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Extreme Delivery

Posted: Thu, 25th Mar 2004, 10:36am

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MarkB

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Extreme Delivery is a short (7 min 31 sec) stopmotion animation film using Lego and other bricks.

A band of rebel fighters are trapped deep in the bowels of an Imperial fortress. Low on supplies they pin all of their hopes on a lone hero. One man who must run the gauntlet of the orbital blockade and evade the persuing stormtroopers in order to make an "Extreme Delivery".
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Posted: Thu, 25th Mar 2004, 12:18pm

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Pooky

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The links don't work... from the looks of the pictures though, this will be awesome.
Posted: Thu, 25th Mar 2004, 3:51pm

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Not sure what happened to the links...they were fine this morning when I put the movie up. Hopefully they'll come back up soon, because it's a very fun movie. smile
Posted: Thu, 25th Mar 2004, 5:27pm

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MarkB

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It looks like my isp has crashed, I've contacted them and the site should be back up soon. doesn't it just figure - as soon as I finally have something to share........

I will be very interested in everyones thoughts, this is my first "real" movie other than a couple of 1 minute shorts.
Posted: Fri, 26th Mar 2004, 3:12pm

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Great work! The links work now! Amazing animating skill you have!
Posted: Fri, 26th Mar 2004, 4:13pm

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Haha, Awsome work! The set design was really good. there was always something moving which made it feel way much better then other lego films.
The story was a nice piece of work to!
Would never have thought about that kinda plot when I were watching it till the end! Nice!
Posted: Fri, 26th Mar 2004, 8:11pm

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*note* the site isn't working again
Posted: Fri, 26th Mar 2004, 8:15pm

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Yeah it is! Im donwloading it right now. Tell you what I think soon smile
Posted: Fri, 26th Mar 2004, 8:25pm

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I thought it was great! Nice animating, and nice lego structures eek

The ending was really good biggrin

4/5
Posted: Fri, 26th Mar 2004, 8:29pm

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Brettsta

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I am very impressed! The animation is great and the backgrounds and everything were animated and great. I felt there there is a lego world that this was taped in! The visual effects like the lasers, things like that were ok. Not great, I'd recommend using alamdv for that. I think it would look better.

The Verdict: I give a 5 and I have a lot of respect for a good lego animator. I could never do that.
Posted: Fri, 26th Mar 2004, 11:18pm

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I liked it! but i saw your hand when the pizza dude was crossing over the ledge thing. surprised no matter though takes a ton of patience to make a movie like that and i am amazed 5 from me hugegrin
Posted: Sat, 27th Mar 2004, 12:37am

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MarkB

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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

The force field was a new idea for me. I created 4 frames in photoshop with a green background and then used "noise" to create a random static. Then I made a movie of the 4 frames looping, finally I could use Chromanator to greenscreen the background away and I ended up with a pretty easy-to-do seethrough forcefield effect.

I suppose the AlamDV guys can do it with the push of a button, but I thought it was a pretty decent use of CHromanator.
Posted: Sat, 27th Mar 2004, 8:49am

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Bryce007

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Dangit! this is the best stop-motion ive ever seen! friggin awesome job. Ive made quite a few of these myself, and i know it takes a ton of effort to make 7 minutes of this stuff.
Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2004, 5:56am

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Awesome animation. razz
Posted: Tue, 30th Mar 2004, 7:55am

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BRILLIANT!
Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 6:23am

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MarkB:

IMPRESSIVE movie. I did a stop motion film way back in high school using clay. It took an extreme amount of time, creativity, AND patience. So I can truly appreciate your sedulousness on a 7 minute piece.

Your work gives me yet another genre of film I need to study. tard

Keep up the good work. 5 from me Mark. I hope to see more from you soon.
Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 6:22pm

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It always amazes me, how people can do stop-motion animation. i dont have the talent, well mainly cause i dont have the patience.

I would like to say, i really respect your work. Two thumbs up buddy.
Keep up the awesome lego movies.

Devilskater
Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 8:07pm

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MarkB

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Thanks for the kind words..

I find I like stopmotion, its a much slower pace and I can do a little here and a little there after work, between shows, etc. I can spend a week setting up a scene and moving the camera around and locking it down.. it fits into my schedule a lot better. Plus I don' have to worry as much about the whole "acting" thing, guess I'm more of a director than an actor..

