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Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 12:17am

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MillerBros

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Hi,

I'm working on a big project with my brother. Does anyone know where I can get at least 2 realistic-looking stormtrooper outfits? As long as I have two, I can make (or try to make) a massive army with Special Effects Software. If anyone can tell me that would be great. Thanks.
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 12:23am

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1. Stop spamming Banner things, it get anoying to the point I want to strangle someone.

2. Did you even Google search? The first link there explains how to make a stormtrooper outfit.
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 12:32am

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MillerBros

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Thanks but I've already googled it many times.

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Where did you find the webpage on how to make an outfit?
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 12:46am

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i checked it out too, it's actually the first one that comes up in google search.

http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/stormtrooper/index.html
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 1:01am

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please don't be like revelations. awesome effects. horrible acting combined with boring screenplay that put me to sleep first 5 minutes.

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Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 1:11am

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MillerBros

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Unfortunatly I'm on a low budget, and I really don't have the time or equipment to make a stormtrooper outfit.

EvilDonut wrote:

please don't be like revelations. awesome effects. horrible acting combined with boring screenplay
Actually, this movie will have great effects, great acting (as good as we can make it of course), and it does have a pretty interesting screenplay. It should look like a typical Star Wars movie except with a lower picture quality. Not to brag or anything.
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 1:57am

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MillerBros wrote:

Unfortunatly I'm on a low budget, and I really don't have the time or equipment to make a stormtrooper outfit.

EvilDonut wrote:

please don't be like revelations. awesome effects. horrible acting combined with boring screenplay
Actually, this movie will have great effects, great acting (as good as we can make it of course), and it does have a pretty interesting screenplay. It should look like a typical Star Wars movie except with a lower picture quality. Not to brag or anything.
Eh... You "don't have the time or money" to make or buy a stormtrooper costume, and yet this is going to be "amazing"?? Am I hearing this right?? If you don't have $600 to buy a costume (or less to make one) then I'm afraid your gonna have to animate the troopers with your "great effects". wink But, really, if I were you I would take on something less expensive.
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 5:21pm

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MillerBros

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You wouldn't believe the things I can do with even the most basic programs. It really doesn't take that much money to achieve an impressive shot, so long as you have great programs (like visionlab smile) and a creative mind. I don't have any 3D editing software though, except for vision lab (I can do a lot of basic 3D editing on it- I'm going to use miniatures instead of cgi models for space ships and stuff). Actually it is going to be a high budget production when we finish it and look back on it, but I just take small steps in buying stuff. I know it sounds strange, but that's how I'm making it.

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Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 5:28pm

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Tommy Gundersen

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Miller, make me a stormtrooper with visionlab and you've done the impossible. That's like McGyver making an atomic bomb out of paper and a bubblegum.
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 5:33pm

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I didn't say I'm making a stormtrooper with visionlab, that's why I need costumes smile! As I said, for all the advanced 3d stuff like space ships I can't computer generate it; I'm using miniatures. It gives a more realistic look than GIMP (Which I don't have) or some other 3d editing software. I said I use vision lab for basic 3D editing, like the insides of rooms.
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 6:45pm

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Did you say that once you're done it will be a HIGH budget film?
I think you need to slightly rethink that. You would prebably have to use Blender for your 3d, and make the suit, if you are on that low a budget. I doubt you could get any storm trooper outfits for free or less than that of a few thousand pounds/euros/dollars.
Well anyway... good luck with that
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 7:12pm

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Well, if you can't afford $800 for one costume, then you might want to check out..

http://www.halloweenmart.com/wecs.php?action=display&target=RU888572

The armor doesn't look very real, but if you really don't have a whole lot of money to spend, then it may be your only choice.. Also, if you do buy the costume, then you might want to buy a different helmet seperatly. You can get the helmets on ebay for as low as $10 used. Ebay might also have actual armor for as low as $500, but like I said, if you don't have the money, then it's not worth it.

One idea is you could modify the script to have the enemy be imperial officers, sith, or something so you wouldn't need to get a stormtrooper costume.
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 10:34pm

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MillerBros wrote:

Actually it is going to be a high budget production when we finish it and look back on it
Erm... that really doesn't make any sense. If your initial funds/budget is low, then it's a low budget film. To be a high budget production would mean that you have superior film equipment (cameras, lighting equipment, greenscreen [if needed], audio equipment, etc.) and have enough money left over to put towards promotion/advertising.

MillerBros wrote:

It really doesn't take that much money to achieve an impressive shot, so long as you have great programs (like visionlab ) and a creative mind
I must beg to differ. If all you have is a mediocre Sony Handycam, programs such as VisionLab Studio can only do so much; if you have an unbelievably ugly shot, VisionLab, while it can give it some color grading and whatnot, will not be able to turn your grainy footage into Hollywood-grade appearance.

Unless you have actual footage of something, it is impossible to have said "impressive shot".

