Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

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Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Matt » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:02 pm

This is a trailer a made using stop motion animation. It was shot in my garage with a large amount of sand and a collection of Corgi and Can.DO M1 Abrams tanks. The animated sequences were created with a DV camcorder, AnimatorDV Simple and a laptop with firewire.



I originally tried using lots of blue screen but found it impossible to separate the detail of the tanks from the back ground. In the end I opted for good old fashioned masked images.

The plan was to make a full length film ... but I ran out of free time ... and haven't got a script!

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Re: Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Gyro » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:19 pm

So, are they just shooting up refineries?

Great stop-motion, by the way.

Have you seen Moon? Has some fantastic stop-motion.
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Re: Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Matt » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:46 pm

The original (and very vague) concept was that it was the battle for the last refinery on Earth. Who was fighting who wasn't something I had decided :)

Haven't seen Moon yet but it's on my list.

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Re: Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Ornsack » Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:51 pm

I love it! It's like Thunderbirds. Really nice style to it. I love minatures.

What was the green screen problem? The green on the tanks mixing with the green background?

Here's one for fact fans: Jason (of Guksack fame)'s uncle produced Moon. You will see a familiar Itallian-sounding surname on the box in the credits :wink:
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Re: Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Matt » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:18 pm

I was using a blue screen so no real clash in term of colour ... I just couldn't remove all the blue without starting to lose parts of the tank. The barrel and aerials were the worst bits. There just didn't seem to be a sharp enough edge to work with.

I knew I couldn't do 'real' so I decided to go 'stylised'. I was thinking back to days of watching Thunderbirds, Joe 90 and Terrahawks.

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Re: Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Ornsack » Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:16 am

Faldor showed me the way when it comes to chromakey. Get Keylight for After Effects. It. Just. Works.

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This is the original (captured from something that should be online in a couple of weeks time).

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This is what happens when you just plonk on the After Effects inbuilt keyer over a white background.

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And this is using KeyLight on default settings. Ramp them up and it removes the shadows. All the hairs on my head are kept intact, along with motion blur etc. I reckon it'd work wonders for what you've done.

And if you do anything like this again, pyrotechnics!! It's the ultimate reason to do something in minature 8)
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Re: Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Gyro » Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:21 am

So much Monopoly...
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Re: Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Ornsack » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:50 pm

Very good :wink:
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Re: Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer

Post by Matt » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:05 pm

Pyrotechnics were part of the plan, just didn't get around to trying anything.

Also I only had so many tanks so didn't want to destroy any of them in the first five minutes!

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