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July 3, 2003 at 6:59 pm #7131
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hey, tub-o-legos, it was CONSTRUCTIVE criticsm. And yo CAN and KNOW how to fix most of things, because most of guys here have told you how to do it.
For camera work read the interview with Jay Silver.
For lighting you can ask Titan ( as far as I know he works with light )
For animation go and download some brickfilms.
For good story you can read a book and make a film out of it.

I am SURE you can do very good, you just need more practies.

And dont think people here are negative, they just gave you CONSTRUCTIVE criticsm.
All the people here are VERY nice, and eager to help you! :)

July 3, 2003 at 7:36 pm #7134
Avatar of Erlic

Just got around to downloading it! IMO, I thought it was pretty kewl! Though the only thing I’d suggest is the lighting, though I thought it was a good short!

July 3, 2003 at 9:41 pm #7147
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I liked the lightsaber effect. What program did you use to make it?

This has been said already, but you sould secure your baseplate with tape or something to keep it from moving. You should also do the same with your camera and try not to touch it durring filming.

For the lighting I would suggest that you block off all windows, turn off the ceiling light, and use some lamps. Also, set the camera’s exposure and white balence settings to manual (this will get rid of the flickering). If you’re using SMA, this is how to set them: select options>source, then click on the “exposure” tab to set the exposure and the “image” tab to set the white balence.

I also found your the way you animated your minifigs walking a little strange. I suggest you take a look at this tutorial on Hali’s site. It will help you improve your animation.

I hope this will help you with your next film. From what I’ve seen, you’r story lines are pretty funny!

BTW, don’t get mad. At least you got a bunch of reveiws! My first film only got 4 reveiws, and my second only got 1. :lol:

Edit: spelling error

July 3, 2003 at 11:07 pm #7152
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*BEEEEEEEEEP* censored because i went nuts :?

July 4, 2003 at 1:36 am #7165
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Why would you want to even watch them?

Everybody else (Eccept for a few people) Thought it was all junk.

Besides, I don’t know how to change the format using windows movie maker.

July 4, 2003 at 2:22 am #7168
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i can’t resist watchin any lego movie, good or junky. :?

July 4, 2003 at 6:55 am #7176
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You can try to change the format with Stoik Video Convener: http://www.stoik.com/products/morphman/ … c_demo.htm

And it was no junk! It was just your second movie! Almost everybodys first and sometimes second movies are junk… And by those which first movies are excellent that is sometimes because they did not post here there first attempts.

July 4, 2003 at 7:48 am #7181
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Here ya go Legotronn: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/WhiteDragonLBP/Films/tub-o-legos/dangerousweapon_avi.avi 8)

It’s encoded in DivX 5.0.3

I hope you don’t mind tub-o-legos. If you do, I could delete it

July 4, 2003 at 1:21 pm #7189
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As far as I can tell, you have a lot of talent that is being overshadowed by a few technical problems. Watching “Dangerous Weapons” was very much like watching an Ed Wood movie, in the sense that you could tell the movie could have been great had it not been for the few major oversights that occured while filming it.

First of all, find a way to steady the camera when you film. Maybe even construct something out of legos to simply hold it in place.

Secondly, turn off auto-exposure. I am not quite sure how to do this with your particular camera, however I think someone gave an explination a few posts back.

Otherwise, good job – I hope to see more movies by you!

July 4, 2003 at 4:31 pm #7196
Avatar of tub-o-legos

Well, thanks guys…

I’ve taken all your advice and have decided to put together a collage of small tests that experiment with these problems.

I also wanted to say that I have just started using Logitech’s Image Studio and SMA to make my movies.

Before I took single pictures as frames and imported them into WMM. Simple, but effective. Now I mostly use Image Studio.

As far as things I’m working on fixing, heres the lowdown:

Lighting -

My biggest problem.

Using a tip given to me by a fellow brickfilmer, I turned off Auto Exposure on the Quickcam and that really helped.

Soon, I’ll be using a giant desk lamp I have for lighting.

Shaking -

Another big problem.

I’m constructing a case made from lego for the Quickcam, as it sometimes leans to the left – a huge nuisance.

Animation -

I’m working on it!

Well, I’ll keep you updated…

And again, thanks guys!


July 4, 2003 at 5:19 pm #7198
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Thanks LPB! :) Could u convert the other one (Help Wanted) into avi format 2? :D

July 4, 2003 at 6:19 pm #7204
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i just downloaded it and watched it. It was pretty good, and the only thing that I think should be changed is lighting and the baseplate movement. But you can fix those things like this:

baseplate movement: tape the sides of the plate that cannot be seen down.

lighting: well, you can start by changing your setting on the camera to not automatically adjust to the lighting. If you do, the lighting will always change each shot. Also, you can try lowering the brightness on the camera, and placing a bright lamp directly behind the camera, in front of the set. Then, move your body out of the way of the lamp’s beam each shot. If you do that, there will be no bouncy lighting, because the lamp has taken over any accidental lighting coming from somewhere else, say, the overhead light. As long as your body does not go in front of the lamp’s beam, than you will not see any problems.

And also: relax, it’s just your first few films. You will get better with experience! When you gain experience, you start to already know what really works and what doesn’t work. So just keep practicing, and your films will get better!

July 4, 2003 at 7:08 pm #7208
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“tub-o-legos” wrote: Soon, I’ll be using a giant desk lamp I have for lighting.

Use two or three…

It will look much better. :)


July 4, 2003 at 8:39 pm #7211
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OK, I uploaded Help Wanted in .rm format: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/WhiteDragonLBP/Films/tub-o-legos/helpwanted_rm.rm

Hope that works :wink

July 4, 2003 at 11:44 pm #7225
Avatar of Buxton

I found Image Studio to be almost useless for stop motion. There’s no onion skinning function (I couldn’t find one anyway). It’s very very difficult to get smooth animation without it.

On the other hand, SMA rocks, as long as you make sure all your settings are right before you start and never ever click the Done button while in onion skinning mode.

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