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The Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest, or THAC for short, is a brickfilming competition that lasts for exactly 24 hours. This coming January will mark THAC XVII. All writing, recording, animating, and editing must be done within the time limit. It’s a challenge but it’s a lot of fun!


Check out the announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjEURw1PXdM


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The contest will begin on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:00 am EST. It will end on Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:00 am EST. You can check your time zone by clicking here.


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Entries will be judged on criteria including originality, production value (animation, set design, cinematography, sound, etc.), story, and creative interpretation of the theme. Films will be discussed and ranked by the judges until a consensus is reached. The top three films will be eligible for the prize pool. Entries below 10th place will not be publicly ranked.


The judges this year are:


-darkdragon

-Nathan Wells

-Pritchard Studios

-Willow Tree


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If your entry places in the top 3, you are eligible for the prize pool! Check out the prizes below!


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LEGO Creator Townhouse Pet Shop & Cafe 31097, custom printed minifigure, brick-built trophy

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LEGO Ideas 21320, custom printed minifigure, brick-built trophy

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LEGO Creator Fairground Carousel 31095, custom printed minifigure, brick-built trophy 


A special thanks to Pongowl for creating the THAC banner and designing the THAC XVII exclusive minifigure!


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For a full list of rules, all the details of the contest, and to discuss this contest, please check out the official announcement post on the forums!


By rioforce on December 2, 2019

Welcome back everyone, Let’s start today’s showcase!


1.) “Scary thriller (director’s cut)” by Spite your face productions


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Before talking about the by far superior director’s cut of Scary thriller, we are going to quickly take a look at the official version of the film just to make sure that everyone understands what I’m talking about.


Scary thriller is a 2002 horror brickfilm created by Tony Mines and Tim Drage of “Spite Your Face Productions”; to promote the monster themed studios sets that were coming out at the time. It’s a spooky; yet comedic, short about a couple whose car conveniently breaks down right outside a large creepy castle. The film was featured on the Lego studios website and it was also included in the SoundFx CD-ROM that came with the main set of the line: set 1382 Scary Laboratory.


Now that that’s out of the way we can finally focus on the spicy stuff. Back in Halloween of 2002, an early version of spooky thriller was shared on the studios website. According to the brickfilms wiki, this version was initially rejected as it was deemed to be too scary for kids. This director’s cut is basically a completely different film as it is made of almost entirely different footage. Most of the shots that were retained are different takes with darker lighting and the events of the second half of the film are completely different. For example, the official version ends with a wholesome disco party while the director’s cut has skeletons rising from the ground and furiously pushing the castle’s door to try to catch the protagonists.


You can watch the Scary thriller director’s cut on YouTube by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ZuAa04UzM

Or if you prefer a happier ending you can watch the official film by clicking here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0suQH_ZoVA

 

2.) “Transylvanian nightmare” by WoodenPuppetStudios


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Do you think the director’s cut of scary thriller was too scary for kids? Well let me tell you that the following film is basically scary thriller all over again but more edgy, way more edgy. Transylvanian nightmare was uploaded to YouTube in 2013 to a channel named wooden puppet films. However, the credits state the film was made in 2008 and it was created by Markus Schöllhuber (who’s likely the owner of wooden puppet films).


Transylvanian nightmare was uploaded as two separate parts; the second one being almost completely made with (not so good) CGI. Despite this, I think the first half of the film and the stop motion bits in the second half make the entire film worth a watch.


As I stated earlier, this film is basically a darker remake of scary thriller. Some scenes have been expanded and made even more dramatic and over the top. For example, remember that shot near the end of the director’s cut where the skeletons rise from the ground? Yeah, that is here too; and it is probably the best scene in the entire film. Strongly recommended.


You can watch part 1 of Transylvanian nightmare on YouTube by clicking here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKPlq9JjWPU

You can watch part 2 of Transylvanian nightmare on YouTube by clicking here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUCDr5Lo_7k

 

3.) “Apocabricks” by Quandary Films


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Sometimes I check other people’s liked videos in hopes of finding a cool new brickfilm. That’s basically how I discovered this little gem. Apocabricks is a 2007 brickfilm made in a day for a 24-hour film festival (no, it wasn’t THAC). The animation here is the furthest thing from perfect; but in my opinion, the massive sets, excellent lightning and unique atmosphere make it worth of being featured here. To me, watching this film feels like seeing the cover art of a fright knights Lego set come to life on screen. The massive abandoned fortress full of skeleton soldiers and the bleak, hopeless tone the film showcases makes it a must watch for the Halloween season.


You can watch Apocabricks on YouTube by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLY_QR6uX3A


Feel free to join the discussion on the forums!

