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Good Location For A Lightsaber Film ?

Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 1:17pm

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Hi All

Does anyone have any ideas for a good warehouseish location for my upcoming film J .v. J.

I live in Preston so ive already tried altys

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Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 3:01pm

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I suggest not a warehouse location because it's too normal and too much like the RvD movies.

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Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 3:05pm

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Not another lightsaber movie. Please...


If you must though, try to think of something more unique then a warehouse. Why not have them fight on the back of a moving train? An airplane? In a 5 Star Hotels Lobby? On a beautyful mountain site? At a great lake? The Eiffel Tower? ANYTHING slightly original...
Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 3:13pm

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Sollthar wrote:

If you must though, try to think of something more unique then a warehouse.
That's exactly what I mean.

I also think you should try being inventive with the sabers, maybe try having them destroy a little more stuf or...something (they did it a bit in RvD2).
Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 3:18pm

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Take a note out of Art Of The Saber's book - the choreography was its biggest selling point obviously, but the forest location was important and unique. It adds an attractive "House of flying daggers" edge to it.
Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 3:57pm

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Also, bear in mind that if you're using lightsabers you should probably try to make it at least vaguely Star Warsy - otherwise there's not really any point to using lightsabers, and you might as well just use real swords.

That doesn't mean you have to recreate Coruscant, but at least don't film it in your back yard, or somewhere equally incongruous. One big problem I've always had with the RvD movies, for example, is that they're shot in a standard modern warehouse in normal clothing - which just seems a bit weird to me. It's like using jet fighers or machine guns in a movie about the Napoleonic Wars, or making a movie about the Iraq war and having the US soldiers run into battle with broad swords.
Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 4:00pm

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why use a warehouse, they're boring. Do it anywhere that no-one else has done it like on an aircraft carrier.
Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 4:07pm

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You're free to ignore our advise and do it in a warehouse, but if you are, at least use decent props and costumes.

If you're going to do something wrong, do lots of things right to cover up the mistakes. Theres nothing worse than a battle with no props, no costumes, no plot, at an irrelevant location.
Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 5:23pm

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Set it in your house. The situation is that everyone in your house owns a lightsaber, from your dad to the cat. Cue a fight with your mum in the kitchen because you won't help out with chores.
Posted: Wed, 14th Mar 2007, 8:49pm

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whatever you do, don't film it in the woods!!!!!! Art of the Saber is one of the few (as in can count on one hand) fan films that actually did a good job in the woods. I agree with everything that Sollthar said. Be original with your location and also your choreography
Posted: Fri, 16th Mar 2007, 2:24am

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japan1 wrote:

why use a warehouse, they're boring. Do it anywhere that no-one else has done it like on an aircraft carrier.
Or in a bathroom.
Posted: Fri, 16th Mar 2007, 2:54am

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Tarn wrote:

Also, bear in mind that if you're using lightsabers you should probably try to make it at least vaguely Star Warsy - otherwise there's not really any point to using lightsabers, and you might as well just use real swords.
Although a prop from Star Wars I don't see why any film featuring lightsabres has to be set in the Star Wars universe. It's just a cool laser sword. I mean, imagine if they were real. First thing you'd do, out in the garden just finding stuff to chop up...
Posted: Fri, 16th Mar 2007, 3:01am

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petet2 wrote:

Although a prop from Star Wars I don't see why any film featuring lightsabres has to be set in the Star Wars universe. It's just a cool laser sword. I mean, imagine if they were real. First thing you'd do, out in the garden just finding stuff to chop up...
yeah, lightsabers weren't even George Lucas' idea. sure they weren't called lightsabers but they were called other things such as laser swords. Even hyperdrive wasn't his idea, they mention it in the old and classic sci-fi movie from the 50s "Forbidden Planet". a park near your house would be good and could provide some good structures for your characters to interact with.
Posted: Fri, 16th Mar 2007, 3:06am

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Think Pirates of the Caribbean: Cool, fun choreography + nice looking location with interesting obstacles and use of obstacles.
Posted: Fri, 16th Mar 2007, 4:13am

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Serpent wrote:

Think Pirates of the Caribbean: Cool, fun choreography + nice looking location with interesting obstacles and use of obstacles.
Half of the "Location" was animated...
Posted: Fri, 16th Mar 2007, 10:10am

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petet2 wrote:

Tarn wrote:

Also, bear in mind that if you're using lightsabers you should probably try to make it at least vaguely Star Warsy - otherwise there's not really any point to using lightsabers, and you might as well just use real swords.
Although a prop from Star Wars I don't see why any film featuring lightsabres has to be set in the Star Wars universe.
True, it doesn't have to be. But setting it in your back yard doesn't tend to work, as lightsabers simply dont exist, so it just looks like you couldn't be bothered to do a proper location. smile
Posted: Mon, 26th Mar 2007, 5:18pm

