Re: Movie Nights With BricksinMotion
While I didn't post on this thread's initial discussion, I was a silent reader, and, being a big film buff, I was excited to see where this thread was going... And, while I watched The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance that week (it always was my favorite western, after all!), I hesitated to post due to the lack of interest that seemed to come with the first film choice... there were only two reviews, after all.
One year later, however, I'm much less enthusiastic about the whole thing; Not in concept, but, more in execution. Nathan Well's now-ceased Brickfilm of the Week had a great format, and, was sort of prepared for entries when nobody posted by having primarily one host the entire time continue to stoically post entries regardless of interest (or lack thereof) in the previous topic.
I understand that's a lot to put on one brickfilmer's shoulders, but, it worked for the year or so the entire thing ran!
Another great thread I loved posting to was, funny enough, an earlier Nathan Wells thread series - Brickfilming Weekly Discussion. Both of his threads seemed to engage this community in a great way, creating returning posters every week.
This discussion, however, does not. As it is now, it seems destined to fail again... and, that's not something I'd like to see, as, like I said earlier, the concept really intrigued me. I think we should probably set some more rules/guidelines first before continuing.
Here are some of my suggestions:
Choose one host for a certain period (maybe 6 months? a year? less?)
Have a co-host, or replacement host, ready to fill in or take control of the thread, if the thread's been dormant for an entire week.
Film selection could be broadened to things off of Netflix. (Pritchard's comment about visiting your Local Library was a great suggestion)... and besides, I have a (on it's last legs, for sure, but, still standing) video rental store nearby... and Netflix does have a dvd by mail service too, remember?
Someone should make a graphic for users to use for rating/discussing a film Either a small image, or, even something like this would suffice: * * * * * Casablanca, * Guardians of the Galaxy
Brickfilms should be added to the list... either one along with the main feature every week, or, a brickfilm one week, a motion picture another...
The main reason I loved the Brickfilm Weekly Discussion and the Brickfilm of the Week series' was because, even if they didn't talk about brickfilming specifically, they still were relevant to the craft - each week's discussion had something that you could take away from it. And, unless we only choose brickfilms & movies that have neat camera angles/cinematography/music/acting/any other aspect... I don't think that's going to drive discussion.
And, while I do love studying film, I'd much prefer to see Nathan Well's Beast, or a Doctor Who: The Movie thrown in, just for the fun of it - not just for a reason to dissect, but, for entertainment. Sheer entertainment.
That's what film's all about, remember? I'd love to see this thread reflect that.