Diplomacy III

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June 2, 2003 at 4:22 am #4273
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The Janitor

Here it is…the third installment in the Diplomacy series.

3:39, 9.11 megs

http://www.custodialproductions.com/Films/diplomacy3.avi

I am quite happy with how this turned out. I do realize that the file is quite large for a film of this length, and the audio quality is not so good.I am fairly new at this editing business, but will try to make a better, smaller file soon.

As always, constructive criticism is welcome and encouraged.

June 2, 2003 at 4:41 am #4274
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dandenmark

nicely done!

The ausome things:
Picture Quality
Choice of music
Animation

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I would have been a little less confused if you had put in a few words over black to show what they were saying, mainly just in the parts that are hard to understand.

A great film! Well done! :D

dan

June 2, 2003 at 5:19 am #4279
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RevMen

Nice! The One Handed Piano Player returns to play in the best Diplomacy yet.

Great animation and a clever idea. This bar never seems to have enough seats!

The problem you might face is that the complexity of the story is pushing the limits of what can be told without any dialogue. I already knew the story before watching the finished product, so it’s hard for me to guage whether or not this is truly a problem. Maybe it’s not complex so much as just bizarre. I think that after two watchings pretty much anyone should be able to figure out what’s going on, but some people might still be lost after the first.

The five guys assembling in front of the stool looked awesome, as well as the entire entourage marching out of the bar at the end.

June 2, 2003 at 5:24 am #4280
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Alex W

That was great!

The animation was very good. What framerate did you use? It seemed like more than the average 15fps. The camera work was very good too. I liked the tracking shot of the guy walking along the bar. Good stuff. You have a knack for telling stories without words. The stories may be somewhat simple, but it is still a great feat.

The only thing that bothered me a little bit was that the people didn’t move their arms when they walked. Just a slight forward and backward arm movement would have made the walking look better.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film. Great work!

-Alex

June 2, 2003 at 11:40 am #4285
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Stefan

Neat! Fun! Definitely worth the download!

RevMen, either my superior intellect put me above the average mortal, or the film is perfectly understandable the first time. The slow pace helped with that.

I’d have one remark, and that is the fact that sometimes the cut to the next scene is a bit too fast. Especially when we see 2 knights walking to the stool, and then all of a sudden there are 5… otherwise, well done!

Stefan.

June 2, 2003 at 5:51 pm #4297
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Motfilms

I understood what was going on the first time around.

“wandrer2″ wrote: either my superior intellect put me above the average mortal, or the film is perfectly understandable the first time.

I think we are both above the average mortals, let’s rule the world! :wink

The picture quality was great, and so was the animation. The story was funny, another very Diplomacy-ish film. I agree with Dandenmark, some text would have helped make it clearer (for the average mortal). Another great addition my collection :)

Tom

June 2, 2003 at 6:20 pm #4298
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It may be my DivX, but the animation on my PC looks slightly jittery and *can’t explain it*

June 2, 2003 at 6:44 pm #4299
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The Janitor

Thanks everyone for your kind reviews and suggestions. Now let me respond to a few questions and comments.

What framerate did you use? It seemed like more than the average 15fps.

It was just the average 15 fps, but I’m glad it looked like more. I used the software that comes with the QC 4000 to capture the frames.

I would have been a little less confused if you had put in a few words over black to show what they were saying, mainly just in the parts that are hard to understand.

I can see how it may have been confusing at times. When you have the whole story planned out and everything, it is easy to assume that the audience will understand whats going on, but that is not always the case. I will keep this in mind in my next film.

I didn’t want to use titles, though. I thought it would be fun for the audience to sort of imagine what they might be saying.

The only thing that bothered me a little bit was that the people didn’t move their arms when they walked.

This bothers me, too. I thought it would take too much time to make the arms move, and I didn’t have enough patience. But looking back, it probably wouldn’t have been too much additional work. I will try to incorporate arm movements in my films from now on.

I’d have one remark, and that is the fact that sometimes the cut to the next scene is a bit too fast. Especially when we see 2 knights walking to the stool, and then all of a sudden there are 5

I agree that some of the cuts were a little quick. Sometimes its tough to judge how long a scene should last after the action stops when you are doing stop motion animation.

June 2, 2003 at 6:56 pm #4301
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“The Janitor” wrote: I agree that some of the cuts were a little quick. Sometimes its tough to judge how long a scene should last after the action stops when you are doing stop motion animation.

Here, here.. I ran into that this weekend when trying out some scenes and getting the feel for fliming in stop motion.

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