Topic: THAC XVIII is OVER!
THAC XVIII has begun! Good luck, everyone!
Here are several variations of the contest logo if you wish to use one of them in your film:
The theme is Change.
The color mod is a white piece connected to or directly touching a yellow piece.
The letter mod is Z.
Submit your video link to [email protected].
The Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest, or THAC for short, is a brickfilming competition that lasts for exactly 24 hours. All writing, recording, animating, and editing must be done within the time limit. It’s a challenge but it’s a lot of fun!
The contest starts today Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 7:00 am EST. It will end on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:00 am EST. You can check your time zone by clicking here.
Anyone who is a registered member of Bricks in Motion and in good standing before the start of the contest can enter. Judges may also participate but will not be ranked or considered for prizes. Joint productions are allowed, but it will be up to your team to divide the prize amongst yourselves should you win.
Your entry must be entirely animated and edited during the 24-hour period. To prove this and as a long-time tradition of the contest, mod elements must appear in every shot of your film with the exception of 15 seconds. More on this below.
Your entry must consist primarily of LEGO (or similar building block toy) stop motion animation. Live action, CGI, and hand drawn animation are allowed but stop motion must be the primary focus.
Your entry must consist of at least 30 seconds of stop motion animation. There is no maximum time limit.
No mature or explicit content is allowed. This includes but is not limited to: swearing, excessive gore, overt sexual content, and blatant drug references.
You may not make your entry public until after the deadline. The entry you make public must be the entry you submit to the judges. You cannot create a version of your film that includes the mod element to send to the judges and then release a second version of the film with the mod element removed. Once the judging process is over and the official results have been announced, you can make any changes you wish.
Use of copyrighted material (such as music) is allowed, though be aware of copyright infringement. Use of copyrighted material will not affect the judging of your entry. Additionally, due to time restraints of the contest, music may be created before the contest. While using copyrighted/trademarked material is allowed, you are discouraged from basing your entry on pre-existing franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, etc. There is no direct score deduction, but a film that uses pre-existing intellectual properties will not be viewed as favorable as a film that creates something entirely new.
The THAC XVIII theme is change.
“Mod elements” must be present in every shot of your film. A mod element is a visual component that must be physically included in each shot of your film to prove that it was made in the 24 hour timeframe. There is an exception however, with a 15 second lineance rule. You do not have to include the mod element for a maximum of 15 seconds. Hopefully, this will allow you to film close ups or other shots where it may be difficult to incorporate the mod elements. Additionally, we want to provide leeway to entrants who forget to include a mod element in a shot or two. In short, if you omit or forget the mod element in a few shots–that’s okay! Just make sure the shots without the mod do not exceed 15 seconds.
There are two mod elements to choose from–you do not need to use both, you can pick one or the other, or even mix and match them. The first mod element is a color mod. This is a combination of two random bricks that must be connected together or touching. The second mod element is a letter mod. This could be any one of the 26 letters in the English alphabet. You may use upper or lowercase versions of the letter, but the letter must be recognizable.
This year’s mod elements are a white brick connected to or directly touching a yellow brick and the letter Z.
According to Bricklink, the acceptable colors are:
White (Bricklink color ID: 1)
Pearl White (Bricklink color ID: 83)
Satin White (Bricklink color ID: 228)
Milky White (Bricklink color ID: 60)
Glow In Dark White (Bricklink color ID: 159)
Dark Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 161)
Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 3)
Bright Light Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 103)
Light Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 33)
Trans-Neon Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 121)
Trans-Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 19)
Mx Light Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 137)
Mx Ochre Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 138)
Mx Foil Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 218)
Here is the overall Bricklink Color Guide.
The letter mod may be upper or lowercase. The letter can be rotated but not mirrored. It must be clearly identifiable as the particular letter. It may be written on a piece of paper or sticker, drawn directly onto a brick, printed onto a piece, or built from pieces and even integrated into the set.
The letter mod may exist as a printed LEGO piece, but it must clearly be that letter. Expressions on a minifigure face or folds in clothing on minifigure torsos are not letters.
Mod elements must be physically present. They cannot be digitally added in post production.
Minifigure parts such as a green torso attached to white legs do count as the color mod.
You do not need to include the mod elements in the title or credits.
Check out Chris W.’s video about mod elements here:
Send an email to [email protected] before 7:00 am EST on Sunday, January 10, 2021 with a link to your film. I will reply in a timely manner to confirm your submission has been received and add you to the Accepted Entries list below. In the body of your email, please include a working link to your film and a password if you choose to upload it to Vimeo. Please format the subject of your email as follows:
THAC XVIII Entry, [Your Bricks in Motion username], “[Title of Your Entry]”
Your entry may be in the following formats:
Unlisted YouTube video.
Password-protected Vimeo video. Please remember to include the password in your email! If I cannot view your entry, I cannot accept it.
Google Drive. While this option is acceptable, it is preferred that you upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
Entries will be judged on criteria including originality, production value (animation, set design, cinematography, sound, etc.), story, and creative interpretation of the theme. Films will be discussed and ranked by the judges until a consensus is reached. The top three films will be eligible for the prize pool. Entries below 10th place will not be publicly ranked.
The judges this year are:
Dewfilms is a Bricks in Motion moderator. This will be her third consecutive year hosting THAC. She has directed brickfilms, appeared in the Bricks in Motion Documentary, and regularly voice acts for other brickfilmers.
FilmDude is a longtime member of the brickfilming community. He frequents the Bricks in Motion Discord server and is always welcoming to other members. FilmDude regularly answers video and technical questions.
Penta is a Bricks in Motion administrator and runs the BrickFilms Wiki. He is well known for his History of Brickfilms series and Benny n’ Lee. Penta is currently in production of a 10-minute long brickfilm called Taco Trouble 2.
Sebastian was the host of the Bricks in Motion Fright and Fear contest. He is currently working on a brickfilm called Welcome to Darkwood, a spinoff of Welcome to Darkmoor.
Willow Tree is the current host of THAC. He has entered a number of Bricks in Motion contests throughout the years including THAC and BRAWL.
The prizes for THAC XVIII are generously provided by The LEGO Group via the LEGO® Ambassador Network. A huge thank you goes out to them!
Schpidah Wuss (Vimeo)
Stop Motion Picturez
The Lego Magazin DE
Ace Brick Animations
The Brick Masters
Naruco (Google Drive)
Mr. Stop Motion
Psycho Stopmotion Bros (2 entries)
Erik Tong Studios
Max's LEGO StopMotion
2x4 studios (Google Drive)
Beatup Bricks Productions
Mark Nelson Movies
Bros with da Legos
Post Frame Productions
legobrickstudios emmet (Google Drive)
The Brick Bro (Google Drive)
Mr. No Studios
Buck Brothers Projects
Mr. Awesome's Animations
N0odlebrick (Jack Motter)
Nathan Wells and MindGame
Animation Base 1
Lego siren maker
Smithy of Films
Llano River Blue
Plastic Point Productions
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