Topic: BRAWL 2023 IS OVER!
The playlist of 154 entries can be viewed here.
Tomás & Kermit Productions
Fistful of Studs
T&M Media Pictures
Lego Hero City
Battle Axe Films
A Fuse To Sacrifice
Over the Moon Films
Casa Vermelha Studios
Bros with da Legos
A Brick History
Orbital Lizard Studios
Shadow Wolf 909
Three Mountains Studios
2x4 Productions/Joshua Nelson
In a Book
Jim's Epic Films
Spinjitzu Master Falcon
Infinity Prime Studios
Star Brick Studios
North Brick Productions
Bricks & Pieces
Good guy try stop motion
Mr. Brick Archaeologist
PR Film Studios
BRAWL 2023 HAS BEGUN!
Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long or BRAWL, is a contest in which you have ONE WEEK to make and submit a whole brickfilm from scratch. Beginning RIGHT NOW, you have one week. Any entries not received by July 1st, 2023, 7:00PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) will be disqualified. It’s a challenge, but so much fun!
Theme & MOD Elements
The story theme for BRAWL 2023 is Connection.
You choose how to include that idea into your story. More literal? Metaphorical? Get creative!
The color MOD element is: a RED piece connected to or directly touching a YELLOW piece. The letter MOD element is the letter 'J'.
All entries must clearly show the BRAWL 2023 logo for three uninterrupted seconds. The logos may be inserted digitally. Several high-quality resolution versions of the BRAWL 2023 logo can be found here.
To prove that you made your film within the time limit, at least one of the mod elements must appear in every shot of your animation (excluding 15 seconds, more info below). You do not need to use both mod elements. You can combine these mod elements in any way that you see fit, so long as at least one is present. You could choose to use just the color mod or just the letter mod, you could choose to use both, you could alternate between scenes, or any combination of the above. All that is important is that at least one of the mod elements be visible in every shot, minus your 15-second leeway. For a video summary of the mod element rules, check out this video.
The letter may be upper or lower case, but it still must be clearly that letter. It may be written or printed on a piece of paper or sticker, drawn directly onto a brick, printed on a piece, or built from pieces and even integrated into the set. As long as the mod is intentional and recognizable.
The letter mod element may exist on a printed LEGO piece, but it must clearly be that letter. An eyebrow or wrinkle on a minifig’s face, or a fold in the shirt on the minifig's torso are not letters.
All mod elements must be physically present in each shot of your entry (with the exception of 15 seconds). You cannot digitally insert the mod element after you have animated the shot.
Minifig parts (for example a red torso attached to white legs) can count as the color mod.
Baseplates do count as the mod element.
You do not need to include either mod element in the titles or credits.
If a shot must be clarified by changing the shot in anyway (changing brightness, black and white to color, etc) to be able to identify the mod element, the shot will be not counted as containing the mod element and will count towards your fifteen second leeway (and will disqualify your entry if it pushes the run-time of shots without the mod element over 15 seconds). See next rule for one exception regarding the cropping of the image.
For particular shots where including the mod element would be disruptive to your artistic vision (such as extreme close-ups and shots with very low depth of field), you may include a legal mod element in the shot and then crop the mod element out in post-production. You then must provide an uncropped frame from that shot and explain in detail the cropped shot in the submission email. You will have to provide separate proof for each shot.
The acceptable colors are (as designated on Bricklink):
Red (Bricklink color ID: 5)
Dark Red (Bricklink color ID: 59)
Trans Red (Bricklink color ID: 17)
Dark Yellow (BrickLink color ID: 161)
Yellow (BrickLink color ID: 3)
Light Yellow (BrickLink color ID: 33)
Bright Light Yellow (BrickLink color ID: 103)
Neon Yellow (BrickLink color ID: 236)
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 Lemon (BrickLink color ID: 139)
Mx Foil Yellow (BrickLink color ID: 218)
15-Second Leeway Rule:
You are allowed to include up to 15 seconds of shots in your film that do NOT have mod elements present. The shot or shots without the mod elements do not have to be in order. The leeway rule allows you to not have to worry about placing a mod in difficult shots, or if you accidentally forget the mod in a shot. If you have any questions, please ask.
Feel free to contact myself (e-mail, PM, and the BiM Discord are the best way to reach me) or one of the judges with a frame to verify that the mod (letter or color) is recognizable and will not disqualify your entry. However, try to ask other users first and contact one of the judges as a last resort, as we may not may be able to respond immediately.
