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  1. Kalais

    Escape II - Star Wars animation

    When I was making Escape - Episode 1 Star Wars stop motion I had very limited number of bricks and wanted to create this Jedi-space-samurai-type of character. I ended up with version 1. Now I have a bit more bricks and I am thinking about changing hair to newer molds. What do you think? Which one is the best in you opinion? P.S. If you haven't seen 1st episode - it is here. You can see there hero in version 1.
  2. Kalais

    Escape II - Star Wars animation

    Thx! Yeah, that purple is bothering me mainly. I know. But I rather lower frame rate then abandon this project somewhere in the middle coz I got not enough time. I don't want to stuck with unfinished movie. Btw. I think it was 15 fps. Also early computer games with cinematic cutscenes was using 15 FPS and it was kinda standard for some time. 12FPS is absolute minimum but it is acceptable in the industry. If I decide to go for 12 FPS it would be so called twos at 24 - technically it would be 24fps but most of the frames would be double. Thx! :)
  3. Kalais

    Escape II - Star Wars animation

    Hello all! Thx for all donations! There is still a lot left to reach the campaign goal. Even 1 USD can help so if you like this projects please help it! Btw. I made some test scene yesterday. It was shot in 12 Frames Per Second, instead of 24. If campaign fail I might consider shooting whole movie at this frame-rate to save time and lower the budget. P.S. I also tested Lightsabre blue light (made with external (placed behind the scene) LEDs), but I am not sure I will use it. It gives some blue/purple lightning to the scene and I am not sure it look good. Gives some kind of light flicker. What do you think?
  4. Kalais

    Escape II - Star Wars animation

    Thx. As for shot down - they make contests for fanfilms so they kinda supporting those kind of projects. There are also plenty of Star Wars fanfilms on the Indiegogo and Kickstarter. I followed all rules for fanfilms and I double checked them before even starting this project. If you think about that KOTOR "mod" thing - it was totally different thing. Those guys went to far with copyrighted materials. Of course Disney could resolve that in some other, better, ways... Well, more or less that's how all film projects on kickstarter or indiegogo works - people donate to filmmakers so they can make a movie. It is not like I am asking to buy me LEGO sets so I can play with them ;) It is about making epic movie which you can watch and enjoy later for free.
  5. Kalais

