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Transformers: Amateur almost as good as hollywood (video)

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Amateur Malaysian filmmaker makes his own animated versions of Transformer that are almost as entertaining as the big-budget Hollywood originals. 

Harris Loureiro adds a lot of special effects to his Transformers stop motion animation such as firing guns.

Many fans of the Transformer series of action films, which dates back to the 1980s, may appreciate the work of some recent amateur low-budget Transformer videos even more than the big budget Hollywood productions, but first some quick background info on this long-running, very popular and very commercially successful series. (continues after video)

The Transformers started as a line of toys in 1984 and then a TV series that first aired in 1986 and also a comic book series. The TV series told the story of a war among giant armed robots that could transform themselves into vehicles and other objects.

Transformers (toy line) here
The Transformers (TV series) here
Transformers comic book series here

The TV series and toys were so popular that a movie based on the series was made in 1986: The Transformers: The Movie. The success of the franchise led to a series of movie remakes with Transformers in 2007, in 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon and finally this year the latest installment in the seriesTransformers: Age of Extinction.

The Transformers: The Movie here
Transformers (film) here
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen here
Transformers: Dark of the Moon here
Transformers: Age of Extinction here

Harris Loureiro is a stop-motion animation film-maker in Malaysia. He said to be an amateur but he creates very professional-looking stop-motion videos, such as the transformer video featured here, using toys that have articulation which allows him to move the arms and legs of the toys by small amounts taking photos, repeating this process over and over again, adding special effects such as gun shots and explosions and then splicing them together to create an animated video from them. (See his YouTube page which has more stop motion animations here and the Facebook page for his films here and personal Facebook page here).

Stop motion animation makes an object appear to move by moving it by a small amount then taking a photo, then moving the object, then taking another photo, and another photo, over and over and then finally playing all the photos back as a video, or as Wikipedia described it:

"The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Dolls with movable joints or clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Stop motion animation using plasticine is called clay animation or 'clay-mation'. Not all stop motion requires figures or models; many stop motion films can involve using humans, household appliances and other things for comedic effect." (Source: Wikipedia)

Finally, if you are interested in experimenting with stop-motion animation yourself, many amateur filmmakers are sharing their work online (See here for example). There are also many instructive YouTube videos on the subject such as the following one that shows you how to use a digital camera such as the one on your phone and the movie editor that comes withWindows: Windows Movie Maker. Have fun !



age: a particular period of history - ยุคสมัย, ยุค

air: to broadcast; to send out a programme on television or radio - ออกอากาศ, กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว

amateur: a person who takes part in a sport or other activity for enjoyment, not as a job - มือสมัครเล่น

animation: a film or cartoon using a series of drawings that are shown quickly one after another so that they look as if they are moving (an animator is someone who creates animations) - ภาพเคลื่อนไหวได้, ภาพการ์ตูนที่เคลื่อนไหวได้

appreciate: to be grateful for something, i.e., feeling you want to thank someone for something they have done for you - สำนึกในบุญคุณ

armed: carrying a weapon - ติดอาวุธ

background: information about some person or subject that helps you better understand them and understand current events - ประวัติ

based on: information or facts used to make calculation, judgement or decision - ตั้งอยู่บน,ยึดเป็นหลัก

budget: an amount of money able to be spent on something - งบประมาณ

commercially: for business purposes - สำหรับการค้า

experiment: to try or test new ideas, methods, etc. to find out what effect they have - ทดลอง

explosion: the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode - การระเบิด

extinction: a situation in which a plant, an animal, a way of life, etc. stops existing - การสูญพันธุ์

fan: a person who likes something very much such as a famous singer or TV show - คนคลั่งในสิ่งหนึ่งสิ่งใด,คนคลั่ง

feature: (in newspapers, on television, etc.) a special article or programme about somebody/something - สารคดีพิเศษ

illusions: the believe things that are not true; delusions, false impression - ความเข้าใจผิด, ความเชื่อผิดๆ, ความคิดผิดๆ

increment: a regular increase in the amount of money that somebody is paid for their job - การเพิ่มขึ้น (เงินเดือน)

increment: one small change, among many -

installment: one in a series of many things happening over time -

line of products: product line, a set of related products that a company sells - สายผลิตภัณฑ์

long-running: some entertainment such as a TV series or film series that has been going on and existed for a long time -

low-budget: low cost. using a small amount of money -

object: a thing that can be seen and touched, but is not alive - วัตถุ, สิ่งของ

popular: a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

production: a film/movie, a play or a broadcast that is prepared for the public; the act of preparing a film or a play, etc - ละครหรือภาพยนตร์ที่มีคนจำนวนมากร้องเพลง/เต้นรำ

professional: showing that somebody is well trained and extremely skilled - ที่มีความเชี่ยวชาญ

recent: happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้

remake: In film, a remake is a motion picture based on a film produced earlier. The term remake can refer to everything on the spectrum of reused material: both an allusion or a line-by-line change retake of a movie. However, the term generally pertains to a new version of an old film." (Source: Wikipedia) -

revenge: something that you do to hurt or punish someone because they have hurt you or someone else - การแก้แค้น

special effect: something special and exciting added to a movie such as an explosion using some extra technology - เทคนิคพิเศษ

success: achieving the goals you wanted to achieve or made a lot of money - มีผลสำเร็จ, ประสบผลสำเร็จ, ประสบชัยชนะ

successful: achieved the goals you wanted to achieve or made a lot of money - มีผลสำเร็จ, ประสบผลสำเร็จ, ประสบชัยชนะ

transform: to change from one form into another - เปลี่ยนไปสู่อีกสิ่งหนึ่ง

vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ

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