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2015/12/19 20:45:50
HOLIDAY SHOWCASE 2015 SILENCE OF THE CODERS
I already wrote this review, but apparently I took too long and the forum logged me off, so when I tried to ADD MESSAGE it evaporated. So here's a shorter version:

Wow! Another Dreeko masterpiece! I thought that opening the scene on the adjacent cell was an interesting approach because the prisoner's eccentric behavior captured my attention right away.. then the camera drew it to the next cell, where the story really begins. The adaptation of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was very well done, in my opinion.. right down to Clarice's southern accent... which I am guessing was voiced by Dreeko, then pitch modified to sound like a females voice.

I really liked the cinematic technique of stopping the background music when Hannibal said "... and a dragon", implying that of all the requests, the dragon was a deal killer.

The line "But I want a dragon! Dragondragondragon! Give me a dragon!" made me laugh out loud.. glad I wasn't drinking coffee! It would have been all over the computer!

Side note to Dreeko: you really have a knack for presenting information in small packages. I hope that talent is useful in your real life. My hat is off to you!
edited by PatMarrNC on 19/12/2015
2015/12/19 20:30:36
HOLIDAY SHOWCASE 2015 MrDrWho13 wrote:
PatMarrNC wrote:
-- the inside joke, presumably on the name of one of our forum members?

Doctor Who's a British sci-fi show: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who
The main character is called "The Doctor" which is where the joke comes from.
K9 is a robot dog in the show, so K99 is a parody of this character.


I knew Dr Who was a British TV show, but I erred on the side of a more local application to the forum. I've never seen the show, so I appreciate the explanation.
2015/12/19 19:32:46
HOLIDAY SHOWCASE 2015 8) THE IDEA: iPHONE KILLER
I'm becoming a real Dreeko fan! The very concept of comparing the word iDEA to Apple's convention of prefacing their devices with the letter "i" downright inspired! I admire the idea even before seeing how Dreeko develops it... FIrst of all, I loved the "iDEA logo".... a cartoon-style thought bubble represented as an Apple icon. Off to a clever start! Then the music and format of the presentation is such a good representation of the sort of ad Apple has used in the past! The line "We knew you would buy the same things again and again, if they were just SHINY and FLAT..." Now that's FUNNY.... and quite true, it would seem. Then it gets REALLY clever when the character (who really LOOKS the part of a west coast Apple employee) starts to describe an idea in terms that use such glowing marketing buzz words that by the time he's done describing it, I'm frothing at the bit to spend $500 to buy something that I can already have for free! I thought the visual representation of each of the salesman's "features" was also very well conceived and executed! The closing "WAKE UP" was also inspired. I think that's part of what makes Dreeko's videos so compelling.. he's really good at making a series of bullet-style observations in rapid succession, and making an interesting point in a short presentation that holds the audience's attention. If Dreeko isn't in advertising, he should be.. and his videos would be better than any resume he could type up.

9) NINJA ASSASSIN
hahaha! this is a classic! I like the way the personalities of the characters collide to provide the conflict necessary for a plot! And I like the use of what I'd refer to as a peculiarly British form of humor in which the common man finds himself in a situation where he's a fish out of water, and undermines the implied gravity of the scene with his every-man "nothing special about me" dialog. The scenes are well framed and the point is delivered succinctly in under a minute!

10) THE PRINCESS RESCUE
hahaha! I loved the use of a Blob for Jabba! And it was an interesting premise to combine Indiana Jones with Star Wars (and one might even add Princess Bride to the mix)! One nit on this one is that I found the audio manipulation on the voices to be mostly unintelligible to my American ears. But then, I'm an old rocker with impaired hearing so you can't go by me. ;-)

