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January 23rd, 2011

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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 03:14 pm
(Since I bothered to upload them all, I figured I'd start posting the old Midgard Studios movies with some commentary.)

The first movie we ever made, The First Rule is all done with (horrible) stop motion and (horrible) special effects. It took forever to make and taught me that stop motion is absolutely not my medium. It took up our living room for months, and I threw my back out after one night of particularly intensive filming. Making the models was fun, though. Lots of people came over and helped with that. It's, uh, not very good. At all. But it got us going, and I don't like hiding early efforts.

I actually first started making a version of this when I was about 15, doing stop motion with the family camcorder by just hitting record/stop very quickly. I already had a kit-bashed model of a space carrier, and the story idea condensed around that. (Nothing remains from that era of experimentation that I know of. I also filmed the burning of Joan of Arc for a class project.) It never got very far -- even back then I had a very clear idea of how video editing should work (non-linear, on a computer with encoded video files), and I was just waiting for the technology and price to catch up.

Yes, the basic premise is, in fact, stolen from a Known Space short story.