Topic: THAC 2023 is OVER!!!
THAC 2023 has begun! Best of luck, everyone!
SUBMISSION EMAIL ADDRESS: [email protected]
Snowy Lego Productions
Ry Ry Animation
Red Paint Studios
PR film studios
Psycho Stopmotion Bros.
Orbital Lizard Studios
Hornburger / Solvem Probler Studios
InfinityFilms / Spacemation
Jim's Epic Films
Brick Hat Studios
Good guy try stop motion
Spinjitzu Master Falcon
Laughing Lego Productions
Bros with da Legos
Star Brick Studios
Shadow Wolf 909
Sim Ned Productions
Joel Homie Show
Crested Screamer Studios
Mighty Wanderer, mindfruit, & Sean M.
Buck Brothers Projects
Puskov, BlockHead, and BrickAnimator724
Steve Collins & Daragh
T&M Media Pictures
Corey Pine Studios
Check out the announcement video:
All entries must clearly show the THAC 2023 logo for three uninterrupted seconds. The logos may be inserted digitally or printed out onto the set. Several high-quality resolution versions of the THAC 2023 logo can be found here.
The Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest, or THAC for short, is a Brickfilming competition that lasts exactly 24 hours. All writing, recording, animating, and editing must be completed within the span of one day. It is as challenging as it sounds, but equal parts fun and a major staple of the community!
The theme is Resolve.
The color mod is a blue piece connected to a white piece.
The letter mod is U.
Submit your video link to [email protected]. before 7:00 AM EST on January 8th, 2023, any entries sent after this time will be disqualified.
Write the subject of your email in this format:
THAC 2023 Entry, [Your username], “[Title of your film]”
For example: THAC 2021 Entry, LOTW Studios, “The Citizen of the Year 2: Bum’s Revenge”
Entries must be uploaded to one of these websites…
1. Unlisted YouTube video. To make your video unlisted, go to the video page and click the little blue icon next to the video title, then select UNLISTED from the drop-down menu.
2. Password-protected Vimeo video. To make your video password-protected, go to the video page and click Settings, then under the Privacy tab, choose "Only people with a password". Please remember to include the password in your email! If I cannot view your entry, I cannot accept it.
3. A Google Drive link. Be sure to change the privacy settings so that anyone with the link can access it.
THAC 2023 has begun! Saturday, January the 7th at 7:00 am EST. It will end exactly 24 hours later, on Sunday, January the 8th at 7:00 am EST. You can find out how much time you have left here.
Anyone who is a registered member of Bricks in Motion is eligible to enter THAC. Judges may participate, but are disqualified from being ranked and from receiving prizes. Joint productions are allowed, but it is up to you to divide up the prizes if you win anything.
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. (If you are unsure about whether your film will be accepted, ask me or one of the judges).
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.
The THAC 2023 theme is Resolve. This could be interpreted in multiple different ways. It could be settling a problem, it could be a character's determination to do something, or it could be to do with "resolving" something out into its separate parts. It could also be incorporated into the structure of the film itself. I highly recommend looking up various definitions online for inspiration and to get creative with your interpretations!
To assure that you create your entry within the 24 hour time frame and to prevent cheating, we require the use of the “mod element.” 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 lenience 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. Additionally, we do allow mod elements to be cropped out in some shots but you must provide proof that the mod element was present, by sending me an uncropped still of the shot. You can send me this either by messaging me on discord or by including it in your submission email.
There are 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. The first mod element is a color mod. This is a combination of two random bricks that must be connected together or touching. The second mod element is the 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.
This year’s mod elements are a blue brick connected to or directly touching a white brick and the letter U.
