Topic: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

Happy new year everyone!

With the new year upon us, where oft-broken resolutions are made, I'd like to present a new challenge to the Bricks in Motion community.

List three personal brickfilming goals that you would like to achieve this year. They don't have the be straightforward, they don't have to be lofty, they just need to be goals you want to achieve this year. I will make a list tabulating everyone's goals and keep track of everything in this post.

Now here's the exciting part: At the start of each month, I will ask for everyone's progress on their goals. As people meet their goals, I'll make note of it and we can celebrate everyone's accomplishments together. If you don't meet your goals that month, that's okay, but really try hard to meet them by the end of the year! This isn't about public shaming, it's about publicly supporting each other and giving yourself an extra push to meet your goals.

So let's go make some goals!

Our Goals:

Nathan Wells

  • Complete Appetite Lost by my birthday (June 16)

  • Make a brickfilm that features a female protagonist

  • Make a brickfilm that uses brick-built humanoid puppets, like David Pagano

Greenshirt
Finish my western by June
Enter the 2015 Contest
work on my lighting in general

rioforce
Make a "feature-length" (10 mins  or so) brickfilm
Perfect my animation (especially easing and pacing) and develop a unique style of animation
Make films of different genres (like romance, tragedy, musical, pirates, etc.)

Mr Vertigo
Finish and release Seven Assassins by February 1st, or soon after.  (Did I mention the script is 24 pages long and that I've only filmed two partially completed scenes thus far?)
Make my entry to 2015: The Contest, if possible.
Generally improve my brickfilming and animation skills.  (Also, stop procrastinating.)

jstudios
Finish my detective film that I've had sitting around for a while. Really proud of what I've done so far but I just haven't done much.
Script a much longer film I'm planning, rewrite it.
Hopefully get started on voice acting for it.

jampot
Finish my as-yet-untitled Hun brickfilm by August (I'll probably start filming around March/April).
Animate a brick-built character convincingly (dem Mixel joints doe).
Do at least two more episodes of Vampire Town.

Dyland
Start a weekly brickfilm series (Sliders)
Score over 30 brickfilms over the next year
Finish my 5 years in the making Johnny Thunder brickfilm
Make one brickfilm that features an all star cast of brickfilmers (like Vandy, Smeagol, and Nathan Wells)

GHB
Finish at least two long(5+min) brickfilms this year.
Substantially improve my writing skills.
Improve my skills in blender(CGI)for brickfilm use.

SlothPaladin
Enter THAC (starting easy)
Finish my new chicken project sometime between June and September
Write a 10-15 page script and get pre-production done before the next year

MightyWanderer
Start entering more animation challenges
This one I'm hopefully going to begin tomorrow with the current challenge.
Start working on a long film idea that I formed in the past year
Make an intro/outro that I also formed in the past year
Come out with at least two 4+ minute films - longer than my usual ones, but not super long
I know this is something that others have listed, but enter (and complete a film for) the 2015 BiM contest. I have tried entering two of these and failed, I would really like to see one through

Slurping Animations
To finish at least one decent animation
Practice easing in and out more
To start production on a crime drama series me and a friend had written last year

Dewfilms
Knock a few more things off of my Bucket List
-More sorting and organizing of my Lego collection (*gulp*)
-Watch/review/comment on more films

Gentrystudios
Make my first "excellent project". Almost every animator/brickfilmer has their one film that many people loved and thought was an "Excellent!" film.
Finish pre-production for Reichter 49
Put out another Detective Burgen film

darkdragon
Get either all unopened sets or at least 100lb of unsorted bulk parts sorted so they are usable for projects.
Finish at least one short film or video before June (not including animation tests)
Complete first draft script of first episode of my original series along with series basic plotlines and character bios.

Umbra-Manis
Make a decent first film.

