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Are you ready to Enjoy A Short Transient Event Right-away? Here we go!


I’m excited, and I hope you’re ready for another year of fun, frolicking, and filming.


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The deadline for this contest is April 11th, 2020 at 11:59pm (midnight) CST. This means you have a full two weeks to create your entry.


 


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Your entry must be Easter related in some way. They may be sacred or secular, serious or silly. They may be religious if you wish, but must they be Easter related in some way. (They may cover candy, bunnies, flowers, the resurrection, or anything else Easter-y.)


Films must be primarily phyisical stop-motion animation using LEGO bricks or some other LEGO-like construction toy. Films may feature other forms of animation (like Flash, 3D animation, etc), but LEGO stop-motion must to be the main focus.


There is NO TIME LIMIT this year. However, keep in mind that a shorter, more polished film will likely score higher than a rougher, more poorly executed film.


Copyrighted material (music, themes, etc) are allowed, but originality is strongly recommended. Please refer to our Royalty Free Resources Section if you are in need of extra music and sounds.


The film may not contain any mature/explicit content. This includes, but is not limited to: swearing, excessive/gory violence, overt sexual content, and blatant drug references. However, slapstick comedy is allowed.


Only one entry per person will be accepted. If you submit more than one entry, only the last entry will be considered.


Entries must contain the EASTER 2020 image or the text “Made for EASTER 2020” somewhere in the film. You may download the image here. (If you want, you may also include the Bricks in Motion logo but that is not required.)


Also, please mention our sponsor, Minifigure Madness, in the film credits.  They have been generous enough to provide the prizes and it is only right that we give them the credit.


THE “NEW TWIST” RULES

This year, instead of being limited to 20 second entries as most EASTER contests have done, we are reaching way back and channeling the awesomeness of an old contest, the “10 Brick Contest.”


Therefore, your films may only make use of up to 10 bricks/elements in the entirety of the film. Not 10 on screen at once, but ten total. Period. (You may use less than 10 if you prefer.) Minifigures are also banned.


You may also use baseplates for your floor, and a non-Lego background if you wish, which will not count towards your 10 brick limit.


Here is a video explaining and visualizing this new rule.



For more rules, prizes, and discussion, please visit the Forum Topic!



By rioforce on April 5, 2020

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Welcome to the EASTER Contest!



Are you ready to Enjoy A Short Transient Event Right-away?

Flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the sun is shining! It’s springtime; it’s Easter time! Which means another BiM contest is here to keep you holed up in a small, dark room all day. Which, all things considered, is probably a good idea right now.



Once again, I’m privileged to host EASTER, (I did it 7 years ago…how time flies!) which has recently been upgraded to an official Bricks in Motion contest. I’m excited, and I hope you’re ready for another year of fun, frolicking, and filming too.



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EASTER 2019 will begin on March 28 and end April 11.

You have two full weeks to complete and submit your film.



THE RULES:



EASTER is a wonderful contest for a wonderful time of year. It’s always a load of fun and the specific quirks of this contests always give rise to unique and creative films.  This year, however, things will be a little different, so be prepared for a new twist. This year, EASTER will not be limited by the usual 20-second time limit, but a very different limit. This will allow some new avenues of creativity that create some very unique films.



So stay turned, don't build anything yet, and keep your eye out for the contest announcement thread for the rest of the details.



For the full list of judges, prizes, and more information, check out the announcement post on the forums!

By rioforce on March 21, 2020

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It's rewind time!


Brickfilm Rewind 2019 takes a look back at some of the most memorable brickfilms of 2019. List compiled by Sebastian Segura and video edited by Wammy. Intro animation by AnimatorUnknown.


To see all of the films featured in their entirety, check out the playlist on Youtube.


What was your favorite brickfilm of 2019? Discuss it on the forums!

By rioforce on January 28, 2020

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The THAC XVII results are in! The top ten places were ranked out of 75 total entries!


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Undone in the Dungeon by twickabrick


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Nostalgia by the2awesomeguys


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Where Bluebirds Fly by Mosh5256


To see the rest of the winners and to participate in the conversation, please visit the announcement topic on the forums!


You can watch all of the THAC entries here:


THAC XVII YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P … tUlzdZ016v


Vimeo:

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Google Drive: 

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By rioforce on January 25, 2020


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THAC XVII has begun! Good luck, everyone!


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The theme is Opportunity

The color mod is an orange piece connected to or directly touching a blue piece

The letter mod is the letter G


For full Submission and mod element details, along with the rules and prizes, visit the topic on the forums!


Good luck!


