Topic: Darkness & Light RESULTS!

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We've concluded the judging process for our summer Darkness & Light animation contest! Many thanks to all of the entrants, the judges, my contest co-runner Nathan Wells, and our contest sponsors:

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Without the generosity of companies like Dragonframe and Brickstuff, having great prizes for these contests wouldn't be possible. Both, sincerely, make great products that have a lot of use for brickfilming, and I encourage you to give them a look even if you haven't won something in this competition.

Without further ado, the results:

1. Sola Luna by rioforce
2. The Tree by legoguy501
3. Experience and Error by nswihart
4. Horace and Horace's Day Out by sillypenta

5. And Men Loved Darkness by Pritchard Studios
6. Grief's Restitution by aquamorph
7. Dark Flight of the Moth by xxgbhxx
8. The Way Out by osomstudios
9. The Infinity Bulb by jasper
10. Guns 'N Roses by Onecrasfilms

Watch the full list of entries on YouTube here!

I'd just like to add that we enjoyed watching all 25 entries, and it was neat to see how everyone worked to tell creative stories built around the contest theme this year. There were a lot of neat uses of creative lighting techniques as well as story-driven use of the "darkness & light" theme, which we were happy to see. It wasn't easy to pick a top ten, but that's part of why we don't try to rank *all* of the entries in these contests. The quality of entries is good, and it's just not possible for five judges to reach a consensus on more than a top ten. Thank you again to everybody who made a film for this contest!

For those who wanted it, here's a chat transcript from the live results chat, courtesy of AquaMorph.

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Congratulations to on the winners and people who entered. This contest had an impressive collections of films.

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Good job, everyone! Congratulations!

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Congratulations to the winners.

The conccurents was rough, I'm not even in the top 10 ^^

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I would've liked to see in the end how were the positions under 10, but never mind. Great entries in the top 10, seeing the entries made me want to try improve works on lighting, something I didn't do in my contest entry that much.

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Congratulations. You all did a great job! I completely agree with the judges' decision to not include me in the top ten. mini/sunnies

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Rivvm m wrote:

I completely agree with the judges' decision to not include me in the top ten. mini/sunnies

But it was so great......"Darkness"... "light"....

Wow Im so completely happy! I can't believe I got in the top ten with so many other amazing brick films! This contest was really cool and I really enjoyed entering, and watching all the other amazing brick films. Huge thanks to every one who made this contest happen!

Also I wasn't here for the chat so its really cool to be able to see it afterwards!

Thanks!

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Aw man, I ended up missing the results chat after all... mini/sad

Awesome job everyone and congrats to the top ten, especially rioforce! Having been privileged to be able to witness the majority of the film's development process first hand, I know exactly how hard you worked on it. Great job! mini/smile

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I feel like I got something out of each of the entries, so I'm going to make an effort to post a comment on each of them over the next few days. While winning is fun, I see making the film itself as its own reward. I do want people who enter this contest to feel like their entries are being acknowledge by our community, even if they don't win.

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Hello! Since I am in the category of contests, I thought maybe I could ask How many THAC Contests there are per year. I would like to plan ahead. Do any of you know? Thanks.

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I think only one.

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Wow, it's such an honor to win D&L! I'm glad you all enjoyed my film! But enough about me, I want to congratulate everyone else that entered. Entering a summer project (and for that matter making a brickfilm) is a huge accomplishment, and all of the entries were very well done. There were so many awesome entries this year. mini/smile

I'd like to personally thank Smeagol, Nathan, and BiM for hosting this contest, the awesome judges for doing a fantastic and speedy job, the BiM community for helping me learn so much about animation in the past year and a half, and the sponsors for providing neato prizes!

Anyway, that's the end of my speech, I look forward to what's in store in the future! mini/bigsmile

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Hello! Since I am in the category of contests, I thought maybe I could ask How many THAC Contests there are per year. I would like to plan ahead. Do any of you know? Thanks.

THAC usually occurs in late December or early January, and there is only one THAC per year. You can read more about it here: http://brickfilms.wikia.com/wiki/THAC (Let me tell you, THAC is the best contest ever, you'll have the thrill and stress of your life at the same time mini/wink ).

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I will certainly try to enter that this year! By the way, Congrats Rioforce!

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Congrats to all the winners! mini/smile

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Sméagol wrote:

I feel like I got something out of each of the entries, so I'm going to make an effort to post a comment on each of them over the next few days. While winning is fun, I see making the film itself as its own reward. I do want people who enter this contest to feel like their entries are being acknowledge by our community, even if they don't win.


Good Idea! I spent a lot of time in this contest, and so did others. Congrats to all of the top ten! All of the entries were enjoyable!:)

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Smeagol wrote:

I should add that while we're only listing the top ten because those are the ones that you can at least sort of get five judges to agree on, and I think beyond that it becomes super super subjective. I did enjoy the other 15 (16 if we count Rivvm) entries.

LOL, Rivvm's doesn't count…

It was my favorite entry mini/tongue

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YAY!! When I finished producing The Tree, I wasn't expecting near the support it received. Although it feels pretty good to be in the top 2, it felt even more amazing just reading the encouraging comments and hearing about people's reactions. It also was the most inspiring film that I've ever had the chance to make, with how much time and effort went into each little piece of the film.

That being said, I also want to say a huge congrats to rioforce for his amazing film, as well as all that entered. And thank you, too, for Smeagol, Nathan, the other judges, and the sponsors, who made this possible.

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legoguy501 if you haven't already seen this: please respond to the private message I sent you in the forum, or to the email I sent you, as soon as you have a chance. I need to know which prize you want before I can let the 3rd and 4th place folks choose theirs. Thank you!

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Congrats to all the winners and thank you to the judges! I had a lot of fun with this contest! mini/smile

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@legoguy501 - Loved yours and thought it was easily #1, but still it's very nice to see yo at #2,great work!

I'm super happy to have been in the top 10 with my first contest entry ever. I only just started doing Lego animations in April of this year so it's encouraging to have made it all. Gratz to everyone who entered and a special gratz to those chosen in the top 10.