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Final Project – Gundam Martial Arts (Stop-Motion)

This is my final project of making a stop-motion video using my Gundam figures to make a martial arts battle scene. The tool that I used to make the stop-motion is from the app called Stop Motion Studio. I used my iPad as my camera to make each frame of the video.  Also, I use a ruler to make my iPad to stay in position. The background that I used for my video is from a construction paper. It’s simple and plain so I would wanted the viewers to be only focus on the Gundam figures. I would always start off with the character(s) making an entrance in the beginning and then may have a little bit of the dialogue to talk about something to the point. Lastly, the fights goes on until battle is over. The fight choreography will be made from an inspiration from Bruce Lee’s martial arts movies and his personal martial arts, Jeet Kune Do (Way of the Intercepting Fist). For the main character that I use to make “Form Changing” during in the battle is a mix idea from my original idea of having the main character to switch forms for a certain situation on the battle along from the based on its anime show “Gundam AGE” were it has 3 forms the main character has now in this video. I used a flashlight each time he change forms or hits his opponents to make like so-called “Special Effects”. For some scenes having blur movements is to make the characters to have like a real-life movements like a person. The reason is that I wanted the characters to move like humans in reality when capturing in motion picture rather than just a simple positioning the movements in process. For each different scenes, I reposition the background to make it look like it is viewed on different angles. The total of frames in minutes is about 2750 frames for 4 minutes in length. It took me about 2 to 3 days to complete this video including the editing and positioning the soundtracks on each certain section of the scene. The sound effects were all used from the YouTube videos that I wanted to match with my stop-motion project which is listed below.

From the entrance to the dialogues are from the movie “Game of Death”. It is from 0:20 to 0:36.

The background music is also from “Game of Death”.

The punches and kicks were used from same movie as well.

The movements were used from this video below. The running is used from 0:01 to 0:02. The block-attack is from 0:03. The crunching sounds that I used for my video is from 0:03 to 0:04. The falling ground sound is from 0:04 to 0:05. Lastly, the arms and leg movements is used from 0:06.

An example of similarities fight choreographs between my video and from the “Game of Death” film.

Game of DeathAge-1 (Spallow) vs Mobile Suits

Stop-motion (Left); Film version (Right)
Game of Death Gundam-Martial-Arts

 My reflection to this final project is that I enjoy making this stop-motion video because I always wanted to do a stop-motion video of my own and seeing my Gundam figures in motion. When making a stop-motion, you really need a lot of patients in order to get the result that you wanted to be like at the end. It may need to take a hour or more depending how long you wanted the video be, including the speed for how fast or slow you want the motion picture to be animated.

Final Project Plan

For my final project plan is about making a Martial Arts stop-motion video of my own using my own Gundam figures to do the actions. The tool that I make for my stop-motion video is from the app called Stop Motion Studio. This app helps to “add amazing sound effects at virtually any position within your movie. Choose from more than 40 music and sound samples.”  The fight choreography will be made from an inspiration from Bruce Lee’s martial arts movies. While for the sound effects, I will pull off from the YouTube videos that I want to match the actions and moves for my Gundam figures when they doing the fight scenes.

Plane Crazy scene 20 (No Music)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FragYVVfMOQ[/youtube]

The scene where Mickey and the plane about to charge towards to the ground. This version is without background music inserted. All of the sound effects were used from the YouTube videos for each section to be filled with sounds. There are some reactions and sounds will fill to tell the viewers what is happening in this scene of this video. Each of the sound videos were listed below for the parts of the actions of the scene.

When Mickey reaction and and realized that he’s about to fall is from this video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEzDNPDYikU[/youtube]

Mickey’s scrambling towards the plane from this video from 2:05 to 2:07.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGYuOqA0pnw[/youtube]

Mickey’s scream that I used is from this video:

I looped the screaming  to extend longer as Mickey’s screams is a bit long during the fall.

For the plane sound is from this video:

I find this assignment very interesting to do because I can replace the video’s original sounds into something different and mix with other sounds. It is kind of similar to the movies of having the characters being dubbed by the voice actors.

Plane Crazy sound foley & tracks for scene 12 & 20

My 2 audio sound foley and tracks for the Plane Crazy of the 2 scenes 12 and 20.

[soundcloud params=”auto_play=false&show_comments=true”]https://soundcloud.com/aeros-raiser/plane-crazy-sound-foley[/soundcloud]

The sound foley and tracks for scene 12.

[soundcloud params=”auto_play=false&show_comments=true”]https://soundcloud.com/aeros-raiser/plane-crazy-sound-foley-2[/soundcloud]

For the sound foley and tracks of scene 20.

The sound references I used for the scenes I had posted from my previous blog post.