By rioforce on January 4, 2020

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The Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest, or THAC for short, is a brickfilming competition that lasts for exactly 24 hours. This coming January will mark THAC XVII. All writing, recording, animating, and editing must be done within the time limit. It’s a challenge but it’s a lot of fun!


Check out the announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjEURw1PXdM


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The contest will begin on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:00 am EST. It will end on Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:00 am EST. You can check your time zone by clicking here.


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Entries will be judged on criteria including originality, production value (animation, set design, cinematography, sound, etc.), story, and creative interpretation of the theme. Films will be discussed and ranked by the judges until a consensus is reached. The top three films will be eligible for the prize pool. Entries below 10th place will not be publicly ranked.


The judges this year are:


-darkdragon

-Nathan Wells

-Pritchard Studios

-Willow Tree


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If your entry places in the top 3, you are eligible for the prize pool! Check out the prizes below!


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LEGO Creator Townhouse Pet Shop & Cafe 31097, custom printed minifigure, brick-built trophy

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LEGO Ideas 21320, custom printed minifigure, brick-built trophy

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LEGO Creator Fairground Carousel 31095, custom printed minifigure, brick-built trophy 


A special thanks to Pongowl for creating the THAC banner and designing the THAC XVII exclusive minifigure!


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For a full list of rules, all the details of the contest, and to discuss this contest, please check out the official announcement post on the forums!


By rioforce on December 2, 2019

Welcome back everyone, Let’s start today’s showcase!


1.) “Scary thriller (director’s cut)” by Spite your face productions


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Before talking about the by far superior director’s cut of Scary thriller, we are going to quickly take a look at the official version of the film just to make sure that everyone understands what I’m talking about.


Scary thriller is a 2002 horror brickfilm created by Tony Mines and Tim Drage of “Spite Your Face Productions”; to promote the monster themed studios sets that were coming out at the time. It’s a spooky; yet comedic, short about a couple whose car conveniently breaks down right outside a large creepy castle. The film was featured on the Lego studios website and it was also included in the SoundFx CD-ROM that came with the main set of the line: set 1382 Scary Laboratory.


Now that that’s out of the way we can finally focus on the spicy stuff. Back in Halloween of 2002, an early version of spooky thriller was shared on the studios website. According to the brickfilms wiki, this version was initially rejected as it was deemed to be too scary for kids. This director’s cut is basically a completely different film as it is made of almost entirely different footage. Most of the shots that were retained are different takes with darker lighting and the events of the second half of the film are completely different. For example, the official version ends with a wholesome disco party while the director’s cut has skeletons rising from the ground and furiously pushing the castle’s door to try to catch the protagonists.


You can watch the Scary thriller director’s cut on YouTube by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ZuAa04UzM

Or if you prefer a happier ending you can watch the official film by clicking here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0suQH_ZoVA

 

2.) “Transylvanian nightmare” by WoodenPuppetStudios


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Do you think the director’s cut of scary thriller was too scary for kids? Well let me tell you that the following film is basically scary thriller all over again but more edgy, way more edgy. Transylvanian nightmare was uploaded to YouTube in 2013 to a channel named wooden puppet films. However, the credits state the film was made in 2008 and it was created by Markus Schöllhuber (who’s likely the owner of wooden puppet films).


Transylvanian nightmare was uploaded as two separate parts; the second one being almost completely made with (not so good) CGI. Despite this, I think the first half of the film and the stop motion bits in the second half make the entire film worth a watch.


As I stated earlier, this film is basically a darker remake of scary thriller. Some scenes have been expanded and made even more dramatic and over the top. For example, remember that shot near the end of the director’s cut where the skeletons rise from the ground? Yeah, that is here too; and it is probably the best scene in the entire film. Strongly recommended.


You can watch part 1 of Transylvanian nightmare on YouTube by clicking here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKPlq9JjWPU

You can watch part 2 of Transylvanian nightmare on YouTube by clicking here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUCDr5Lo_7k

 

3.) “Apocabricks” by Quandary Films


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Sometimes I check other people’s liked videos in hopes of finding a cool new brickfilm. That’s basically how I discovered this little gem. Apocabricks is a 2007 brickfilm made in a day for a 24-hour film festival (no, it wasn’t THAC). The animation here is the furthest thing from perfect; but in my opinion, the massive sets, excellent lightning and unique atmosphere make it worth of being featured here. To me, watching this film feels like seeing the cover art of a fright knights Lego set come to life on screen. The massive abandoned fortress full of skeleton soldiers and the bleak, hopeless tone the film showcases makes it a must watch for the Halloween season.


You can watch Apocabricks on YouTube by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLY_QR6uX3A


Feel free to join the discussion on the forums!

