Topic: Brickfilm of the Week: Out of Time (Jan 30, 2015)
This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Out of Time by Chris Salt.
Out of Time follows the story of the duo of Mike and Geoff, who, out of boredom, go for a walk and encounter three time-travelling spacemen. It was made in 2003 and won the 2004 NWBrickCon animation competition. Chris Salt, also known as Oblong Pictures, Buxton and 0ldScratch, was an active member of Brickfilms.com and continues to occasionally post on BricksInMotion.com. He has made over 30 brickfilms, including Words of Wisdom and Bowling for Sandercoe. He also has collaborated with musicians to make LEGO music videos, and with the LEGO Group to make promotional videos, the latest being the Top Gear LEGO promo.
SPOILERY DISCUSSION BELOW!
Out of Time is an early example of a brickfilm that derives most of its humor from its clever writing. The animation is simple and works, but the real strength of the film is the natural dialog between protagonist Mike and Geoff, and the blusterous Major Golightly. The pacing is natural and not rushed, and you get a great feel for each character because you get to spend some time with them. And hey, there’s even a monkey (a staple of early brickfilms). Also, veteran brickfilms may recognize a few brickfilm cameos scattered around Mike and Geoff’s apartment. Ultimately, Out of Time is a great example of storytelling and comedic timing.
What are your thoughts on Out of Time? What did you like about it? Did you have a favorite moment? How does it compare to “dynamic duo” brickfilms of today?
Last edited by Nathan Wells (January 30, 2015 (10:26am))