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January 8, 2008 at 7:21 am #359399
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I’ve been thinking about resurrecting the old Animation Class series started years ago when the new Brickfilms.com site was created for a while and saulgoode’s mentioning of it during the campaigning process prompted me to really consider it.

Animation Class:

Older members are probably familiar with the first Animation Class. New members should check it out to get an idea of what I’m talking about.

There’s also one made by Blunty but I can’t seem to find that in the directory.

The original project is on Stefan’s site, but nothing has been produced from that project for a long time now.
Animation Class PROJECT

If you browse that link, you can see the lessons I like to see made (or re-made) as well as additional lessons for today’s generation of stop-motion animation art.

Stefan can still continue to run his Animation Class project. He would just have to hand it all over to me to be smashed to pieces and put back together.

If that won’t happen, then consider this a “re-imagined” version of Animation Class.

Some lessons I can think of at the moment in no particular order:

  • FPS
    Timing
    Set Design
    Sound design
    Cinematography
    Lighting
    On set effects
    Postproduction effects
    Masking
    Camera setup
    Scriptwriting
    Software tutorials

My plan is to organize the lessons into categories. I’m not the person to make those arrangements.

There’s been enthusiasm amongst the ministers in this resurrection.

The current focus I want on this project is discussion on what lessons should we include.

After that, we’ll determine what lesson(s) to start with. Stefan’s list is a good template for that.

Additionally, some points from saulgoode from the Ministry forum.

“saulgoode” wrote:

  • Start fresh. The project shouldn’t be restricted in either form or function by the two previous AC films — or by the organizational structure behind the original series.[/*]
  • Have a goal — and express it clearly.[/*]
  • Have an outline of the end product, perhaps(!) tying together all contributions with a common component (such as an emcee or commentator, or a classroom setup with a teacher and students).[/*]
  • Be more instructional. While the first two AC films are well-made and entertaining, they seem more expository than instructional. A viewer should come away from an AC film with an understanding (and inspiration) of the specific animation techniques and technology that were covered.[/*]
  • Provide “sign-ups” for particular topics but permit flexibility.[/*]
  • Install some time limits for those registered to address a specific topic. [/*]
  • Keep things “community” oriented, even to the point of encouraging multiple people contributing to a single topic.[/*]
  • Allow contributions without pre-approval. Though an organized approach is generally preferable, if someone provides a completed film then it should be considered for inclusion (especially if nobody has already been assigned the topic).[/*]

I’m for all those points.

DISCUSS!!

January 8, 2008 at 8:07 am #359410
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Crazyanimator

I think this is a good idea. I’d like to produce one of these shorts. I could imagine that if there is a large enough number of these in the future, they’d be mentioned right up there with the FAQ, Resources and Wiki for newbies.

January 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm #359424
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Littlebrick

I’d like to see it started up again. Somehow I think new brickfilmers would be more likely to watch a film then go look at the FAQ, Resources, ect, plus it is more enjoyable. Also, I’ve really been wanting to make one of these.

-Littlebrick

January 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm #359427
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si665

Bluntys videos have moved around on his website

Here is the link I think you wanted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xib6c7Ug … tent/?p=46

January 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm #359430
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Night Owl

Dibs on cinematography.

January 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm #359431
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Crazyanimator

^Woah woah woah, we’re already calling dibs already? If so, I’m totally in for masking. :P

January 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm #359433
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saulgoode

I think the starting point should be a film addressing “what is stop-motion animation?”. This would lead into FPS (or could be merged as one class), but would lay the groundwork for the entire series.

I would be glad to submit a script for such an episode.

January 8, 2008 at 2:13 pm #359435
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maggosh

“Crazyanimator” wrote: ^Woah woah woah, we’re already calling dibs already? If so, I’m totally in for masking. :P

Set design! Dibs! I got it, you want it.

January 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm #359444
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BertL

“saulgoode” wrote: I think the starting point should be a film addressing “what is stop-motion animation?”. This would lead into FPS [...]

Well, Blunty’s Animation Class was about FPS and what stop motion is. You can find a download of the animation class right here (the file’s called “animclasstwo640.rm”).

January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm #359473
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Rsteenoven

I would also like to do this, it sounds cool, and would help the little newbies. We could just say “LOOK AT THEM VIDEOS”

January 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm #359477
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TwickABros

Your going to have to make a system, because calling dibs isn’t going to work. I suggest people show they are worthy to make one on the particular subject.

January 8, 2008 at 5:30 pm #359479
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Matt Gillan

I have a feeling this could turn into something like the dictionary series. Each film will need to be carefully monitored and the scripts for each person’s film, should be at least, read by the person in charge of this project; Lechnology.

Anyway this sounds like a great idea.

May I also suggest we try to make the films a little less in your face such as Blunty’s. I mean, give the films a small story aswell. For example for lighting, you could have someone who is working at a theatre and they are trying to set up the lighting however they are having trouble. So they log onto the brickfilms.com wiki and learn different techniques.

Well you get the idea.

January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm #359495
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Lord_Of_The_LEGO

I’m in. And dibs are stupid. Members should focus on things they are good at.

Obviously I think I would be best for Set Design.

I would also be interested in doing something that explains the different camera shots (wide, close up, etc), though that may fall under the Cinematography department, and therefore Nikolas’ domain.

I also agree we should start from fresh. The quality of the older films are rather poor compared to today’s standards.

January 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm #359497
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Night Owl

May I also suggest we try to make the films a little less in your face such as Blunty’s. I mean, give the films a small story aswell. For example for lighting, you could have someone who is working at a theatre and they are trying to set up the lighting however they are having trouble. So they log onto the brickfilms.com wiki and learn different techniques.

I don’t know if that would be the best, though I’m definitely for making the films entertaining by giving them a narrative structure.

January 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm #359498
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Matt Gillan

“Night Owl” wrote:

May I also suggest we try to make the films a little less in your face such as Blunty’s. I mean, give the films a small story aswell. For example for lighting, you could have someone who is working at a theatre and they are trying to set up the lighting however they are having trouble. So they log onto the brickfilms.com wiki and learn different techniques.

I don’t know if that would be the best, though I’m definitely for making the films entertaining by giving them a narrative structure.

Well yes, that idea was the first thing I could thing of, for a way of describing my idea.

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