    Escape II - Star Wars animation

    Thx :) Not sure where to start ;) I will try to reply to everything you said. After I made film the most important thing will be that the film will be complete and I will be able to make next, better, film ;) Yes, it is hobby, and it is something I love doing and I have thousands of ideas for next films (and mocs), which I would like to make before I die ;) My current job will take me back since I'm a freelancer with my own small company. I finished all big projects I had to do and I am ready to take a break from the work. After movie is made I can easily back to what I was doing. I will have better skills and yes, my portfolio will be better, and that will give me better work possibilities in animation/photo projects. This would be really nice, to make more commissioned stop motion projects. But is that the most important thing? No. Not everything I make in my life must be pure profit. Of course it would be "better" if I work all the time and provide to my family and abandon all my hobbies. But what life that would be? I can't look at life only in profit terms because in that case the best would be work and sleep (to be more efficient at work) only... And that is not life I would enjoy ;) Of course there are a lot of more worthwhile causes requiring funding. You are 100% right. But we all spend money for different kind of things which are not always so, hmmm, looking for word, noble? like saving someones life etc. and I am not forcing anyone to funding this fanfilm project. Everyone decides what he/she wants to spend own money on. You have choose not to support it and I understand you and I am totally fine with that. Business idea? I've never said it is a business idea. It is a hobby, it is creativity, it is maybe some kind of art? People always donated to creators/painters/artists. They had (not sure what's the word in English) patrons? Campaign like this is 21st century version of that. You like someones creative work and you help him to become better in what he is doing, help him to make more creative pieces. That's how it always worked. Of course I am not some famous Renaissance painter but also I am not asking for big house, feasts with lords/kings everyday and tons of money ;)
  6. Note: admins allowed me to post this and Eurobricks is official media partner for this project. Thank you :) Hello all, I will start with super short version because in this times probably less and less people like to read long texts ;) I am making LEGO Star Was fanfilm stop motion animation. I wan't to quit my job to focus only on making this film! :) I know this is crazy but I am willing to do it :) I started crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. You can find there much more info (text, images, video), very simple test teaser/trailer and you can support it there. Link: https://igg.me/at/escape2 Pitch video: Thanks! Dominik aka Kalais SOME TEST IMAGES Scenery sample: Test shots: Storyboard/animatic sample: P.S. And for those who would like to read even more there is some kind of press-release text here: SYNOPSIS Escape – Episode II is a big Star Wars fan production. It is LEGO stop motion animation with a totally new story from the galaxy far, far away.... Empire forces led by Darth Vader are on the hunt for a Jedi Knight who survived the Jedi Purge. It is an animation full of great adventures with rebels, Empire and bounty hunters. Filled with great locations and spaceships. You will meet both already well known characters and a new heroes. Story is told with epic shots in beautiful custom brick-built sceneries and with dynamic action scenes. Animation will be available for free to watch on YouTube. The pre-production of animation is almost complete and now it is going into production stage and looking for funding via crowdfunding at Indiegogo. AUTHOR Dominik Skarbek-Kruszewski aka Kalais is a professional graphic designer, photographer and film maker. He is also a big fan of Star Wars and LEGO! He creates custom models, dioramas and animations. He made several LEGO stop motion videos including commissioned videos for the LEGO Group. You can view his works at YouTube, LEGO Blog, LEGO Life App, The LEGO Batman Movie DVD/BLU-Ray and they are even displayed at Ninjago City buildings at The LEGO Ninjago Movie. FUNDING He started this project 2 years ago. Stop motion animation is very time consuming. Besides pre-production (scenario, storyboard, animatic, designing everything, building scenery etc.) you need to take a lot of photos. Usually few seconds of the animation can take you the whole day of work. Running time of Escape – Episode 2 will be around 10 minutes and making it after work would take him another 2 or 3 years to finish... This is why he would like to quit his job for 1-2 months and spend all his working time on the making (and finishing) this animation. Also the crowd-funding money would get him better camera/lens, professional software for stop-motion animation, some additional lights and some more LEGO bricks for the scenery. LINK https://igg.me/at/escape2
  7. Kalais

    Multiple MOC at the same time

    When I had not much bricks it was always 1 MOC at a time. Now when I have more bricks and I know LDD I have lot of projects open. Especially during building big dioramas I made lot of smaller MOCs to not get bored. And LDD is always full of ideas and MOC drafts for the future projects ;)
  8. Kalais

    [MOC] Blacktron tracked mini-vehicles

    Thx :) Yeah, this part is in my "kinda useless parts box" but finally I found some use for it :) Trying everytime I build something new to use at least 1 part from this box :)
  9. From some time I've been thinking about small tracked vehicles. But I did not have proper link treads ;) I also had no idea what wheels could fit them... Read more » Bigger photos and full story here: LEGO Gallery - [MOC] Blacktron tracked mini-vehicles WIPs, Behind the scenes and other extras at my: Instagram | Facebook | Flickr
  10. All the Mechas from my recent posts have been shown at the LEGO exhibition in Warsaw, Poland. I thought it was a good opportunity to build... Read more » Bigger photos and full story here: LEGO Gallery - [MOC] BT4-D0D0 on the planet Blacktron WIPs, Behind the scenes and other extras at my: Instagram | Facebook | Flickr
  11. Kalais

    [MOC] M:Tron mecha scouts

    From some time I am in the mood for 90s theme - M:Tron. I keep building new stuff for those friendly space guys. This is my newest creations - again mechas. This time scout mechas. They are mainly based on... Read more » Bigger photos and full story here: LEGO Gallery - [MOC] M:Tron mecha scouts WIPs, Behind the scenes and other extras at my: Instagram | Facebook | Flickr
  12. Awesome. I love the interior.
  13. Cute castle. Oldschool feeling. Love it!
  14. Cool! It was nice reading. Thx for posting this!