Regarding the Zuhlsdorf: Ye Castle Attack III Movie which we previously made, I thought it would be interesting to do perhaps several posts concerning various aspects of "The Making of the Movie". However, do not read this post unless ye have already watched the film.
Therefore, this first post is about the sundry miniatures which I used in the movie. I find miniatures to be very useful for making cities, &c. and other large things which I wish to include in my movies.
This first picture illustrates the construction of the castle of Zuhlsdorf. I started with a flattish rock, onto which I built the city largely out of clay and popsicle sticks. I made the houses out of wood bits, with also paper roofs. I painted the whole of the castle (except for the rock) with acrylic paints.
I bethought myself that this hill - which we perceive out the car-window when we drive to Elysburg - would be a good place to plant the castle; therefore I took many pictures of 't from different angles.
After much tinkering in Photostudio, I arrived at the above picture. The small folks are drawn in on the computer.
For shots in which I needed a burning city, I simply drew in some smoke & flames with the aforementioned program.
For the city-gates-opening sequence, I made some wooden doors from various sizes of 'craft sticks'. I then filmed the doors against a green-screen whilst I opened and closed them by hand.
For the army of orcs which appears behind the gates as they open, I took some pictures of toy-soldiers against a green (That is to say, yellow.) -screen.
After layering many shots of the same seven plastic-dudes, I photo-shopp'd them onto a scenic picture.
At the beginning of the movie, a certain fellow blows his horn on a battlement. To make this said battle-ment, I used mostly wooden blocks.
Finally, I filmed myself against a green-screen tooting the bugle, after which I layered the whole thing together in the editing program.
In several of the shots which include castles in the distance, I used the sky as a blue-screen. In the example below, I simply chroma-key'd out the blue sky, inserted the castle, and put the sky back in behind the castle. The finished product may be seen near the start of the film.
In the scene wherein orcs burn the village, I made a small house from paper and wood, which we then proceeded to set afire. After keying out the blue box-lid, I added orcs in the foreground and sky in the background.
I made the city of Majestad similar to Zuhlsdorf in regards to size, materials, and general construction.
The backgrounds of Majestad are all stills of the battlefield at Gettysburg, of which I have many pictures.
In this picture, I layered the miniature onto a Gettysburg shot and added a road. After doing some colour-grading, I put in a background of a sunset, which is actually from a picture of the sun rising quite o'er the ocean at Assateague Island.
So we may see several of the methods in which I used miniatures in the movie. Although I have never tried computer-generating, I have a notion that miniatures are a lot easier to do, and also result in a more realistic depiction of the castles, etc, which they represent.