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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

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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 :-)

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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 Reply
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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 Reply
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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 Reply
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    scar1200
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    Dude. I think that, that way it awesome.

    #439806 Reply
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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…

    #439808 Reply
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    scar1200
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    Do you have a YouTube channel? I would like to see some of your films. :) By the way, it is worth it for something awesome.

    #439836 Reply
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    Anna C.
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    Awesome! I want to see it too when it’s done :-)

    #439842 Reply
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    Mark Mejia
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    I do have a YouTube channel, but no brickfilms on it. I just recently got the “fever” for stop motion animation when a few yrs ago my son and I started a “Titanic 2″ film he wanted to do. Of course, he lost interest in Titanic and stop motion shortly after…but he rekindled my love for stop motion.

    Now, I want to finish the Titanic project, so I can dismantle that huge ship, as well as start projects I’ve been thinking of lately (mostly some stop motion GI Joe projects I started writting back in 1995).

    That one, I need to have water rush into some sets. Don’t want to do CG and don’t have enough bricks to use as water (which would be cool)…so I’m going to try blue cellophane and pillow stuffing for white caps.

    I haven’t made a brick film yet, but I do have some samples of what we’ve shot so far. Maybe I’ll upload them. They aren’t as nice as I’d like, as I’ve learned a few techniques since filming it.

    LOL…my son quit cause it was too time consuming. I want to finish because it brings back good memories from HS…and I love guys like ForrestFire and FancyPants on YT.

    Mark

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