Topic: Where the Legos at in Hollywood?

So what I've noticed is that even though LEGO stop motion is well known on the internet, there's literally only one movie that was in theatres which was the LEGO movie. I hope we can all agree when I say I hope to see brick films up there on the big screen, and I feel like it is quite possible to do so if we use what made our brick films in the first place- Imagination, creativity, patience, and ESPECIALLY the time and effort; and not throwing our idea away even when it seems to take a large amount of time. mini/yes

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Re: Where the Legos at in Hollywood?

Hope all you want, it all comes down to money, interest, and whether or not The LEGO Group greenlights any project involving their brand.  The LEGO Movie was made because LEGO OKed it, just as it contracts stop-motion animators like Brotherhood Workshop and CGI companies like Wil Film to produce content for LEGO.

If you expect brickfilms to hit the silverscreen, it's not going to come from hobbyist like us, not directly.

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Lech is right - if there is a feature film with LEGO products in it it's probably going to be an official LEGO film - The LEGO Movie, LEGO Batman, etc.

I don't know if you saw it, but Bound is a 50-minute brickfilm that was planned to have an international release on DVD and such, but the LEGO Group didn't want them to do that.  My point with this is that even if some brickfilmer made a full-length film that they wanted to premiere, it's highly unlikely that they'd be able to do so.

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LEGO is okay with people producing content for the internet. They even encourage it. But anything that involves big budgets and potentially huge revenue from the Hollywood films is and will always be controlled by them firstly. It makes sense. They'd be stupid to allow movies like "Bound" actually legit premiere worldwide and distribute DVDs. At the end of the day it is their product that is on the screen and naturally they'd want a slice of that pie. It's a business mini/smile

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Does anybody remember "The Adventures of Clutch Powers"?
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I do. Lego sure has changed their technique with their computer animated films.

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Honestly, Clutch Powers doesn't really have much to do with this conversation. It was a straight to DVD movie (with an edited TV version that was actually better than the DVD edition). It wasn't a "Hollywood blockbuster". The topic here seems to be more asking about why aren't brickfilms made by everyday people on the big screen. Of course, the reason is law issues, and that's been established.

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Yeah, I've got that on DVD. I really like it and I watch it every now and then!

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I never really had interest in the computer animated LEGO movies(because it annoyed me that their arms and legs bended in ways that real life Lego's don't, which annoyed me for some reason), that is until I started to watch NINJAGO mini/wink

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Re: Where the Legos at in Hollywood?

I'm sure making The LEGO Movie in stop-motion was considered at some point, but CG is cheaper, has an established pipeline, allows for far more flexibility. Imagine building some of those sets IRL, it wouldn't be possible.

Few studios are set up for making feature-length stop-motion, and those that are relish in their crafted look which LEGO can't provide. Aardman, Laika... Is there anyone else?

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CG is actually more expensive, but it's easier to control and can be speed up by adding more people to the pipeline, and because they can be finished faster (even if it is at a greater expense) and controlled and tweaked with a fine toothed comb the major studios prefer them.

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Clutch Powers is an incredibly moving piece of art with some of the most intelligent symbolism I have ever seen. The film really makes you think, you know? And that's not even mentioning the impact it's had on the industry. It's groundbreaking writing makes Hitchcock and Spielberg look like pretentious lowbudget film students. I'm always hearing people complain about how Selma or The Lego Movie, etc. were snubs at the oscars but I was shocked when I heard Clutch Powers wasn't nominated for best picture. Truly the best film and one of the most underrated pieces of art ever made.
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Re: Where the Legos at in Hollywood?

Gillcrafter wrote:

So what I've noticed is that even though LEGO stop motion is well known on the internet, there's literally only one movie that was in theatres which was the LEGO movie. I hope we can all agree when I say I hope to see brick films up there on the big screen, and I feel like it is quite possible to do so if we use what made our brick films in the first place- Imagination, creativity, patience, and ESPECIALLY the time and effort; and not throwing our idea away even when it seems to take a large amount of time. mini/yes

You do realize that The LEGO Movie is CGI and not actually stop motion, right?

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Filip wrote:

You do realize that The LEGO Movie is CGI and not actually stop motion, right?

An interesting fact about The LEGO Movie is they used virtual fingerprints to make it look more realistic.

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In order to add more realism to the movie, the Lego bricks have scratches, fading, and even fingerprints to make the movie look like someone was manipulating real bricks in a stop-motion fashion. The Bricks are also affected by their locations, with the bricks in The Old West realm being more dusty and faded from the sunlight. link

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What is a virtual fingerprint?

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What is a virtual fingerprint?

I believe he is saying that the CG minifigures in the Lego Movie had fingerprints included in their textures.

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HoldingOurOwn wrote:

What is a virtual fingerprint?

I believe he is saying that the CG minifigures in the Lego Movie had fingerprints included in their textures.

Exactly!