11) THE WHO
Simple premise, but well executed ! Things I especially liked:
-- the ending
-- the way the time machine appeared
-- the subtitles for the robot (who was hard to understand)
-- the inside joke, presumably on the name of one of our forum members?
-- the animated text in the intro
edited by PatMarrNC on 20/12/2015
2015/12/19 18:52:45
HOLIDAY SHOWCASE 2015 4) A FISTFUL OF CODERS
again, this one is a textbook example of how to build tension in a scene, with silent characters in a tense situation, accompanied by the right music. The camera moves are downright inspired... they could easily have been ripped right out of an old western. The scene that opens on the grave, then rises to capture the confrontation works well as an implied foreshadowing that somebody is about to die. But the glory of this drama is when the plot takes a completely different twist after delivering intentionally misleading clues. It's especially cool that there was a point, it wasn't just random humor... and even cooler that it got results! I'm going to guess that the slow motion walk (which is very cool, by the way) was created in some other software? Yeah, this is definitely one of my favorites too!

5) MICHAEL CAINE DOG: WALKIES
In my opinion, the star of this show is the impressive and truly funny dialog! But underpinning it is the premise of a dog with Michael Caine's image and likeness, who can articulate his thoughts from a Michael Caine dog's point of view. That in itself is quite an amusing punch line.. the rest is icing on the cake.

6) ON THE NEWS BORDER CONTROL
For starters, I REALLY like Dreeko's version of a news show intro...the music, spinning globe and ticker-tape style news headlines all work together to make a quite believable new intro template! The anchorman and the remote contact are really well-done approximations of what we normally see on news shows. My favorite line (after watching a lot of people slip through border control) is "So things here at border control remain the same as they've always been"... very British tongue-in-cheek humor. ;-)

7) BATMAN BEGINS WITH A B
In my opinion, Dreeko really has the cinematic experience down! He must watch a lot of movies. ;-) The intro with its music and camera moves is a perfect representation of an opening scene in any number of Hollywood thrillers. But the star of this show is the single joke that gets unwrapped in one hilarious onion layer after another with skillfully delivered dialog between the characters. A lot of literary plots have traditionally revolved around character conflicts, so simple as this scene is at about 2 minutes, it uses the time effectively by cutting right to the chase and revealing only what's needed to make the point. Over and over again. The premise that "I Spy something that starts with the letter B... and you aren't allowed to say anything that starts with BAT..." is down right inspired.... but not quite as inspired as the follow-up response by Batman! This clip excels on a number of levels... everything from concept to dialog to scene framing to surprise ending is all just masterfully executed! Awesome Job Dreeko!

more reviews in another post
2015/12/19 18:12:54
HOLIDAY SHOWCASE 2015 Wow! Great stuff! My comments shown in same order as your list of videos:

1) VINCE DEMANDS MORE SATIRE
I like the use of a graphic for the background... very resource-efficient, and it opens up a lot of possibilities without a lot of model-making. Regarding the pun:

CORNY-O-METER
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2) INDEPENDENCE AMD FUSION
I like the use of audio manipulation to make the voices interesting.. although, as an American I have a hard time understanding some of the dialog, considering the accent combined with the audio manipulation. In this one I especially like the use of lighting. I also liked the intro text animation.

3) MYSTERIES OF SCIENCE 3
oh wow! This one's my favorite so far! Where to begin? The scenes are all framed VERY well, and the cameras are used to good effect to make the framing even more interesting! The use of music and sound effects was REALLY good, and I liked the way you threw the audience a curve by revealing that what was first perceived as background music was actually the crewman's personal music playing too loud. Clever. Your portrayal of speed through the combined use of sound, implied vibration and scene positioning is just outstanding! But I think the crowning glory of this video is the way you captured several spectacular space vistas... the scene in which the earth is surrounded by alien ships is particularly awe-inspiring! The way you built tension by muting the actors and playing trance-like music as the ship approached earth was also very effective. And your use of effects like fire, explosions, thruster rockets.. all of that was totally believable! Good job! And the way the chick rolls her eyes at the crewman who is still rocking out to his personal music is great comedic relief after building the tension! Just textbook use of tension-relief! Even the credits were very high energy... normally I'd stop watching at that point, but you drew me in. And finally, the teaser at the end with a destroyed planet and a chick... the raised eyebrow was perfect! Two enthusiastic thumbs up on this video!

