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  • #130655

    LGM
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    Wow, so much has happened since I last posted a movie here! Cometgreen even got a new avatar!

    Having been animating in 3D for over a year now, I thought I’d try to make one of those 3D lego movies as a tribute to all brickfilms, with my newfound skills. Before you dismiss me out of hand, hear me out.

    It’s animated one frame at a time at 15 fps. The lego characters look and move like real lego characters. (Okay, it’s not anywhere near photorealistic but they have the same proportions.) And it’s one of those short, one-gag films that so many fun brickfilms are. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy it. I modeled these characters myself, they are not imported. Here’s a shot so you can see how close the pieces are.

    Thanks to Nosniborus, who critiqued the model as it was being made. Enjoy!

    Lego Men in CG?
    Format: rmvb
    Length: 0:48
    Size: 988 kb

    Thanks for watching,

    LGM

    #130667

    Lechnology
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    Hehehe, I get it. Stop-motion cg animation.

    Now all you need is some light flickers and set bumps 😆

    #130670

    skudmunky
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    Nice, nice… Very good.

    The shadow behind the guy looked cheesy though. Anymation was great, and picture quality was awesome!

    #130671

    Xray555
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    That was good, I liked the idea.

    #130705

    Nosniborus
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    Very nice! The animation was by far the best I’ve seen in a 3D Mego movie. Animating it frame by frame is the way to go. It prevents the “slipping-and-sliding” effect.
    The head still has a slightly weird shading to it . . . not quite shiny enough, maybe. But the modeling is fantastic. 😉

    -Nos

    #130711

    saulgoode
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    Very enjoyable. I think TLC should hire you to direct all their Lego CG animations; this was ever so preferable to those Jack Stone movies I have (I have to admit when I first saw this thread I thought, “oh no, not another CGI film”).

    The plot and the voice acting were superb. It was very effective how you addressed the issue of the simplistic set (nothing fancy, but better than leaving the issue unmentioned).

    On a technical note, there was a bit of color separation going on when I played it back. This isn’t uncommon for the Linux versions of Realplayer, but usually only happens when there is a lot of fast-moving action going on. If you would be willing to e-mail me a short, uncompressed clip, I would sure like to experiment with different compression options (“yuvhuff” encoding would be fine, also). I also wondered if you limited your palette to “web-safe colors only”.

    Thanks for sharing. I truly liked your approach and should like to see some more of these creations.

    #130884

    That was neat! Best CGI Lego Movie thingy I’ve ever seen. 🙂

    [spoiler] Hehe, “Good God! Where’d his pants go?” 😆 [/spoiler]

    #131029

    Anonymous

    This looks really good. 🙂

    #131035

    Antiggo
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    That is addictive, you made me want to get back into Blender aniamtion, quite inspiring. And really, very good animation. Simple and yet effective. Thanks for sharing and giving inspiration! :wink

    -Antiggo

    #131173

    LGM
    Participant

    First off, thanks so much for your reviews. It is always inspiring to get reviews. It means people have taken the time not only too watch the movie but to say something about it. I really appreciate it.

    “skudmunky” wrote: The shadow behind the guy looked cheesy though. Anymation was great, and picture quality was awesome!

    Mmmm, yes that shadow is a little wierd. But I must admit it’s very hard to not have good picture quality in a CG film.

    “Nosniborus” wrote: The head still has a slightly weird shading to it . . . not quite shiny enough, maybe. But the modeling is fantastic. :Wink

    Yeeeeeaah, that was just a basic yellow slapped on with a smiley face . . . didn’t really pay attention to the shaders.

    “saulgoode” wrote: The plot and the voice acting were superb. It was very effective how you addressed the issue of the simplistic set (nothing fancy, but better than leaving the issue unmentioned).

    If you would be willing to e-mail me a short, uncompressed clip, I would sure like to experiment with different compression options (“yuvhuff” encoding would be fine, also). I also wondered if you limited your palette to “web-safe colors only”.

    Thanks for sharing. I truly liked your approach and should like to see some more of these creations.

    Wow, thanks a lot! Actually, did you ever see the original Bionicle CG animations? Those were cool. I felt like I had to mention the lack of set since I really, really, didn’t want to make a set. Besides it’s kind of a joke since there’s been quite a few “white expanse” films. I’m also surprised you liked the voice-acting so much. I didn’t like it at all. I almost re-recorded it all. But perhaps that’s just prejudice against my own voice.

    I wasn’t planning on making more of these, but if you want to see more, maybe I will. It always depends on if a good idea hits. The fact that you want to see more is a huge compliment.

    Sure I’ll email you an uncompressed clip, but what format and codec would you like? I have no idea what “yuvhuff” is. And I don’t think I limited the palette to “web-safe colors only.” If I did it was a coincidence. I’ve never heard that phrase before.

    I wonder how many people will see the title, and have your reaction and skip it completely.

    “Antiggo” wrote: That is addictive, you made me want to get back into Blender aniamtion, quite inspiring. And really, very good animation. Simple and yet effective. Thanks for sharing and giving inspiration! :Wink

    Thanks. I’ve always liked your Blender work, so I’m tickled that I could be a source of inspiration to you!

    “White Guy on a Stick” wrote: Best CGI Lego Movie thingy I’ve ever seen.

    “Nosniborus” wrote: The animation was by far the best I’ve seen in a 3D Mego movie.

    “saulgoode” wrote: I think TLC should hire you to direct all their Lego CG animations; this was ever so preferable to those Jack Stone movies I have.

    SCORE! Hehe, thanks a lot, guys. It’s very uplifting to hear that!

    Thanks so much. And to you brickfilmers who haven’t seen it yet, go see it. It’s for all of you.

    LGM

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