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The change from Paint to Lego
It is something that I have looked into doing for a while now here at here. People have asked me to provide them with scripts or help them to make little films with Lego for about a year now.
I thought to myself "why not make my own" so as part of my studio upgrade I have made the period of testing out the camera, Lego Movie time.
They have only been short little flicks so far and the frame rate needs to be improved vastly but I wanted to make sure that the plot was still there. Which feedback so far seems to suggest it is.
If anyone has any suggestions or ideas then please let me know. My animation history is 3 years working work MS Paint so I am enjoying playing with camera.
Getting the gang together
As you can see there is very little motion in this one, it was a case of setting up the camera and seeing how well camera focused on the Lego figures, so I found a small grey board and stood the figures on it.
Once the figures were in focus, I had a look around the Lego box to see what I could make the film about and just added a cheeky snack. Even stormtroopers need 15 minutes.
A slightly bigger set
So now that the camera was in place, I began emptying the Lego to just put something together. I wanted to created an area that I could use the characters within, a stage for them to perform on.
Once I had set it up I began checking the movement. Once I had the idea I then went with way I usually make my films (I'll see what happens). So as the characters crossed I then thought how do I end this.
So I just instantly came up with the name of the film and finished it at the same time, it all worked quite well I thought.
A bigger stage
Voice returns. After a couple of silent films, I feature audio in this one. To see how it would improve the film and also to see if it aided the plot.
I spent a couple of hours fighting with the children for the Lego to make the set for this one and now that it is built they want to keep it and never destroy it.
Of course that will change when they need the pieces for something (or I do).
The film itself is again a bit of fun. With the larger stage you don't have to see as much of my table and I can just have have fun with it too. As you can see there are a couple of fallen comrades on the battlefield.
Same stage just remodeled. It's Lego.
Another new story, which they are now starting to become. I even wrote a little script. I needed to as the pictures approached 100. I wanted to try and improve the frames and make it a lot smoother in sections.
I think the voice is reasonably synced, but is a new media for me and if you have any methods then please let me know.
IT Training for Stormtroopers?
As you can see in this one a lot of the shots are a little out of focus. I noticed this once they where playing back and it was really annoying.
I think the problem is that I am trying to cut out all the furniture so that only Lego is seen therefore I am zooming in to it's fullest.
My next project might show a bit more table but the footage will hopefully be better. Then I will just go buy some Lego to cover the table lol.
Games are back in the films.
I started building some models to see what Lego we had and once I had something completed I got the camera.
But I wanted to start adding more to the show. Something for the family. Like I had in my old animations. So I decided to put a game into the film. In the end there are 2 questions to answer while watching the film.
1. How many stormtroopers appear in the film?
2. Who is in the 2nd prison cell?
Just little added fun for people to look at once the films have finished. i found that Spot-the-Sumo really worked for me before and everyone had fun hunting them down.
Now I have made a few I want to make them look better. So it is time to test some stop motion software.
I'll run a few tests, although I am sure that they will turn into little stories as these did.
But I think that the set up is nearly there.
What I am using.
The Nikon D5200 is the camera that I picked up after weeks of looking and bouncing back and forth (Camcorder or DSLR) I am pleased that I picked this because it allows me to do things like this as well as the live action that I aim to do soon. Rather than the Camcorder which would have meant just live action.
I am now working with a Nikon D7100.
How I spend my freetime
Lego building is fun and simple, and enjoyed by millions. It allows me to pretty much build anything that I want to, on the set, it doesn't have to look great, if I want a wall behind something just stack a load of bricks.
So I have a rough idea of what I want to create, if I can't do that then I look at what I possibly could create. And then I see how it looks on camera.
What is the general opinion?
I have made a few of these now. Do you like?
Lego Millenium Falcon
The last couple of years have seen some created animations and some build videos.
A large collection of Lego Star Wars sets gather in various places around the here.
I do aim to have the Death Star added too.