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  • #439708
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    Mark Mejia
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    First time on forum, so…Hello.

    I’m getting ready to finally do a short video with some custom Tron figures and light cycles my son and I built.

    I have been pulling my hair out on how best to animate the light cycles “rezzing” or coming together. I don’t want to figure out how to do it via some 3D software, rather practical.

    I already know I want to highlight the edges in photoshop but I’m not sure the best way to have the bike come together “Lego style” while also manipulating the transparency as it forms under the character.

    Any and all creative ideas welcome/needed!

    Thanks!
    Mark

    #439797
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    Anna C.
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    Hi Mark! What do you mean by “rezzing” or coming together? I’d like to help 🙂

    #439799
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    Mark Mejia
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    Anna, in Tron movies “rezzing” is the formation of vehicles and items.
    Example – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GBLtnxxtzQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    I’m trying figure out how to do that. I do know I want to make it more lego-ish…sort of like how items are built in the Lego SW games but with a CG twist. I don’twant to do all CG cause iI think it would take away from it being a Brick film.

    I have a custom built Light Cycle and want to do a scene similar…

    Does that make sense?
    Mark

    #439801
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    scar1200
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    Hey Mark! I understand your issue comepleatly. One thing you will defininatly need to do is something called masking. It is where you can make your legos look as if they are flying. You can do it with the pieces that turn into Sam’s bike. You will need to get a free program called Gimp. Here is a link that will take you to a video that will help you with masking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSJ-rxMWK_o

    #439803
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    Mark Mejia
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    Thanks brother. I’m all over it. I do my masking in Photoshop before editing frames together.

    So, should I just figure out a pattern of the bricks appearing and clicking together? Then maybe outline and mask bricks to have them materialise as the build light cycle or can you guys think of better way?

    #439804
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    scar1200
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    Dude. I think that, that way it awesome.

    #439806
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    Mark Mejia
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    I’m gonna try that this weekend. I see a lot of work though. Layers upon layers…

    #439836
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    Anna C.
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    Awesome! I want to see it too when it’s done 🙂

    #439847
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    scar1200
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    Ha ha! When I was starting out, Fancypants was my hero. I have been brickfilming for 5 years. I also used G I Joes and I still make videos with them. I think it would cool if I could see some of your work and If you give me the link to your YT channel I will subscribe to it.

    #439849
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    Mark Mejia
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    I’ll post some stuff then.

    Here’s my channel:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/slickbomb

    Mark

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