The entry must be entirely made and submitted in one week’s time. To prove this, one or both of the MOD elements must be present in every shot (with the exception of a maximum of 15 seconds) of your entry.
Your entry must consist primarily of LEGO (or similar building-block toy) stop-motion animation. Live-action, CGI, hand-drawn, or other forms of film or animation may be used to supplement your entry, but stop-motion animation 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/explicit content is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: swearing, excessive/gory violence, overt sexual content, and blatant drug references.
You must not make your entry public until the deadline has passed.
The entry you submit to the judges must be the entry made publicly available to everyone else. You cannot create a version of your film that includes the mod element to send to the judges, and then publicly release a second version of your film that has the mod element removed.
Use of copyrighted material (including music) is allowed, though discouraged. Use of copyrighted material will not affect the judging of your entry.
Entries based off of previous copyrighted material (Star Wars, Marvel, Batman, etc.) are allowed, but discouraged. It could affect the judging of your film due to unoriginality.
Because of the limited time frame and because this isn’t a music contest, you are allowed to use music created before the contest, either original music created beforehand or copyrighted music.
Users banned from the Bricks in Motion forums or Discord are not allowed to enter BRAWL 2023.
Please send all entries to [email protected] before 7:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) on July 1st, 2023, any entries sent after this time will be disqualified.
Write the subject of your email in this format:
BRAWL 2023 Entry, [Your Bricks in Motion username], “[Title of your film]”
For example: BRAWL 2023 Entry, Chris W., “Taco Trouble 1.5: The Reckoning”
Entries must be uploaded to one of these websites…
1. Unlisted YouTube video. To make your video unlisted, go to the video page and click the little blue icon next to the video title, then select UNLISTED from the drop-down menu.
2. Password-protected Vimeo video. To make your video password-protected, go to the video page and click Settings, then under the Privacy tab, choose "Only people with a password". Please remember to include the password in your email! If I cannot view your entry, I cannot accept it.
3. Google Drive link (be sure to change the settings in Share to "Anyone with this link can view"). While YouTube or Vimeo are recommended, Google Drive is also an acceptable submission method.
An email response will be sent once the entry has been approved. In the event of any problems (ex. A missing MOD element, etc), an email will be sent for clarification. It is recommended to stick around until you receive an approval email. Please note, if you are sending in your film the last day of the contest, a verification that your video follows all the rules may not be sent before the deadline as a majority of the entries are submitted the last day.
Please check your video to make sure it is compliant with all rules before you send it to me.
Optionally, for entries whose primary language is NOT in the English language, a second version of the film may be submitted 48 hours after the deadline with added English subtitles so the judges have a better understanding of the film. In order to submit the subtitled film, the following criteria must be met:
• An entry must have been submitted before the one week deadline, July 1st, 2023 7:00 PM EDT.
• The subtitled entry will be a modified version of the entry submitted before the one-week deadline. The only change that can be made is English subtitles being added. No extra shots, no extra audio, not even a change in color grade. If any changes are found, the subtitled entry will be considered void and the previously submitted non-subtitled entry will be judged.
• The subtitled entry must be submitted no later than 48 hours after the end of the BRAWL contest, July 1st, 2023 7:00 PM EDT.
Entries will be judged on criteria including originality, production values (animation, set design, cinematography, sound, etc.), story, and creative interpretation of the theme by the 4 judges. Films will be discussed and ranked collectively by the judges until a consensus is reached. The top 3 films will eligible for the prize pool. Entries below 20th place will not be publicly ranked.
The LEGO Ambassador Network is once again supplying prizes for our prize pool, but only 2 out of the 3 in this case! Very excited for these:
Sanctum Sanctorum, and Lion Knight’s Castle, and the LEGO House Exclusive Wooden Duck, signed by the designer Jme Wheeler!
For the story of how we acquired the Wooden Duck, check out our documentary for Brickfilm Day 2023!
First place gets first pick, second place gets second pick, and third place gets the prize that’s left.
Feel free to ask questions in this thread, or on the Bricks in Motion Discord in the #brawl-discussion channel. I’ll try my best to be around and ask questions, along with the other judges and BiM staff. However, be sure to read all the rules thoroughly before asking.
Feel free to post updates in this thread, make a BRAWL 2023 Production Thread, or share updates on social media with the hashtag #BRAWL2023!
Let’s get BRAWLing, folks!