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#1 Darkdragon

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 03:07 AM

What is this thread?

It is a place for students and potential students to ask questions and teachers to answer them.
Not a place for student work/lesson questions or questions specifically regarding a project. Mostly for general info about the program.


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  • I have something to say, can I comment on a student's thread?
    NO. Students are not allowed to comment on any other student work. Please be respectful and let the teachers do their jobs.
  • What is the BF&CA tag and how do I get one?
    By passing lessons and completing projects in the Brick Flicks & Comics Academy, you earn points which go toward earning leveled tags.  Once you get to a certain level, an Academy staff member will award you with the new profile tag.
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  • I don't have a film or comic idea right now, but I want to take a lesson. Is that allowed?
    Yes. By all means, you may take as many lessons as you want, one at a time of course. Simply create a new thread with the title Student Enrollment: LessonName and start posting your work and questions for that lesson. An instructor will come in and leave you feedback and answer your questions right there in the the thread. Passing lessons, even when not directly connected to a project, will also earn points toward your BF&CA tag!

  • I already passed a lesson, can I take the same lesson again?
    Maybe. If you are posting a project and a teacher assigns you a lesson, you need to take that lesson. Even if you have already passed the lesson for another project or unrelated to any project, in this case it will still count as a new lesson.
    If you are taking lessons unrelated to a specific project, you may only take each lesson one time. Once you pass a lesson, you should not need to take it again. If you feel like you still need some help with the subjectmatter, just post your questions in your lesson thread and your teacher will help you

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#2 Darkdragon

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 01:38 AM

View PostJimButcher, on 10 September 2012 - 01:26 AM, said:

I would like to make a flick but I am completely lost on where to start.  :blush:
If you have a story idea, you can start a WIP Flick thread. Just post what you have and teachers will recommend some lessons.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

Is there an ideal first lesson or I can begin with any one?

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:46 PM

View PostThe Player Nº1, on 22 January 2013 - 10:43 PM, said:

Is there an ideal first lesson or I can begin with any one?
I am no teacher, believe me, but from student-to-student, I say just pick one. :wink:

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:51 PM

And I don't need to sign in the course? Just make a thread with the lesson?

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:00 PM

View PostThe Player Nº1, on 22 January 2013 - 10:51 PM, said:

And I don't need to sign in the course? Just make a thread with the lesson?
I didn't sign in and I just passed my first lesson. :wink:

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:55 AM

Does my lesson need to be graded by the original author?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:51 AM

View PostThe Player Nº1, on 22 January 2013 - 10:43 PM, said:

Is there an ideal first lesson or I can begin with any one?

It all depends on what you want to tackle first. Some people like starting with something they see as the "easiest" and some like to start with something they feel they need the most help with.

View PostBrickington, on 23 January 2013 - 12:55 AM, said:

Does my lesson need to be graded by the original author?
Yes it does.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

After I finish a lesson/project here, can I post it in the normal BF&C forum?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:40 PM

View PostBrickington, on 27 February 2013 - 02:54 PM, said:

After I finish a lesson/project here, can I post it in the normal BF&C forum?
Once you finish a project yes, and we will tell you that your project is ready to post (in BF&C or in the appropriate theme forum). That is similar to the ay the RA works.

As for lessons though, there really isn't any reason to post a lesson in the BF&C forum. The are meant as small items to learn a skill and be used in crating your next comic/film that you would be posting in the main BF&C forum.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:08 PM

View PostDarkdragon, on 27 February 2013 - 09:40 PM, said:

Once you finish a project yes, and we will tell you that your project is ready to post (in BF&C or in the appropriate theme forum). That is similar to the ay the RA works.

As for lessons though, there really isn't any reason to post a lesson in the BF&C forum. The are meant as small items to learn a skill and be used in crating your next comic/film that you would be posting in the main BF&C forum.
Okay, thanks!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:49 PM

Sorry for double posting, but I have a question. I am assuming I finished my lesson with Hinckley and I should move one to my next lesson. But, can I change my comic project or do I have to stay with it. After all I have learned I would like to start anew. Is that okay or not?

