How do you make them jump?

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May 4, 2003 at 9:04 am #2218
Avatar of Hansch

how do you make the characters jump in your movies?
Do you hang them or what do you do?


May 4, 2003 at 12:44 pm #2227
Avatar of Antiggo

You can bluescreen them. I have never made even jumping tests but I think with bluescreening it will work. Try reading FAQ.

May 4, 2003 at 1:56 pm #2232
Avatar of Bump500

You use BSOL. (Email Wandrer2 on this issue)

May 4, 2003 at 11:33 pm #2267
Avatar of Ferder

or you can do it the way I do (the non-digital way). The camera has to be set up so that you can’t see the floor that the minifig is standing on. Put any kind of those thin bricks under the fig and shoot a frame. Put another one under and shoot again. Then remove a brick and shoot until he’s back on the ground. It’s not as good as blue screen (since you can’t see his feet leave the ground) but it works.
another way is to put the front of a plastic CD case behind the fig. then, when he jumps, attach the back of the fig to the case (using stickytak) so that his feet are off the ground.
I’ve used both teqniques in my movies.

May 5, 2003 at 4:42 pm #2288
Avatar of Jacopo

throw them and film them quickly!

May 5, 2003 at 4:48 pm #2289
Avatar of Yolegoman

“Jacopo” wrote: throw them and film them quickly!

Actually, thats not a bad idea, sorta what I did in Bricks of Doom… Worked pretty good!

May 5, 2003 at 6:48 pm #2299
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except (depending on who good your cam is) you can get motion blure.

May 6, 2003 at 12:52 am #2339
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You can use fishing line which game me ok results for a matrix move….just go to watch out for the glare and make sure the fig does not move at all…..i my self attached the string to a wooden “pole” over the set and made a stand to hold it up. Ive heard you can also use a long thin strand of hair for that….or just edit out bricks holding the fig up frame by frame digitaly.

May 6, 2003 at 2:13 am #2348
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except (depending on who good your cam is) you can get motion blure.

Uhh…you WANT motion blur. It makes it look more realistic.


May 7, 2003 at 10:00 pm #2471
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8) The way i do it is with after effects+photoshop. i just make a little armature and animate it that way and then make a mask in photoshop. it may take a long time but if your a neat freak like me and want it to look really good then you can do it that way.

May 10, 2003 at 2:22 pm #2599
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I use clear thread. It works much better than the average fishing line because it is about 1/6 the thickness and it is still strong enough to use. Then just build a rig hidden above the frame to hang the fig from. If you want blur then just give the fig a little push. When done you might(depending on movie resolution) want to edit out the tiny line. Much easier than a blu screen, more realistic than standing on bricks.

May 12, 2003 at 2:02 pm #2709
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I always suggest sticking them to a piece of glass (or perspex/plastic to be safer?) suitably angled to avoid any glares/reflections…
this is what we did for the carbonite flying thru the air in ‘the Han Solo Affair’
If it’s good enough for Stanley Kubrick (the zero-g floating pen in ’2001′), then it’s good enough for Legomovies! :)

Bluescreening is ok, but if possible it’s often better to do this kind of stuff in camera, much less hasstle and better lighting interaction etc….

May 14, 2003 at 8:33 am #2866
Avatar of TracerBullet

that glass thing isnt a bad idea..
i might give it a go sometime
i got (i think) is clear thread. Its really thin, compared to fishing line, although its much more difficult to handle
anyway, if you use it, how do YOU connect the line to thelego man/object

May 15, 2003 at 7:13 am #2915
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This thread’ll be good when I make a scene with someone jumping. :)

May 16, 2003 at 12:53 pm #2964
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Night Fox

You could also make the movie with them having a sword in thare hand or a large gun and hold the gun to whare it is always out of the pic. Like in the movie Invincible from bluntmation. Thats how he did his.

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