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#1 robcat2075

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 09:10 AM

Here it is, only 2˝ months into 2011, the 2010 A:M forum collaboration project... BUS STOP!

Download it to your computer to view with Quicktime.

Attached File  BUS_STOP_the_2010_AM_Forum_Project.mov   37.29MB   581 downloads

A big "Thanks" to everyone who took part, there's a lot of great ideas in here and I think you'll enjoy showing this to your friends.

And thanks to Mark (mtpeak2) for making the fine set that tied it all together.

If I made mistakes on anyone's name or messed up their clip (or left something out?), let me know and I'll try to fix it before I put this up on Youtube


I apologize for not completing this sooner. 90% of that is just me not getting my segment done on time. But that's the perk i get for organizing it, no one can call time on me. ;)


So... our 2010 project is in the can. Who's going to organize 2011? :o


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Posted 16 March 2011 - 10:39 AM

congrats everyone!
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:03 AM

Congratulations! I think that is the best collaboration here to date. Well done everyone! :) Exceptional work, Robcat!
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:14 PM

Ha, nice job all around! Thanks for taking the time to put it all together, Rob. And great rope trick!!

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:03 PM

Congratulations everyone! Great job robert!
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:59 PM

Great stuff! Congrats to everyone involved.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 02:03 PM

Amazing work Hashers .... I'm proud to be part of this forum. Robert ... the animation, in your sequence, is really good as well as Pfeifer's sequence. Who's going to organize 2011? [2]
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#8 robcat2075

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:18 PM

btw, I still haven't figured out the technological problem of creating a 24p DVD so i haven't made the DVD version of BUS STOP yet which means... You all still have time to do your commentary tracks! I want to make a DVD image if only for the learning experience of authoring such thing that includes menus and features so i encourage you all to plug in that mic, hit play and tell us about your segment!

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:22 PM

Nice job everyone, it came out great. Great job of putting it all together Robert. Looking forward to building the next set. ;) A few ideas for the next one, the city street I was working on, a stage (talent show), Robert's next room or a bar set.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:29 PM

Bravo! Very entertaining. Funny too! :) Community projects like this are a great way to exercise those animation muscles. I'm looking forward to hearing more about everyones segments and how they put them together.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:31 PM

Wow!!! Congratulations to all contributors! Very nicely done and very fun to watch.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 04:06 PM

Santas telescope?
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 05:57 AM

Thanks Robert ... I was well worth the wait. There are a lot of creative minds here in the forum ... :)

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:24 AM

Hey, I can't figure out how to download this. I'm on a Mac with QuickTime Player v10, and at work on a PC with QTPro v7 and I can't see a download option on either one.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:48 AM

RMB and "save link as"?

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:42 AM

Well on the Mac I was able to add it to my Dashboard (I guess that means it's saved to my hd but I'm not sure how to find it) and on the pc I only was able to save the "index.php" web link, but not the movie itself. I'm home today but I'll try it again on the pc tomorrow.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 02:25 PM

Wonderful work everyone, I loved it.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:39 PM

I'm looking forward to hearing more about everyones segments and how they put them together.



Long story short... everything about mine was ten times harder than i thought it was going to be. :angry:

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:14 PM

btw, I still haven't figured out the technological problem of creating a 24p DVD so i haven't made the DVD version of BUS STOP yet which means...

You all still have time to do your commentary tracks!

I want to make a DVD image if only for the learning experience of authoring such thing that includes menus and features so i encourage you all to plug in that mic, hit play and tell us about your segment!



Like I said before, pretty sure I can do it in Pinnacle. It was an option and though I never burned a disk (how do you determine if a disk is 24fps after it's burned, just to be sure?)

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:21 PM

(how do you determine if a disk is 24fps after it's burned, just to be sure?)


- if you rip the DVD you should get 24fps files.

- if you single frame in a DVD player you should get 24 frames for each second on the time counter.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:13 PM

Ah, gotcha, good stinking as my mother would say. When I get a day off (that's assuming I will get one....) I'll play with burning a disk. Big thing is that the raw video file is 24fps cause the program judges it based on what the clip was (and I do assume this was exported at 24fps). On another note, just watched it, much enjoyment have I :) Well done everyone!

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:32 PM

Very fun to watch! Very well done guys! *Fuchur*
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 11:10 PM

Santas telescope?
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:20 AM

Santas telescope?



When I was little there was a commercial for a terrible Christmas movie that ran so much we got sick of seeing it. I don't recall the name of the movie but it had a long list of things you would SEE like "SEE Santa's magic reindeer!" and "SEE his magic workshop!" and the last one was "SEE Santa's magic telescope!"

So nowadays whenever I make a movie I like to claim you will "SEE Santa's magic telescope!" I've also used that for party invitations and company department meetings.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:22 AM

Very fun to watch!
Very well done guys!
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:32 AM

Hey, I can't figure out how to download this. I'm on a Mac with QuickTime Player v10, and at work on a PC with QTPro v7 and I can't see a download option on either one.

Okay, on the pc if I do "Save as source" it downloads a file called "index.php" but it's the whole movie. Just renamed it "BusStop.mov" and it seems fine!
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 11:52 AM

BTW: @ Nancy: you did the one with the clouds, right? Could you please tell us how you created the material of the protagonist's suit?


Hi Elm - I just realized I don't know who the protagonist is in this story!

Not sure which material you are looking for, so let me know if you need different information:

For Prince: I used BitmapPlus material with an image of a patch of chinese silk brocade that I made seamless, his waistband is a cylindrical decal with another image, his shoes are cylindrical decals, his hat is BitmapPlus with another image (brown gold sky/clouds), the hat poof is BitmapPlus (with rough cut wood image)

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 01:18 PM

Santas telescope?