Squid
Finish Welcome to Darkmoor before the year's out
Finish animating about a scene of Darkmoor once a month (I have five left)
Make a nice side brickfilm in a relatively short amount of time so Darkmoor isn't the only thing I make this year

Tobias
Finish the new storyboards and possibly find new additional voice actors for Airplane Survival
Come back to the production on the film in the next few months
Hopefully finish the film by the end of the year, if not sooner

MindGame
Finish all of the films that I have in active production/been putting off finishing (failed BRAWL, failed THAC, Skyfall clip, etc.)
Produce more than two films this year in total
Watch/comment on more of other peoples' brickfilms and try to participate more on the forum

Binding Brick
Finish a film that I began preproduction years ago.
Create at least five brickfilms over 30 seconds that have story to them (so excluding animation challenges and tests).
Experiment with new genres such as crime or horror.
Use a female protagonist.
Science fiction film?
And just get back into the general swing of things. Im super excited with what we as a community are doing this year and it should be a lot of fun if we can all achieve most or all of our goals.

tenny1028
Get better at making music
Reach forty subscribers at least
Use more voices than mine in my brickfilms

togfox
film a high action movie in second half of year
investigate/hone effective camera movement techniques that don't look  yuck.
make a movie with no dialogue.

Holding Our Own
Get 2 episodes of Holding Our Own out in 1 calendar year.
Write scripts for episodes 7 and 8.
Organize the loose and stray unsorted bricks that I just have lying all over the place!!!!!  AAAH!!!

Filip
Make something.
Make it not suck.

HarryAndBillyBrick
Make another Assassin's Lego episode (maybe two...).
Make an untitled medieval/epic film.
Learn more about photography and After Effects.
Probably I'll make other short stuff (random)...

skull brick
Animate anything longer than 20 seconds

StefanMuscat
Improve my editing
Update and Improve my set up. (Mostly Lighting)
Make a fresh start to the year by taking all my ideas, listing them and develop the more plausible ones

Divine
Finish a brick film thats at least 10 minutes or more.
Start on a drama series.
Work on VFX/CGI
More brick films!
Goal to make at least 30 brick films this year!

funmiproductions
Improve animation and set design and light flicker
Finish at least 2 episodes of spiderman series
Finish the script for either Bonnie and Clyde, or Hollow Earth 3

Talipoli Studios
Finish 15-20 minute medieval film by September 1st
Start using color correction in all my films
Start script for feature film (up to 60 minutes).

If I Were A Minifig
Make (and actually FINISH) at least one brick film this year.
Find a skilled animator to shoot a short "drama-with-a-punchline" film I've written.
Score one or more brickfilms.

Wammy
Make a few good films that are at least 2 minutes long during the summer.
Improve in my animating skills.

GEF
release one film once a month
make a movie over 5 minutes long
actually get my music video started and finished

Indy
Create a brickfilm that feeds the soul instead of feeding to the number of entries for a contest
Make it a cyberpunk/spy brickfilm
Contribute more to the forums (in a good way)

legoguy501
Start animating again.
Finish an action film I began 2.5 years ago.
Begin filming a movie that I've had scripted for a long time.

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

Reserved, just in case I need the space.

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

My 2015 Brickfilming Goals:

  • Complete Appetite Lost by my birthday (June 16)

  • Make a brickfilm that features a female protagonist

  • Make a brickfilm that uses brick-built humanoid puppets, like David Pagano

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

My Goals

  • Finish my western by June

  • Enter the 2015 Contest

  • work on my lighting in general

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

My 2015 Brickfilming Goals

  • Make a "feature-length" (10 mins  or so) brickfilm

  • Perfect my animation (especially easing and pacing) and develop a unique style of animation

  • Make films of different genres (like romance, tragedy, musical, pirates, etc.)

Last edited by rioforce (January 9, 2015 (10:40am))

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Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

  • Finish and release Seven Assassins by February 1st, or soon after.  (Did I mention the script is 24 pages long and that I've only filmed two partially completed scenes thus far?)

  • Make my entry to 2015: The Contest, if possible.

  • Generally improve my brickfilming and animation skills.  (Also, stop procrastinating.)

Nathan Wells wrote:
  • Complete Appetite Lost by my birthday (June 16)

That's one day after my birthday, actually!

Nathan Wells wrote:
  • Make a brickfilm that features a female protagonist

Yeah, this is a goal of mine as well.  I actually have an idea for a script that would involve a female protagonist, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it this year, or if it is even brickfilm-able.  But nothing is set at this point.

Last edited by Mr Vertigo (January 1, 2015 (05:31pm))

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Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

  • Finish my detective film that I've had sitting around for a while. Really proud of what I've done so far but I just haven't done much.

