Introductory: G1 Cartoon Backgrounds to Use for Backdrops - Part Seven

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    OptimusTimelord Masterpiece Reanimator

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    (Note that this is an image-heavy thread. Just be patient while your browser uploads all of the images. ~Superquad7)

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    Here's some form "The Core", including I think the tallest image yet! (This is from when Megatron and Starscream ride up from underground):

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    And from "Master Builders":

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    The basics are covered in the introduction; once you've screen-grabbed the necessary frames it's fairly easy. The most difficult part is probably lining up one frame with another, especially the zoom in ones where you have to shrink down the middle area to the right size by eye. Don't be afraid to use distort if a frame seems impossible to match (because as you say, due to animation camera imperfections they may well actually be distortion between frames). Sometimes they are off by such small amounts that it's best to use the numeric tools across the top to alter Height, Width, Scale etc by a percentage point. Ditto with any slight rotation.

    As long as there's no animation cells in a shot, you probably only need to grab the first, last, and mid-point (unless of course it's a particularly long pan; then it's just making sure you get a grab for every half-a-screen movement or so).

    Hope this helps!

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    "Desertion of the Dinobots":

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    This one is a bit unusual. The image being shown on an oval screen was panning down, so I've kept the top framing of the screen, compiled the movement, and ended with the bottom edge of the screen below:

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    Think this is what was wanted:

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    And here's some from "The Gambler":

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    And "Kremzeek":

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    "Make Tracks":

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    "Prime Target":

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    The director of this episode seemed to be fond of vertically scrolling down, then horizontally panning across in the same shot (hence the blank space top left in these shots):

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    ....and from "A Prime Problem":

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    Final bunch of shots.

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    "Sea Change":

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    "Search for Alpha Trion":

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    "Secret of Omega Supreme":

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    "War Dawn":

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    Lastly, Primal Sabbath asked to use some of the images, which of course I said go ahead (I don't consider these "mine" as I'm just reconstructing artwork that existed during the original filming). So anyway, with credit to Punk Wily for creating these, I think they're pretty neat:

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    That last Ark interior prompted me to dig out these stills in case he wants to edit them in somehow!

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    I had a request for some "Dinobot Island" shots, so here we go:

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    And here's a random one from "Megatron's Master Plan":

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    Lol that's interesting. I ordered my poster prints online (upload, pay, sit back and wait for delivery) so none of those problems arose. Sometimes when I do commissioned artwork though, and the client goes into a local place to get it reproduced, they need approval (but since my signature is on it they just need a signed note from me). In this case there's no signature, and I think you could probably get away with saying you or a friend created it. Unless the guy behind the counter happens to be a TF fan there's no reason for them to assume otherwise.

    Here's a shot from "S.O.S. Dinobots" that I used when I was making the Masterpiece ReAnimated video of that clip:

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