What do you do when you’re having a hard time sleeping and you have thousands of LEGOs at your command? Why, use your Canon Rebel T1i to create a LEGO-style version of the new Star Wars teaser trailer, of course! (Warning: This will make absolutely no sense if you have not yet seen the real The Force Awakens trailer.):
The official Star Wars trailer for Episode VII: The Force Awakens had only been out 24 hours before this very unofficial stop-motion LEGO “re-imagined” version caught up with it. It’s not the best LEGO version out there by far, but considering it was done in a matter of hours and without the use of decent video-editing software, it comes out to quite an impressive feat.
Stop motion filming is a technique used to give the illusion of movement from a collection of stills (i.e., you can do it with even the most basic of DSLRs). The object(s) in question are photographed in a series of slightly different positions, creating an illusion of movement when the frames are played in a continuous sequence. It’s not particularly difficult, but it definitely takes a lot of time and effort.
The most amusing part of the whole thing (aside from the fact that there’s a whole cult of LEGO videos out there) is that LEGO aficionado “Snooperking” did the whole thing in the wee hours of the morning just for fun, and when he woke up the next afternoon, it had already had thousands of views. He mentions that, had he had known, he would have cleaned it up quite a bit more.
Let that be a lesson to any of us thinking about putting less than our best on the net!
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