When I was little there was a commercial for a terrible Christmas movie that ran so much we got sick of seeing it. I don't recall the name of the movie but it had a long list of things you would SEE like "SEE Santa's magic reindeer!" and "SEE his magic workshop!" and the last one was "SEE Santa's magic telescope!"

So nowadays whenever I make a movie I like to claim you will "SEE Santa's magic telescope!" I've also used that for party invitations and company department meetings.


To be quite honest I think I've seen the movie maybe, well MST3K riffed this movie called Santa Claus in which Santa battles the Devil over Christmas and one of the things was Santas Telescope (looked like a big eye on a 1960s war of the worlds flying machine)

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 03:46 PM

Okay, on the pc if I do "Save as source" it downloads a file called "index.php" but it's the whole movie. Just renamed it "BusStop.mov" and it seems fine!


What browser are you using?

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:06 AM

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:53 AM

Firefox


When I RMB on that link in Firefox i get "Save link as" in the menu. "Save as source" sounds like something in the Quicktime viewer.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:22 AM

no matter, I got it. I prolly did it wrong, but I got it.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:23 AM

One of the things you can all be proud about is that all the segments are visual stories, there's no dialog needed. Anyone around the world can watch BUS STOP and understand it.

In screenwriting they say "don't say it, show it" and everyone did that!

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:07 AM

That's great! Made my day! How fun! When do we get a Youtube link?

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:46 AM

When do we get a Youtube link?


I'm holding off for any remaining corrections on names, then i'll put it up.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 04:00 AM

For Prince: I used BitmapPlus material with an image of a patch of chinese silk brocade that I made seamless...


Thanks so much for explaining, Nancy!
Yes, I was referring to "Prince". And I was talking about his suit. I had the expression, that you also used a reflection map on his suit, as it seems to have some kind of "glitter"...
BTW. "Bitmap Plus"?! - have I missed something? What is it?

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:55 AM

Yes, I was referring to "Prince". And I was talking about his suit. I had the expression, that you also used a reflection map on his suit, as it seems to have some kind of "glitter"...
BTW. "Bitmap Plus"?! - have I missed something? What is it?


BitmapPlus is a plug-in (material), that was written by Marcel Bricman (see original thread here), and I think? it is now included normally with A:M. Wonderfully easy to use straight out of box, but comes with lots of tweakability (most of which I don't understand). I usually just tweak size, scale of pattern, and repeat counts. I believe Marcel originally intended the material to be used for things like tiling flat surfaces with repeats and introducing variation in direction, and color. I don't use it for that. You can overlay decals ontop of surfaces that have BitMapPlus material, the decals will take precedence, so you would make the opacity of the decal less than 100%.

The "glitter" or scintillating effect is an illusion, and is probably due to the smallness of the detail in the fabric pattern, and the small number of pixels that it resolves to on the screen. The brocade image itself also has variation in lighting in it already. I've uploaded the image for you to try. You can substitute any image easily.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:58 AM

For Prince: I used BitmapPlus material with an image of a patch of chinese silk brocade that I made seamless...


Thanks so much for explaining, Nancy!
Yes, I was referring to "Prince". And I was talking about his suit. I had the expression, that you also used a reflection map on his suit, as it seems to have some kind of "glitter"...
BTW. "Bitmap Plus"?! - have I missed something? What is it?

Greetz,
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BitMapPlus is a quite cool material-plugin from Marcel Brickman (it is included with A:M nowadays), which can handle tiled textures in a much more advanced way than the other material-/decal-options.
You can create one if you create a new Material, rightclick on the property and change its type to "KCI dnd > BitMap Plus"

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 08:37 AM

Print quality file for the fabulous BUS STOP movie poster can now be found here:

http://www.hash.com/...showtopic=39751

The perfect addition to your bedroom, office, den, cavern, hideaway or lair!

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 01:14 AM

Nancy, Fuchur - thanks again for pointing me to that; I've seen that menu option lots of times, but never really tried that material out... I have to though.. THANKS A LOT! Again - good work, fun to watch.
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:02 PM

216 downloads so far! That's quite a few for our little forum. The eyeballs are out there.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 09:21 AM

Santas telescope?



When I was little there was a commercial for a terrible Christmas movie that ran so much we got sick of seeing it. I don't recall the name of the movie but it had a long list of things you would SEE like "SEE Santa's magic reindeer!" and "SEE his magic workshop!" and the last one was "SEE Santa's magic telescope!"

So nowadays whenever I make a movie I like to claim you will "SEE Santa's magic telescope!" I've also used that for party invitations and company department meetings.



Here's another historical example of the "SEE..." device used in a movie poster:

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 01:40 PM

BTW, are there any true-scandal fans who recognize the allusion to then-contemporary events in that Flintstones poster?

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 01:49 PM

GERAT JOB to everyone, just watched it and must say proud to be associated with all of you.
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Posted 09 June 2011 - 04:35 PM

300 downloads!


GERAT JOB to everyone, just watched it and must say proud to be associated with all of you.


Thank you! Don't miss out on the next forum project, coming sometime soon.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 12:18 PM

This is fantastic great work everyone !!

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 09:42 PM

Congratulation everyone yall done a awesome job on that.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 11:44 PM

I greatly appreciate this topic being bumped this up to the top of the forum again. These shorts are great for viewing again from time to time. Wonderful job everyone and great editing Robert. Please take another bow. As Robert suggested, there is another community project in the works so get ready!
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Posted 01 September 2011 - 08:51 AM

Yeah- the more the merrier... and we can help newbies make a cool entry!

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 03:47 PM

This was a great little project indeed--fun watching and inspirational for all I am sure. And nothing better to learn by then trying to complete a project with set parameters that force you to come up with solutions . So look forward to seeing a new community project. Have to get learning fast now.
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