Topic: BRAWL 2015: Ella's Tale

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Ella wanted to write a story.  The only problem was that she wasn't sure what it should be.

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Lovely cinematography and nice animation. I really liked the way you lit the set. If there's a major criticism I have, it's that I think this would have worked better with narration that didn't have a phoney accent. (I'm guilty of the same thing in a lot of my early brickfilms!)

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As the story came to the conclusion of writing a story about not being able to come up with an idea for a story, I groaned a bit. But then it kind of redeemed itself by breaking out beyond that. I lol'd at the robot part.

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Thanks!  I'm actually pretty surprised because I spent very little time on lighting and camera.  I thought a lot of people weren't really going to like it in that respect.

Sméagol wrote:

If there's a major criticism I have, it's that I think this would have worked better with narration that didn't have a phoney accent. (I'm guilty of the same thing in a lot of my early brickfilms!)

Yeah, I didn't do a good job there.  mini/tongue  I was wanting to get someone else to narrate, but I couldn't think of anyone who might to it well enough off the top of my head.

I'm also really glad that you liked the ending,

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I added that in after writing the rest as something extra, and I wasn't sure about going through with it or if it would ruin the film, but I felt like it needed something besides such a silly joke.

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The only thing you forgot: "Based on a true story." mini/wink

Awesome video as always, Squid. You hid those mod elements superbly. The ending was totally unexpected, which made it great.  Smooth animation as always, keep it up! mini/smile

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That is exactly what I struggle with when I script write.

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Fun film, the ending really made if for me. For a minute I was worried you weren't going to hit your sillyness quotient. mini/tongue

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Ninja behind the shelf. mini/wink

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This film is great! the animation was decent, as well as lighting and the others. The story was unique. I really cannot find anything wrong with this film.

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Nice work!  The animation is great, and there's some really nice lighting and cinematography.  (I also liked how you used that minifig brain brick, and the LEGO Movie faces--I really need to get me some of those...).  The story feels quite reminiscent of The Stanley Parable, to me, especially the bit towards the end.  The ending is also great.

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Nice film.

I am  wondering, what lighting setup did you use for the opening scene? I tried for a similar light effect in Power, but it didnt turn out too well.

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This was excellent, Squid. A really fun brickfilm, both visually and in its story; the nature of the set and its lighting meant every frame had something interesting to look at, as opposed to if she had been in a room with walls. That coupled with lots of visual gags...

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Like the brilliant bit where she searches her brain, eating the waffle horizontally, etc.

...and a bizarre but novel ending made this another excellent addition to what is overall a great filmography, Squid. I would be really proud if i made something even a third as good as this.

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I can't really add much to what's already been said, but I like the way you cut the opening titles to the clock ticking, and the way they appear one after the other, then disappear in backwards order. For some reason I didn't even really notice that the clock wasn't moving.

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This definitely falls into the "trying to come up with an idea" mini-genre that I always end up think about making a movie in, but I love how meta this one gets.

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I like your storytelling style here. The choice of lighting and set design gives this a very theatrical feeling, which, coupled with the narration, works well together.

Spoiler (highlight to read)I was worried for a second that this film was going to end on the now-tired "writer writes about their writer's block," but you managed to subvert that nicely, so kudos.

I loved how sudden the robot gag was, gave me a good laugh.

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It's been long since i've last seen an animation of yours, and i have to say: you never cease to entertain me, pal. Animation, lighting, cinematography and story was spot on. I can't really note down anything wrong with it. Love your sillyness as well, especially the ending mini/lol Great job, Squid

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Thanks, guys!

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I am  wondering, what lighting setup did you use for the opening scene? I tried for a similar light effect in Power, but it didnt turn out too well.

Well, over the set I have a relatively small lamp.  It's a little too sharp for my tastes. so there is a piece of wax paper wrapped around it to soften the light.  In addition, I wrapped a piece of black paper around the lamp to form a cylinder.  This prevents the light from spilling off too much and the edges of the room fade into shadow.

I also had a black sheet, as dark a black as could be found, wadded up at the edges of the grey board which prevents any light from coming anywhere past that.

I'm sorry that I don't have a picture to show.  I meant to take a picture of my setup, but in my rush, I neglected to do so.