By no strech of the imagination should this idea be credited with me. A host of old school animators used this "animation by substitution" trick. (...) But I will take credit for re-introducing the idea to a new generation of animators!
Well, I learned from you, hence your name went into the test. Credit be given where credit is due.
AAAAAaaarrghh!!! I just noticed, I misspelled your name on every occasion! So sorry! [/blush]
UPDATE: Corrected. Somewhat.
You are right about not needing the eight minifig. I purchased my actors in groups of 8 to have one minfig available for non walking scenes. Sometimes I would have even more when I needed stunt doubles for various tasks.
True, I only considered the walking. Having a spare fig (or multiple) available for other scenes can indeed be convenient.
I animated at 15 FPS. The standard eight position walk cycle seemed about the right speed for what I was doing.
Well, yes. What's the right speed is indeed firstly dependent on what you're doing, and secondly on the animator's opinion. In general though, the eight postion cycle results in almost 4 steps per second (@15FPS), which (imho) feels too much like Laurel and Hardy's way of filming high speed pursuits. A twelve postition cycle gives 2,5 steps per second (@15FPS). Still the double of normal human walk, but to me, it feels natural for a minifig.
At $3 a minifig, it would not be that expensive to by a dozen or more for the serious hobbist. I invested a few thousand in cameras, software, and other equipment.
'Till now, I've spend EUR 20 on brickfilming, IN TOTAL! (One cheap-ass webcam, one legoset for parts). All the rest I had lying around (those 1982 firemen I used for the test, are vintage, childhood memories). Perhaps I should arrange a buget meeting with the mrs.
I am not sure what you mean by only getting a four frame walk cycle. There are 7 unique positions but admititly half of them are mirror images of the others. Is that what you mean?
Yes. Or at least, that's how I understood walks to be described here on the forum and on brickhelp. The number of a n-frame walk refers to the number of frames used for one step. A cycle consists of two steps.
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Version 1 of the the screenplay
for episode 2 of The Stunt
is finishised, and I really, really]
await your critique