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January 8, 2008 at 7:53 pm #359523
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Littlebrick

“Lord_Of_The_LEGO” wrote: Obviously I think I would be best for Set Design.

I second that obviously.

January 8, 2008 at 8:15 pm #359527
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Lechnology

Whoa whoa whoa, people. Y’all calling dibs already when I specifically said:

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

Let’s focus, people, focus. If anyone is calling dibs, they’re going to be sharing it with other members in the specific lesson they want to work on. And I do mean SHARE.

Narrative structure is one approach, as long as we do not bore the audience with a PBS-esque lesson. Of course, I do not want to confine the writing styles and lesson plan to a standard structure. One lesson can be instructional with steps, another could be demonstrative, while others can be set in a scenery.

As Matt Gillan said, I and probably a committee of knowledgeable members will oversee how each of these lessons are produced.

Anyways, start naming lessons. After all things have been considered, the lessons should be organized into categories. One category in particular would cover the general components of brickfilming (FPS, lighting, camera, video formats, etc.). The other lessons would fall under categories such as Cinematography, Postproduction Effects, On set Effects, Tutorials, etc.

I’m hoping (as saulgoode mentioned) to have our first lesson be a introductory/overview of the hobby.

As the title suggests, think of this project as a course you’re taking. View it in the perspective of the instructor. What do we want to teach? Better yet, what do you, the student, want to be taught?

January 8, 2008 at 8:20 pm #359529
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Matt Gillan

Do we want to teach people how to make a film, or how to make a brickfilm?

For example, if we were teaching people how to make a film, we would need a lesson on storyboarding. However, if we are only teaching them about brickfilming, then a storyboard guide would not be necessary.

January 8, 2008 at 8:21 pm #359531
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BertL

Well, let’s take a look at some of the stages of brickfilming first.

Set building – There should be an episode about how to build sets, and showing you that you don’t have to build unnecessarily large or complicated sets to make it look good.
Lighting – Well, has been said before, I think. :)
Script writing – You need a story, and you need to work that out before you make a brickfilm. Let’s pack that in a lesson.
Audio/Sound – Might be hard to portray, but I’m sure there will be innovative brickfilmers who can do that.
Greenscreening/Chromakeying – Some basic special effects could be lit up as well.

January 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm #359533
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Lechnology

Well, obviously, this is brickfilm-related so storyboarding would be optional. But some people do use storyboards of some form so, again it’s an optional lesson.

January 8, 2008 at 8:38 pm #359542
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Night Owl

Storyboarding is more important in animation than in other methods of filming.
Even if not everybody does it, it should be mentioned, as it’s a very good way to plan out your shots.

January 8, 2008 at 8:53 pm #359549
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Lord_Of_The_LEGO

“Lechnology” wrote: Narrative structure is one approach, as long as we do not bore the audience with a PBS-esque lesson.

Fail. Don’t bash my employer. :P PBS and boring do not belong in the same sentence. Anyway…

I agree storyboarding should have it’s own episode. Set building might even require several episodes. There is a lot that can be said about it.

Whatever happens, these episodes should definitely be put on YouTube so we can direct newbies to them instead of answering endless repeated questions.

January 8, 2008 at 9:10 pm #359553
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Smeagol

I like the format of the old ones, with a character explaining things rather than a narrator, as this is more fun to watch.

-Smeagol, who notes that Crown of Syracuse was shown on a local PBS station.

January 8, 2008 at 9:29 pm #359563
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Lechnology

That’s why I’m not going to set any standards to how the lesson is taught.

Any thoughts on allowing more than one video of a lesson be made? Unnecessary and repetitive? Or allows more animators to contribute to a lesson?

January 8, 2008 at 10:03 pm #359580
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Rsteenoven

Any thoughts on allowing more than one video of a lesson be made? Unnecessary and repetitive? Or allows more animators to contribute to a lesson?

That would be good because we could see other animators different approaches to whatever the topic, and how they would teach it. That way each video about the same thing wouldnt include the same old thing.

January 8, 2008 at 10:09 pm #359582
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TwickABros

-Smeagol, who notes that Crown of Syracuse was shown on a local PBS station.

Really? That’s pretty cool.

Whatever happens, these episodes should definitely be put on YouTube so we can direct newbies to them instead of answering endless repeated questions.

They should, plus a lot of new people would rather watch movies than read an article.
Oh yes, and about set design, for whoever ends up doing it:
Please try and show how to do it in a way that doesn’t require a ton of bricks, because obviously not everyone has that.
EDIT: Oh yes, and when you say narrated, do you mean with a minfigure talking the whole time, or just someone saying stuff? Thanks.

January 8, 2008 at 10:56 pm #359605
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saulgoode

“Lord_Of_The_LEGO” wrote: Whatever happens, these episodes should definitely be put on YouTube so we can direct newbies to them instead of answering endless repeated questions.

I disagree. When you post video on YouTube, you consign distribution rights to them for whatever purpose they wish. Brickfilms should retain control of the distribution of ALL its community projects.

“Lechnology” wrote: Any thoughts on allowing more than one video of a lesson be made? Unnecessary and repetitive? Or allows more animators to contribute to a lesson?

I think cooperation between the parties should be highly encouraged. In cases of multiple entries covering the same topic, perhaps a better approach would be to have the project team choose one or the other.

January 8, 2008 at 11:09 pm #359616
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TwickABros

When you post video on YouTube, you consign distribution rights to them for whatever purpose they wish. Brickfilms should retain control of the distribution of ALL its community projects.

Oh, never mind then.

January 9, 2008 at 1:16 am #359659
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Relyt

I’m in.

There should be a THAC prep episode.

I could do scriptwriting. I’m very familiar with the format of scripts.

January 9, 2008 at 2:07 am #359673
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Munzapoppa

This sounds like an awesome idea. I’ve always wanted to make one of these, and I would love to participate.

BTW, Blunty’s animation class film was about frames per second, so you can cross that off your list.

I’ll find a YouTube link for Blunty’s tommorrow.

-MMM

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