Topic: Welcome to the 2015 Bricks in Motion Awards!

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Hello and welcome, one and all! Zach "MindGame" Macias and I are proud to present the nominees for the 2015 Bricks in Motion Awards! This is an annual awards event that recognizes and celebrates excellence in brickfilming in a wide variety of categories and disciplines. Think like the Oscars for brickfilms.

Our panel of judges have sorted through a year’s worth of films and voted on them in 11 individual categories until a final list of 5 nominees was agreed upon for each category. Very soon, we will be sending out the final ballots, and once those votes are tallied and winners chosen, they will be announced via a live awards show in the Bricks in Motion IRC Chat (more details on that later).

The films you see in the categories below are listed in alphabetical order, and without any bias or favoring whatsoever. Judges and organizers agreed to disqualify any films they have made in the last calendar year from awards contention, so as to make judging as fair as possible. Films eligible for awards consideration need not have been made public on the Bricks in Motion Releases forum (a rule change from years past), but must have been released online within the 2015 year.

Our nomination panelists for the 2015 year are:
MindGame
NathanWells
sillypenta
Squash
JonnDThunder
Dewfilms

And now with that out of the way, let’s get on to what you’ve all been waiting for! Here are your nominees for this year’s Bricks in Motion Awards!


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This is awarded to a brickfilm of exceptional quality in all aspects. It is thoroughly enjoyed by many and takes a creative approach to the filmmaking process and design. Simply put, it is the "Best Film" of the Year.





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This award is presented to a film that utilizes animation very well. The film demonstrates smooth and fluid animation that is highly realistic, creative, and/or innovative, as part of one of the most important parts of stop motion films. Note that different film styles require different animation styles when you are nominating a film.





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This award is given to a film that has an excellent script and storyline. The idea and outline is presented very well, has great plot, and exceptional dialogue and actions.





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The composition of the frames in the films are done very well, and demonstrates the directors ability to place characters, lights, and the camera well in order to make the film more interesting and visually appealing.





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This is awarded to a film that best exemplifies a harmonious arrangement of both visuals and sound, how they're assembled to advance the narrative, as well as create an effective sense of pacing and timing.





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This is awarded to a film that uses sets and characters to enhance the overall enjoyment and set the proper tone for the film.





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This is awarded to a film that uses sound and music to enhance the presentation with great success. The sound compliments the film and is pleasing when heard, with excellent composition and placement.





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This award is presented to a film with outstanding effects work, whether achieved in-camera or with software in post-production. The effects complement the film, rather than distract from the experience.





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This award is presented to the film with an excellent original score. The score fits with the films setting and enriches the viewing experience with great sound and presentation.





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This award is presented to an individual who voice acts a character with great success, originality, and realism. The performance is believable, and adds to the enjoyment of the film.





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This is awarded to the whole voice acting cast of a film, and recognizes the performance of all the actors. The performances are all very well done, and support the film throughout.



Nominee Tallies
Beyond - 6 Nominations

LEGO Minecraft Creepers Part 3 - 4 Nominations

A Fixed System - 3 Nominations
iWater - 3 Nominations
LEGO Captain America 3: Nazi Zombies - 3 Nominations
Protectors of the Earth - 3 Nominations
Sola Luna - 3 Nominations

Beyond the Eleventh Dimension - 2 Nominations
LEGO Adventure in the City - 2 Nominations
LEGO Minecraft Creepers Part 1 - 2 Nominations
LEGO Minecraft Creepers Part 2 - 2 Nominations
Retribution - 2 Nominations
Why We Love Disaster News - 2 Nominations

Ashes, Ashes - 1 Nomination
Batman vs. Superman 2: Dawn of Just Desserts - 1 Nomination
Behind the Door - 1 Nomination
Ella's Tale - 1 Nomination
Experience and Error - 1 Nomination
Grief's Restitution - 1 Nomination
Jungle Adventure - 1 Nomination
The Latecomer - 1 Nomination
LEGO Jurassic Park - 1 Nomination
The Long Way Home - 1 Nomination
Mach None - 1 Nomination
Mariana - 1 Nomination
The Ocean Eleven - 1 Nomination
Paint - 1 Nomination
Paragraph - 1 Nomination
Subterranean - 1 Nomination
The Tree - 1 Nomination
What Does LEGO Mean to You? The Infinite Brickmaster - 1 Nomination


Congratulations to the 31 films recognized in this year’s nominee list, a nicely sizable crop of quality films from last year, and an extra big congratulations to our Best Film nominees! Best of luck to all of you!

