If you love robots, who hasnít
dreamt about having a life sized robot for yourself? Being an amateur filmmaker,
I thought it would be cool to create a film about a life sized home security
and surveillance robot.
Having worked in the film industry as a projectionist for
twenty years, gave me an insight into the special effects used on motion
pictures. After buying Adobe Premiere and dabbling with chroma keying, I got an
idea about using toy robots to create the illusion of owning a life sized
surveillance robot that appears to have artificial intelligence. If you know
how to create that illusion on film, anything is possible!
I discovered a reasonable priced cgi effects
software capable of creating realistic gun flashes and other sophisticated
effects. My robots, would appear to be armed with weapons! The same software
company also offered a more sophisticated compositing software for green
screen, blue screen compositing, with elaborate garbage matts and effects, which
would go even further in creating realism in the film.
After creating my first film, Wow Wee Robot Wars,
I realised how difficult it would be to find enough live actors who could
participate in my films. I only create the films in my spare time, so finding
actors who could fit in with my time schedule, as well as having to pay them,
gave me the idea of using only toy robots to realise the storylines. Toy robots
would behave themselves, and would do any scene I could imagine, as well as, the
only payment being new batteries!
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After the first few films, I imagined my characters
needed to go to other locations, other than my front and back yard. So I
searched for other ideas and came across CAD software capable of creating 3d
landscapes, which would be perfect to use as backdrops for my movies. My characters
now had other locations for their stories.
If you are interested in the software used to create these films...click
Wee Robot Toys
Earth 4024 - 25 A.D. A.K.A
The Robot Planet
The toy robot manufacturers have given the toys a
personality that seems to lend itself to comedy. After the first few films I
realised how easy it was too fall into the trap of becoming too violent with the
fictional weapons I had given my characters and decided the stories should be
more cartoon like, more comedy and as much fun as possible.
I currently have dozens of episodes on YouTube with
episode on the way. The storylines seem to write themselves
with my Robot characters consisting of Roboquads, Roboraptorsí and
Robosapiensí doing all manner of quirky things and situations. The Daleks have
also made an appearance. Introducing
the Daleks gave me an idea on how I-sobot could be introduced into my storyline.
and his spacecraft
have added many more CGI characters, locations and storylines since
the first episode. If you would
like to see what the videos have evolved into, click