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October 6, 2008 at 9:03 pm #401697
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DJ Hankey

Hi my name is DJ Hankey but you can call me DJH for short.
I have just recently started stop-motion animation with some legos i found around my house. I got inspired to do it by watching really funny videos of this kid that is my age that does videos of his own skits with legos.
So since i just started can you give me some tips on how to build cenery and ideas for videos.

~DJH

October 7, 2008 at 1:21 am #401712
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DarthVincentPrice

Welcome to Brickfilms!

Glad to see you’ve taken an interest to Brickfilming. For tips on getting started, you may benefit from reading the following post. http://www.brickfilms.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=70

It is best to have a good quality camera such as a QuickCam 9000 or QuickCam 4000. However, you may use many different types of cameras. Some older Brickfilmers use or used the LEGO Cam. However, due to its poor quality, most refrain from using it.

You also need proper software. For capturing frames, MonkeyJam is an excellent program. It is freeware (which means that is does not cost to download the program), and may be downloaded here. http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.c … nload.html

For support on MonkeyJam, you may search the Internet using Google or any other search engine. You may also search the forums here on Brickfilms.com as well as Bricksinmotion.com

What often makes a good Brickfilm is the script upon which it is based. For help with writing a script, you may want to view preexisting films as well as subjects that are portrayed in novels, online, and on channels such as the History Channel.

Special Effects are not a necessity, but they may aide in providing a visual treat for your Brickfilm. If special effects are laid on too heavily, they may ruin a perfectly good Brickfilm.

You may want to create a story board, which details the actions of each different shot of a film, as a reference to help you create your scenery and to help you film, choosing the right angles and shots in the process.

Building your scenery may take varying amounts of time, from a few moments to several hours. It depends on how detailed you’d like your set to be. You want your set to be easily maneuverable, but you do not want to have to rebuild it after every frame you capture. Be sure to create scenery that has a constant continuity. You do not want to build a wall with several hundreds of different colored LEGO bricks. Think about it. Do real houses have walls that are made as such?

Have your scenery fit the idea and flow of your film. Lighting is also a valuable factor. You do not want a constant light flicker in your video, as it detracts from the quality of the film. Be sure to light the various scenes in a manner that you will be able to work with.

Anchor down your sets! This is one of the important aspects of making a Brickfilm. Numerous set bumps may cause a great deal of shakiness in your film, which may detract from the overall quality.

For further help in Brickfilming, you may search both Brickfilms.com as well as www.bricksinmotion.com. You may also PM members of the website for help after you’ve completed searching.

I hope that I have answered your question as fully as possible. :D

October 7, 2008 at 2:12 am #401713
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The Doctor

What he said ^

Or you could just use CGI like me :)

October 7, 2008 at 12:32 pm #401716
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Rsteenoven

For further help in Brickfilming, you may search both Brickfilms.com as well as brickfilms.com . You may also PM members of the website for help after you’ve completed searching.

He means search Brickfilms.com OR BRICKSINMOTION*DOT*COM

Preferably bricksinmotion

They have a filter on bricksinmotiondotcom because theyre gay.

October 7, 2008 at 1:07 pm #401717
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ahnt

Mind your words Rstenoven!

And hi DJH! Lets see your films!

Cheers Arend

October 7, 2008 at 1:30 pm #401718
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Sean

You know, I’m pretty sure if an admin lift the filter, the harshnes son that part would be gone, just like the filter. Personally I think it’s stupid to try to hide another site just because it’s catering to the same audience.

DJH, welcome :) Looking forward to seeing your stuff!

October 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm #401719
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ahnt

I was talking about him using the word “gay”. Remember I am against the filter…

cheers Arend

October 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm #401721
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BertL

I love www.bricksinmotion.com.

October 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm #401723
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Darth Bocaj

“BertL” wrote: I love www.bricksinmotion.com.

I love www[i].[/i]bricksinmotion[i].[/i]com.

8-) nice technique

October 10, 2008 at 12:45 am #401824
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DJ Hankey

Thank you everybody for the awesome tips.

~DJH

October 16, 2008 at 8:09 pm #401994
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Xzibit

Welcome to Brickfilms Bro!

I was just the way you were at first
Just search up monkey Jam on google for a good software starter then if you got a good video camera…there you are. although i do so suggest to get maby a sony handy cam for brickfilming (Search the move: The Lego Clan) or even get a cannon powershot. I use the crappy LEGO: steven spielberg camera jus to get started. im saving up to buy a better camera.
Got any questions for story starters or help on scripts? jus come to me! i’ gladly would like to be any help i can!

:applause: Xzibit :applause:

November 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm #403371
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Lewis 97

Instead of going for monkeyjam I have purchased vegas, although I cannot work out how to edit the fps!!! Can anyone possibly help?

Also DJH, a handy tip. Try to build the film around the script. Basically make the script, record it on a decent mic, load it up, THEN work out how many frames you will need to take for certain words… Make the animation, and last add the cherry on the cake. Special FX. :mrgreen:

November 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm #403562
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carlos

Welcome, I remember my first time online, it was a fantastic experience.

January 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm #405253
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stopmopro55

just made a account im working on a film i will add it at the end of january 8-) visit my site

http://www.legobrickmad.piczo.com

January 8, 2009 at 4:24 pm #405257
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BertL

“Lewis 97″ wrote: Instead of going for monkeyjam I have purchased vegas, although I cannot work out how to edit the fps!!! Can anyone possibly help?

Hmm, I thought Vegas was editing software and not animation software…

Also DJH, a handy tip. Try to build the film around the script. Basically make the script, record it on a decent mic, load it up, THEN work out how many frames you will need to take for certain words… Make the animation, and last add the cherry on the cake. Special FX. :mrgreen:

That’s a very good tip. That way, you never animate too much or too little.

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