January Song: Day 4

Today was train day. The Emerald Night is a lovely model but it’s a son of a bitch to film. It’s huge and it’s dark and it picks up reflections from everything.

In order to get some decent shots of it, I’ve had to pull the camera right back and use much larger sets than I normally would. I don’t think Lego animation works as well at that scale – I much prefer keeping shots tight so you almost lose sight of the fact that it’s Lego.

There’s also some problems with motion blur. Because each frame is a still photo, there is none. As I’m using the same old 15fps frame rate, the movement of the train looks very crisp and a little juddery. I’ll see what I can do to fix this digitally later but it’s not a shot I’m very pleased with.