Topic: Brickfilm of the Week: Good Company: Redux (October 31, 2015)

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Our Brickfilm of the Week Horror Special concludes! This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Good Company: Redux by Nick Maniatis.

Good Company is a 2002 horror brickfilm by Nick Maniatis about. It was an entry to the ShootinBricks.com Horror Animation Contest and won in four of the judging categories; the most wins of any entrant. In 2003, Maniatis released a director's cut known as Good Company: Redux with three minutes of additional footage. The Redux version is considered the definitive version of Good Company.

Nick Maniatis  was a member of Brickfilms.com and was active from 2001 to 2008. He is also known for Hit & Run, Doorway, and A (Very) Brief History of 'Ned Kelly'.

Watch Good Company: Redux on YouTube

What are your thoughts on Good Company: Redux? What did you like about it? Did you have a favorite moment?

Re: Brickfilm of the Week: Good Company: Redux (October 31, 2015)

I don't find this scary in any way whatsoever. Its more of a thriller or drama, and the second part isn't much different. When it comes to an end, it seems to me like "that's it?" Its well made for a Brickfilm that old, but it isn't really that scary at all.

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Re: Brickfilm of the Week: Good Company: Redux (October 31, 2015)

It actually wasn't originally planned as a horror, and the flashbacks were added in to fit the contest theme.

Good Company is still one of the best examples of a brickfilm that is more like a legitimate short film. I have watched it many times and always find it interesting. I actually prefer the ending of the original version, as it had better pacing with more build-up, I feel.

Re: Brickfilm of the Week: Good Company: Redux (October 31, 2015)

While not as atmospheric and mysterious as Hit & Run, another Nick Maniatis brickfilm, Good Company isn't bad either. Actually the opposite... It's good. Really, really good. Great, even!

Little critique is necessary, since, Maniatis's brickfilm is pretty much perfect. At least in my opinion.

I really like the sets, and the assortment of characters really create the illusion of a real "world" or universe that's unique to the film. That's usually very hard to do in a story, nonetheless a feature film! The feat is nearly impossible to do well in a brickfilm, and, as far as I'm convinced, the only other brickfilm to capture such an aesthetic location and bustling movement of minifigures that feels really alive, yet still looks like it could be a display upon your shelf, is Nathan Well's Beast!

Story wise, I really like the flashbacks, as, they create a nice beat to the film - inching it forward just as the plot does so. Almost reminiscent to what was done on the TV show Longmire in season 1: Show a bit of the past, but only reveal bits and pieces with each flashback along the way. It's a technique I've like both times I've seen it, and, it's something I might even like to try myself in the future!

My only real complaints would be in the Redux. I know that Nathan has stated, in the description, that this version

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... is considered the definitive version of Good Company.

However, I prefer the original. Opening with a bit of text - reminiscent of the opening of Robinson Wood's Grace, in my opinion, sets a really great tone for the opening. However, Redux throws this out the window, and starts with some haphazardly edited stills of the "running" sequence that opens the brickfilm, and throws in the text a bit later, just for good measure.

On top of that, Redux doesn't really add anything new to what Good Company already offered. It only seems like the Special Editions of the Star Wars films. Sure, every director probably sees mistakes in their own work once it's been released, but, that doesn't necessarily mean they have to go back and change or add things, even if they might have been edited out for time originally... Long story short, it doesn't matter if the changes are necessary or not, overall, I usually prefer a film's inaugural version.

The extra three minutes certainly could have been uploaded privately, or as a redirect from the original, for the more hardcore fans. But, otherwise, I'd prefer to stick to watching the original. It's not split up into two parts, anyway, and, in my opinion, has a better pace.

Either way, both versions of Nick Maniatis's Good Company are stellar. I'd love to make it another brickfilm watching Halloween tradition in the future! mini/smile Though, honestly, I could watch this at just about any time. It's simply that good.

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