A long time ago...
...and oh do I ever mean a long time ago. It was at least 6 years ago. Rebecca and I decided to make a movie. Our first movie. Alex was too young to care at the time. We decided to make a Lego movie. And with our very limited expertise, and even more limited equipment, we set out on a fantastic journey. However, once our 'movie' was completed, the footage was never removed from the video camera because it broke. It seemed that our little wonder would be forever stuck on a JVC tape. And so it lay for many years whilst the broken video camera smothered in the bottom of a drawer. After moving about a year ago, we pulled out the broken video camera just for the fun of it and attempted to turn it on. Ha, ha...it worked! In a state of hysteria, we quickly connected it to the TV in an attempt to save our little movie which we hadn't forgotten. And so we did indeed save the footage, though the camera never worked again after that instance. How strange.
Anyway, we'd accidentally recorded the movie onto a DVD-R, which unfortunately would not play in any computer no matter how hard we tried. So the poor little movie was once again put away to lie forgotten under a bed in a box of home videos. It was not until tonight that I felt inspired enough to go up and retrieve it, transfer it to a DVD-RW, and then to my computer. And here I have for you our first ever (and only about 1 minute and 15 seconds long, mind you) 'movie':
Detention Block AA-23
The bloopers, test filming, and behind the scenes footage are included at the end. The behind the scenes were filmed accidentally. We didn't discover them until after we'd recorded them. One of the bloopers is of the two stormtroopers in the turbolift, and it ends with a strange noise. That was my bird landing on the set...you can see the whole thing shake.
The first test filming sans Chewie was because the rest of the pieces for my Millennium Falcon hadn't arrived yet. These extra pieces included Chewie. So yes, if you couldn't tell, the set was filmed using the pieces from the original Lego Millennium Falcon, 7190. Though the 'door' was stolen from a different Lego set, actually.
The filming process is as follows. We first took an age old tape recorder and recorded the dialogue straight off of the movie. We then set up our little scene, pressed play on the tape recorder and the video camera, and began rolling. We had to time each of our little moves with the tape recorder. So we got sort of a 'stop action' look. We would pause the tape recorder and the video camera, set up the next shot, and then go again. No editing was done outside of the camera, and this was an older camera. You couldn't shuffle scenes around or anything. How you see it is how it was filmed, all at once. Oh, and our sad little voices were about 10 and 12 years old, so...yeah. And there you have it. Thank you for enduring and hope you enjoy!
"It's not about the legacy you leave, it's about the life you live." ~Mara Jade Skywalker
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