Help Wanted – My First Movie

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July 1, 2003 at 9:25 pm #6988
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tub-o-legos

Hey Guys!

I finally completed my first movie…

HELP WANTED!

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Watch it and tell me what you think!

I accept constructive critisism.

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July 1, 2003 at 9:46 pm #6990
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jamesfm

Okay, first of all let me congratulate you on your first film,

nice job!

Some decent animation and a quick simple plot will make a very good first film!

Here’s some tips:

The filckering: You need to have your cam on a locked exposure. That way it will not change brightness and filcker during the movie.

I have the 4000 and had the very same problem several months ago, until the friendly neighborhood Bluntman told me what was up.

This is how you fix it:

1. Click on the “Logitech Camera Control” (The little camera icon in the systray panel on the lower righthand corner of your desktop)(or the camera settings in the program you are using to capture)

2. Select “Additional settings”

3. In the “Exposure” box uncheck “auto” and slide the bar back and forth until the camera preview screen looks good with the lighting you have.

Also, put more sets/backgrounds in your next film, blue sky?

Again, nice job and can’t wait to see you improve even more in your next film! :D

-james :)

July 1, 2003 at 9:51 pm #6993
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legotronn

“jamesfm” wrote: Downloading now…

me 2

edit: downloaded it, but looks like i can’t play it with my mac. even with windows media player. could u make it into something else? like an avi file? a mov file? or and rm file? or even an mpg would be good!

July 2, 2003 at 10:21 am #7026
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Antiggo

Congratulations with your first movie! :D
It was good for a first film ut could be better…
The background work was not very good, and as jamesfm already said you should put some background in your next film. Or you can bluescreen something… For your first film the animation was very good! But again could be better/smoother. The camera work was ok, ut in your next film try to put the camera at the same high as the minifig stends. And next time you should put more attention to your light. As you said in the titles in the end you used Logitech Pro 4000. As far as I know it is a very good webcam, so if you paid more attention to your lighting you could have a ilm with a much better image quality.

Well, it was good for a first film, and if you will follow the tips everyone here said you will have excellent results! :D

July 2, 2003 at 12:17 pm #7033
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Stefan

Hi there!

You managed to get your first film online! Well done, this means you’ve conquered most technical details in filmmaking.

As has been said before, you should pay more attention to lighting. Not only should you lock exposure, but it is also necessary to keep the lights themselves consistent. It looks like you used daylight. That’s not a good idea: it will change way too quickly to look good in animation. Furthermore, make sure you don’t get yourself between the light source and the set. This is what happened when you filmed the cafe from the outside. A shadow would move into screen, the camera went up and down, the shadow disappeared and the animation continued.

Finally, most of the time slow-motion won’t look good in animation. It is highly advisable not to attempt it, or to film it at double the framerate and then slow it down afterwards.

Story-wise, the film was very good. It was clear what happened, the story was interesting and told from beginning to end in a pleasant pace.

I really hope to see more films from you. Good luck with your next film!

Stefan.

July 2, 2003 at 1:40 pm #7037
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tub-o-legos

Thanks for reviewing!

Also remember that this was first film, with absoloutly NO tests done before it. And another thing you might not know, is that it only took me 5 hours to make. That includes filming and editing.

Look for my second film, posted on the forum now. (That is, if you haven’t already watched it by now. :P )

July 3, 2003 at 2:54 am #7095
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Motfilms

You have gotten your start in Brickfilming! That is the hardest part :P The frame rate could be a little higher, and the lighting needs to be more consistent. One little thing that bugs me in movies, is hand written signs. A computer print out would look better ;) Gotta love the Pink Panther theme, and klutzy guys :) Good for a first try!

Tom

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