Here are the questions:
If you could answer these it'd really help me out, thanks.
Well, most of these have been covered very thoroughly, but I might as well add my own views to this.
1. LEGO is (relatively) cheap, accessible, instant recogniseable, and endlessly recyclable. Brickfilming as a whole is very easy to get into, and much more forgiving than live-action. All you really need is a camera, LEGO, some lights, and animation software, all of which are readily obtainable. If I have a free weekend and decide I want to make a brickfilm set on a castle or a spaceship (or both), I can make a decent quality short with relative ease in that time. By contrast that would be more or less impossible in live-action film-making, where you need basically an army and a lot of fairly expensive equipment to make anything decent-looking, not to mention locations, props, catering, etc. It's much easier to create a good-looking brickfilm that it is to create a good-looking live-action short. It also doesn't hurt if you already are a LEGO fan and have a big collection to begin with, as was the case with me before I got into brickfilming.
2. This is a pretty subjective question, as everyone measures success differently. I myself don't know if I have a particular way of measuring success. It depends on many different factors for me. In a way, I feel like each new film I make is more successful than the last. I always try to do something I've never done before, push myself in a different way, keep improving the quality of my films--whether it be writing, voicing, cinematography, lighting, editing, or otherwise. As of right now, I'd say Retribution is my most successful film--I won 3rd place in BRAWL with it and got nominated for two BiMAs, which I've never had happen before. But if you ask me again some time later, my answer will probably be completely different. In the end, I think the only true measure of success is the test of time. Does your film hold up as well as it did when you first released it?
3. Brickfilming isn't difficult per se; it's more a matter of patience, dedication, and lots of practice. You get out of it what you put in. If you put effort into making your film look and sound as good as possible, it'll show. Aside from that, though, it's really helpful to have an interest in film and film-making. On of the biggest influences on my brickfilming was a live-action film course I took. It may not seem immediately obvious, but a lot of what you learn in live-action applies to brickfilming as well. There's a noticeable jump in quality in my films I made after I took this course (though this is also partially due to the fact I got a much better camera and equipment as well). Watching and closely analysing films is also a great way to improve your film-making skills.
4. The community is fantastic, in short. Everyone here is very supportive and helpful, and it's a great place to get advice and feedback, and share your progress. I've gotten to know many good friends here, including many brickfilmers I admire and look up to, which is something that I'm really grateful for.
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Retribution (3rd place in BRAWL 2015)
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