Thanks for your thoughtful feedback Pritchard, would you mind looking at these two shots and telling me which motion blurred car shot you preferred before reading the spoiler?
Spoiler (highlight to read)The first shot is real motion blur, I would push the cars during a two second exposure a set distance, where as the second shot I mask the static car out from the frame and added digital motion blur, I actually like the fake blur over the real blur but it was fun to play with a mix of real and digital effects.
The one complaint I have is that everything rushed around, not giving it time to breathe or really develop. It just all happened extra fast. That's not to say it's a pacing issue, because the film flowed very well and the pace did make sense. It had a rhythm to it that made it work at that speed, but moved a lot quicker than it could have....
Does that even make any sense? mini/tongue
I understand were you are coming from, however one issue I was struggling to overcome while writing this script was having tons of unnecessary exposition. I feel like many brickfilms (and films for that matter) open by just dumping exposition on the viewer, and sometimes I find it hard to care, so I have been trying to focus on more showing and less telling, I may have been able to have a more relaxed pace with show rather then tell, but I erred on a brisker pace as I do feel like that is a safer side to err on. I feel like a longer film in the vein of Subterranean (previously Manhole) would be a better film with more pauses to give the viewer time to take things in, while a sci-fi adventure romp like this will be better with a brisk break neck pace.
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I do feel like some of the storytelling was unnecessarily redundant and I could have used a few more script drafts to keep the overall story much tighter, however once I got to the point where it looked like completion was eminent I couldn't fix the script issues without cutting minuets of animation and a year or so of work.
In particular I feel like the war room scene, where Dr. Strangelove and president decide what they are going to do and the scene which follows where the president tells the Inter-dimensional police what the situation is, both cover the same ground and I could have removed one with some writing changes. Oh well, live an learn.
I'm glad you felt the pacing worked well though, even if it was faster then you would prefer, there were a few pacing issues that I discovered when most of the film was in the editor, and I added all the map scenes in the last month of filming and moved the opening with Dr. Dementia from the middle of the film to the beginning to fix these issues and it is a relief to hear that those changes worked out for the best.
I'm glad you enjoyed the scene from 2:24-2:39, I had originally planned a ghost busters-esqu battle sequence of them vs the carp, but I became so overwhelmed with the idea of shooting it and it being so visually underwhelming I decided to approach the problem from a different angle in a way I though would be humorous.