Overall: 8
Story: 7
Animation: 10
Cinematography: 9
Sound: 8

The Emperor's Royal Guard

Directed By: Zach Macias

Genre: Comedy, Parody, Sci-fi
Length: 0:1:30
Released:

Director's Comments

Two stormtroopers decide to mess around with one of the Emperor's Royal Guards who, by obligation of his occupation, is required to remain stoic and unresponsive. Hilarity ensues.

Staff Review

Randy Yard:
MindGame's exquisite animation has become the envy of brickfilmers everywhere, and the example found in this short is no exception. The attention to detail is nothing short of staggering, from the movements of off-action characters to a spear that bounces after hitting the ground. Cinematography and sound are well above average as well, and the editing, with one notable hiccup, also keeps pace. The unfortunate side effect of this is that anything short of this level of near-perfection comes off looking worse than it really is, and in this case, it's mainly the storyline that suffers. The concept is an effective idea but a simple one, and without the Midas touch of an animator of Zach's caliber, this one would probably be stranded back in the ranks with so many other forgettable Star Wars-themed brickfilms. But here, there's more than enough to back it up, and the result is a film you'd be foolish not to check out.

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