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BRAWL has Begun!
Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long or BRAWL, is a contest in which you have ONE WEEK to write, build sets, voice, animate, edit, sound mix, and submit a brickfilm from scratch. Beginning right now, you have one week to do all of that. Any entries not received by July 15th, 2017 12:00 am (00:00) BST (British Standard Time) will be disqualified. It’s not an easy task, but that’s what makes it fun!

Theme & MOD Elements
The theme for BRAWL 2018 is Kairos. Now I know what you’re thinking, what does kairos mean? It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as “the opportune and decisive moment.” Basically, it means a very crucial and important moment. How does that impact your story? That’s for you to decide! Think of something creative, unique, and out of the box! As long as myself and the judges can tell that kairos is an essential part of your story, you’re good to go!


This year, in commemoration of BRAWL’s 10-year anniversary, the color MOD element is the same as The First BRAWL: a YELLOW piece connected to or directly touching a BLUE piece. The letter MOD element is the letter 'E'

Furthermore, all entries must clearly show the BRAWL 2018 logo for three uninterrupted seconds. The logos may be inserted digitally. Several high-quality resolution versions of the BRAWL 2018 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. 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.

  • The acceptable colors are (as designated on Bricklink):
        Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 3)
        Trans-Yellow (Bricklink color ID: 19)
        Blue (Bricklink color ID: 7)
        Dark Blue (Bricklink color ID: 63)
        Trans Dark Blue (Bricklink color ID: 14)
        Trans Light Blue (Bricklink color ID: 15)
    Please note that other yellow or blue color variants, such as Dark Yellow, Dark/Medium Azure, Sky Blue, or Sand Blue, are not accepted. Here is a link to the overall Bricklink Color Guide.

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.


Submission   
Please send all entries to BRAWLcontest@gmail.com before 12:00 am (00:00) BST (British Standard Time) on July 15th, 2018, any entries sent after this time will be disqualified.

Write the subject of your email in this format:
BRAWL 2018 Entry, [Your Bricks in Motion username], “[Title of your film]”
For example: BRAWL 2018 Entry, Chris W., “Homefront 2: The Homefront-ening”

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.

I will send a response email as soon as I see you have provided a working video link. I will send a follow-up email if I find a problem with your film (e.g. a missing MOD element). 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 I receive about 80% of the entries 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 15th, 2018 12:00 am (00:00) BST.
• 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 15th, 2018 12:00 am (00:00) BST

Judging & Prizes
   
The judges for BRAWL 2018 are:
Chris W.
AquaMorph
Lucas
MindGame
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.

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

Two Series 18 Minifigures

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LEGO Creative Supplement Set

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And a Go Brick Me Set

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

If you have any questions, you can post them in this thread. I’ll do my best to get back with you in a timely manner, and feel free to answer questions for other people. I’ll also be in the BiM Discord chat. You can ask your questions under the #brickfilming-lego topic. While myself and the judges will be around to try to answer questions, try to ask your friends or others first! We can only be answering so many things at once.

Feel free to post updates in this thread, make a BRAWL 2018 Production Thread, or share updates on social media with the hashtag #BRAWL2018!

Now let’s start this BRAWL!

Two days ago, LEGO and Warner Bros. announced that The LEGO Movie 2 is coming out in February 2019 (that's next year!).
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That They come in pieces headline seems rather ominous....

Yesterday, they released the trailer. If you all haven't see the trailer, here it is below:

Who else is excited for this movie? I feel like it'll be a worthy sequel to the first LEGO Movie. It looks like a lot of fun and a cool universe to explore in movie form. The post apocalyptic setting looks wicked cool. Also the presence of the minidoll makes me excited for more minidoll parts!

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

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The theme of the 2018 BricksInMotion.com summer contest is Movie Magic.

The contest will run from June 1st to September 3rd. Once again, we have an exciting collection of prizes thanks to our contest sponsors: Dragonframe and Brickstuff.