According to Bricklink, the acceptable colors are:
White (Bricklink color ID 1)
Pearl White (Bricklink color ID 83)
Milky White (Bricklink ID 60)
Glow In Dark White (Bricklink ID 159)
Mx White (Bricklink ID 123)
Dark Turquoise (Bricklink color ID 39)
Light Turquoise (Bricklink color ID 40)
Aqua (Bricklink color ID 41)
Light Aqua (Bricklink ID 152)
Dark Blue (Bricklink ID 63)
Blue (Bricklink ID 7)
Dark Azure (Bricklink ID 153)
Little Robots Blue (Bricklink ID 247)
Maersk Blue (Bricklink ID 72)
Medium Azure (Bricklink ID 156)
Sky Blue (Bricklink ID 87)
Medium Blue (Bricklink ID 42)
Bright Light Blue (Bricklink ID 105)
Light Blue (Bricklink ID 62)
Sand Blue (Bricklink ID 55)
Dark Blue-Violet (Bricklink ID 109)
Violet (Bricklink ID 43)
Blue-Violet (Bricklink ID 97)
Medium Violet (Bricklink ID 73)
Trans-Dark Blue (Bricklink ID 14)
Trans-Medium Blue (Bricklink ID 74)
Trans-Light Blue (Bricklink ID 15)
Trans-Aqua (Bricklink ID 113)
Chrome Blue (Bricklink ID 52)
Glitter Trans-Light Blue (162)
Mx Teal Blue (Bricklink ID 146)
Mx Tile Blue (Bricklink ID 143)
Mx Medium Blue (Bricklink ID 144)
Mx Pastel Blue (Bricklink ID 145)
Mx Foil Dark Blue (Bricklink ID 214)
Mx Foil Light Blue (Bricklink ID 215)
Here is the overall Bricklink Color Guide.
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 white torso attached to blue legs count as the color mod.
Baseplates also count as part of a 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: https://youtu.be/YKO2McX25jY
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 15th place will not be publicly ranked.
The judges this year are:
Penta is one of the administrators of Bricks in Motion and of the Brickfilms Wiki. He is known for his History of Brickfilms video series, the Benny n' Lee series, and for Taco Trouble 2: The Trial. He is also a co-host of The World of Brickfilms Podcast.
Blandeer is the LAN Ambassador for Bricks in Motion, liaising with LEGO to organize our juicy contest prizes. In 2022, he released the exceedingly long-awaited Afro Driver. If you are lucky, you might also catch one of his very interesting livestreams.
Bricks & Pieces (BP) is one of the admins of Brickfilm Day, where he is involved with organizing events and community project brickfilms. He has also contributed to top-10-placing entries to the last five BRAWL contests on Bricks in Motion.
MindGame is a longtime fixture of the community, with many notable films to his name including Stranger than Fishin', The Profession, The Cleaners, and films in the Ben and Andy series. He also holds the record for largest number of successful THAC entries (12), which date all the way back to the very first THAC in 2005.
Yetgo is an admin of both Brickboard and Brick à Brack. Her 2022 film The Time Ship won two prizes at the annual German brickfilm festival Steinerei.
LOTW Studios is the current host of THAC and host of the World of Brickfilms Podcast. He is most known for his App Man series and came 1st place in BRAWL 2021, with his entry The Tracker Tracked.
The LEGO Group via the LEGO® Ambassador Network, are very generously providing us with the prizes. A huge thank you goes out to them! The 1st place winner will have the choice to pick out of the 3, followed by the 2nd place winner, who chooses between the 2 remaining prizes, with the 3rd receiving the remaining prize.
Please note that there is the possibility of supply shortages with sets, but the prizes we are offering are:
Jazz Quartet 21334: LEGO Ideas | Toruk Makto & Tree of Souls 75574: Avatar | Viking Ship and the Midgard Serpent 31132: 3in1
If you have any questions, please contribute to the discussion below, or message me on the Bricks in Motion Discord!
Feel free to post updates in this thread, post on the #thac-discussion channel on the Bricks in Motion discord, and post about your progress on social media, with the hashtag #THAC2023.
Best of luck!
Last edited by Penta (January 9, 2023 (07:19pm))