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June 16, 2003 at 5:55 pm #5460
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Stefan

I wanted to wait until the results were announced, but that is just taking too long, in my opinion.

http://www.yellowhead.nl/ilestmidi.html

Let me know what you think!

EDIT: if watching the film leaves you confused (for example, because you don’t know French), you can get some more information, including a translation, at il ├ętait midi.

Stefan.

June 16, 2003 at 6:13 pm #5464
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thedarksideoflego

*****SPOILERZ*****

Wow Wandrer, i loved this, it was smooth, the music was nice, not exactly what i like but it went well, I liked how u used the big mouse it looked cool, and overall i give this a 9/10 i would of given it the ten if i woulda like the song better, but o well very good job!

June 16, 2003 at 7:01 pm #5474
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theonewiththesharks

kind of a scary film-noir.
les dames de paris were great when they popped out especially.

thanks.

June 16, 2003 at 7:42 pm #5484
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legotronn

WOOH YEAH! A NEW YELLOWHEAD STUDIOS FILM! Great animation, wanderer!

June 16, 2003 at 7:44 pm #5485
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Mr. Less

Spoilers*

so heres what i get, theres a mouse who lives in a church singing, and one young nun watches her sing. The only thing ididn’t get was why there was a shot of a clock.

EDIT: I don’t know french Bob!

June 16, 2003 at 7:48 pm #5487
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Bob Page

“idiotless568″ wrote:

why there was a shot of a clock.

il est midi :roll

June 16, 2003 at 8:40 pm #5493
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Shootin Bricks

Great- as usual, Stefan.
I wish I’d read the lyrics first- I was really lost the first 3 times I watched it.

SPOILERZ
I think you did a good job of trying to convey the spirit of the song, my only problem was with the perception of scale. No matter how many times I watch it, I can’t shake the impression that this giant mouse is terrorizing those poor women… I realize that was why you had the clip of the girl looking through the mousehole and that you were limited by a 30 second clip, but I still can’t shake that image :)
END SPOILERZ

I hope you win!
What a pretty little song!

June 16, 2003 at 9:34 pm #5503
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T

A bit strange, but it looked well thought worked out.

June 16, 2003 at 9:54 pm #5506
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unfoldingmetal

HOLY CRAP! That was freaky! But also cool. But now i’m scared! What type of cooked up mind you running there Wanderer2?!

Anyways I only understood about 10 words.

Thats was awesome though!

June 16, 2003 at 10:25 pm #5513
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legogod

This is a great animation.

Why?
The establishing shot of the mouth confines to a space no one knows how large. After the clock has ticked we meet the mouse (a very well built creation) who sings. The timing for the mouth movement is excellent-and there’s even a tongue to stress syllables.

There’s some other things I noticed while watching:

The clock shot is set up nicely, but on the first few viewings, I thought the hand was moving in a broken clock, as the 11 almost meets the 12 from the angle of the camera. The animation here says it is a clock, but seeing it took some time.

The revealing of the mouse throughout the short is akin to showing pieces of a monster through a horror movie. We see the mouth first, then the head, head and torso, tail, THEN we get to see what he is doing (which is crucial to the song and end of the film). You build up a nice presence with the mouse in the wall in such a short time.

When the lady finally bends over, we know this isn’t some large lethal rat the size of a wall. It might have been nice to make the mouse look smaller by making something that can be scaled-a book, roll of toilet paper, eye glasses. The hanky on the wall threw the sense of scale off (and the space that had been so claustrophobic opens up within a wall-which is ironic).

The whole short is awesomely animated and fits the song well. The claustrophobia is top notch, and this film only left me with a few questions:

1. Did the lady get up because she was afraid the others might see her listening to the mouse?
2.Are the ladies that enter the ladies of Paris?
3.Are the garments the ladies wore sewn by the mouse?

Jared

June 16, 2003 at 10:38 pm #5514
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Brian of Gep

Good job!

