Topic: THAC XVIII - Coming January 2021!

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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 XVIII. 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:

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The contest will begin on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 7:00 am EST. It will end on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:00 am EST. You can check your time zone by clicking here.

Here are several variations of the contest logo: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/fold … 6jq03kQY6C

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Anyone who is a registered member of Bricks in Motion and in good standing before the start of the contest can enter. Judges may also participate but will not be ranked or considered for prizes. Joint productions are allowed, but it will be up to your team to divide the prize amongst yourselves should you win.

  • Your entry must be entirely animated and edited during the 24-hour period. To prove this and as a long-time tradition of the contest, mod elements must appear in every shot of your film with the exception of 15 seconds. More on this below.

  • Your entry must consist of primarily LEGO (or similar building block toy) stop motion animation. Live action, CGI, and hand drawn animation are allowed but stop motion 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 or explicit content is allowed. This includes but is not limited to: swearing, excessive gore, overt sexual content, and blatant drug references.

  • You may not make your entry public until after the deadline. The entry you make public must be the entry you submit to the judges. You cannot create a version of your film that includes the mod element to send to the judges and then release a second version of the film with the mod element removed. Once the judging process is over and the official results have been announced, you can make any changes you wish.

  • Use of copyrighted material (such as music) is allowed, though be aware of copyright infringement. Use of copyrighted material will not affect the judging of your entry. Additionally, due to time restraints of the contest, music may be created before the contest. While using copyrighted/trademarked material is allowed, you are discouraged from basing your entry on pre-existing franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, etc. There is no direct score deduction, but a film that uses pre-existing intellectual properties will not be viewed as favorable as a film that creates something entirely new.

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To prevent cheating, a theme will be announced at the start of the contest. You can brainstorm ideas beforehand, but there is no guarantee that your ideas will match the theme. The theme will either be a single word or phrase. 

In addition, “mod elements” must be present in every shot of your film. A mod element is a visual component that must be physically included in each shot of your film to prove that it was made in the 24 hour timeframe. There is an exception however, with a 15 second lineance rule. You do not have to include the mod element for a maximum of 15 seconds. Hopefully, this will allow you to film close ups or other shots where it may be difficult to incorporate the mod elements. Additionally, we want to provide leeway to entrants who forget to include a mod element in a shot or two. In short, if you omit or forget the mod element in a few shots–that’s okay! Just make sure the shots without the mod do not exceed 15 seconds.

There will be two mod elements to choose from–you do not need to use both, you can pick one or the other, or even mix and match them. As with the theme, these mod elements will be announced at the start of the contest. The first mod element is a color mod. This will be a combination of two random bricks that must be connected together or touching. (For example, a green brick connected to a white brick.) The second mod element is a letter mod. This could be any one of the 26 letters in the English alphabet. You may use upper or lowercase versions of the letter, but the letter must be recognizable. Please see the two pictures below that demonstrate the two types of mod elements.

  • The letter mod may be upper or lowercase. The letter can be rotated but not mirrored. It must be clearly identifiable as the particular letter. It may be written on a piece of paper or sticker, drawn directly onto a brick, printed onto a piece, or built from pieces and even integrated into the set.

  • The letter mod may exist as a printed LEGO piece, but it must clearly be that letter. Expressions on a minifigure face or folds in clothing on minifigure torsos are not letters.

  • Mod elements must be physically present. They cannot be digitally added in post production.

  • Minifigure parts such as a green torso attached to white legs do count as the color mod.

  • You do not need to include the mod elements in the title or credits.


Check out Chris W.’s video about mod elements 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:
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dewfilms
Dewfilms is a Bricks in Motion moderator. This will be her third consecutive year hosting THAC. She has directed brickfilms, appeared in the Bricks in Motion Documentary, and regularly voice acts for other brickfilmers.

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FilmDude
FilmDude is a longtime member of the brickfilming community. He frequents the Bricks in Motion Discord server and is always welcoming to other members. FilmDude regularly answers video and technical questions.

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Penta
Penta is a Bricks in Motion administrator and runs the BrickFilms Wiki. He is well known for his History of Brickfilms series and Benny n’ Lee. Penta is currently in production of a 10-minute long brickfilm called Taco Trouble 2.

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Sebastian
Sebastian was the host of the Bricks in Motion Fright and Fear contest. He is currently working on a brickfilm called Welcome to Darkwood, a spinoff of Welcome to Darkmoor.

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The prizes for THAC XVIII are generously provided by The LEGO Group via the LEGO® Ambassador Network. A huge thank you goes out to them!
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If you have any questions, please contribute to the discussion below!

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Actually reading 2021 is absolutely wild.

Yes, it's homemade, fresh from the toaster oven.

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yes

Woo

NICE

Re: THAC XVIII - Coming January 2021!

Super excited! Also, awesome prizes, I can't wait!

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Why is the logo a moon?

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I thought it'd be a good way to represent time/night as entrants usually have to stay up all night to complete their films.

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It's the most THAC-tastic time of the year.

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Why does the lego version of you still have a beard even though you don't anymore?

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Bros with da Legos wrote:

Why does the lego version of you still have a beard even though you don't anymore?

the beard is the mod element

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Chris W. wrote:

yes

Woo

NICE

My feelings exactly. mini/smile

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END films wrote:
Chris W. wrote:

yes

Woo

NICE

My feelings exactly. mini/smile

All of our feelings on the contest.

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rioforce wrote:
Bros with da Legos wrote:

Why does the lego version of you still have a beard even though you don't anymore?

the beard is the mod element

But what about those of us younger-generation brickfilmers who don't have that old beard piece? mini/wink

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Super exited!

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Chris W. wrote:

yes

Woo

NICE

Me too.

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Re: THAC XVIII - Coming January 2021!

Very exciting! The new mod element leniency strikes me as a very kind change to make.
I can't wait!

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Hey guys, I have a challenge idea. We could all make predictions of what we think the color mod, letter mod, and theme are going to be, film ourselves making our predictions, and upload the videos to YouTube as unlisted. We'd keep our predictions secret, and then if someone guesses something right, they can prove it by sending the link to the video. (Because the date on the vid would be before THAC)

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Great contest, awesome prizes, defiantly entering!

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THAC!!!!! mini/lol

We can't wait!

We will absolutely enter!

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Can't wait...

For a long stressful day...

Called THAC...

And the best brickfilming contest ever!!!

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Re: THAC XVIII - Coming January 2021!

hey mr Chris,
do you think bricks in motion channel will do a year end highlight of all the 2020 brickfilms?

ok