Mark
Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 10:55pm

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All I really have to say about this movie is that it was really well animated. I gave it a five. I can't imagine how long it took to do that, I most likely wouldn't put that much time into my animation if you did it the way I think you did. Well actually if it turnd out like that I guess I would. Anyway, nice job Mark. Oh yeah, and there were some pretty good jokes in there as well. Cya.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Apr 2004, 5:46pm

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That was sweet stop motion animation. Very well done. Very funny also.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Apr 2004, 6:10pm

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The environment was beautiful! Like the "THE MAN" Andreas said,

The set design was really good. there was always something moving which made it feel way much better then other lego films
The environment really kept my attention. It made the film believable. I loved the “I want you” with Darth Vadors picture. I like the film layout—having the bloopers and credit mixed in the end was great. I HATE to give any flaws considering the incredible amount of time it must have taken but some areas needed more sound ambiance and sound effect to help on dead areas. BUT the video was great I really enoyed it. The best logos I ever seen!

Question, did you use a Photoshop plugin for the text at the end?...nice shading.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Apr 2004, 9:24pm

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MarkB

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cyborg wrote:

I loved the “I want you” with Darth Vadors picture.
You live action guys probably didn't recognize him, but one of the posters has "public enemy #1" on it and a picture of the Lego Luke Skywalker. I thought that would make a funny little Easter Egg.

cyborg wrote:

Question, did you use a Photoshop plugin for the text at the end?...nice shading.
The ending credits were done using the built-in Pinnacle Studio 9 "titles" overlay... they work pretty well but the transitions are limited.

The opening credits were done using photoshop, but now that I have Chromanator and its greenscreening ability I plan to experiment with what I can do by manipulating Studio's transitions against a green background and mixing them all together in Chromanator...Should make for some fun possibilities!
Posted: Sat, 3rd Apr 2004, 10:13pm

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I was torn on what to vote a 4 or 5 because the blasters lasers and stuff like that just weren't very impressive but the chromakeying and stop action were just awesome in the end I went ahead and gave it a 5 because it is just better than most of the stuff I have vaoted 4 on. Great job!
Posted: Thu, 8th Apr 2004, 11:53pm

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Ok, it looks great but the audio wont work.
Posted: Mon, 12th Apr 2004, 3:09pm

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MarkB

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Serpent - what viewer are you using?
Did you try the low-rez version?
Posted: Tue, 13th Apr 2004, 9:50pm

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Hey Mark, got it working ob my Grandpa's computer (I'm on vacation.) That was great. It really makes me want to make a lego movie. Be expecting one from me in the near future. That was the best lego movie I've seen yet. I suggest submitting it to brickfilms if you haven't yet.

PS, can we see soome of the original set design with the blue/green screen. I really want to see the set up for some ideas. Great work, can't wait to see more from you. Two suggestions though: Get AlamDV 2 for the effects and better sound effects for the lasers. I suggest http://theforce.net/theater/postproduction/soundfx/
Posted: Tue, 13th Apr 2004, 10:14pm

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MarkB

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Serpent - can't wait to see your lego films!

There is a "how I did it" page at: http://www.markbsplace.net/Movies/ExtremeDelivery/ExtremeDeliveryMovie.htm but it may not have as much as your looking for. Unfortunately I didn't discover Chromanator until I was just about done so the only real shot using a decent piece of software is the "force field" scene. You can see the original bluescreen in the final blooper.

For the rest of the movie I composited each individual frame using photoshop. Took me 6 months of work and many of the results were less than I had hoped... The firefight scenes with the rebels took a weekend of solid work each, each frame is a overlapping multi-composite with different speed cycling animations of guys shooting and talking. I had to keep track of them with a spreadsheet.

I am really looking forward to spending less time on the technical aspects of my next movie and more on the creative stuff.

Its going to have a lot more emphasis on lighting and camera angles thanks to what I have learned from this forum. The grand finale will be pretty spectacular including something that can never happen to a live actor (without some pretty hefty special effects), but will only cost me $.01

Mark
Posted: Tue, 13th Apr 2004, 10:28pm

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That was awesome. Everything was really fluid. Really good job.
Posted: Wed, 14th Apr 2004, 6:30am

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anonymous

Alright, that absolutely rocked, in all ways possible.

Incredibly funny, unexpected ending, good voice acting, REALLLY good animation.
Posted: Mon, 19th Apr 2004, 5:52pm

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I really enjoyed this! Excellant work Mark!
Posted: Fri, 30th Apr 2004, 1:52pm

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fantastic, humorous, enjoyable, great dialogue (you obviously love Star Wars but like to take the piss out of it!) & good effects. The lasers looked a bit artificial without any glow but for the amount of time, & sheer scale of this, I've got to give it a 5.

Look forward to your next one
Posted: Sat, 1st May 2004, 3:29am

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Awesome. biggrin I have respect for stop-motion animators, it must have taken you days to do all that. I look forward to your next movie.
Posted: Sat, 1st May 2004, 3:12pm

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MarkB

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You guys are too much - thanks to you all.

Mark
Posted: Sun, 9th May 2004, 4:03pm

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Very nice! MarkB