By sebas on October 14, 2019

Yup, that’s right folks. I’m bringing the brickfilm feature back from the grave! Only for this month though. Each week, I’m going to show you all a few Halloween themed brickfilms that have impacted me on a personal level.

While some of these are very well known in the community, others are very underappreciated; which is why my goal with these series is to give them some exposure and the recognition they rightfully deserve.

Now with that being said, let’s start today´s showcase!


1.) “Monsters from the ID” by Gigerbrick

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This is one of my favorite brickfilms of all time. I randomly came across it while browsing youtube back in 2012 and was immediately blown away by how atmospheric this film feels. It combines audio from various horror films to create a new story, which I think is a very innovative technique that I haven’t seen in any other brickfilms since.

The set design and lightning are also beautiful. One of the coolest things about this film is that you will never see a plain wall, everything has depth to it, every shot feels like its own little world; which is outstanding to think of for a brickfilm that was released in 2005!

A trailer for a second part was released, but the actual follow-up was sadly never completed. According to Gigerbrick himself, the small amount of views that the film got discouraged him from finishing the series, besides; he no longer has time to make stop motion animations, which is unfortunate.


You can watch Monters from the ID on youtube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFozSTPx0r0


2.) “Haunted heist” by sillypenta

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I gotta be honest here, I was going to choose the Benny and Lee halloween episode since that was a huge inspiration for me when I started out, however; penta hates that video now and because I want to feature something that he’s actually proud of I chose this film. That doesn’t mean I don’t love haunted heist though. For a brawl entry, the short film feels really polished and well executed.

In the average BRAWL and THAC entries, you can usually tell when the animator starts rushing production because he or she is running out of time, yet in this case; the film runs smoothly from start to finish.

Haunted heist is also full of creative little touches that make it worth watching. For me, the greatest example of this is the use of a glow in the dark head to show when a character gets possessed. The specific head piece that Penta used is one of my favorites, so seeing it in action like that really made the film for me.

Overall, haunted heist is a great comedic brickfilm and you should totally watch it instead of the Benny and Lee special because he hates that now.


You can watch Haunted heist on youtube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiotwTUbdeM


3.) “Zombie peril” by the Boyle brothers

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Jason, Colin and Ryan Boyle all made memorable Halloween themed brickfilms on their own, like the spirit stompers and the unholy trio series for example. For this showcase however, I decided to show you all something they made together for THAC 4, Zombie peril.

Zombie peril is one of the OG zombie brickfilms. Before youtube became saturated with “lego zombie attack” videos, there was this film. So if you consider yourself a fan of zombie themed brickfilms or just zombie films in general, you should definitely give this one a watch.

Oh and bonus points if you can find the bertl zombie cameo! (it’s not that hard to find actually).


You can watch Zombie peril on youtube by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wDqlrgmhI4

You can also watch the remastered version they released after THAC by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWhb8e5PfHo


Join the discussion on the forums!

By sebas on October 7, 2019

Hey everyone. I'm Sebastian, a guest writer for BiM.

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I would like to share with you all a brand new spooky brickfilm.


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Annoying noises productions; also know also known as "Squid", creator of well known films such as "How to Not Rob a Bank" and "Pirates Rule" recently released his latest project titled "Welcome to Darkmoor".


Welcome to Darkmoor is a 13 minute long stop motion animated short made with LEGO elements that took over five years to animate. It was shot in greyscale with some select scenes featuring red lighting or red elements for dramatic effect.


The film tells the story of a woman who comes across a mysterious little town where she decides to spend the night. However, the longer that she stays there; the more she begins to notice that there's something very wrong with this town and the people who live there.


The movie features massive sets, excellent cinematography, haunting visuals and an eerie score composed by Joshua David Mitchell.

If you like heavily stylized films or are really into Tim Burton's movies, this is definitely a must watch for you.


You can watch "Welcome to Darkmoor" by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSLzwqvyVS8


Feel free to discuss the film on the forums!

By sebas on October 1, 2019

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The 2019 edition of the Bricks in Motion Summer Contest, Past and Future, wrapped up a couple weeks ago. Now it's the time you've all been waiting for.....


The results!


But first! I'd like to give a BIG thank you to our sponsors, Dragonframe, Brickstuff, and Minifigs.me!


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If you haven't already, go check out their products! I personally recommend them. mini/bigsmile More info on what the prizes for the contest were can be found here.


Also special thanks to our judges, Penta and Dewfilms (and myself mini/tongue)!


Results:



Ok now to the results!



1st Place:

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Also sprach Zarathustra by Kreal Kay



2nd place:

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Chloe is Calling by Joshua Nelson



Third Place:



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Mixed Up Day by Lainie May



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To see the FULL RESULTS, please head over to the forums!

By rioforce on September 20, 2019

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Monitogo Studios, the creator of the 45 minute long brickfilm epic Bound, has a new short film in the works!