More info on the awards chat TBA.

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Wow, awesome! Congratulations to all the nominees, and great work putting this all together! I really like the way you presented the entries this year.

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I guess one of the few good things about being a bit inactive brickfilm wise is that a few of the nominees are new things to see for me. mini/smile

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Congratulations nominees! All of these are quality works of animation! It's amazing what people create with LEGO.

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I liked how the nominees appear in the graphic for each category.  Congratulations to all who were considered by the committee.

I'm honored and surprised to be nomimated for the Mariana screenplay.  but I was hoping that Holding Our Own episode 3 would be nominated for best ensemble cast, not for my sake, but because of the wonderful performances by Mary Charles (Brick 7), Cecilia Yus, Brandon Fields (Darth Vincent Price), and Eric Kutepow.  Their synergy is stellar.  I'm proud of you all.

I've seen Minecraft: Creepers and Protectors of the Earth, and if the other nominees are of similar audio quality, the award will go to a worthy candidate.

EDIT: Also, Nathan and the committee, you must have a daunting, tireless, yet fun task of reviewing the brickfilms of 2015.

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Interesting choices. I'd argue for a categorized system based on genre that may diversify the selections. Nevertheless congratulations to the nominees.

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Interesting choices. I'd argue for a categorized system based on genre that may diversify the selections. Nevertheless congratulations to the nominees.

31 different films is pretty diverse.

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Congratulations to all the nominees. 2015 was home to many excellent brickfilms. I look forward to tuning in for the results.

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I have to say, I'm completely taken by surprise at being nominated for Best Cinematography and Editing.  I really wasn't expecting it; I'm honoured that Retribution made it this far.

There are some great nominations here.  It it's clear the judges went through a lot of effort to compile this list.  I'm really glad to see a huge variety of films up for nominations--2015 was a great year for Brickfilming, and the nominee list does a fantastic job of showcasing this.  Can't wait to see the results (and no, I'm not saying this just because my film is nominated mini/tongue ).

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Congratulations to the nominees, this is a great selection of brickfilms!

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I'm appalled by the lack of diversity in this year's nomination.  All nominees are LEGO, not a single MegaBlok or Stikbot nomination.  The panel should be ashamed!  #BoycottBIMA will be trending within the hour!

Kidding.  It's nice that we don't have nor need that kind of Hollywood drama here.  Congrats to the nominees and let's hope Leo finally gets that Oscar--I mean, BIMA.

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Pleasantly surprised to see Ella's Tale here.
Nice.

Thanks for putting this all together again this year.  It's really cool to have these every year.

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There are many here I haven't seen and I'm taking the time to watch some of the nominated films I missed.

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Congrats and good luck to all the nominees! mini/smile
It's fun to discover quality animations that I haven't seen yet, there is considerable diversity in all the categories. Nice selection.

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Awesome nominees! I've seen most of these films, they are well deserved.

Thanks to the panelists for nominating Sola Luna in 3 categories. And also Nathan and Zach for organizing the event! I look forward to the announcement chat, they are always so much fun.

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I've been looking forward to this. Thanks for hosting this year.

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Thank you very much for the 6 nominations of Beyond!

Congratulations to all the other nominees!
It is wonderful to see all these great films be nominated.

And also thank you for hosting this event, we are looking forward to the live awards show!

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When is the live awards?

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Wow! So grateful, through the good graces of the judges and Rioforce, to have been nominated for a BiM award. There were so many good original scores this year, congrats to all who received nominations (And also to those who didn't... some of those were fantastic as well!)

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Thankyou ever so much for the cinematography nomination. I would have to admit I haven't been keeping much up to date with what's going on in the community lately although I thought Retribution had some of the better cinematography and lighting I have seen in more recent brickfilms.