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"I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians." -Francis Ford Coppola

Movies are fake! Movies lie! It's up to the director to make those lies convincing, so their audience can share in the fun of believing them! That's why this year the theme of our contest is Movie Magic. What is movie magic? Well, it's those technical details that, big or small, sell the fantasy. Now, don't mistake this for an effects contest- we won't be gifting first place to the film with the biggest explosion! In fact, movie magic can be found in every type of film: from comedy to drama, western to sci-fi, and everything inbetween. To better understand what we mean by movie magic, let's look back at one of cinema's earliest magicians, George Méliès!

Once a theatre illusionist, Méliès pioneered the art of film-making in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At a time before space exploration, his films took audiences to the moon.

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Before Jacques Cousteau brought footage of the oceans into every living room, Méliès gave his viewers a glimpse of life at the bottom of the sea.

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And Méliès did this all a century before computer editing became a mainstream part of the filmmaking process. He used his imagination and knowledge of stage illusion to bring worlds to life that otherwise never would have been possible with the technology of the era. Layered backdrops, unconventional perspectives, camera trickery- it's this sort of bold experimentalism that we want to encourage with this contest. Think outside the box, try new techniques, and let your imagination run wild!

Not into Méliès? Here are some other examples of movie magic, contemporary and otherwise.

Forced perspective, turning normal actors into Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings films.

Passing the camera through walls to give the audience an intimate view of the world.

This train scene in Dracula, which was shot with a toy train and a very large book!

The way Fritz Lang's Metropolis shot through a partial mirror to create the illusion of massive cities.

And this seemingly death-defying stunt from Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.

The core idea is to get creative and get out of your comfort zone! Come up with fresh ways of convincing your audience that brickfilms can be more than a few LEGO figures standing around a set. And remember- everything should be in service of the story, so if you really want to blow us out of the water with your movie magic, come up with a great plot that justifies it!

Finally, while computer-generated effects are certainly permitted, in-camera work is more in the spirit of the contest and will be preferred in judging.

Special thanks to all sponsors and judges, to Rioforce for deciding the theme and the contest name, and to Penta for assistance in reaching out to our sponsors.


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Prizes for this year’s competition are provided in part by this year’s sponsors: Dragonframe, and Brickstuff, and all winners will also receive Bricks in Motion: The Documentary!

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For this contest, we are offering a prize pool of three prize packages. This means that 1st place gets to choose which of the three packages they want, 2nd place chooses from the remaining the remaining two, and 3rd place receives whichever prize package remains. We're also bringing back the Promising Director prize this year for one talented entrant outside of the top three, the details of which are expanded on below.

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PRIZE PACK A)

Dragonframe 4 - Software License and Bluetooth Controller
Dragonframe is the premium stop motion animation software that captured Laika's ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Disney's Frankenweenie. This software is easy enough for a beginner to learn, but offers a wealth of advanced features sure to meet the needs of any stop motion animator. This includes the latest version of the software, Dragonframe 4, plus the new wireless bluetooth keypad controller. For Mac OSX and Windows.

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Plus Bricks in Motion: The Documentary

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PRIZE PACK B)

Brickstuff Pico LED Light Board Starter Kit
This versatile kit includes eight Brickstuff Pico LED light boards, perfect for fitting into small spaces. Based in Minnesota, Brickstuff custom manufactures a full line of lighting and automation products for LEGO builders. Brickstuff lights are the smallest commercially available lights for LEGO bricks, so you can put them right inside your bricks, and the wires are thin enough that  you can snap your bricks, plates, and tiles right on top of the wires-- no need to modify your bricks or builds!  Best of all, you don’t need to know electronics to use this system—everything fits together (just like LEGO bricks!), and you can start small and add lights and effects as your collection of creations and MOCs grows. The lights are perfect for use in brickfilms to create just the mood or effect you need.

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Plus Bricks in Motion: The Documentary

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PRIZE PACK C)

LEGO Architecture London Skyline
A sealed copy of the London Skyline set, containing 468 pieces. A great set for filming miniatures (wink wink) that has lots of those special little pieces that make a wonderful addition to any builder's LEGO collection. To quote the ad, "The LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection offers models suitable for display in the home and office, and has been developed for all with an interest in travel, architectural culture, history and design. Each set is scaled to give an accurate representation of the comparative size of each structure, with true-to-life color depiction."

