July 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm #395526
This should be a topic that saves newbies from wasting time on tests, when they could make good films by reading this thread. Just post what you think makes a good brickfilm. Cover random detailed subjects, like, set design, lighting, animation, etc. I’ll post an example next.
Subject: Lego “in-door” model design (furniture)
When designing furniture, it can be good to look at real furniture from around the house. For example, a couch. Make it a little interesting. Instead of boring traditional bricks, use curved bricks and other less-common bricks. But don’t make it too complex. The area minifigs will sit on will be flat, of course, but the arm rests and backrests can be curved. Just make what you think looks best.
This is sort-of like a miniature wiki. But you don’t need to make a new account for it, and you can easily comment and ask questions. And anyway, some of these “tips” (or whatever you want to call it) would make a short and bad wiki article.
So, let me know what you think of this thread, and post “tips”!
P.S. The subject part of tips should be in large size like the one above.
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MysteryCo.ParticipantJuly 7, 2008 at 3:35 am #395558
Well a good story.Film is all about telling a story.I was going to say realistic but um legos aren’t real are they?Random things aren’t always good.It’s good to know why where and when something happens.That’s why some films list titles “New York 11:15AM 1999.And show opening scenes in front of a building or wherever the audience
wants to know.If every movie just had random things I’d go crazy WHAT????Now you don’t have to have the greatest story in the world but have something thats not just some person who got loose with a camera.Random things are more like tests to me.July 7, 2008 at 7:55 am #395562
Topic: Interior design
Look at a room in your house. Any room (except the attic). Look at the wall. And what’s at the bottom? A skirting. A long wooden panel painted a colour that is similar to the walk itself. Try and include these in your sets. Just a row of bricks that are a different colour at the bottom of the wall. Go watch a film by a good brickfilmer and check for the skirting.
P.S. I’ll sticky this when I find out how.July 7, 2008 at 1:04 pm #395566
Leonardo812ParticipantJuly 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm #395580
Brickfilming takes a lot of work. there are only a few “great” brickfilmers because of this — not everyone has the patience and willpower to actually finish something they started. If you plan to exert this much effort in making a project, I HIGHLY recommend that you write a strong, concise script before you begin, and / or (especially if there is limited dialog and lots of action) storyboard your entire film. If you can accomplish this pre-production work, your final project will look downright professional. It will also help keep you motivated, because you’ll know at every point in production how far along you really are.
p.s. This was originally part of a PM I sent to T.G-TomJuly 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm #395586
“Nosniborus” wrote: If you plan to exert this much effort in making a project, I HIGHLY recommend that you write a strong, concise script before you begin, and / or (especially if there is limited dialog and lots of action) storyboard your entire film. If you can accomplish this pre-production work, your final project will look downright professional. It will also help keep you motivated, because you’ll know at every point in production how far along you really are.
That is definitely solid advice. Also, pick a story/plot/setting that you really love. Something that you lie in bed at night and think, “Man! This film is going to be incredible!” You need something like that to keep yourself interested in the film for the amount of time that it’s going to take to produce.
I’m working on a film right now that’s like that. I look over the footage I’ve shot and it just makes me want to finish the film as soon as possible to see how it will turn out.
-LeonardoJuly 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm #395595
Eclipse ProductionsParticipantJuly 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm #395596
LittlebrickParticipantJuly 14, 2008 at 8:12 pm #396190
What impresses everyone about Brickfilms is the fact that it’s LEGO people moving about, as opposed to usual film making methods such as live action or CGI animation. One thing I hate in movies is over-use of CGI. If there’s a big explosion, it’s more exciting to know that the explosion was actaully created, and wasn’t done on a computer. Where you can, you should do that with animations. I’m not suggesting that you create explosions and risk having your plastic models melt into nothing but a sludge, obviously that’s something you would have to use computers for, but the less CGI the better in my opinion.
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