this is getting long, I'll continue in another post
2015/12/19 17:39:50
How to install ase exporter in sketchup! from Sketchup's help center:
The Extension Warehouse and SketchUp were made to work together. In most cases, to add an extension on your local copy of SketchUp, you simply click the Install button on the extension details page and wait a moment while the software does the rest of the work.


on my windows 8 machine, the install path is as follows:
c:\users\your name\appdata\roaming\sketchup\sketchup 2015\sketchup\plugins\muvizuaseexporter.rb

If you manually place the file there, you'll probably have to change your permissions to see those directories. By default, I think some of them are not visible
2015/12/19 17:20:43
Buzzball Day 3 MrDrWho13 wrote:
PatMarrNC wrote:
Since we're less than a week away from Christmas, how about a special holiday showcase of your favorite muvizu clips? By posting links in a forum post, we can comment like so many did on Artpen's Buzzball video. Yeah, we may have seen them before, but we may not have had the opportunity to COMMENT.

Interesting idea, so we post our favourite videos made on Muvizu?
I'll happily participate if you make a thread for it.


Done!

https://www.muvizu.com/Forum/messages.aspx?TopicID=5370&MessageID=28224#post28224
2015/12/19 17:19:13
HOLIDAY SHOWCASE 2015 In the spirit of the season, I invite everyone to post their favorite MUVIZU video here... then I hope people will ooh and aaah and say how awesome it is. ;-)
2015/12/19 17:16:06
Buzzball Day 3
Anyhow when it comes to this issue I tend to pick a tool that will let me use the script I wrote instead of writing a script for the tool. So this is why I do some stuff in muvizu, some in crysis and some in iclone.


Urban Lamb, I really like the way you think!

A truly creative person doesn't have to be bound by limitations... whether they are imposed by software, actors, money, whatever. There are workarounds and options galore!

That's a big part of what I like about this community is watching how the various Muvizu users actualize their visions, even when what they want to do isn't built into Muvizu. You can imply action... create the action in other software.... use onorthodox methods inside Muvizu to simulate animation by changing attachments or graphics... etc etc its all good!
2015/12/19 15:12:18
Buzzball Day 3 Since we're less than a week away from Christmas, how about a special holiday showcase of your favorite muvizu clips? By posting links in a forum post, we can comment like so many did on Artpen's Buzzball video. Yeah, we may have seen them before, but we may not have had the opportunity to COMMENT.

This is a great community of users, and a showcase celebration with comments would be a real community builder! It might also be good advertising for the product. (Remember the concept of "sell the dream".) There is no greater sales tool than a collection of positive reviews! And our positive reviews of your Muvizu creation will reflect favorably on the product as well as on your own personal creativity.

The Band In A Box software I use has a User Showcase forum on their web site, where people post the songs they've created with that product then others comment constructively. It is the most active forum on the web site. People help one another and get inspired. hint hint.
edited by PatMarrNC on 19/12/2015
2015/12/18 18:12:20
Buzzball Day 3 toonarama wrote:
Artpen
So much to admire and like about this but I think the best thing about it is the way you have truly nailed the head and expression animation. I don't think anyone has made such a good job of this with Muvizu before and considering the limits of the software you have done an incredible job. You have also made him a believable character.


Yes, the way the character looks away when he speaks conveys body language that reveals more about the character, but which most animation software would make so difficult that the animator would probably not bother. Very cool!
2015/12/18 2:43:13
Buzzball Day 3 I'm curious to know.. why isn't it possible to comment on the videos displayed on user's profile page?
2015/12/17 20:25:26
Buzzball Day 3 excellent in every way!

