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« on: 09 04, 2009, 10:27: PM »

I have just posted my latest Klingon movie, lurDech (Tradition), combining my 3 great loves of Klingon, Legos and musical theater.  You can find it along with some other information at my website http://teresh.tdonnelly.org/klinfilm.html, at the bottom of the page, or on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPzMP4MK2hY.
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« Reply #1 on: 09 10, 2009, 10:58: PM »

Very well done.
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« Reply #2 on: 10 14, 2009, 03:35: PM »

Great work, ter'eS !

Did you make the Lego figurines with the skirts yourself? As far as I know they always have two legs and there is only one size, no short kids. And I guess you painted them too.
The beginning of the movie with the fiddler on the roof in the spotlight is a great start already.
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« Reply #3 on: 10 16, 2009, 05:53: PM »

Great work, ter'eS !

Did you make the Lego figurines with the skirts yourself? As far as I know they always have two legs and there is only one size, no short kids. And I guess you painted them too.
The beginning of the movie with the fiddler on the roof in the spotlight is a great start already.


No, actually every one of them are either standard Lego minifigs or made with standard parts (except for the tassels, which are made from embroidery floss).  The female's "skirts" are just standard 1x2 bricks; the taller women also have a 1x2 plate, while the shorter ones have just the brick.  Their blouses are just standard upper torsos. For feet, the women all use 1x1 studs in various shades of black and grey.

Some of the fun of showing this to people who know their Legos is their surprise in how I've used pieces from other sets to make a collection of "Russian Jews" costumes.  Several of the men's tunics come from Star Wars sets, for example. But I don't even remember the original use of lots of the parts, since I just buy them based on the look I'm going for.

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« Reply #4 on: 10 19, 2009, 10:42: AM »


As far as I know Lego only has Star Wars stuff, no Star Trek. But indeed, there is enough material to create almost anything, anything except the Klingon foreheads.

This weekend I showed my children your other movies: What trouble with tribbles and P.S.A. And although it is just Lego my daughter was actually shocked that the chemvaH (in P.S.A) was killed and eaten, it is that realistic for children (4 and 6)! My son explained to her that it was a really mean animal so she did not have to feel sad about it!

The expression wovmoHwI' chu' - lights on is interesting linguistically: more literally it would be: lightmakers ready! I did not notice it the first time I studied your movie texts.

One more question: is the blue Bird of Prey, Cold Revenge,  made of Lego or is it rendered by computer graphics? My son wants to build it but I don't think we have the right parts.

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« Reply #5 on: 10 19, 2009, 02:31: PM »


As far as I know Lego only has Star Wars stuff, no Star Trek. But indeed, there is enough material to create almost anything, anything except the Klingon foreheads.

Well, yeah, I did have to paint the tunics for the Klingon warriors' and some of the Federation uniforms, since Lego doesn't make any in those exact colors. I was referring specifically to lurDech when I said they were all standard parts.

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This weekend I showed my children your other movies: What trouble with tribbles and P.S.A. And although it is just Lego my daughter was actually shocked that the chemvaH (in P.S.A) was killed and eaten, it is that realistic for children (4 and 6)! My son explained to her that it was a really mean animal so she did not have to feel sad about it!

Wow, it never occurred to me that children might see these and be upset!

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The expression wovmoHwI' chu' - lights on is interesting linguistically: more literally it would be: lightmakers ready! I did not notice it the first time I studied your movie texts.

wovmoHwI' is a canon word (i.e. from Marc Okrand) for "lamp, light" , although not found in The Klingon Dictionary; I think it's actually from a Hallmark Christmas ornament commercial. chu' is clipped Klingon for yIchu' "Activate (it)!"

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One more question: is the blue Bird of Prey, Cold Revenge,  made of Lego or is it rendered by computer graphics? My son wants to build it but I don't think we have the right parts.

The bortaS bIr is computer-generated, as are the Enterprise and Station K-7, using first a program called MLCAD to build the ship and then POV-Ray to render it as a 3D model.  MLCAD uses actual Lego parts for its building blocks, so you could build any of the models if you had enough parts of the right color.

The nice part about POV-Ray is that you can define lighting and camera position and move your models or the camera around, and POV-Ray handles all aspects of reflections, shadows and perspective.

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« Reply #6 on: 10 27, 2009, 08:06: PM »

I showed lurDech to my wife, a (somewhat) former Klingon and a big fan of Fiddler on the Roof. She loved it.
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« Reply #7 on: 11 10, 2009, 12:16: PM »

I wanted to use the concept "light" but since wov just means "be light " I was forced to use it in a adjective way.
MLCAD looks cool, did not find the time to play with it yet.
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« Reply #8 on: 11 17, 2009, 07:20: PM »

Very cute, gotta love what u can do with lego's... I liked em keep it up cause it not something most ppl like me can do, but love to see stuff like that.
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« Reply #9 on: 08 08, 2013, 08:48: AM »

majQa', but you know what would be awesome? if someone translated the whole play.
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« Reply #10 on: 08 10, 2013, 06:01: AM »

If it were the whole play, I can see one of two ways of going with it. Somewhat in the same vein as the tribble episode, make the Klingons the Russians and have them move the Jews out, perhaps make them some other alien although I would resist the temptation to make them Romulan. The other would be to keep the Jews as Klingons and have the Russians be the HurQ / Karsids / Old Kings.
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« Reply #11 on: 09 19, 2013, 07:55: AM »


    There isn't a reason both sides couldn't both be "Klingons"....  they could be different Houses or Factions...  Or Imperials vs. Fusions.   But Klingons vs, jeghwI'  I think makes the most sense.

    Oh, I while ago, back when I was DeeJaying for a Furry club in Second Life, and playing all sorts of strange and surprising tunes, I played lurDech to a mixed group of Furries.  They were very impressed. 

    I do want to do some Klingon Theatre, either live or Virtually in Second Life.   Our Director wouldn't mind at all if I could get the actors and scripts and rights and everything to do a Klingon show...
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« Reply #12 on: 09 20, 2013, 06:46: PM »

Klingon theater is an interest of mine also. Although I would like to do it more in the vein of street opera with some audience participation.
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