There is so much to like about your photonovels. Artistically people can get a lot out of the custom sets, photography, your keen eye to mix and match parts, painting. But like you said all of that great visual skill is on display to tell a story. Lucas phoned in the prequels focusing on images and special effects and forgot about the heart that made Star Wars so special. You have kept the focus being the characters and I think your growth as a writer and story teller have grown through the story.
Sorry that it's taken me so long to respond to such a great set of feedback, I have been truly overwhelmed with work the past month!
I agree that Lucas focused much less on story - or at least telling the story effectively
in the prequels. He did better with ROTS, I thought - a lot better. But he really didn't do what could have been a very compelling story in TPM justice, in my opinion.
I've tried to keep the characters the focus, especially Rykrof - but still let other characters have important roles (as much as possible, using toys, lol).
UKHistory wrote:And it is a fun story. In much the same way as Brian Dailey did, you have created characters and places that are on a parallel track that our favorite heroes are traveling on as well.
Thinking about Geere (sorry I did not spell his name right the first time; maybe the second) this story has shown his descent for a long time. Maybe with the holidays the family issues were especially gripping. I think it is the way you told the story more than anything. But it is so good. I have a sense of your time commitment to this project. What a labor of love. Any time I provide feedback on customs or stories I want to be honest, positive and constructive in my words. Even if something does not grab me, I want to respect the artist and his or her willingness to share what they have done.
It's Gere. Heh.
Yes, for a long time his character has grown darker and darker - I've tried to make it a slow journey for him. I want to explore that much deeper at some point - he will likely get 1-2 chapters somewhat soon where everything is focused on him.
Thanks for recognizing the time commitment too that these take. It's kind of ridiculous, to be honest...
UKHistory wrote:With your work, as you reminded me of how long this saga has been, it is just a joy. Your talent and dedication as the Enloe Chronicles have continued really inspire many of us to work on customs and share our own stories.
I really would not say I am that talented here, I just love doing it. I have wanted to tell stories and make movies since I was a kid. Obviously that never happened, so I'm doing something that I enjoy when I can with these. And I still get emails sometimes from people who aren't registered in the forums wanting to talk about the photonovels with me -- that is very cool for me. Just like getting comments here from friends in the hobby like yourself.
UKHistory wrote:More detail to come on the pieces, figures, lighting and the story. But many of us are invested in the characters. Can't wait for more but don't rush things. Take care of business and family and all the other things that are important.
Art is subjective and there is always someone out there with more of this or that. But you have created something really good. I compare it to Dailey's work because I really like what you have done. But you know what? You have created something and shared it with the world.
And that is great in and of itself. Take breath; take a bow and know your audience looks forward for more when your schedule permits.
Again, thank you. I won't rush things but I'll still try not to neglect working on these.
UKHistory wrote:Now to a few more details in my critique...
1) The photography of the feathered dinosaur is great. Just two shots but I like how we see him coming into focus and the shot where he trots away. Reminds me of a turkey I saw on my porch.
LOL, I just wanted to add some sort of "life" to the scene - when I saw that dino at TRU a while back, I bought it hoping someday I'd be able to sneak it into a story at some point. I think my daughter took it -- no idea where it is now.
UKHistory wrote:2) Enloe's outfit. A small criticism--I just see Han's torso. So often I see how you mix and match the pieces to create new figures. In this case, I see Han's torso from his Bespin outfit. Most of the time when I see your figures, your creations stand apart. This one loses a little because this specific torso really captures Harrison Ford's posture with the folds and the shirt and how the collar laid against the neck. That outfit for me is too iconic as Han's jacket and shirt. But that is minor. Geere's imperial outfit is different and stands out but not necessarily out of place--Patton was very flamboyant in his attire as a real life example. And I loved the version of Geere with the armor and cloth skirt (or what maybe better stated as the bottom of an imperial topcoat) which was one of my favorite designs for an imperial field officer.
No worries, that's generally the look I was going for on Rykrof there. I did give him a different set of legs and holster, and repainted the entire figure. But it's okay, he still looks very much like Bespin Han there. I kind of intended that because I think it's a nice look for Rykrof but after this outfit it will be something like he's never looked before - even a new hair style.
And thanks on Gere's outfits, I try and make him a little different from the typical Imperial.
UKHistory wrote:3) I love the use of the pet environment stuff as part of the diorama. Backgrounds are fantastic. And I believe some of the rebel base is Empire's great work. Well done in using facades as the base. The layout of the planet is superb. Also we have multiple environments: Naboo, Star Destroyer, Dathormir, this new planet--forgive my spelling and not remembering all the planets names. That is very ambitious in terms of photographing but just fantastic to keep up a brisk pace in the storyline. I like how you mix what we have heard about from the movies and EU and merged them in with your own worlds. The greenery you used is wonderfully visually. I find them to be entirely too messy and with a distinctive smell I don't enjoy. I hope you are not experiencing those problems like I did.
Those pet enviro pieces work so good! I'm surprised more people don't use them.
You're right on the Rebel base - he made the pieces and I painted them - I could not be happier with his stuff!
Yep -- several environments. I think it's important, when posting a chapter with this many frames, to try and break it up some with different scenery. And those sets CAN be messy but I am gluing most of the vegetation (and dirt) down. It fortunately isn't messy after the glue sets. Then I just move the bigger pieces around depending on the scene.
UKHistory wrote:4) Dialogue as I have said. Need a lift? Fun, sardonic humor that was evident in the best moments of the trilogy.
UKHistory wrote:5) Great customs of early rebels. I like those a lot. That about covers it for me. Thanks and can't wait to see more.
Again - thank you! I have more custom Rebels for the next chapter when the Empire arrives that I haven't shared yet.
And really, thank you SO much for your feedback. It means so much to me and I smiled the whole time reading it.