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Atlas is a short set during the 1930's about a family trying to avert a terrible railroad disaster with little time to do so.  We featured practical atmospherics and some pretty cool sets. Currently there's a Kickstarter going on - we know people loved Bound, and we want to make something else you guys will love! If you're interested, check it out.


We totally get that everyone isn't down with backing us, but if you'd share it to your friends, family, Facebook, etc. it would go a long way towards Atlas being finished. We need to finish the tail end of production and then climb that post mountain, and that's where Kickstarter comes in. Thanks for the love everyone!


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They are currently seeking support from fans on Kickstarter. If you would like to help fund Atlas, check out their kickstarter link here:



https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/monitogo-atlas/atlas-lego-brickfilming-at-its-finest



You can also discuss this on the forums.



Note: Bricks in Motion is not affiliated with or sponsored by Monitogo Studios. This is a news article, not an official Bricks in Motion project.

By rioforce on September 4, 2019

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Sponsored by Dragonframe, Brickstuff, & Minifigs.me


Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Bricks in Motion Summer Contest! This year's theme is Past and Future.


The contest will run from NOW (July 8, 2019) through September 2. More details on the exact ending time below. Keep reading for the full rules and information, and let's get this summer contest started!


Theme



This year's theme is more concept based, versus previous themes being technically based (Darkness & Light, Movie Magic, etc.). So what does Past and Future mean?



Well, that's up to you! Obviously the terms past and future imply a time which is not the present. And I want you to take full advantage of that. The past had many great tales and legends that we still tell today, or heroes or dragons, ancient peoples and civilizations, worlds unknown to us today. It may even contain some stories never told... who knows what happened in the past if it's not written down! And the future is full of endless possibilities as well! Who knows what mankind will create tomorrow... or alienkind, for that matter.



So the goal here is to create a world that differs from the one we live in. Something imaginative, something unique. It can be based in reality, or totally made up. The past isn't restricted to earth, nor does it the past ever stop. You read the last sentence in the past, and you'll read the next one in the future (I hope).



You may even want to employ some old-timey filmmaking techniques... or invent your own! All this fits within the theme. Be creative and show us your best work.



Sponsors



Prizes for this year's competition are generously provided by our sponsors: Dragonframe, Brickstuff, and Minifigs.me!



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For the rest of the rules and complete contest details, and to join in the conversation, please read the post on the forums!



By rioforce on July 7, 2019

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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 June 30, 2019 12:00 AM (00:00) BST (British Standard Time) will be disqualified. It’s a challenge, but it’s a lot of fun!


Theme & MOD Elements

The theme for BRAWL 2019 is Trapped. You could interpret it in a number of ways: someone (or something) is physically trapped, emotionally trapped, metaphorically trapped, whatever! Get creative with it!


Mods:

The color MOD element is: a BLACK piece connected to or directly touching a WHITE piece. The letter MOD element is the letter 'F'.


Furthermore, all entries must clearly show the BRAWL 2019 logo for three uninterrupted seconds. The logos may be inserted digitally. Several high-quality resolution versions of the BRAWL 2019 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 (with the exception of 15 seconds worth of shots, more information below). 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. (with the exception of 15 seconds).


For the full rules and announcement post, visit the official forum post!


By rioforce on June 22, 2019


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It’s BRAWL season again, baby!


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 video of the contest HERE.


Last year was a huge success, and hopefully this year will be even bigger and better!


When Does BRAWL Start?

The contest will start June 23rd, 2019 (00:00) BST (British Standard Time), and will end June 30th, 2019 (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 2019 Starts NOW!" will be posted in the Contest & Festivals forum. The thread will contain the theme, MOD elements, and submission information.


For the full rules, prizes, and discussion, please check out the topic on the forums!


By rioforce on May 25, 2019

Bricks in Motion Stickers


Bricks in Motion stickers are real! But only for a limited time! I have about 45 stickers in stock, and if you want one, now's your chance!


The stickers are approximately 3x3'' and made of vinyl. They'll stick to whatever you want for as long as you want. This means that you can put it on your car, guitar case, or laptop, (if you have a license to play guitar, of course).


Stickers cost $2 each, and $1 flat rate shipping. So you can order more than one sticker and still have the same shipping charge. I can only ship to the United States at this time. Sorry!


But how???


1. Fill out the form below.


2. The form will direct you to PayPal at the end where you will pay for your order.


3. You will be directed back to the form for you to submit the form.


4. I will email you when I ship the stickers!


5. You get an epic sticker via the USPS.


Here's the link to order: SOLD OUT!!!


Remember, this deal only lasts until I run out of stickers!


If you have any questions, please visit the forum topic!


Thanks!

-rioforce

By rioforce on May 16, 2019
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