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Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-17 15:48:02

A disco theme

can anybody comment on a disco theme i'm doing a animation of a person dancing at a disco thanks

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-01-17 16:25:11

no comment. :P -Mike L.

Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-18 11:32:22

why your really helpful

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-01-18 12:30:42

What do you want us to comment on exactly? You gave a very vague one line description of what you want to do. Nothing to go off of! Personally, I don't like disco. But, since it's a stopmo person dancing, I think it could turn out pretty cool looking. If you can pull off a dance...let me know, because I plan to make a woman puppet dance in my current project and could definately use some tips! Is that the sort of comment you wanted? -Mike L. (the ass-hole)

Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-18 13:20:35


Posted by Nick H, on 2008-01-20 18:00:06

What's to comment on? No story, no puppet, no animation to show us. No context. You got back what you put in. Anything can be a good subject, even something stupid if you're sending it up. I've seen some cool disco animation, like in one episode of Aardman's Shawn the Sheep, that was pretty funny with Shawn doing the Sat Night Fever moves.

Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-21 09:56:14

i just asked how to make a disco theme yes ive seen the shaun the sheep its so funny

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-01-21 14:09:50

"if you can imagine it, you can create it." is that how the saying goes? Something close to that. Whenever I need to build a set I always start with an idea. This idea forms into a style and eventually a plan. Once you have the style at least you can start looking at pictures of the theme your after just to get some ideas to help bulk out your style in mind. Some people do sketches at this point too. I just get a rough idea of what I want to do and do it. Just start building and things will start forming and if you're a visual learner such as myself, you'll see how and where things should go and get more and more ideas as more things are added. Experiment I guess. Good luck with your disco theme. -Mike L.

Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-01-21 14:30:17

For me a disco theme would include a mirror ball on the ceiling, big speaker boxes, weird bright lights all over the place. Maybe look up Saturday Night Fever the movie and maybe that will give you some ideas.

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-01-21 14:45:59

yeah, I think the two main components needed to make a disco would be the disco ball hanging from the ceiling and different colored lights all over the floor. Other than that, pretty much anytihng goes as long as it has that retro 70s feel. Watch some of the austin powers movies if you need some inspiration :P . -Mike L.

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-01-21 18:21:00

You didn't ask how to make the disco set, you asked for a comment. So we figured you meant comments like, "hey, cool idea" or "discos suck, do something else"! :7 Definitely a mirror ball. I have seen miniature mirror balls, maybe somewhere between golf ball and tennis ball size, in some discount-y gift shop or other, so it's worth looking around. An alternative, if you can't find one or make one, is to reproduce the effect of litle spots of light spinning around over the set. A rotating card disk with little holes punched in it might work, or a rotating cylinder. You don't see the object itself, just the lighting effect on the set, so you believe there is a mirror ball just out of shot. A pin spot is what they usually use to hit the ball with a tight beam of light. I use them for backlighting puppets so they are useful for other things too, they can be bought for around $20. (google pinspot.) A string of hristmas tree lights would probably give the look of lots of coloured lights. Maybe a raised stage for the disk jockey, and some big speakers. I've seen lots of pairs of small speakers for sale that would look good in the set. You could even go for a strobe lighting effect some of the time, with a light you turn on for a frame, then off for one frame. Or a few frames of each, for a more strobey effect.

Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-23 15:04:37

thanks for the comments thatwas what i was looking for thanks :-)

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-01-23 18:32:49

why do you only reply with one sentence all the time? Is there like a limit to how many minutes you can spend on this site or something? It's not that big of a deal least your thanking us unlike some people who just don't respond...but I just find it curiously odd that i've never read two lines from you in one post! :o Good luck with your set anyway... -Mike L.

Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-25 11:09:38

oh thanks mike i dont really write much becausethere's nothing to say you have justgiving me the answer to my problem on sets :-)

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-01-25 12:34:28

I see...well, a picture says a lot more than words so will you post a picture of your set when it's finished? -Mike L.

Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-25 12:36:28

I sure will mike no probs :-)

Posted by I_make_cartoons, on 2008-01-26 14:28:33

i hope you use some cheesy synth-pop, funky town is always a good one :D -marc

Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-27 10:39:16

HeHe Do You Know When Spats Will Be Done

Posted by I_make_cartoons, on 2008-01-27 11:33:18

it's taking ages cos of moving house and exams and stuff so yeah its not gonna be done for a long long time... -marc

Posted by connorgorman, on 2008-01-29 13:40:45

oh ok