Practical effects in space.

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March 29, 2014 at 6:02 pm #440434
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Im just toying with an Idea, To make a brickfilm in space, on a space station/ship.

Now, I will dont like doing CG or Digital FX. I like to do as much as possible on set. And I wanted to toss ball with you on how to do things “old school” or in practical effects. I tried to search for “how to film a space scene” But it was less than helpfull. Do you have a take on the following?

Endless background, Is it harder if the background is simply black.

Flying things;
Atatched to rods or wire? Can these be used without actually showing?

Animation in strange gravity, Less gravity – no gravity?

Robots Mechanics Movment;
How to mimic artifichial movement.

Dolly rigs and other aids to consider?

March 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm #440435
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Robotics mechanics Movement:
A heawy machine would have bobbing in its slowed movement, perhaps longer reaction time. Machines wiothout a advanced AI wil not waste movement in gestures.

Animation in strange gravity;
In ligth gravity movements are more easy, but also harder becasue one are so much stronger. The slow moving is a nesseseary trick to stay in contoll unless one have something to weigth one down. yes? Would a good way to represent thins in a minifig walk be to lift the legs more, swing the amrs more, yet move slower?

Hiding rods & wire;
Yes this can be done in photoshop :-) but can it be done without? The trouble meing unless the collour of the rod/wire matches the black background it will show and spoil the illusion. There is also the possible ligth reflection and shaddows to counter. If I painted toe roof black I could hang everything down and place the camera bellow, but I rent this place so thats a no go. :)

Im still looking into Dolly DIYˋs
Building one out of lego would be easy. For horisontal movement.

April 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm #440466
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Anna C.

Doing effects without the help of software would be very difficult and require lots of space… Here’s an article that I think you would find interesting as some of it deals with making things look like they’re done with special effects when in fact they are not:

http://www.cracked.com/article_19872_6-mind-blowing-special-effects-you-wont-believe-arent-cgi_p2.html

Let me think for a bit about how it can be done. Who knows? I might have my Eureka moment :-)

April 4, 2014 at 7:54 am #440471
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Awesome read, Exactly the kind of intuition-out-of-the-box-pratical kind of tjings I like :P

April 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm #440501
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Anna C.

You’re welcome :-)

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