Dyland wrote: Lego Figure Productions wrote:
I'm glad that they came out with The Lego Batman Movie Movie Maker Set, though...
I'm not, unfortunately. Sure, a lot of people may be making brickfilms with their smartphones, however, I feel that that crowd tends to be only temporary. Besides, I've tried making a brickfilm with my phone. I missed my webcam almost instantly.
I know I'm encouraging off-topic discussion here, but I have to give my two cents
Back when you and I started brickfilming, webcams and point-and-shoot cameras were the most accessible type of camera. Back then, we didn't know about manual controls or different types of webcams, we just made the movies. People who grew up with the original LEGO Studios movie maker kit used the camera it came with because it was accessible. Remember, this was before any Jane and Joe could have their own personal tablet or phone with a decent camera on it.
Phones and tablets aren't going away, and neither will their use be going away by beginners. Not any time soon anyway. Sure, LEGO could have put a camera in the set, but LEGO isn't a tech company. They're a toy company. And tech gets outdated FAST. So they just use the phone camera, make an app that has manual controls and a built in editor, and whamo, kids can make movies.
I am a bit disappointed at the Batman set. It's not that impressive other than the construction of the camera rig. But it's great for a beginner who already has a bucket of LEGO and a smartphone and wants to make his own movies.
Of course, that's not to say that the phone animators wont upgrade just like you and I did. I'm sure some of them will get tired of the limitations of the phone and go to webcam, or even to DSLR. And that's great. All the stuff LEGO puts out is made for beginners (children 8-10, remember) who have a very short attention span. I mean, it's a wonder we ever got past the first stages of brickfilming with the amount of time it took! So let's not shun the camera users. They're the modern day equivalent of the VHS camera user, or the camcorder user, or the point-and-shoot user, or the ancient webcam user.
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