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Sneak Peek: Nottingham Tower
Welcome to the first look at my upcoming stop motion animation project, "Nottingham Tower." Take a look at the videos below and stay tuned!
About this creation
Trailer:



And you thought Ian Spacek was just an incredible Lego builder. Not only is he a master of the bricks, but he's also a master of orchestral composition. Though Max Pointner will be composing the music for the actual film, Ian was kind enough to lend me some of his epica work for the trailer. Thanks Ian!

Production Video:



Be sure to watch Nottingham Wall, and look out for the finished product this winter!



Comments

 I like it 
  February 20, 2013
Any updates? This video looks like it is going to be AWESOME!
 I like it 
  November 2, 2012
Oops, I was sure I did leave a comment here. This looks so promising; I love it when people really plan before they do something. Many people underestimate the value of preproduction, but obviously not you. I'm looking forward to see more. Also very nice score for the trailer, Ian.
 I like it 
  October 11, 2012
Aaugh! I'm so excited!
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  October 9, 2012
This...is...awesome.
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  October 9, 2012
Pretty sure my love for you guys just tripled with the canorous strains of Bourne Vivaldi in the background.
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  October 9, 2012
Very smooth and catchy sneak peak. Can't wait...
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  October 8, 2012
Just watched the Production Video and... PIANO GUYS!! :D
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  October 8, 2012
Looks great! I'm looking forward to this. I dabbled in stop-motion animation a small bit when I was younger, and this has inspired me to perhaps take it up again... brilliant :D
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
That's some pretty stellar animation!
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  October 8, 2012
Sweet! I'm looking forward to another spectacular film! Thanks for posting the behind the scene video as it is great to see other animator's techniques, studio, and set-up. -LB Senior
Paul Vermeesch
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David K.
  October 7, 2012
Wow nice trailer, can't wait to see it finished
Paul Vermeesch
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Chris Melby
  October 7, 2012
You have a great technique going there, i have done that stuff before myself, and I know it is difficult, well done! Z
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Oh, boy. This is going to be an epic for sure! I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled.
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  October 7, 2012
This looks amazing! I always admire the dedication used by those who produce stop motion videos, I'm not sure I would have the patience. The moves look epic. I love the swinging of the sword and the neat moves that Robin uses. I'm very much looking forward to the finished video, the trailer was not enough ;-)
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Excellent work. This looks fantastic. :D
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  October 7, 2012
This is gonna be SOOOO awesome!!!
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  October 7, 2012
Holy cow, the animation is breath-taking, not to mention Ian's fantastic music!! Can't wait the see the finished from you and Max. Cheers!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
This looks very professional! Nice work.
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Awesome trailer, can't wait for winter! The animation is quite impressive, perhaps rivalling that of David Pagano. (Also, your voices both sound fairly alike, oddly enough...) What does that cord connecting the camera to the computer do? Is it just for uploading pictures, or can you use the computer to take photos without touching the camera? Anyway, looks great so far! (And Ian's music is also superb.)
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
sweet!
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  October 7, 2012
Fantastic work Paul! Your animation just keeps getting better. I also thoroughly enjoyed the BTS, and was presently surprised by the music selection (referring to the PianoGuys, of course). Thanks again for letting me play a small role in this incredible project. Toodles for now!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Looking forward to the finished epic.
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Most impressive! It feels like I'm watching a behind the scenes commentary on a professionally done movie! Can't wait for winter!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
wow, amazing! the stopmotion is so cool
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  October 7, 2012
Fantastic production! Loving the behind the scenes look at your design process!
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  October 7, 2012
I'M SPEECHLESS!!!! BREATHTAKING!!!! I have ever seen a video so epic with stop motion... Guys my best congratulation, this is something of special.
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  October 7, 2012
Wow! Great job Paul! And (although Ian may never see this) great job on the epica music, Ian! Very cool. I can't wait for the final product. Couple quick questions: What is the orange strip behind Robin for? The one with the dots. Max mentioned you were going to render the whole thing with a background...does that have to do with that? And what program do you use for that. And finally, what program was up on your computer? It looked like some sort of stopmotion software. What was it? SORRY if that was a lot of technical questions but you graced us with a sneak peak and I have an unlimited character comment box! :D :D Just kidding. I am a rookie in the stop motion world and was wondering a bit more about how you did it. Fantastic movie so far!
 I made it 
  October 7, 2012
Quoting Christopher Baldacci Wow! Great job Paul! And (although Ian may never see this) great job on the epica music, Ian! Very cool. I can't wait for the final product. Couple quick questions: What is the orange strip behind Robin for? The one with the dots. Max mentioned you were going to render the whole thing with a background...does that have to do with that? And what program do you use for that. And finally, what program was up on your computer? It looked like some sort of stopmotion software. What was it? SORRY if that was a lot of technical questions but you gracced us with a sneak peak and I have an unlimited character comment box! :D :D Just kidding. I am a rookie in the stop motion world and was wondering a bit more about how you did it. Fantastic movie so far!
Thanks for the comment Chris! The strip you see behind Robin, if it's the brown one I think you're referencing, is simply a forced perspective road leading through the gate. Although I may have to do a bit of digital post-production, I'm trying to do as much in-camera as possible, so there won't be any full-scale background replacements or composites. The green paper with the road is a bit brightly-colored because I am crushing the colors in post, and the bright green comes out correctly as grass once the colors have been desaturated. So far I've used two programs for shooting the film. The first one, (the one you see in the video) is simply a remote capture software. It's a software that came free when I purchased my camera, and it allows me to adjust the camera settings and shoot the frames without ever touching the camera. The other program that I'm using for editing is Apple's Final Cut Pro X. It's not built for stop-motion, but a bit of tweaking makes it great for pacing changes, basic editing, and color correction. I hope to see some animation from you at some point!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Wow Paul! I can't wait for the sequel! The introduction video is the best! Very well done! The behind the scenes one is extremely helpful! Great music, and can't wait to see the finished product!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Awesome sneak peak Paul. I can not wait for the final production!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
awesome cant wait!!!
 
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