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August 8, 2003 at 8:44 am #10935
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hali

keep in mind that the headroom gets better as marlow walks toward the cam (says hali anticipating headroom comments… hehe)

August 8, 2003 at 4:15 pm #10959
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minifigstudios

As I see it; this picture is, as the previous, mainly about the use of darkness.

Marlowe walks from the light into darkness. The light is behind. Darkness awaits him. His shadow is before him. He walks on a path of long away light. The path will narrow down. Darkness will surround him. He will be alone. (I’m in poetic mood today :) )

It’s a very strong picture. He is centred and in focus. He is in the middle and nothing else draws your attention……… I really like this one.

August 13, 2003 at 9:01 am #11648
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Cometgreen

Is that all? Oh well, moving on…

I do like this shot, as it is very symbolic and has very strong colors. Marlow is obviously walking away from the light into the darkness. He’s approaching Kurtz, who “spends most of his time in the mines.”

The camera is tilted just a little bit. I’m not sure if this is an artistic choice or not. It’s always kinda bothered me, but many horror films employ this technic.

Shot for August 12, 2003:

I guess we’ll continue to shake things up and go with another Gauntlet pic. A very cool and unique angle that works extremely well in the movie.

I’m all alone…

Cometgreen

August 13, 2003 at 10:11 pm #11778
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jamesfm

I been watching this thread with interest for a short time now, but never really found anything useful to say. I’d like to comment on this shot even though I don’t have much to say.

First off I’d like to say that it was The Gauntlet that inspired me to try out my hand at animating LEGO.

Well anyway about the shot….

The perception of a vast expanse that is portrayed throughout the whole movie is continued very well in this particular shot.

What always bothered me about this particular shot was that its very hard to see the chandelier’s chain extending up to the ceiling. In fact, I never noticed the chain until I looked at it very closely just a few minutes ago!
This combined with the chandelier’s twitching give me the impression that It was a UFO or something floating in the air.

Just my thoughts.

August 14, 2003 at 8:19 am #11876
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minifigstudios

Thanks James! I’ve started to feel a bit lonely when I post in this thread. I would certainly urge more of you to try since it’s really helpful and I feel that I’ve grown on it. In my latest movie I thought a great deal about it and some off the angles I come up with looked very nice and where really effect full.

So, the shot.

The shot shows a great area. You can see that he walks and walks. This shot is maybe a bit untraditional, but it’s very effect full in showing his long walk. The chandelier plays an important factor in this shot since it’s that that prevents it from being very dull. It livens it up. The chandelier looks very nice too.

The lighting doesn’t seem to follow the fact that there is a chandelier in the ceiling. Except from that the lighting is good and nicely gradient.

August 14, 2003 at 11:26 am #11895
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This shot is a bit of a low point in the whole movie in my opinion, for a few reasons.

The moving chandelier irritates me to no end – it kept shifting position because I couldn’t hold my breath long enough to adjust the fig each time and ended up blowing on it. I can think of two ways right off that I could have solved the problem but I chalk it up to inexperience.

The shot also goes on a hair too long because every time I show it to someone, this is inevitably the part where they to a little restless fidgeting. Every time.

Still, it’s a cool angle and showed off the space really well so it can stay.

-j

August 14, 2003 at 11:55 am #11900
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Aerandir

I think the chandelier made this shot.

Aside from the twitching (which could have been made to look natural if it was a little smoother) it portrays a sense of vastness. This huge, humongous hall and this little tiny guy. Maybe it could have been a little shorter of a shot – but if you hadn’t pointed it out, Jay, I wouldn’t have thought it too long. :-) The chandelier also conveys the loneliness – the way it is the thing in immediate focus and the pretty soon you-know-you comes wandering along, it just makes it feel so…empty. Like there’s been nobody there for a loong, loong time.

The other thing that really helps is the height. The camera is waaay above the floor and the minifig, and that gives it a sense of vastness as well.

I also like the great job Jay did with the walls. Having just varied colors and in such blocky patterns really makes them look real.

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