I especially like the concept of a clueless "defender of the innocent" who interferes in situations he doesn't understand and makes things worse. It's really not all that far removed from local politics.

I also like the idea that the clueless hero hosts an online blog defending his fiascos by spinning what happened into a version that makes him proud and all the more a self-sacrificing martyr... Again, not much different than the current political reality. ( Except they use the mainstream media for their spin, not just a blog.)

As already noted, the dropped camera was a great idea, one I wish I had thought of first (but since you thought of it first, I may have to steal it later) ;-)

I also liked the way you used the Hitchcock technique of IMPLYING his climb up the ladder by showing the onlookers watching with heads raised. What a great workaround for any scene that would be hard to render with the built-in muvizu actions!

I thought this was masterful in so many ways, you inspire me to take this a lot more seriously. The true craft here is really in the directing, and since muvizu frees us from getting bogged down in the mechanics of making the animation , there is leeway to work at a higher level. Your work is a good example of that. As I watch this (and some of the other forum members works) I realize that my own thinking is still trapped in the old paradigm of simply animating a scene. But what YOU and others here are doing is to create something much more imaginative and compelling! Great job! More!
edited by PatMarrNC on 19/12/2015
2015/12/16 16:43:36
Another new video with 'live backdrop' nice mixture of real footage and animation!

Do you combine them in the MUVIZU environment? Or in a video editor?
2015/12/16 16:39:09
when trying to direct head and eye movements... clayster2012 wrote:
Yea I have the same issue, but if you copy and paste the character it also works


unfortunately by the time I discovered the problem I already had a bunch of character movement recorded. Switching to a pasted version of the character would have lost all that. Too bad it isn't transferable.

But my NEXT scene will benefit for this advice! Thanks Clayster!
2015/12/16 16:35:03
A Star Wars Christmas Short you did that in 30 minutes???? You da MAN Clayster!! How did you....

1) create a cape that actually moves like a cape instead of being a rigid attachment?

2) create the projection scene?

I think the framing of your scenes is very creative... like showing a view of the gift with Darth Vader's shadow superimposed over it. I would never think of that in a million years.
edited by PatMarrNC on 16/12/2015
2015/12/16 2:54:58
Kitten cool Drewi! With Muvizu eyes they will be perfectly at home with other characters!

Here's where I wish that a separate mouth could be added (just like ears, eyes etc)... if such were the case, any kind of model could respond to dialog
2015/12/16 2:43:32
when trying to direct head and eye movements... when trying to direct head and eye movements... the record button is inactive and greyed out!

This feature worked fine last night on the same project, different scene! I must be missing something simple here because obviously the program hasn't changed since yesterday so I must be missing a step

Any help will be greatly appreciated, as I was hoping to have this done by morning.

==============update=======

now THAT's interesting.... I added a new character for this scene, and for only THAT character the record button is active! But for all the characters that were in yesterday's scene the record button stays inactive where head and eye direction is concerned!

Could it be that when I cleared all the actions (reset all tracks) from the previous scene to start fresh I also got rid of something I need to make these characters accept head direction? If so, how would I get it back?


I also notice that when I pick the new character, his name appears under the transport buttons in the timeline... whereas that doesn't happen when I pick one of the other characters
edited by PatMarrNC on 16/12/2015
2015/12/15 23:22:27
Kitten on that time frame (and given the requirements you're looking for) I don't think I'll be much help.
2015/12/15 8:53:57
Kitten I guess the answer to that question depends on how much creative license you're willing to accept.

I'm working on a cat series, so I've created a bunch of cat characters already. I used blobs for the kittens, and modeled ears, noses tails and legs to make them look "somewhat " cat like. The ears and noses are the same as the ones I used for the adult cats, shown here:
http://www.muvizu.com/Video/44702/Plea-to-programmers-and-model-makers

maybe I'll go ahead and put together a character pack... sort of a crazy cat lady starter kit.

How soon do you need it? I ask because I can't get to it right away due to other projects that are hotter.
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