Topic: Brickfilm Academy Interest

Hello peoples of earth! I am planning on running a brickfilming academy in the Denver, CO area this coming spring. It will be a week long, and attendees will stay on the campus with food and housing included. It will be for individuals interested in a serious pursuit of brickfilming/stop motion. Not an intro course, but more advanced techniques like cinematic lighting, artistic framing, lens selection, editing choices, advanced animation, etc. Attendees would have to bring their own gear (camera, tablet/laptop, software, Lego).

I will be teaching and leading practical hands on workshops. This is more of a guild type setting then a death by PowerPoint kind of thing. Over the 5 days attendees will actually create a short film with my guidance.

Do you have much interest in something like this? What would you specifically want included? Is a $1,200 price point simply unattainable for most? Bear in mind this is a professional development setting, and there are real costs to cover (campus, food, etc.). Target age range is 15-25, though older is a non-issue.

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them!

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Hmm... this seems like a very interesting idea, it’s the first time I’ve heard of something like it, but it sounds cool. Depending on when it is in the spring, it might work better after most schools are out. Not sure how many people would go, depending on the virus status as well as the higher-end price (A lot of week long camps I know of are under $700, but I understand a camp like this would entail more of a cost). I know I would love to go, but alas, I live in Minnesota.

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Should offer a virtual option.

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Lechnology wrote:

Should offer a virtual option.

That's a good idea! Thank you.

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If anyone is interested in the brickfilm academy above - what would be the biggest hurdle for you? The cost? Location? Time of year? I'd love to get your feedback!

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I'm not here to quash anyone's dreams, just giving perspective.  It's too niche and not many seem to be interested given the sporadic response here.

Have you gotten interest else where?  How does it look on the virtual front?

I'm not interested myself, but let's pretend I'm a prospective student.  Sell this to me.  What are your qualifications?  What can you teach me that a few hours on YouTube, Skillshare, Udemy, Coursera, etc. won't teach me at a cheaper price?  Why should I give money to some random person the internet that wants me to travel out of state to a building with other random strangers for a week?  Can't this be done virtually via video conference?  Am I the only underage student in a room full of 30-40 year olds?  Or am I the only 30-40 year old in a room of underage students?  Are you insured?  Is the building?  What are your COVID protocols?  I have peanut, shrimp, and water allergies, paraplegic and need an aide or service animal by my side 24/7.  Can you accommodate?

Yes, we're seen your work, but how's your networking within the community?

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Mudskipper wrote:

If anyone is interested in the brickfilm academy above - what would be the biggest hurdle for you? The cost? Location? Time of year? I'd love to get your feedback!

Personally, location + cost + interest. I might not be in the target demographic, though, since I'm not really in the learning stages of brickfilming. The demographic does seem somewhat thin, though. It's not a beginner's course, but it's bordering on the people who already know a lot about brickfilming. It seems like a fun time, but maybe not worth the cost. Especially with plane tickets and housing and the cost of the event itself.

An online MasterClass style course might be a better alternative. Then people can stream it. Of course, the problem is that it's not "hands-on" with actual stuff, and it's more "teach yourself" with you guiding via pre-recorded video. Unless you did it live like a college class and did live critique. After all, people are required to use their own equipment anyway, so doing it at home wouldn't be much different (with the added benefit of not having to almost lose for $400 tripod head in security mini/tongue ).

I love the idea, but realistically, it's hard to commit to something like that (at least personally), and it seems hard for anyone I know unless it was marketed as sort of an extra-circular homeschool class or something.

That's not to say brickfilming events can't work. People went to the one and only Brickflix festival before it was canceled, so there's definitely bound to be some interest in some areas of the web.

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Re: Brickfilm Academy Interest

Lechnology wrote:

I'm not here to quash anyone's dreams, just giving perspective.  It's too niche and not many seem to be interested given the sporadic response here.

Have you gotten interest else where?  How does it look on the virtual front?

I'm not interested myself, but let's pretend I'm a prospective student.  Sell this to me.  What are your qualifications?  What can you teach me that a few hours on YouTube, Skillshare, Udemy, Coursera, etc. won't teach me at a cheaper price?  Why should I give money to some random person the internet that wants me to travel out of state to a building with other random strangers for a week?  Can't this be done virtually via video conference?  Am I the only underage student in a room full of 30-40 year olds?  Or am I the only 30-40 year old in a room of underage students?  Are you insured?  Is the building?  What are your COVID protocols?  I have peanut, shrimp, and water allergies, paraplegic and need an aide or service animal by my side 24/7.  Can you accommodate?

Yes, we're seen your work, but how's your networking within the community?

Thank you for these points Lechnology! I have gotten outside interest, which is why the entire thing was cooked up in the first place. I honestly don't know how it looks on the virtual front; that's why I'm asking for perspective here. I appreciate you taking the time to point out some good things to consider.

As to your networking question - admittedly not strong. This isn't a hobby for me (though I acknowledge and LOVE that it is for many others!), so I do come at it with a different perspective. Thanks again for your input!

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rioforce wrote:
Mudskipper wrote:

If anyone is interested in the brickfilm academy above - what would be the biggest hurdle for you? The cost? Location? Time of year? I'd love to get your feedback!

Personally, location + cost + interest. I might not be in the target demographic, though, since I'm not really in the learning stages of brickfilming. The demographic does seem somewhat thin, though. It's not a beginner's course, but it's bordering on the people who already know a lot about brickfilming. It seems like a fun time, but maybe not worth the cost. Especially with plane tickets and housing and the cost of the event itself.

An online MasterClass style course might be a better alternative. Then people can stream it. Of course, the problem is that it's not "hands-on" with actual stuff, and it's more "teach yourself" with you guiding via pre-recorded video. Unless you did it live like a college class and did live critique. After all, people are required to use their own equipment anyway, so doing it at home wouldn't be much different (with the added benefit of not having to almost lose for $400 tripod head in security mini/tongue ).

I love the idea, but realistically, it's hard to commit to something like that (at least personally), and it seems hard for anyone I know unless it was marketed as sort of an extra-circular homeschool class or something.

That's not to say brickfilming events can't work. People went to the one and only Brickflix festival before it was canceled, so there's definitely bound to be some interest in some areas of the web.

Hey, thanks for putting it into perspective Rioforce! I really like your idea of a MasterClass type course. You da man.

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Mudskipper wrote:

I honestly don't know how it looks on the virtual front; that's why I'm asking for perspective here. I appreciate you taking the time to point out some good things to consider.

Well, on that front, I'd say it is more doable and affordable.

From Zoom to Google Meet, you have plenty of options for a live video conference and you can host from your own home or office.  You can also record your sessions for later access.  All you need is a computer with microphone and headphones.  If you have presentation content, you just need to know how to share your screen/tab to the attendees.

The virtual approach gives you the opportunity to reach more people because they don't have to travel, they just need to have Internet and a computer.  Setting up multiple sessions on multiple days ensures flexibilities, too.  If you want to charge attendees, that's fine too.  Just make it reasonable and make sure the content you're sharing is uniquely yours (see the I-can-learn-about-it-on-YouTube note).

Lastly, I would say to also offer an entry-level course option, if you intend to expand on this, having an annual or seasonal Brickfilms Academy Camp-like course.

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