Oh hey, it’s me, Chris W. This year, I am taking over as host of BRAWL from the host from the past few previous years, Fun Sucker. He was a fantastic host and friend and I’m honored that he would pass on the responsibilities as host to me.

What is BRAWL?
Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long or BRAWL is a contest in which you have exactly one week to write, animate, edit, and submit a brickfilm. You can watch a quick overview of the contest HERE.

This is a particularly special year, as this is the TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY and TENTH BRAWL. Ten years ago, back even before the creation of Bricks in Motion, all the users were stuck in the refugee camp. Led by user Munzapoppa, the first BRAWL had only 11 entries. We’ve come a long way since then, and I’m excited for what this year has to offer.

When Does BRAWL Start?
The contest will start July 8th, 2018 (00:00) BST (British Standard Time), and will end July 15th, 2018 (00:00) BST (British Standard Time). You will have exactly one week to finish and submit a film. Any entries not received by the end of one week time period will be disqualified.

A thread titled "BRAWL 2018 Starts NOW!" will be posted in the Contest & Festivals forum. The thread will contain the theme, MOD elements, and submission information.

The Rules

  • 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 of your entry.  (more information below).

  • 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.

  • Entries must clearly show the BRAWL 2018 logo for three uninterrupted seconds. High quality versions of the logo will be posted by the start of the contest. The logo may be inserted digitally.

Theme & MOD Elements
To ensure the BRAWL 2018 entries were made within the week-long time frame, the theme and mod elements (both color and letter mods) will be announced at the very start of the contest. The first mod element is a color mod. This will be a combination of two random brick colors connected together or touching (for example, a white brick connected to a grey brick). The second mod element is a letter mod. This could be any of the 26 letters of the modern English alphabet. You may use the uppercase or lowercase version of the letter, but the letter must be recognizable as that letter. 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.

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. 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 at all times. 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.

  • The letter may be upper or lower case, but it still must be clearly that letter. The letter can be rotated but not mirrored. Again, it must be clearly identifiable as 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. You cannot digitally insert the mod element after you have animated the shot.
    Minifig parts (for example a red torso attached to grey legs) can count as the color mod, but bricks connected to or touching baseplates do not.

  • 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 the entry will most likely be disqualified. 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.

Judging & Prizes
The judges for BRAWL 2018 are:
Chris W.
Mighty Wanderer

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 5 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 10th place will not be publicly ranked.

We have a prize pool this year, with three LEGO prizes! They are:

Two Series 18 Minifigures

LEGO Creative Supplement Set

And a Go Brick Me Set

First place gets first pick, second place gets second pick, and third place gets the prize that’s left.

Changes for 2018
Other than the host, nothing’s different!

Spread The Word!
Use #BRAWL2018 on social media to let others know about the contest and get others hype about it!

Get Connected!
The BiM Discord is always open, and feel free to talk to others in the #brickfilming-lego topic. I’ll be hanging out there for a good amount of the week if you ever need to shoot me a question (and I’ll try my best to answer in a timely manner)! Join the voice call, post frames, ask questions, find voice actors, and have fun!

See you then!

We’re very excited to announce the seventh annual Brickworld Film Festival! The event theme for Brickworld Chicago 2018 is Seasons, and with the continued open invitation to directors around the globe, we’re looking forward to seeing the best entries yet! This year’s prize pack is just as awesome as last year’s, but this time we’re spreading the love. Directors will be eligible to win through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes! This year we are proudly sponsored by and can’t wait to get these awesome phonetic heads out to brickfilmers!

All eligible films will screen continuously in the Brickfilm Theater for the duration of Brickworld Chicago. The attendees of Brickworld Chicago will vote on the films to decide the winners.

Official Rules

•    Anyone can enter a film in the festival, but you must be a Full Registrant of Brickworld Chicago to be eligible for the “Best Film” Trophy.
•    Your film does not need to incorporate the theme “Seasons,” but it would be cool if it did
•    Your film must be longer than 30 seconds and shorter than 5 minutes in length.
•    Your film must be uploaded to YouTube.
•    Your film should use LEGO elements to tell a story. It can be animated or live action, or a combination of the two.
•    Your film must not have been submitted to any previous Brickworld Film Festival.
•    By entering your film for consideration, you attest that you hold all rights to exhibit the given work. This includes (but is not limited to) visuals, music, and characters. Unlicensed use of copyrighted material is not allowed.
•    Limit one (1) entry per director.
•    Films should be enjoyable by all ages. Film content such as (but not limited to) curse words/swearing, excessive violence, sexual content, and drug use will be grounds for disqualification.

