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  • #5514
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    Brian of Gep
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    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! 😀

    ***/5p0173r***

    #5524
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    Logan
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    Good Work! Busy now though, review later

    #5528
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    The Janitor
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    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!

    #5549
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    legotronn
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    geez, i liked it a lot and I don’t speak french. :roll

    #5551
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    Kyle
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    :) wow that was neat! I loved the mouth thing in the beginning and the animation overall was excellent!

    #5582
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    WhiteDragon
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    very nicely done! I liked the mouse model and the way you introduced it. By the way, what did you use to time the mouth movement with the music?

    #5588
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    Stefan
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    Hi! Thank you all for your nice words! I have some thoughts in reply to your thoughts.

    Contains SPOILERS!

    * liking the song

    “thedarksideoflego” wrote: i would of given it the ten if i woulda like the song better

    “shootin bricks” wrote: What a pretty little song!

    “LoganArts Co” wrote: Also, I didn’t really like the song, it seemed to be missing something.

    This is obviously a matter of taste. The song is not quite in line with the artists’ previous work (though I haven’t checked out her current record yet), you may want to check out “Road Rage” by Catatonia to better appreciate the voice.

    It’s not as if I had any choice: there was this song, and a competition to make an animation for it.

    * knowing the lyrics

    “shootin bricks” wrote: I wish I’d read the lyrics first- I was really lost the first 3 times I watched it.

    “LoganArts Co” wrote: I don’t speak very much French so it took me a while to get the jist of the song. 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.

    “legotronn” wrote: geez, i liked it a lot and I don’t speak french.

    “The Janitor” wrote: 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.

    This is my biggest concern for sending it to Brickfest. At the very least, it will have to be subtitled. Most of you needed several watchings to appreciate it. At Brickfest, it will be gone before the people have realised it started.

    * Scary

    “theonewiththesharks” wrote: kind of a scary film-noir.

    “shootin bricks” wrote: I can’t shake the impression that this giant mouse is terrorizing those poor women…

    “unfoldingmetal” wrote: But now i’m scared! What type of cooked up mind you running there Wanderer2?!

    “legogod” wrote: The revealing of the mouse throughout the short is akin to showing pieces of a monster through a horror movie.

    The claustrophobia is top notch

    “LoganArts Co” wrote: Geese, that mouse was freaky!

    These comments surprised me the most. Not for a moment had I considered this film to be scary. I think it may have to do with the perception of scale that you have. You know the mouse is larger than the women because you know the size of a brick. I don’t know how to amend this, besides resorting to special effects to have woman and mouse on screen at the same time. For which I simply didn’t have the time.

    I think the lighting is another issue here. Lighting was not easy in this case, mostly because of the larger scale. Too soon it happened that some parts were overexposed while others were just right. This aspect necessitated the slightly dark look of it all.

    * Other comments

    “legogod” wrote: 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).

    Jared, I don’t quite understand this comment of yours. Could you explain what you mean?

    “legogod” wrote: 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?

    1. I leave that to your imagination.
    2. Yes.
    3. Technically not: they’re drawn on paper, cut out by my mom, and glued together by me. In the film: it’s your call.

    “Brian of Gep” wrote: 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).

    I had precious little time to spend on this. In total, construction, pre-production, filming and post-production until the deadline took me about 15 hours. After that, more time was spent on compiling other versions and behind-the-scenes stuff (not all of it is online yet).

    Lego is not like clay. At the scale I chose, it’s not possible to have the broad range of movement a real (human) mouth can exhibit. That’s why I added the tongue: to have something more interesting than a mouth opening and shutting.

    It was hard enough to keep the balance of the head (in fact, you can see the counterweight I used to hold it in position in one shot). I don’t think much more is possible with the model I had built. I might have to resort to this type of lego-animation again some day, so better designs are more than welcome to me!

    “TheWhiteDragonLBP” wrote: By the way, what did you use to time the mouth movement with the music?

    Magpie. Note that it doesn’t like XP. Copying to the clipboard doesn’t work. It’s probably stored in some obscure clipboard that one application does recognise, while the other doesn’t.

    Yours,

    Stefan (who really likes ice cream).

    Keep the comments coming!

    #5631
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    Motfilms
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    When I heard there was a new YellowHead film, I was like this: 😀 It was a nice little movie. The animation was smooth, and the mouse was nicely constructed. Like some of the others, I interpreted the size of the mouse wrong, because I thought it was a giant. :) Also I didn’t figure out that that thing at seconds 4-6 was a clock until I had read another review. Oh well 😛 Still a great movie. But I wanted it to be longer :wink

    #5632
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    Ferder
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    nicely done film. great filming and animation. The mouse was cool though it seemed like a windup toy or somthing. I didn’t have a clue what was going on. can sombody please post the translated lyrics?

    #5635
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    WhiteDragon
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    I didn’t have a clue what was going on. can sombody please post the translated lyrics?

    Look at the first post again

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