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04/04/2012 22:00:50

DyllyMuvizu mogulExperimental user
Dylly
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I was trying to explain to someone the other day exactly what Muvizu is and the reason behind my fascination with this software, and to be honest it was a struggle. This was for two reasons the first of which is that I still have problems with my worms...I mean words. The second was that Muvizu is so much more than animation software. When the time comes, and come it will, that Muvizu becomes a commercial tool I can’t see exactly how they are going to get it into a box.

What I’m getting at is that there is a whole lot more to Muvizu than allowing anyone to make an animation. The process of making a film covers so many processes and involves so many skills, I mean, is it really possible that one piece of kit can help you realise an animation project? I suppose the answer to this is yes...oh... and no.

Muvizu enabled me to realise an ambition and make my first animation. I could create characters, animate them, make them walk, talk, direct my vision of what a film should be. On that first film I learned to record voices, write a script, plot a story board, light a set and edit a film. The film was crap! Not through any fault with the software I hasten to add. I realised that like many people I can talk a bloody good film, but when it comes to putting it into practise...

This is exactly where Muvizu differs from any other animation software. My film received comments from other Muvizu users...and get this...they were all constructive and encouraging! What’s more as my interest in animation grew and took on other aspects of 3D, such as modelling props, help and support were at hand from not only Muvizu users, but it’s team of Dev’s and testers. There are very few products out there where the manufacturer will step up with practical advice and tips (no matter how many times I ask Dyson to do my cleaning). Muvizu goes further still. Muvizu users are more than willing to collaborate on projects. From voice overs, to making props, to help with animating...I can see a time coming in the not too distant future when features will be made collaboratively with Muvizu and Muvizu users. I wouldn’t mind betting that if we put our collective minds and talents together it would be possible for us to do it now. Imagine the press coverage once they got hold of it! In fact if anyone has a good script I ‘dibs’ on making the sets!

As a tool I use Muvizu not only in making animation, but also in my digital artwork. Gone are the days when I would sit for hours waiting for a render to finish. These days I just import the props into my Muvizu scene and take a screenshot...and import straight into Gimp or Photoshop, a kind of ready render if you will! Recently I used Muvizu to help my daughter out with her school drama coursework. It’s so much easier to build a set and actually move the camera around and show the kids instead of explaining.

More than anything else I use Muvizu to keep my brain ticking over. My last stroke gave me a bit of a kicking, but Muvizu has been the best therapy I could have found. Talking, typing, drawing, thinking and above all learning, has helped me on the road to recovery more than any of the ‘pists’ on offer from the quacks (I’m talking occupational theraPISTS and speech theraPISTS).
The British film industry, well let’s call it what it really is, the World film industry (I have more interaction with people of different nationality through Muvizu than I ever did on the Costa del Cleethorpes, in fact Google Translate is now on my toolbar) is indeed alive, well and kicking in the Muvizu forums. So can Muvizu help anyone to make an animation...yes! Can it help them make an oscar winning animation...weeellll...yes BUT...

If you could box movie success then Disney’s John Carter would have ‘made with Muvizu’ in the opening titles and would have made a mint at the box office, I just wish Ralph Bakshi had access to Muvizu before they let him butcher The Lord of the Rings. Will we make an Aardman-like feature with Muvizu? Oh I think so!
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04/04/2012 22:48:15

mystoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
mysto
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Extremely well said Dylly and I agree 100%! Toast
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05/04/2012 00:09:40

artpenMuvizu mogulExperimental user
artpen
Posts: 362
Well said Dylly, you know, I was watching an old Muppet Movie
the other day with my kids and you know what, they loved it!!!
Now, it struck me, these characters were puppets right? they
did not have facial expressions, or facial animations.
What i'm trying to say here is Jim Henson created very lovable characters, wrote great scripts, and made great movies with them, and also remember these puppets struggled with holding or interacting with props!!!
So, to me, if Henson did it, so can Muvizuers....
Script.. Script ..Script all the way baby!!!
Muvizu is an easy, fast, happy movie maker with style.
It also makes you smile!
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edited by artpen on 05/04/2012
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05/04/2012 00:52:14

WozToonsExperimental user
WozToons
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That's a great post Dylly. I agree. I only discovered Muvizu six weeks ago but it has changed my life for the better. The community is the most helpful I've ever met.
edited by WozToons on 05/04/2012
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05/04/2012 01:31:04

HayManMarcExperimental user
HayManMarc
Posts: 128
Yes! Like WozToons, I only started 3 weeks ago and I agree with all posts above. The Muvizu community is the best on the net. The software is great, but the community keeps me here. Thanks, EVERYONE.

And dylly, you can make my sets ANYTIME! :P
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05/04/2012 09:10:02

toonaramaMuvizu mogulExperimental user
toonarama
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Dylly

I agree with everything you say and if there was ever a shining example of how good the Muvizu community is - then it's you!

Personally, I have spent hundreds of pounds on Iclone, Crazy talk Animator, Anime Studio and Toon Boom Studio over the years and have nothing to show for it having never ever completed anything. Within weeks of having Muvizu I had my first animation on youtube.

You wanna make sets? Great because that's the one part of the process that I don't really enjoy so you can help me out anytime too!


Toonarama
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05/04/2012 14:37:48

Lynn22
Lynn22
Posts: 10
I couldn't agree more with you Dylly

Nearly 5 yrs ago I had a stroke and a heat attack, spent 4 days in cardiac intensive care then signed myself out of hospital where I was just "lingering"

Took up 3D modeling and animation and that was "the best therapy I could have found"

Just recently I discovered Muvizu and what a great program this is. Animating in "layers" in the same way as creating a static image in Photoshop or Gimp, layer by layer building it up and tweaking until it's finished, just wonderful.

Yesterday, I uploaded my first Muvizu animation "The phone scam" (it's in the Gallery)

"Will we make an Aardman-like feature with Muvizu? "
I would love to and am ready to collaborate
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06/04/2012 15:23:48

fullmetall
fullmetall
Posts: 164
I use muvizu for creating worlds that do not exist, with colors eclectic and tempos unlikely. it is a source of creativity "intarrissable" (translate no found).

music+Muvizu = audiovisual bomb full eyes and ears too
@++ all
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06/04/2012 15:42:37

bigwallyMuvizu mogulExperimental user
bigwally
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fullmetall wrote:
I use muvizu for creating worlds that do not exist, with colors eclectic and tempos unlikely. it is a source of creativity "intarrissable" (translate no found).

music+Muvizu = audiovisual bomb full eyes and ears too
@++ all


intarrissable > endless(ly)
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10/04/2012 16:30:46

DanimalMuvizu mogulExperimental user
Danimal
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fullmetall wrote:
I use muvizu for creating worlds that do not exist, with colors eclectic and tempos unlikely. it is a source of creativity "intarrissable" (translate no found).l


And you do so very well.

Dylly, excellent post. Muvizu lets people tell stories they otherwise wouldn't be able to tell. I am always fascinated with the results.
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