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#1 Darkdragon

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 03:01 AM

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Well, it's finished. My first Brick Flick. I've done a lot of animation in my life (mostly vehicles), but this is the first time I've actually done more than a screen test with LEGO. It's a little choppy, I admit. Regardless, I hope you enjoy!

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#2 CorneliusMurdock

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 03:43 AM

That's awesome, DarkDragon.  You say this is your first attempt?  Looked pretty smooth to me.  Great choice of song.  You really illustrated it well.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:18 AM

Very impressive job for your first Brick Flick DD! The movements are quite spontaneous and gotta love that "imagination" effect - very cleverly done. :thumbup: Just curious what program did you use (iMovie?) and how long did you take to finish this? (I'd like to get an idea how much time to invest when I attempt my first brick flick too :blush:)

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:24 AM

View PostCorneliusMurdock, on 24 September 2012 - 03:43 AM, said:

That's awesome, DarkDragon.  You say this is your first attempt?  Looked pretty smooth to me.  Great choice of song.  You really illustrated it well.
Thank you. :blush:

View PostKielDaMan, on 24 September 2012 - 04:18 AM, said:

Very impressive job for your first Brick Flick DD! The movements are quite spontaneous and gotta love that "imagination" effect - very cleverly done. :thumbup: Just curious what program did you use (iMovie?) and how long did you take to finish this? (I'd like to get an idea how much time to invest when I attempt my first brick flick too :blush:)
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I used Apple's Final Cut Pro to do the edit, all of it is done there. The photos were all done by hand with just my camera. Hmm, I guess I'd say it took me around 40 manhours to complete. That's not counting building the sets, just for the photos and editing.

Like I mentioned before, I am fairly experienced with film and animation, but this is my first time with LEGO. As a general rule, for stop-motion, I find that it takes 1 hour per 3 seconds of finished video.  Of course that can vary depending on how advanced the animation is, how many elements you are moving, how much you have to go back and reshoot, and how much time you spend in the edit (doing effects/etc). :wacko:

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:31 AM

This is fantastic.  Great choice of song - very catchy.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 05:41 AM

I love it! :wub: The figs fit nicely with the song, and cool use of a minifig to represent the fat girl :tongue:
You should do more brickflicks :wink:
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 07:44 AM

Great work DD!
As Cecilie said, the use of a minifig as a fat version is a great idea. Good choice of torso as well. :wink:
Keep up the good work! :thumbup:

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:24 AM

DD, it was all worth it in the end, that was awesome. I'll get the family reaction later (They also are a fan of the brickflicks dontcha know).

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#9 Darkdragon

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:18 PM

View PostKristel, on 24 September 2012 - 04:31 AM, said:

This is fantastic.  Great choice of song - very catchy.

View PostCecilie, on 24 September 2012 - 05:41 AM, said:

I love it! :wub: The figs fit nicely with the song, and cool use of a minifig to represent the fat girl :tongue:
You should do more brickflicks :wink:

View PostEtzel, on 24 September 2012 - 07:44 AM, said:

Great work DD!
As Cecilie said, the use of a minifig as a fat version is a great idea. Good choice of torso as well. :wink:
Keep up the good work! :thumbup:

View PostPeppermint_M, on 24 September 2012 - 08:24 AM, said:

DD, it was all worth it in the end, that was awesome. I'll get the family reaction later (They also are a fan of the brickflicks dontcha know).
Thank you everyone! :sweet:  Pep, I can't wait to hear what your family thinks about the video.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:35 PM

Nice work DD. I really liked the video, although I can't help but feel sorry for Code Monkey in the end...  :cry_sad:
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 07:22 PM

Killer Video DD I will vote for it in a heartbeat! The song and the video just works so well I like the whole layout so much! Simply Awesome! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 11:35 PM

Thanks guys! :classic:

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 12:37 PM

Well paint me very impressed. Very funky little music video, keep up the good work.  :thumbup:

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:43 PM

Fantastic work, DD! Somehow I couldn't stop thinking of Marcellus the Monk while watching it though. I wonder why? :look:
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:07 AM

Very well done, DarkDragon! I've never heard that song before - very cute!  :thumbup:

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 01:08 AM

Very nice work! A great accomplishment for your first flick!
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 01:51 AM

Darkdragon, this is a great first foray you've made into filming.  The music was a perfect choice and you've told the story well. :thumbup:
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:06 PM

Awesome job. I loved the choice of song, matched perfectly.  :laugh:

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 02:08 AM

One of my favorite songs and now you've captured it beautifully in LEGO. Excellent entrance to the world of Brick Flick's DD. :thumbup:

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

haha.  Oh Code Monkey.  Love it.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:41 PM

really catchy song, and the video really makes you feel compassion for the monkey. It is not as easy as it may seem to generate such emotions (beside entertainment/fun and jokes) through Lego movies. Good job.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:12 AM

Oh my, been a while since I replied. :blush:

Thank you all for the support. I'm glad you like the video! I'm hoping to make more videos as time permits and my next one will be even better, hopefully. It will also probably be another JoCo song because has so many amazing songs :wub: and the awesome license.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:53 PM

If you get serious about brickfilming, I'd make a small suggestion of filming at a higher frame rate. 15 is a great frame rate and it is used by most professional brickfilmers. It takes more time and work, but the end result is better.

However if you don't want to worry about that sort of thing, don't bother with higher frame rates. Just have fun and continue doing what you're doing. :classic:
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:12 PM

Thanks Walter.  Yeah, I know the framrate is a bit low on this one. I usually like going 24/25 and once even did 30, but for this project I went lower.  One thing was that I had to get it finished quickly and another was it was my first time animating figures. :wink:

My next project will be much smoother, hopefully. I'm pretty quick learner.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:41 PM

That's cool. 24/25 frames is harder to do, but it can be really impressive if done right.
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