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meatloafmania12ParticipantDecember 27, 2008 at 6:22 pm #404686
justkiddenParticipantJanuary 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm #405415
jk_productionsParticipantJanuary 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm #405450
1) Don’t waste your time animating till you take care of flicker. Once you can get 600 frames taken every other second to look like one frame then you can start.
2) Run the flicker test (one frame every other second for 10 minutes) before filming the first scene of the day.
3) When making a long walk sequence, buy 8 identical minifigs and pose each one in the walk cycle. Now just swap out figs.
4) Wear drak cloths and always take a frame from the same position. I walk behind a curtain to reduce flicker.
5) Nail down your set. Glue, double sided tape, whatever,.. but it can’t move.
6) Nail down your camera. I use a professional tripod with a 50 pound sand bag suspended inside it to prevent motion.
7) If you need to animate string soak it in superglue to make it stiff.
8) Plan everything. For one complex scene I had an Excel spreadsheet with the position of every object for every frame in the scene.
9) Hand motion with talking. Take a whole series of frames with the moving hand in different positions. A series of 30 for a plus or minus 10 degree motion. Now in post production, you can copy and reorder the frames to get smooth action that matches the words. I in fact wrote a software program that picked the right frame based on the volume of the speech I was animating to. This gave me a rough sequence that I could then tweek.
10) Try to do as much of your special effect “in camera” rather than in post. Editing always takes longer than you plan.
11) Make backups of everything daily if not hourly.
7)January 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm #405542
History500ParticipantMarch 24, 2009 at 2:49 am #407292
BozoMuffinParticipantMay 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm #408600
brenden17ParticipantMay 21, 2009 at 5:22 am #408636
So I can only animate when I go home to my parents house because thats where all my lego is, but when I’m there I like to make up for lost time.
I find the best trick is to treat the movie as a real movie and the lego characters as real actors. That means making sure the camera is always at there level and usuing as many diferent angles and close ups as you need because it makes the movie way more interesting and believable then one straight shot. It can also make up for not perfect animation. If you have to do a ‘stunt’ with your lego character like a flip or a fall and you can’t make it work. try cutting it together from different angles. this can more oftan then not make it look more impresive then just a standard straight shot… of course if you do do a ‘trick’ on a straight shot every once in a while it reminds everyone that you can do it.
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Ehlek333ParticipantJune 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm #408845
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