  • Script a much longer film I'm planning, rewrite it.

  • Hopefully get started on voice acting for it.

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Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

This thread is a great idea.

  • Finish my as-yet-untitled Hun brickfilm by August (I'll probably start filming around March/April).

  • Animate a brick-built character convincingly (dem Mixel joints doe).

  • Do at least two more episodes of Vampire Town.

When I say brick-built character, I'm not including BIONICLEs, as I animate them on a regular basis already.

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Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

I'd say:

  • Start a weekly brickfilm series (Sliders)

  • Score over 30 brickfilms over the next year

  • Finish my 5 years in the making Johnny Thunder brickfilm

  • Make one brickfilm that features an all star cast of brickfilmers (like Vandy, Smeagol, and Nathan Wells)

I'm not going to lie: I've got some pretty huge goals. However, with motivation, and a great community like BiM behind me, I'm confident that I can get these done this year. mini/smile

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

Mine aren't super great, but it'd be awesome if I were to meet them this year.

  • Finish at least two long(5+min) brickfilms this year.

  • Substantially improve my writing skills.

  • Improve my skills in blender(CGI)for brickfilm use.

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

My goals:

  • Enter THAC (starting easy)

  • Finish my new chicken project sometime between June and September

  • Write a 10-15 page script and get pre-production done before the next year

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

I would really like this year to be a productive one in terms of brickfilming.

  • Start entering more animation challenges
    This one I'm hopefully going to begin tomorrow with the current challenge.

  • Start working on a long film idea that I formed in the past year

  • Make an intro/outro that I also formed in the past year

  • Come out with at least two 4+ minute films - longer than my usual ones, but not super long

  • I know this is something that others have listed, but enter (and complete a film for) the 2015 BiM contest. I have tried entering two of these and failed, I would really like to see one through

Here we gooo!

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

My goals would be:

  • To finish at least one decent animation

  • Practice easing in and out more

  • To start production on a crime drama series me and a friend had written last year

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

Having a difficult time coming up with a list for this.
Well, I guess if I had to make a list...

-Knock a few more things off of my Bucket List
-More sorting and organizing of my Lego collection (*gulp*)
-Watch/review/comment on more films

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Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

Nathan, are everyone's goals going to be added to the first post? Like a list? Not sure, only it looks liek you've double-posted your goals.

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Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

Mine:

  • Make my first "excellent project". Almost every animator/brickfilmer has their one film that many people loved and thought was an "Excellent!" film.

  • Finish pre-production for Reichter 49

  • Put out another Detective Burgen film

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Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

* Get either all unopened sets or at least 100lb of unsorted bulk parts sorted so they are usable for projects.
* Finish at least one short film or video before June (not including animation tests)
* Complete first draft script of first episode of my original series along with series basic plotlines and character bios.

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

  • Make a decent first film.

That's the only thing I have right now.

I'm....................................... A brickfilming noob.

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

  • Finish Welcome to Darkmoor before the year's out

  • Finish animating about a scene of Darkmoor once a month (I have five left)

  • Make a nice side brickfilm in a relatively short amount of time so Darkmoor isn't the only thing I make this year

rioforce wrote:

My 2015 Brickfilming Goals

  • Make a "feature-length" (10 mins  or so) brickfilm

  • Make a brickfilm using larger-scale non-minifigure characters. (BIONICLE and/or brick-built)

  • Make an emotionally appealing short film (romance or tragedy) with no dialogue

Well, it sounds like you've already got a film right there.  Combine all three ideas together.  Boom.

Better start soon, though.  Ten minutes brickfilms can be rough.  I've as of yet never finished one in a year, which is why I would suggest combining the ideas, less need to deviate to side projects, thus you could focus on the big film.
Also, perhaps you could use both non-minifigures and minifigures at once, perhaps making the film about the interactions betwixt the others and the minifigs.

(Also, I'll always help with anything if you need it)

Re: The 2015 Personal Brickfilming Goals Challenge

  • Finish the new storyboards and possibly find new additional voice actors for Airplane Survival

  • Come back to the production on the film in the next few months

  • Hopefully finish the film by the end of the year, if not sooner

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