MillerBros wrote:

I can make (or try to make) a massive army with Special Effects Software.
The Fxhome product line isn't meant for mass produced extras or, as you put it, massive armies. If you want a massive army, please take a look over here...

http://www.massivesoftware.com/

Please make note that EffectsLab, CompositeLab, and/or VisionLab Studio aim mostly towards low-budget filmmakers who seek visual effects software.

Also, please don't take this post as an insult to you, as I never intended for it to be that way.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 6:24am

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Suggestion: Why not just concentrate on making it "interesting"? Imagine if Lucas just wanted to throw up special effects and explosions, and that's it?

Try spending some time learning about lucas' style before trying to copy him. Research where he got his inspiration from. You might be surprised.

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Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 6:27am

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Menehune Jedi

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Go to the 501st website http://www.501st.com/
there you can find stormtroopers and every other sort of "bad guy", they are the worlds largest Star Wars costuming group internationally. Your gonna have to look for a garrison in your state though, those guys only travel to cons. I belong to the pacific outpost in Honolulu, Hawaii. Would help yah bt is an ocean away! hehehe Hope this helps
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Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 7:21am

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If you don't have a budget, and can't make it, your best bet is the link above + the Ruby stormtrooper helmet. Not sure what the link above is made out of. We made a costume out of cardboard, paint, and the Ruby's Stormtrooper helmet (search ebay, they are around $50 or so and are the best looking helmets in the low budget range. They look accurate, but they are just plastic helmets, nothing fancy.

(Link I was referring to: http://www.halloweenmart.com/wecs.php?action=display&target=RU888572 )



Thread for description:
http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=22885

Suggesting this: http://www.massivesoftware.com/ was clearly a joke, but I must point out that software is incredibly complex and isn't all that useful by itself, not to mention the price tag.


And making it using one of those intense mold tutorials and stuff is the best way to do it if you don't have the $600. And don't buy one of the fan-made $100 costumes, they look so bad.
Posted: Tue, 4th Mar 2008, 4:13am

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Menehune Jedi

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heres one of our episode 3 clone armor (2nd gen, pre-stormtrooper), made myself, from a kit i got.
Posted: Tue, 4th Mar 2008, 4:55am

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Holy cow, that armor looks awesome! What was this kit you got?
Posted: Tue, 4th Mar 2008, 11:20pm

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Menehune Jedi

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deltadirector38 wrote:

Holy cow, that armor looks awesome! What was this kit you got?
called a javamonkey kit,after the creators username, one of the best kits out there.
Posted: Tue, 4th Mar 2008, 11:54pm

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After a quick google search, the only place I could find that sells those "javamonkey kits" is on Ebay. Though, no kits are on Ebay right at this moment. If you could provide a link, Menehune Jedi, to where you purchased those, I'm sure Millerbros would appreciate it..
Posted: Sat, 3rd May 2008, 12:44am

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I know what you're saying im kind of doing the same. As for your dilemma I have the perfect solution, make it for cheap. Im serious look up "wonderflex". with enough time and refrence you could could make some decent stormtroopers. (but you might want to buy a pair of helmets though)
Posted: Sat, 3rd May 2008, 7:35am

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i myself own a stormtrooper armor costume. first of all its not cheap, in the kit all you get is the white armor, no black undersuit is provided and it comes with no blaster. then you have to build it, which if you want to do properly takes time, effort and patients.

if your on a budget i'd forget going for the type of armor myself and the rest of the 501st wear, by the time id finished making mine i'd spent nearly £700. like the other suggestions say, try a cheap version, make it yourself, or download blender and try and model and animate one.


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Posted: Sun, 4th May 2008, 12:50am

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called a javamonkey kit,after the creators username, one of the best kits out there.[/quote]

Please give a link. That was awesome! I would love to find the place you got that from.
Posted: Thu, 8th May 2008, 11:46am

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King of Blades wrote:


Please make note that EffectsLab, CompositeLab, and/or VisionLab Studio aim mostly towards low-budget filmmakers who seek visual effects software.
LOL

I don't mean to be insulting, but I cannot believe you recommended someone on this forum purchase software like Massive that costs a few ten thousand dollars.

Fxhome software is PERFECTLY CAPABLE of doing the effects he wants. So is After Effects for that matter. It just takes some careful planning and elbow-grease.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRS9cpOMYv0

Creating a massive army can be a visual effect that you don't necessarily need to do in 3d, and it doesn't have to be something that costs a lot of money to create. As someone else suggested, if you look hard enough you can find Star Wars costumers / roleplayers who with some persuasion may be more than willing to show off the outfits they have worked so hard to create.
Posted: Fri, 16th May 2008, 6:55am

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Jfreedan awesome link.... although I wish they showed more of the editing side, that would have been so cool.

But the example does truly show, an indi film can be huge if we put the effort forward. Good luck Millerbros

Sorry for the pointless post, I just had to comment on the vid