How to Make Lego Star Wars Movies?

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Before making a Lego Star Wars movie, a filmmaker should watch Star Wars and buy Star Wars Legos. Use stop-motion techniques when filming a Star Wars Lego movie with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, I'm Jared Drake, and I'm going to talk to you about how to make a Lego Star Wars movie. First, what you need to do in order to make a Lego Star Wars movie is to watch Star Wars. I don't think anybody would approve of you making a Star Wars movie if you don't know who Darth Vader is. Then, what you need to do is you need to go out and you need to buy Star Wars Legos. You can get those anywhere. You can get them online, Toys 'R Us, whatever. Go out and buy yourself a set of Star Wars Legos. Then you need to write a story. You need to have a Lego Star Wars story you want to tell. Then you need to go get a camera. So you have your Legos, you have your story, and you have your camera. Now, there's a thing in animation called stop motion, which is what a lot of Lego Star Wars movies do...what they use in order to get made. Basically, what stop motion is is film or video -- it burns at 24 frames a second. Video runs at 29.99...29.97 frames a second. You essentially go record each frame separately. So you set your characters up. You set your little figurines, your little Lego guys up in the first position you want. You hit record for a frame. And some cameras have built-in stop motion abilities where makes it much easier -- you don't have to hit record. It does it automatically. But all cameras are different, so check your manual for that. But you essentially record each frame of movement. So if you wanted to record me in stop motion, you would record...put my hand up, you would record this frame is one, this frame is two, this is frame three, frame four, frame five, frame six, frame seven, frame eight, frame eight, frame nine, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, until my hand's all the way up. So you essentially have an image sequence of JPEGs or movie files that's just one frame. Then you go into your timeline -- your editing timeline -- lay all those down, hit play, and it looks like a constant motion. Now, if you want to hold on frame ten when my hand's all the way in the air, and, you know, make it look like I'm sitting there waiting to get called on or whatever, then just extend frame ten for, you know, five seconds or image ten for five seconds and it looks like I put my hand up and I'm waiting. Now, once you have all of that in your timeline and you have the action -- the images of what's going on in your Lego Star Wars movie -- then you go back and you lay in the voice-over, and you essentially sit there by yourself with your camera or some type of microphone that feeds into your computer, hit the voice-over tool in your editing equipment or maybe just record it to DV or whatever. But you record the voice-over onto some format, then go into your timeline and lay that back and edit the voices if you want -- if you want to cut stuff out. And there you go. You have a picture that you create in stop motion and you have essentially voice-over that you created by yourself and you export all that into a QuickTime movie or whatever file you want to export it to. And now, you've just made a Star Wars Lego movie.


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