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BRAWL 2020 has Begun!

Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long or BRAWL, is a contest in which you have ONE WEEK to write, build sets, voice, animate, edit, sound mix, and submit a brickfilm from scratch. Beginning right now, you have one week to do all of that. Any entries not received by June 27, 2020 7:00PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) will be disqualified. It’s tough to do, but that’s what makes it fun!


Theme & MOD Elements

The theme for BRAWL 2020 is Preservation. There’s a lot of ways you could take this theme: preserving something literally or figuratively! Get creative! Theme interpretation and story is a big part of the judging criteria, so don’t skimp out on putting thought into this part.


Mods:

The color MOD element is: a GREEN piece connected to or directly touching a BLUE piece. The letter MOD element is the letter 'H'.


All entries must clearly show the BRAWL 2020 logo for three uninterrupted seconds. The logos may be inserted digitally. Several high-quality resolution versions of the BRAWL 2020 logo can be found here.


For full rules and discussion, please read the announcement on the forums!

By rioforce on June 22, 2020

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Still stuck inside? Just in time for BRAWL!


What is BRAWL?

Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long or BRAWL is a contest in which you have exactly one week to write, animate, edit, and submit a brickfilm. You can watch a quick overview video of the contest HERE.


Last year we tied the record for amount of entries, and with everyone stuck inside, there’s no reason we can get even more this year!


When Does BRAWL Start?

The contest will start June 21th, 2020 (00:00) BST (British Standard Time) (AKA June 20th at 7:00PM EDT), and will end June 28th, 2020 (00:00) BST (British Standard Time) (AKA June 27th 7:00PM EDT). You will have exactly one week to finish and submit a film. Any entries not received by the end of one week time period will be disqualified.


A thread titled "BRAWL 2020 Starts NOW!" will be posted in the Contest & Festivals forum. The thread will contain the theme, MOD elements, and submission information.


The Rules



  • The entry must be entirely made and submitted in one week’s time. To prove this, one or both of the MOD elements must be present in every shot (with the exception of fifteen seconds, more information about that below) of your entry.

  • Your entry must consist primarily of LEGO (or similar building-block toy) stop-motion animation. Live-action, CGI, hand-drawn, or other forms of film or animation may be used to supplement your entry, but stop-motion animation must be the primary focus.

  • Your entry must consist of at least 30 seconds of stop-motion animation. There is no maximum time limit.

  • No mature/explicit content is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: swearing, excessive/gory violence, overt sexual content, and blatant drug references.

  • You must not make your entry public until the deadline has passed.

  • The entry you submit to the judges must be the entry made publicly available to everyone else. You cannot create a version of your film that includes the mod element to send to the judges, and then publicly release a second version of your film that has the mod element removed.

  • Use of copyrighted material (including music) is allowed. Use of copyrighted material will not affect the judging of your entry.

  • Entries based off of previous copyrighted material (Star Wars, Marvel, Batman, etc.) are allowed, but discouraged. It could affect the judging of your film due to unoriginality.

  • Because of the limited time frame and because this isn’t a music contest, you are allowed to use music created before the contest, either original music created beforehand or copyrighted music.

  • Entries must clearly show the BRAWL 2020 logo for three uninterrupted seconds. High quality versions of the logo will be posted by the start of the contest. The logo may be inserted digitally.



For the full list of rules, mod elements, prizes, and to discuss the contest, please check out the topic on the forums!

By rioforce on May 30, 2020

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Bricks in Motion administrator and longtime community member Penta has released the third part to a series of videos recounting the history of brickfilms. The most recent video LEGO Studios: The major impact of a minor LEGO theme, convers the rich history of brickfilms created with, or inspired by the LEGO Studios line of sets, released in 2000.




The 2000 release of the LEGO Studios Steven Spielberg MovieMaker Set is the clearest turning point in brickfilming history, greatly influencing LEGO animation to become a widely practiced hobby. This video chronicles the history and impact of the LEGO Studios theme, both in regards to brickfilming and in regards to how the theme fits in the overall LEGO canon. It also aims to cover some of the general brickfilming practices and struggles of the era, and features interviews with David Pagano of Paganomation and Kevin Ulrich of BrotherhoodWorkshop, explaining how LEGO Studios helped to influence their hobbies and eventual careers.



Featuring nearly 300 individual brickfilms, this 52 minute documentary is a treat for the eyes and a trip down memory lane for many. Even if you aren't farmiliar with brickfilming, its rich history is enthralling and definitely worth the watch.



To watch the film, see an entire list of the films used, as well as to join in on the discussion of this video, please check out the topic on the forums!

By rioforce on May 11, 2020


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The EASTER 2020 Contest results are officially out!


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Thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Minifigure Madness, for their generosity this year. The top three winners will be receiving one of their custom minifigures in the mail soon.


Without further ado, here are the winners!


 


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Untitled Easter 2020 Entry by TwickaBrick


 


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Sunflower by Nathan Wells


 


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Seed of Spring by JOCo


For the full list of winners and to see all the entries, please check out the forum topic!


https://www.bricksinmotion.com/forums/topic/27209/easter-2020-contest-results/


By rioforce on April 12, 2020

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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
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