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A five pack of Mayka brick tape. Contains two-stud wide rolls of Grey, Blue, Red, Black, and Sand colored tape. This tape sticks to all sorts of things- perfect for putting your LEGO in unconventional places!

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Plus Bricks in Motion: The Documentary

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Promising Director Prize

Special Effects: An Oral History
Special Effects: An Oral History is a fully illustrated guide to the history of effects work in film, as told by many of the industry's top creators. An excellent book for the filmmaker looking to learn from the past, or anyone simply searching for inspiration and a broader understanding of the history of filmmaking.

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A Helping Hands tool
Helping Hands are exceptionally handy for when you need to hold things still during a shot and don't have enough hands to do it. They also work great as rigs for making things fly.

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Plus Bricks in Motion: The Documentary.

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Entries will be judged on criteria including originality, production values (animation, set design, cinematography, sound, etc.), story, and incorporation of the theme by the 4 judges. Rather than judging on categories individually, judges will examine how all these elements work together to create a complete film. 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.

All entries are eligible to win the Promising Director Prize. Many factors will be taken into account to determine the winner, such as the length they have been brickfilming. The winner will be an entrant who may not have the most developed technical ability but is showing great creativity and passion.

In addition to myself, we've assembled a panel of judges for this year’s competition with a wide range of filmmaking experience and achievements. Here’s a look at each of them:

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Zach Macias (aka. Mindgame, ZachMG)

Zach is a long-time member of the brickfilming community. He has worked independently and collaboratively on many projects, most recently an official trailer recreation for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Other brickfilms from his filmography include The Profession and Stranger Than Fishin'.


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Legoander (of Silent Frames)

The winner of last year's BricksinMotion summer contest, Spirit of Adventure, Legoander and the rest of Silent Frames have been making quality brickfilms since 2009. Their films run the gamut from comedy to tragedy, and they were recently chosen to make a promotional film for LEGO's Ship in a Bottle set. Be sure to check out their BiM 2017 winning film, Quest For Life!! Thanks for joining us, Alexander!


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Benjamin Ely (aka. Rioforce)

Rioforce is the current administrator of BricksinMotion, and a brickfilmer with the laurels to prove it! His film Sola Luna won the BricksinMotion summer contest Darkness and Light in 2015, and in 2016 he won THAC with another excellent film, MECH. He is also a former host of the EASTER contest.


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Joseph Hayden (aka. Squash)

Squash hosted the unofficial 2013 summer contest Contrast, and has been a judge for multiple past BRAWLs and THACs. He has also made a few LEGO movies, his two favorites being top-ten THAC entries Face and About.



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  • All entries must be primarily composed of stop-motion animation. 3D, Flash, or other animation techniques may be used to in addition to stop-motion as long as the finished product is at least roughly 70% stop-motion animation.

  • Entries should use LEGO or similar building toys as primary elements.

  • No mature/explicit content is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: swearing, excessive/gory violence, overt sexual content, and blatant drug references.

  • Minimum runtime is 1 minute, including any titles and credits. There is no maximum runtime. Remember, it is better to focus on quality and attention to detail than to make a very long and ambitious film, but let the quality suffer. A highly-polished three-minute movie is better than a ten-minute movie that falls apart because the director ran out of time to do it the right way. The judging system won't favor a film for simply being longer, but low production values will hurt a longer film when competing against a shorter film that is better made.

  • Submitted films must be new films, created specifically for this contest.

  • Films may not be posted publicly until after the contest deadline has passed.

  • The entry you submit to the judges must be the entry made publicly available to everyone else. This means you can't submit a rough version for judging then post a polished version you spent more time on as though it were your entry to the contest publicly. You may post reworked versions of your film once contest judging is completed and results have been announced.

  • Entries must contain only images, sounds, music, and story material which you have the rights to distribute -- no copyrighted content to which you do not have the rights may be used. No trademarked properties which might be confused with commercial enterprises may be used. This means you can not use storylines based on characters from Star Wars, Marvel, Ninjago, or other trademarked series. You cannot base your work on copyrighted material; however, old works that are now in the public domain are acceptable source material. All material included in films submitted must be original, or content that you have expressed permission to use. If you use content that is not your own, you must be able to provide proof that you have received permission to include it in your film.  All music must be credited, even if you made it yourself.