Sound tracks & effects from part 12 & 20

For my sound tracks for 3:50-3:59 is all used from the YouTube videos that are listed below. It is only total of five YouTube videos for just only the Plane Crazy section 3:50-3:59. It is very short for each of the section for just that 3:50-3:59 section. For each different video for the section can be use to tell a story of using different soundtracks and sound effects what will happen in process.

For the background music that I used is from the anime “Lucky Star” ost. It is used for making the mood tone to be funny.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7NWhhIWHlg[/youtube]

For Minnie & Mickey’s scream is from this video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_7uggefhFo[/youtube]

While the plane is going high speed is from this video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNalChrotUc[/youtube]

From 5:09-5:14 is the “Gundam Seed Destiny” ost. The soundtrack is from 0:33 – 0:36.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkHiprWR6D4[/youtube]

I also use the “Matilda Soundtrack” that the professor assigned to use for the Plane Crazy video from 5:06 to 5:13.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei8HbBYm59Y[/youtube]

Plane Crazy from 2:15 – 2:45

My 30 second breakdown from 2:15 – 2:45:

2:15-2:18

1. Minnie smiles while holding the anchor

2. Minnie hands the anchor to Mickey.

3. Mickey was happy and kiss the anchor.

2:19-2:21

1. Mickey puts the anchor under his plane seat.

2. Mickey is flapping his hands trying to show/tell Minnie about flying in the sky.

2:22-2:25

1. Minnie was excited while clapping her hands about 4 times.

2. Mickey gives Minnie a hand to ride on the plane.

2:26-2:29

1. Minnie has a bit struggling getting on the plane.

2. Mickey lifts Minnie on to the seat.

2:30-2:33

1. Mickey and Minnie are getting ready to fly.

2. Long dog twist the propeller.

3. Long dog releases the propeller and starts to spin.

2:34-2:37

1. The propeller spins rapidly.

2. The plane takes off.

3. Smokes came out of the plane’s back.

4. Plane starts to fly.

2:38-2:41

1. Plane went high and low flying.

2. Plane still touching the ground while going full speed rate.

3. Plane jump over the big stone.

2:42-2:45

1. Mickey got dropped out of the plane, plane made a left turn.

2. Mickey was surprised and starts screaming chasing after the plane.

3. Plane made a U-turn towards Mickey, Mickey runs away from the plane.

Style video choice

Maybe adding the background music would make the different tone with a along with the Plane Crazy scene.

Self-Evaluation

Through the semester, I began to learn how to record the sounds with quality and how to make a good sound recording when using a recorder to the project. When I first used the Zoom H2n, it can record the surrounding sounds from distance whether it is near or far from the microphone.  The shape is like a rectangular with a thin side cover around the microphone. This microphone requires a pair of AA batteries to function. It can also use to connect with a Sony headphone set to hear the sounds from the recording clearly. It can set the format file either MP3 or WAV  for the recording that you choose to record.

When making the storytelling using the sounds, I went to record the sounds from different kinds of movies and create at new story by using the audacity to make the story either dramatic or exaggeration to get the audience’s attention to hear what the sound effect story is about.

To use a low cut filter, it is need to reduce the volume of any frequencies that are above the parameter called “cutoff” frequency. Therefore, when recording the sounds will not need to go near to the sounds in order to get its loudness. The mic gain can increase the volume for the loudness of the sounds. When positioning the mic from a certain distance can effect to the sound recording rather the sound is coming from far, near, front, rear, left side or right side. The recording is mostly set for stereo sounds so when hearing the sounds from the recording can hear from left to right or the opposite direction where the sound is coming.

For blending the tracks, the audacity program can help to mix and blend with other types of tracks. Lining up tracks and content so that it makes sense, based on timing.  An example from my previous post that shows about the timing adding with other sound effects together with the original.

 

Kicking someone through the wall

For the sound mixing that I used from to create as my own is from the movie Enter the Dragon along with the impact sounds and the rocks crumbing sounds from YouTube. I use the audacity to combine the three recordings and place the rock crumbing sound after Bruce Lee kicks the opponent away, making it sounds like the opponent is being kicked through the wall.

I record the sound from the scene where Bruce Lee starts to kick the opponent from 1 minute and 56 seconds to 2 minutes and 7 seconds

I record the impact sounds starting from 7 to 10 seconds then, later continue with the rocks crumbing sounds.

This is the rock crumbing sounds that I used to combine with the other two videos.

My reflection to this assignment is that I find it fun and enjoyable to do a mixing sound effects  of what will come out to be like. When hearing back my sound mixing, I can visualize how will the actual scene would be like depending on the sounds that I used on. Also, I think this is very new to me to make or add more sound mixing effects to make the storytelling look more entertaining.