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October 12, 2004 at 7:49 pm #62970
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This is a ten-minute brickfilming demonstration I made for my television production course at school. It will be showing on our local cable channel soon. (If you like it, perhaps it could go in the Resources section of this site)

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October 12, 2004 at 8:13 pm #62974
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Well done Jonathan! That was really fun to watch.

Best Part: Using your teeth to remove the minifig’s hands. “You didn’t see me do that.”

Worst Part: No mention of sticky tack!

I hope people are inspired to make their own brickfilms, and I hope that when they show up here as a result of your movie we will be noob-friendly. :)

October 12, 2004 at 8:26 pm #62976
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“RevMen” wrote:

Worst Part: No mention of sticky tack!

Oh yeah, hehe. When I’m giving my “Animator’s best friends” speech I usualy mention masking tape and sticky tack. I guess I forgot to mention the sticky tack this time because I wasn’t using any of it in my demonstration. I also didn’t have a script with me and had to ad-lib for the whole show.
Glad you liked it though :D :excited:

October 12, 2004 at 9:11 pm #62983
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not bad. the editing could have been better… give it a bit more life.
and you broke one of the most important rules of brickfilmsing NEVER TOUCH YOUR CAMERA DURING A SHOT. (where the cam isn’t supposed to move)
but you cheated.
while demonstrating the animation method, and you’d hit the button ON THE CAM to snap the shot there were times the cam quite visiably moves and shakes. but in the “final animation” you played it was dead still. you shot it twice obviously.

and you really should have used a script.

nice work though

October 12, 2004 at 9:11 pm #62984
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Very nice clip!
I wondered if you’ve re-filmed the animation. Because I saw a few camera bumpers when you were animating but in the actual clip it was all steady. I was like
“What are you doing? You can’t use the webcam stand! Stop bumping the camera, use your mouse!” :lol:

I hope a lot of people will watch that and decide to visit us. :)

EDIT: Blunt beat me too it ;)

October 12, 2004 at 10:03 pm #62995
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Hey Jonathan, that’s really good. It’s a very effeective tutorial to new learners on brickfilming. I like the last ending part, with a bionicle at the end. :)

October 12, 2004 at 10:46 pm #63004
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I also didn’t have a script with me and had to ad-lib for the whole show.

As a guy who had taken Drama classes before, yeah I noticed that.

And, like the others have said, this should invite more brickfilmers to this community.

It’s a good thing that you stuck with simple animation. It would have went over the viewers head if you did a complex animation.

The thing that annoyed me was that the masking tape procedure was kept as a whole. In my opinion, it would have been better to have had it shortened. Plus that awkward silence while you were taping it down.

An otherwise good film. :)

October 12, 2004 at 11:04 pm #63006
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The movie was live-to-tape so I didn’t have much choice about editing (I wasn’t the director either so I wasn’t able to choose which shots were being recorded) For the most-part, the only editing I did was adding the LEGO clips in and taking out a big piece of awkward silence (see below).
I know that I shouldn’t have really been touching the camera, but I wanted to focus less on the computer/filming side of brickfilming, but more on the animating itself. Originaly I wasn’t going to have a computer in the shot at all (I was going to pretend like it was off-screen) but we needed it to show the cam’s POV. I definatly didn’t want any really bad flaws in the finished clip of the man walking into the quicksand (and I also didn’t want to have to be too stressed out while filming) so I filmed it as good as I could ahead of time.
I only had a week to put this all together so I decided againts a script. I did plan what I was going to say, but decided to just let how I said it come out naturaly, instead of like a bunch of memorized lines. Nobody else had a script either. We knew what we were going to do, and just talked about what we were doing.

Since I didn’t have a LEGO-built stand for my Quickcam (I usualy use a tri-pod) I decided not to use one. Though not as practicle, the cam looks better on its stand and would have gotten in the way of the shot.

The Bionicle clip is from the end of my movie “The Museum”

Yes, the masking tape part probably should have been shorter. I just really felt like stressing it. Our clip also had a minimum time-limit of 10 minutes. Some student’s films were only 6 or 7 minutes and got big points taken off. So things like the masking tape help to kill some time. The awkward silence near the end is what remains of about three minutes of awkward silence when the computer decided not to work. I guess I didn’t get all the silence as edited out as I would have liked to.

Thanks for your comments everybody :)

October 12, 2004 at 11:52 pm #63009
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Pierre Films

Good good. It would have been nice if you had had a script but due to some time constraints as you said its ok. Nice little documentary though. I liked how the small title kept appearing once in a while letting the audience know who you are and your title. I found it funny how many of the shots shown had your hand right in them, but the finished product was perfect. Gave me a good laugh. I to like many thought that the camera click looked bad, but then again it was made as a quick short. All in all good job!

Pierre Films :idea:

October 13, 2004 at 12:52 am #63015
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I would have prefered if the camera didn’t show what the clip were looking like (with the hands in the way and everything) but that was my director’s fault, and I thought he did a pretty good job of the movie in general, considering it was the first time he had directed (and he also knew nothing about brickfilming).

February 25, 2014 at 2:31 am #440127
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Icy Fire

*Yawn* Do A Better Vid

March 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm #440181
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Anna C.

Icy Fire,criticisms are welcome but please be more polite

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