Topic: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

The theme for this year's BRAWL is Forbidden. This can be interpreted a number of ways -- it can be integrated into the story of your film, or in your approach to creating the film. We encourage taking creative license in your interpretation of the theme. Please don't give us a plot and ask if it's ambitious.  It's all up to you, so surprise us!

The Mod Elements
This year's letter mod will be the letter G.  The rules are as follows:
    1.    The G does not necessarily have to take the form of an upright G, so it can be flipped, or rotated any number of degrees. It can be upper or lower case.
    2.    The allowed variants are the numbers “6” and “9”
    3.    For clarification, these are the only allowed letter mods, and no other letters or numbers will be accepted.
This year's color mod will be a blue LEGO piece connected to a black LEGO piece. The regulations are as follows:
    1.    The black and blue pieces must be LEGO or a similar make and must be touching, if not connected.
    2.    Any pieces may be used (including minifigures), so long as they are the correct colors [light blue is acceptable as a variant for blue as is navy blue].


  • At least one of the mod elements must appear in every shot of your entry.

  • As you can see, there are two mod elements, so you can use them interchangeably in your frames, but one or the other must be present.

  • Thus, you must utilize one of the following three combinations of mod elements in each shot of your entry:
        A.    Only the color mod.
        B.    Only the letter mod.
        C.    Both the color and letter mod.

  • Remember that in your credits, the mod elements do not have to be present, unless pictures or videos are included.

Note: It is not original to make a film about how the element changes from scene to scene and appears in every shot. The element is not intended to be the focus for the film, just a way to ensure entries are made within the 7-day time period.

“Shot” defined:  Shots are the shorter elements that make up a scene. If a minifig walks in front of the camera for a few seconds and the mod element is behind his leg that is OK. Basically, each time you move the camera it’s a new shot. As long as the mod element is visible in the shot for at least enough time to be seen before the camera moves your project is in the clear.

Please send all entries to aarronious (at) gmail (dot) com by August 26th at 12:40 PM (40 min after noon) GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
Please remember to INCLUDE YOUR USERNAME IN YOUR E-MAIL. Any entries sent after this time will be disqualified.

In your e-mail, include the names (username or otherwise) of everybody who helped you out with your film and a download link for the film.  To ensure that all entries are viewable by everyone, a version of the video with a maximum file size of 10 megabytes per minute must be submitted within the one week time period.

For compatibilty and consistency, entries must be encoded using one of the following codecs:

  • Realvideo (Realmedia)

  • DivX (in an .avi file)

  • .wmv (Windows Media)

  • .mov (Quicktime)

You may also upload your video to YouTube (and submit it as a link), but you MUST set is as unlisted/private before submitting it so that it is not public. (This is to prevent stealing of ideas.)

You are welcome to make your films public as soon the clock strikes 12:40 (GMT) August 26th, but not before.  You may upload a high quality version if you want but the version you submitted in the e-mail will be the one used for judging.  Acceptable sites for hosting are ones like MediaFire.

General Rules

  • Entries must be animated and must be primarily composed of stop motion animation.  3D, Flash, or other animation techniques may be used to supplement the stop-motion but may not be the main focus.

  • The film should contain LEGO or similar 'brick' construction toys, such as MEGA Bloks.

  • There must be at least 30 seconds of animation in the entry.  There is no maximum length.

  • Joint entries are allowed, as are multiple entries.

  • Entries may not contain adult language, graphic violence (blood and/or gore) or sexual themes.

  • While copyrighted/trademarked properties are allowed, you are discouraged from basing your movie off of preexisting films or franchises (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.). It's not original, and will hurt your chances in the judging process. Copyrighted music may be used, but if you so choose, you are permitted to have created original music beforehand.  Music does not have to be created within the one week time limit.

Last edited by Goliathan (August 26, 2012 (04:42am))

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

Wow, love the theme! Good luck to all the entrants!

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

Let's get to it then.

Last edited by rogeralans (August 19, 2012 (04:23am))

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

Hmm....interesting! mini/smile

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

Damn writers block!! I'm sure something will come soon....

Also, are we allowed to just E-Mail a YouTube link, or do we have to send an actual file? Its just I'm sure judging would be easier if everyone just watched the video via YouTube (no E-Mailing video files, or watching the movie in crappy compressed quality when you have a high quality YouTube link at your disposal)

Last edited by Max Butcher (August 19, 2012 (04:12am))


YouTube | Twitter | Blog

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

I've already got an idea so I wish I didn't have to start school next week.

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

3.    For clarification, these are the only allowed letter mods, and no other letters or numbers will be accepted.

This doesn't mean that you are only allowed to have one letter visible in the whole movie, right?

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

I think he means that thy will not be accepted as mods.

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

I have a great idea mini/bigsmile

Just praying I can find all the right pieces to bring my sets alive mini/blankexpression

Fingers crossed, going to check my LEGO collection now mini/smile

Say we don't have the correct bricks for animating with, can we just do the stop motion using LDD?

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

I just had to be away when this started now didn't I. . _ . Oh well, I'll look forward to seeing all the entries.
BRAWL 2013 ENTRY Quack In Time
"Why in the world did you do a weird language if you know English?" - tenny1028

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

My gosh, I had to sleep in two hours. mini/tongue


Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

LETS GO!!!!!

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

I actually just came up with a pretty nice idea for an entry. Simple, and nice. I may make it.

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

good luck... may god help you
check out meh yootube channel {thecam9722}

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

I'm gonna give this a shot. It'd make a good warm-up before I begin animating for Kitchen Sink, I'm a wee bit rusty.

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

Awesome theme. Lets BRAWL!

- PlainBrick
Formerly MrLegoProductions
Youtube - My Latest Video

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

This thing should be called SRAWL
"Sweat Rapidly All Week Long"
Anyway, back to animating.

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

Getting excited. And so it begins! mini/bigsmile mini/eek

"I wear black even when I'm not animating. I'm like a walking funeral parlor."

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

So can I use LDD? mini/eek

Re: BRAWL2012 Has Ended!

KAB Productions wrote:

So can I use LDD? mini/eek

The rules wrote:

•  Entries must be animated and must be primarily composed of stop motion animation.  3D, Flash, or other animation techniques may be used to supplement the stop-motion but may not be the main focus.

So you can use LDD for part of your film if you like, but most of it must be stop-motion with actual LEGO.