Smooth animation, and superb picture quality.

I liked it a lot!

My only complaint is in the last shot…
The edge of the baseplate and part of the table shows.

***SPOILER***

Great set design! I love the mouse! :)

I would advise you to tie it together a little better in one of the scenes.
Someone watching it only once wouldn’t notice how the last time you see the mouse, in the background,
you see the mouse hole, and then in the next shot you are at the mouse hole.

Other than that, you tied it together very well.

One more comment… The mouse looks too mechanical.
You know, it’s movement is only up down, or side to side.
I know that this is due to its construction,
and that I’m being overly critical,
but that shows how hard I had to think to give you some constructive criticism. :)
A solution would be to show more angles less times,
and to not utilize his complete movement abilities.
(i.e. when he is opening and closing his mouth, he goes all the way open, all the way shut, and it is the same distance every time. It looks unnatural. Try going more or less each time you animate something like that… Be sporadic! Random effects=realism as long as it isn’t overdone).

Good job, keep it up! :D

***/5p0173r***

June 16, 2003 at 11:59 pm #5524
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Logan

Good Work! Busy now though, review later

June 17, 2003 at 12:36 am #5528
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The Janitor

What a great little film!

I loved the camera work. There were some beatiful angles, a very nice bit of camera movement, and it all flowed wonderfully.

The animation of the mouse was excellent. His mouth moved perfectly in time with the music, and his gestures were slight, yet effective.

I liked the fact that it took me a couple of viewings to really get what was happening. It made it more interesting for me, and I didn’t mind at all watching it several times since it looked so nice.

The last thing I loved about this film…I had no idea it was coming! It seems that it is becoming more rare for excellent films to be released without any hype whatsoever. I love being pleasantly suprised! Great work, Stefan!

June 17, 2003 at 1:12 am #5535
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Logan

It was a great short, a great music video ,and a great lego video. You would think I liked it… Wrong! I don’t speak very much French so it took me a while to get the jist of the song. I also thought that the mouse didn’t really look like it was singing the song. Though, in retrospect I realize that for a lego stop-motion film it was nearly flawless. Obviously some work went into this one and some good editing is also showcased. I could see this being an entree in the Brickfest Animation Competition. It seems somewhat short for being in the competition but as far as I know, the length doesn’t matter. This movie shows that you can definetly make a good music video. I would suggest making another music video that is longer for the competition if you are interested in entering. But, if you enter this one I think it would do well, it’s just that since it is in French it takes a while after the film is over to realize what is happening.
Sound 4.5/5
I would give it a 5 but I don’t speak French (very well) so it was a bit confusing, as I said before. Also, I didn’t really like the song, it seemed to be missing something. But taking off the .5 was really a matter of my personal taste so another person could have easily given you a five for sound.

Visuals 4.7/5
You had lots of really nice camera angles and nice little touches like the shadow moving. The animation was pretty smooth, very good and it was pretty realistic. I liked the elastic effect in the second scene. Overall good visuals. I can’t really say anything negative about them, but the visuals weren’t QUITE perfect, very close though.

Originality 4/5
I’ve never seen anything like that. It was different, even a little weird, but most of the best things are like that. For example, me. Original, but it reminded me of something I’ve seen before, must be the mouse.

Story/Plot 3.8/5
Pretty good, but again I don’t speak French and even though the movie was almost technically flawless, I didn’t really like it. The movie was short and the plot was a little bit too simple. However, this is just my opinion.

Overall(not an average):8.5/10
Awsome technically, as I said before, and very few, if any mistakes. I noted though that there was no walking or any other hard to do animations. I don’t blame you though, as I try to avoid walking in my films aswell. Good editing is also evident and the set design is near flawless. Character(the mouse) design was excellent and the minifig dresses looked good. Nice little short. Geese, that mouse was freaky!

June 17, 2003 at 2:07 am #5549
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legotronn

geez, i liked it a lot and I don’t speak french. :roll

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