By sebas on October 14, 2019

Yup, that’s right folks. I’m bringing the brickfilm feature back from the grave! Only for this month though. Each week, I’m going to show you all a few Halloween themed brickfilms that have impacted me on a personal level.

While some of these are very well known in the community, others are very underappreciated; which is why my goal with these series is to give them some exposure and the recognition they rightfully deserve.

Now with that being said, let’s start today´s showcase!


1.) “Monsters from the ID” by Gigerbrick

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This is one of my favorite brickfilms of all time. I randomly came across it while browsing youtube back in 2012 and was immediately blown away by how atmospheric this film feels. It combines audio from various horror films to create a new story, which I think is a very innovative technique that I haven’t seen in any other brickfilms since.

The set design and lightning are also beautiful. One of the coolest things about this film is that you will never see a plain wall, everything has depth to it, every shot feels like its own little world; which is outstanding to think of for a brickfilm that was released in 2005!

A trailer for a second part was released, but the actual follow-up was sadly never completed. According to Gigerbrick himself, the small amount of views that the film got discouraged him from finishing the series, besides; he no longer has time to make stop motion animations, which is unfortunate.


You can watch Monters from the ID on youtube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFozSTPx0r0


2.) “Haunted heist” by sillypenta

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I gotta be honest here, I was going to choose the Benny and Lee halloween episode since that was a huge inspiration for me when I started out, however; penta hates that video now and because I want to feature something that he’s actually proud of I chose this film. That doesn’t mean I don’t love haunted heist though. For a brawl entry, the short film feels really polished and well executed.

In the average BRAWL and THAC entries, you can usually tell when the animator starts rushing production because he or she is running out of time, yet in this case; the film runs smoothly from start to finish.

Haunted heist is also full of creative little touches that make it worth watching. For me, the greatest example of this is the use of a glow in the dark head to show when a character gets possessed. The specific head piece that Penta used is one of my favorites, so seeing it in action like that really made the film for me.

Overall, haunted heist is a great comedic brickfilm and you should totally watch it instead of the Benny and Lee special because he hates that now.


You can watch Haunted heist on youtube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiotwTUbdeM


3.) “Zombie peril” by the Boyle brothers

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Jason, Colin and Ryan Boyle all made memorable Halloween themed brickfilms on their own, like the spirit stompers and the unholy trio series for example. For this showcase however, I decided to show you all something they made together for THAC 4, Zombie peril.

Zombie peril is one of the OG zombie brickfilms. Before youtube became saturated with “lego zombie attack” videos, there was this film. So if you consider yourself a fan of zombie themed brickfilms or just zombie films in general, you should definitely give this one a watch.

Oh and bonus points if you can find the bertl zombie cameo! (it’s not that hard to find actually).


You can watch Zombie peril on youtube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wDqlrgmhI4

You can also watch the remastered version they released after THAC by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWhb8e5PfHo


Join the discussion on the forums!

By sebas on October 7, 2019

Hey everyone. I'm Sebastian, a guest writer for BiM.

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I would like to share with you all a brand new spooky brickfilm.


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Annoying noises productions; also know also known as "Squid", creator of well known films such as "How to Not Rob a Bank" and "Pirates Rule" recently released his latest project titled "Welcome to Darkmoor".


Welcome to Darkmoor is a 13 minute long stop motion animated short made with LEGO elements that took over five years to animate. It was shot in greyscale with some select scenes featuring red lighting or red elements for dramatic effect.


The film tells the story of a woman who comes across a mysterious little town where she decides to spend the night. However, the longer that she stays there; the more she begins to notice that there's something very wrong with this town and the people who live there.


The movie features massive sets, excellent cinematography, haunting visuals and an eerie score composed by Joshua David Mitchell.

If you like heavily stylized films or are really into Tim Burton's movies, this is definitely a must watch for you.


You can watch "Welcome to Darkmoor" by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSLzwqvyVS8


Feel free to discuss the film on the forums!

By sebas on October 1, 2019

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The 2019 edition of the Bricks in Motion Summer Contest, Past and Future, wrapped up a couple weeks ago. Now it's the time you've all been waiting for.....


The results!


But first! I'd like to give a BIG thank you to our sponsors, Dragonframe, Brickstuff, and Minifigs.me!


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If you haven't already, go check out their products! I personally recommend them. mini/bigsmile More info on what the prizes for the contest were can be found here.


Also special thanks to our judges, Penta and Dewfilms (and myself mini/tongue)!


Results:



Ok now to the results!



1st Place:

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Also sprach Zarathustra by Kreal Kay



2nd place:

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Chloe is Calling by Joshua Nelson



Third Place:



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Mixed Up Day by Lainie May



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To see the FULL RESULTS, please head over to the forums!

By rioforce on September 20, 2019
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