Charlie Hetherington (
Wed, 21 Mar 2001 23:04:16 -0600

Either that or we end up with something as ridiculous as the old _Godzilla_
flicks or _When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth_. That would be scary. But, like
you said, given the quality of the perfect grade models it could be done by
an ameateur. I think a movie production team would want to build their own
models, though.

However, with CGI you aren't bound by the laws of physics like you are with
real models. Gundam operates on anime physics and it would be hard to show
Gundam in all its glory without some CGI.


>From: "Dafydd Neal Dyar" <>
>To: "GML" <>
>Subject: [gundam] Gundam Run
>Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 20:41:16 -0800
>I was watching Chicken Run on DVD (a Christmas present) the other day and
>remembered the old Bandai Plamodel commercials where they stop-motion
>the Mobile Suit models. Then I got to thinking about Blue Submarine No. 6
>how disappointed I was with the CGI. Then I thought about Gundam FIX and
>cool that looked.
>It occurs to me that a stop-motion animated Gundam using dioramas put
>by that insane bunch of modelers who do those features for Hobby Japan and
>like, augmented by some judicious CGI for beam effects, smoke, water and
>might be the best way to go for a live-action Gundam. The end result
>should be
>at least as good as the Gerry Anderson actors-and-models shows, UFO and
>For that matter, clay animated characters by the likes of Nick Park or Will
>Vinton set in said dioramas with stop-motion animated models might be
>than live action with actors. You can start seeing the claymation
>characters as
>being real in the same way that you can animated ones or puppets like those
>the Gerry Anderson SuperMarionation classics (Fireball XL5, Supercar,
>Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet) or Go Nagai's X Bomber (dubbed into
>English as
>Star Fleet).
>Given the level of detail on the Perfect Grade models, I think that a film
>on stop-motion could actually be more realistic than anything currently
>in CGI.
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