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im thinking maybe in my street?
Posted: Mon, 26th Mar 2007, 5:21pm

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im thinking maybe in my street?
Not so very original, if you have greenscreen, why not do it on top of a mountain, then you have a cool looking location and a few obstacles (edges of the cliff etc. )
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 8:01pm

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you know the scene in ep III on the lava bridge i have made a modle of that i colu greenscreen it to recreate the screen als how do you change tha color of a 4point blade?
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 9:11pm

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Any place is a good place for filming a fight. but it all depends on if you like your moive to be good. I say not a wearhouse or your backyard. As for your street, you better have a good reason why you fight in the middle of the street. if this moive is going to be epic, then have it moveing in diffrent areas. such as start it in the middle of a valley that slowly leads to the near by woods, which happen to be next to your street.
But like I was saying anywhere is good, just but some thought in it. you might have a good place to fight in, but the fight might be the dumbest thing. Plan your fight out first. in doing so you can find a place where your fight can be done. But some poeple (well normal poeple I think) pick their places first then plan the fight. this works better, but I work backwards, which doesn't work all the time.
-Warren
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 6:40am

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Jabooza Clog Booza wrote:

I suggest not a warehouse location because it's too normal and too much like the RvD movies.
I guess RvD is a lightsaber cult film. I had this one idea but there's so many lightsaber shorts uploaded at You Tube, that I don't know if should make it not.
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 7:16am

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What is RvD?
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 4:43pm

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Have a lightsaber duel on a meteor which is about to strike the earth.
I'd watch that.
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 5:03pm

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Lol! Yeah definately not anywhere familiar, make it striking, original and spontaneous, what about across a ford? They could fight and jump from rocks and trees and even fight under water!
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 10:19pm

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I'll watch it, But how good is the fight.
Posted: Thu, 29th Mar 2007, 3:22pm

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SilverDragon7 wrote:

What is RvD?
WHAT THE ****&%*% you dont know search 4 it on youtube!!

No im sorry seriously its just that coz i love it i thought it was really well known everywhere, i apologize with my sincerest apology...i shouldnt have put that post there... sad sad sad

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Posted: Thu, 29th Mar 2007, 3:32pm

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That's a bit harsh...the whoel point of forums are so peopel can get support when they're in need!
Posted: Fri, 30th Mar 2007, 12:42pm

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Thrawn wrote:

Serpent wrote:

Think Pirates of the Caribbean: Cool, fun choreography + nice looking location with interesting obstacles and use of obstacles.
Half of the "Location" was animated...
Where did you hear that? If you're referring to PotC 2, I watched all of the special features and they did almost everything on location. (Including the bone cage rolling through the grass and the fight on top of the rolling wheel.)
Posted: Sat, 31st Mar 2007, 11:36am

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That's a bit harsh...the whoel point of forums are so peopel can get support when they're in need!
soz its just that its the best lightsaber vid in the world well one of them (rvd2)
Posted: Sun, 1st Apr 2007, 12:56pm

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I NEED HELP NOW!!!

how do i change the color of a 4 point Saber????

PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: Sun, 1st Apr 2007, 1:02pm

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you need to go into attributes and there will be a colour menu, you can chane the glow there wink
Posted: Sun, 1st Apr 2007, 1:48pm

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Christofer Matthias wrote:

Thrawn wrote:

Serpent wrote:

Think Pirates of the Caribbean: Cool, fun choreography + nice looking location with interesting obstacles and use of obstacles.
Half of the "Location" was animated...
Where did you hear that? If you're referring to PotC 2, I watched all of the special features and they did almost everything on location. (Including the bone cage rolling through the grass and the fight on top of the rolling wheel.)
They may have done everything on location but there was lots of empty space wehre they filmed that was filled in with CG forests.
http://www.vfxtalk.com/forum/vue-helps-ilm-create-environments-t6339.html?s=f833761d2cf533ec323f08b0900ea81f&t=6339
Posted: Sun, 1st Apr 2007, 6:11pm

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Thanks for the link, Miltiwagon. Obviously they put a lot of CG into certain shots, but they did fly out to awesome locations where they shot the scenes. Most shots were probably "touched up" in some way or another, but I was just saying that they did film in real existing places. And for the most part, they did the fights rite there, interacting with real obstacles. That's all was all I was trying to say.
Posted: Sun, 1st Apr 2007, 6:20pm

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try filming on some kind of bridge, anywhere with confined movement space.