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:16 PM

Feel free to edit your project so that it is whatever you want. You shouldn't start a new project thread though.

If you are unable to edit the title, let me know what you want it to be and I'll edit it for you.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:06 PM

View PostDarkdragon, on 26 April 2013 - 01:16 PM, said:

Feel free to edit your project so that it is whatever you want. You shouldn't start a new project thread though.

If you are unable to edit the title, let me know what you want it to be and I'll edit it for you.
I edited the post to a new comic. Could you change the title to WIP Comic: How To Become King? Also feedback would be great as well. :classic:

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 06:57 PM

Any tips on making a brick film that is set during the night? It's hard to get the lighting just right.

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 02:38 PM

Yes, there are two main ways of getting night time shots.
#1, Filming the clip like a normal shot, but then in post-production lowering the brightness and adding a slight blue tint using the color-correction.
#2, Playing around with moving your lamps further away and/or lowering the brightness/exposure settings on your camera. (When you do this, try turning the contrast up just a touch.)

The first retains the detail of a bright shot, as well as ensures that everything is lit and visible but still somewhat dark.
The second looks better in the end, but it's hard to get the lamps and settings balanced just right. I'm sure you want some things lit, and others in darkness, so try switching around the number of lamps, or even turning one towards a wall and "bouncing" the light onto the set. I've also heard switching out one normal light bulb for a blue one looks good.

If you just can't get the lighting right, perhaps you could try a hybrid of the two. Get it partially dark when filming, and then lower it even more in post.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:48 PM

Yes that's very helpful, thank you!

I hadn't thought about editing, I'll give it a try.


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 03:34 AM

Quick question: I am already pretty far into a project, but I still want to complete the lessons. Can I do the lesson and just fill in the information that I already know about my comic?

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#19 Darkdragon

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 06:37 AM

No, that wouldn't work. The lessons are really for teaching how to do what is in the lesson, so if you already have it done you won't be going back and showing the teacher that you have made an effort do what they assigned. Since all he work is completed beforehand, it wouldn't really be learning for you.

What I'd suggest is to find a lesson you'd like to take and start something fresh for it. Even if it's not panels for your current project, you can take what is learned and apply it to the next section of your comic.

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 03:54 PM

Alright, I'll do that. Thank you for the speedy reply!

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 04:45 PM

Hmm I already made two projects-aniamtions... Do these count as lessons?

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:55 PM

Any tips on animating super fast minifigures?

I'm trying to animate Flash but it's hard to achieve a nice looking animation without venturing into unworkable FPS.

Thanks.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:20 PM

View PostZilcho, on 27 June 2014 - 08:55 PM, said:

Any tips on animating super fast minifigures?

I'm trying to animate Flash but it's hard to achieve a nice looking animation without venturing into unworkable FPS.

Thanks.
Speed is conveyed by the distance traveled per frame. You'll want to add a motion blur with Flash on each frame he's moving through. At least, that's the way I'd go about it.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 08:43 AM

View PostDarkdragon, on 27 June 2014 - 11:20 PM, said:


Speed is conveyed by the distance traveled per frame. You'll want to add a motion blur with Flash on each frame he's moving through. At least, that's the way I'd go about it.

Do I add motion blur while editing?

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 01:34 PM

Yes, most motion blur is added in post-production.
Depending on your editor, you may be able to put it on the whole video at once, but you may have to end up going frame-by-frame to get it to look right.
Especially for Flash's running effect, since that needs to be localized to just him and not anything else.
If you've got an effects program, (Adobe After Effects, Hitfilm, that kind of thing) then look for it somewhere in the effects.
If not, you'll need to whip out your favorite photo editor and add motion blur frame-by-frame.
(Here's a tutorial that may help.)

Also, using motion blur is one idea that works really well. (Seen here)
But combining that with brick built structures is another option that is in-camera and easier, but doesn't look as great. (Like this)
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