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The deadline for submissions will be Monday, September 3rd 2018 at 11:59 am UTC.
Films may be submitted as early as the beginning of July 2nd 2018, though they cannot be made public until after the deadline has passed.


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To submit your film, send a link to your entry to our BiM Contest forum account by private message.

Our preferred method of submission is unlisted YouTube links. If you do not have a YouTube account, we also accept password-protected Vimeo uploads.

Received entries:


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Q: Are we allowed to use the contest logo in our entry? In the credits of our film, for example?
A: Yes, although this is not required. If you want a high-resolution version of the logo to use in the credits of your film, here's a high-res version of the poster.

Q: May we ask contest judges to voice act for our entries?
A: Yes.

Q: Should entries focus on a particular genre?
A: Your film can fall into any story genre you like.

Q: Can we collaborate with others to create an entry?
A: Yes! Collaboration is encouraged. However, we won't be able to divide up the prizes evenly for you, so you'll have to determine who receives the prizes in the case of a win. Entries may be submitted on the basis of one entry per director, so you can help with someone else's entry and still enter a film you've directed.

Q: May we post trailers, images, or other work-in-progress elements of our film publicly on the forum?
A: This is encouraged! Feel free to post about the progress on your film in the forums. You can even make a thread devoted to your progress on a film if you like.

Q: Can we use some non-LEGO elements in building our sets and characters?
A: Yes. The intention of the rule is to put the focus of films made for the competition on LEGO animation. Just remember that the name of the game here is creativity, so if you think you can achieve your shots using LEGO, you might be better off doing that.

Q: Are we allowed to release alternate versions of our films at the same time as the version submitted to the contest? (for instance, a version with profanity or other restricted content)
A: In order to maintain the integrity of the judging process, please only release the version you are submitting to the contest publicly at the time the deadline passes. Entrants who violate this rule may be disqualified. If you want to re-release a revised version of your film, you may do so after contest judging is completed and results have been announced.

Q: Are we required to include any "mod elements" like BiM's THAC contest?
A: No. Those are used in THAC to ensure films are created in the 24-hour period. You have three months this time. Even if you did submit a film you began working on before this competition was announced, that would be fine as long as you haven't released it anywhere before this contest, and it fits the theme of this contest.

Q: How fast and loose should I play with the content restriction rules?
A: Ultimately, we want winning entries that won't earn us angry emails from parents, or concern from contest sponsors (present and future) if they win and are celebrated throughout Bricksinmotion.com and our social media postings. This community has members of a diverse variety of ages and backgrounds in it, so for a competition we want to be respectful of that. These rules are undoubtedly going to be limitations for some filmmakers, but we believe it's still possible to make compelling, even dramatic stories within these limitations. Potentially, one could approach them as creative limitations that empower the filmmaker to find more original, inventive ways of conveying ideas in a story.

Q: When can we share our films publicly?
A: As soon as the contest deadline passes; here's a countdown clock.

Q: Is this a black-and-white movie contest?
A: NO! The clips posted in this thread are just examples to get you into the mood for innovating! Your film can be in whatever style you like.

If you have further questions, feel free to reply in this thread.

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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.
ForlornCreature
Lucas
MindGame
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.

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

Two Series 18 Minifigures

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LEGO Creative Supplement Set

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And a Go Brick Me Set

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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!

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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 minifigs.me 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 bwfilmfest@setbump.com 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
    •    Minifigs.me Phonetic Custom Printed Heads for Animation
    •    Lego Santa 40206
•    Fall Pack (2nd): ($75 value)
    •    Pickup & Caravan 60182
    •    Minifigs.me Phonetic Custom Printed Heads for Animation
    •    Lego Halloween Vampire and Bat Set 40203
•    Summer Pack (3rd): ($50 value)
    •    Minifigs.me Phonetic Custom Printed Heads for Animation
    •    Mighty Dino 31058

If you have any questions, please e-mail bwfilmfest@setbump.com. We look forward to seeing your films!

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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!

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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!

Thanks,
-rioforce