Sunday, 18 October 2009

Planning: Lego

When we started looking for Lego to buy on the Internet we encountered a major problem, when we typed Lego into google millions of results came up. We finally decided to use a online shopping site to buy the Lego as it is quick easy and professional. We used sites such as Ebay and Amazon.
When we were browsing on Ebay we found that when we typed in Lego 100-300 results came up and they were mainly just coloured bricks. We didn't know the location we wanted and wasn't sure whether to buy a bunch of bricks and make our setting or buy a setting already made. Another problem we discovered was because Ebay is a huge conglomerate you get thousands of people on it and most of them bid for the same item you want. This was very annoying as we were outbid on several occasions and sometimes we had to bid more than we wanted just to increase our chance or buying the item.

We then searched on Amazon. However Amazon had a more niche market and the prices where a lot more expensive than anticipated.

We also spoke to our parents asking if we had Lego but we found out they had thrown them away when we were younger. Zac e-mailed our old media teacher Kate Wolstenholme and asked her if she had any Lego as she has kids. Unfortunately she hardly had any and only had Star Wars characters which we didn't want as it wasn't the mise-en-scene we needed.

Finally we decided to look for Lego in shops in town like Argos and Entertainer. We found a decent villain in the Entertainer but it was expensive but we knew it would be cheaper than buying it online and it would save us time to get it now. It was a "power mining" Lego toy and cost £8 so we payed £4 each. There was one problem caused from this and that was the villain was green which meant we couldn't use the green screen card as they were the same colour and the villain would be erased out when putting in a background on the computer. We have now agreed to use blue screen for the time being.

We continued to look on Ebay and eventually we found a "Fire mans" play set which had enough bricks and never had blue in it so it wouldn't contrast with the blue screen which is ideal. It also came with Lego people which we could use as they were basic. The cost was £15.97 which was around £8 each.
We still needed more Lego so we bought some bricks on Ebay as it was a instant buy. However we had to pay £15 for postage and delivery and some bricks were green and blue which was no use to us because we were using blue screen as a background.

Yesterday Zac was talking to one of his teachers and she said she had lots of Lego at home which she would let us borrow. Also she said if we borrow it can we sell the rest of the Lego we bought to her. This is great as we can make a profit and we now have most the Lego we need for filming. Zac plans to pick up the Lego next Friday at 11:30.

Below is the e-mail sent to Zac by his support teacher about the Lego:

Hi Zac I have heard that you are looking to source some original Lego for your filming. I have quite an assortment of bricks and models if you are interested. When you have finished with all your Lego it would be appreciated if I could have first refusal on purchasing it. Sue Wilson

Preparation for Lego filming

We booked out the lights for our filming on Friday the 27th. Zac pick the lights up at 12 50.

Zac took the lights home in his car as he passed his driving test in the summer holidays.

Green screen
Zac went to the arts shop in Worcester PHW on the high street and looked for colored card. He found there was loads of different colours, but eventually bought orange, silver and a light blue cards.

The orange was really bright but it did blend into the red too much. It also gave a very bad contrast to some of the lighter colours.

The colour silver worked very well. The shadow was limited to bar minimum and took most of it off straight away. The only colour that was like it was white however this worked well. Until we realised that the Lego character we used was silver/grey.Therefore this blended into the background.

Light blue
This worked well because the only colour blue we used was see-through dark blue. Which didn’t really affect the background. The shadow from this card did make a fair amount of shadow however this wasn't a problem with the high powered lights.

Logistic arguments

I and Zac agreed to meet at Elgar statue at 1 on Sunday the 29th of October.

We set the lights up and placed the blue screen ready where we wanted it to be placed. We tested different places but found the best location was on a draw in the corner as there was no shadow when the lights shone on it. The format we used on the lights we found out that the shadow we got was behind most of the main area so we moved one of the main lights to the back taking the shadow off.

We found out Zac tri-pod was really unsteady and every shot we took was in a different position which didn’t help us so we have made arrangements with the technician Ian to borrow the lights on Thursday. Zac has managed to get a tri-pod that will stop the tilting of the camera. We hope to finish within the next week.

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