•    To submit, e-mail by June 11th, 2018 with the following information:
    •    A link to your film on YouTube
    •    A completed entry form

•    There will be two winners of the festival:
    •    Best of Brickworld Chicago – a Brickworld “Best Film” trophy will be awarded to the film submitted by a Brickworld Chicago Full Registrant that receives the most votes from the audience at Brickworld Chicago.
    •    Best of Brickworld International – a Brickworld “Best International Film” will be awarded to the film that receives the most votes from the audience at Brickworld Chicago, in addition to the 1st place prize pack Prize Pack (approximate retail value $125 USD)
•    Runner-ups – The films that receive the 2nd and 3rd most votes will receive the 2nd place Prize pack ($75 value) and 3rd place Prize Pack ($50 value), respectively.
•    By submitting your film, the Brickworld Film Festival is granted the right to use and/or publish clips or the full videos, screenshots, director and crew names, and any other material related to an entry in the event program, the Brickworld Film Festival screening, the Brickworld website, re-screenings at future Brickworld events, and for any and all promotional purposes.

Prize Pack Details

•    Winter Pack (1st): ($125 value)
    •    Ice Tank 70616
    • Phonetic Custom Printed Heads for Animation
    •    Lego Santa 40206
•    Fall Pack (2nd): ($75 value)
    •    Pickup & Caravan 60182
    • Phonetic Custom Printed Heads for Animation
    •    Lego Halloween Vampire and Bat Set 40203
•    Summer Pack (3rd): ($50 value)
    • Phonetic Custom Printed Heads for Animation
    •    Mighty Dino 31058

If you have any questions, please e-mail We look forward to seeing your films!

Hey there, it's me, Chris W. I am taking over responsibilities as host of BRAWL (Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long.) Previous host Fun Sucker has graciously given me the duties as host, and I hope to be just as great a host as he was.

And this year is a very special year. That's because it's BRAWL's TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! But in terms of planning it, we need your help.

Like last year, BRAWL will take place while BiM's summer contest is happening. The official BiM summer contest will run from June 1st - September 1st. Fortunately it didn't create too big of an impact to either contest last year, and I don't believe the same will happen this year. Even still, we need your feedback for which week in July will work best.

Please vote in the poll and leave any additional comments or questions below. The poll will run for two weeks and the official announcement post will be posted in the next month to month-and-a-half.

Hey all! I'm interested to know how much activity we have on this forum and the ages of everyone. This is an anonymous poll, so don't worry about voting, we won't see your age. However, feel free to post your age below if you feel like it! If not, that's no problem. mini/wink

We did something like this in the past and it was fascinating. The community's changed a bit since then, so we're doing it again!

Thank you!
It is with great joy that I announce the release of a brand new podcast series, hosted by me and my good friend Rafael of BlacksmithFilms.

Every other week, the two of us, accompanied by a special guest each episode, will have in depth discussions on brickfilms. Based around my two part series 45 Years - a World of Brickfilms, the show will revolve around showcasing classic, and sometimes pretty obscure brickfilms throughout its history, that we believe deserve more recognition.

The first episode will be released on Wednesday the 25th of April, and will feature Sillypenta as the episode's guest.

The show will be pre-recorded, so if you have any questions you would like featured on the show, reply to to this thread, or send me a tweet @LOTWStudios by Wednesday the 18th. Any questions submitted after that date will have to be answered in the following episode.

Watch my announcement video here!

Hello members of Bricks in Motion! If you've been around for any length of time, you probably know me. If not, hi! I'm rioforce. I'm the new administrator of BiM. I've been a member for a little over 4 years now and a moderator for almost 2 years and owe so much to BiM. Brickfilming has been one of the most life changing things I've done and I'm so thankful for the community we have here where we teach each other and encourage each other with animating.

Sillypenta, a good friend of mine and the rest of the staff, decided to resign as site admin after a great 13 months. Thank you Sillypenta for maintaining Bricks in Motion and being a great administrator!

*round of applause for Penta*

And thank you to Smeagol for trusting me with the site. mini/wink

So, as the new site administrator, I'm here to help you have the best Bricks in Motion experience possible. If you need anything, Private Message me or (for a most likely faster response), find me on the BiM Discord chat (link on the homepage). And of course, you can always contact Bricks in Motion's great staff of admins and moderators here or with the handy "Report" button on each post.

I'm looking forward to the future of the site!