you have broadband, you can check out the mov file, which is much higher quality (but it’s still about 30mb, so you’d have to be patient): http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Comet … aotc_3.mov
Any more reviews welcome. I only got a few reviews the first time I posted it.