Topic: The History of Brickfilms: LEGO Studios

The History of Brickfilms: LEGO Studios

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Released: May 9, 2020
Content Advisory: mild violence, no language, no sexual content

The 2000 release of the LEGO Studios Steven Spielberg MovieMaker Set is the clearest turning point in brickfilming history, greatly influencing LEGO animation to become a widely practiced hobby. This video chronicles the history and impact of the LEGO Studios theme, both in regards to brickfilming and in regards to how the theme fits in the overall LEGO canon. It also aims to cover some of the general brickfilming practices and struggles of the era, and features interviews with David Pagano of Paganomation and Kevin Ulrich of BrotherhoodWorkshop, explaining how LEGO Studios helped to influence their hobbies and eventual careers.

This video is the culmination of coming on half a decade of on-and-off researching, collecting, and contacting. I cracked some of the longest-running mysteries in brickfilming for this video, as prior to my hunting, it was unknown to the community who created Dino Cop, and who created the brickfilms included on the LEGO Studios software CD. Trying to find the answers to those felt like banging my head against two separate brick walls, but we had a bit of a mantra that we could not make this video without that information, and so I persevered and eventually found the right chains of people to contact to get the answer to each. Additionally, before I got on the case, there were only two Studios contest finalists known to be available, but now all nine are located. Similarly, there were only two of the user-submitted films from the LEGO Studios website known to be around, but now all but one are located. Also, Scary Thriller: Director's Cut was only around in horrendous quality, and Dino Cop wasn't around in the best quality either, but I managed to acquire higher quality copies of those films for this video (in addition to the Dino Cop theatrical trailer, which I never even expected to be able to acquire).

An absolute godsend for making this video were a number of LEGO Studios brickfilm YouTube playlists compiled by Bernardo Ensoli (who seems to have seen and commented on just about every LEGO video on YouTube). Further Studios films shown came from my own searches of YouTube, Archive.org, Brickshelf, and from having compiled archives of the old online brickfilm directories and many brickfilmers' filmographies for the Brickfilms Wiki. Sebastian Segura also assisted in tracking down some examples of Studios films featuring specific things I wished to show.

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List of links to films and other videos which appear in this video:

SETUP / PRE-RELEASE (first 7 minutes)
Journey to the Moon (1973) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW583kCiOWo
Lego Animaatiot77 80 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF-H11NARR8
Projekt RH (1980) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ylt9p0hpYY
Lift-off! (1985) https://vimeo.com/110311846
The Magic Portal (1989) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jde4qHbCtSg
Fast Forward (1994) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpJ0hMsiuPk
Heart of Darkness (1995) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … R0TUU/view
LEGO Studios promo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpN2FT54xR4
LEGO Jack Stone commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U14WcTSLDHU
LEGO Scala commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yFGF7ogoj8
LEGO Znap commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN46P0iRvHI
LEGO Galidor commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eawKYsG9NyE
A New Computer https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … ZQWEE/view
Outside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjOBOIifhdo
LEGO Island gameplay by Mr. Eight-Three-One https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Qog5uROA0
LEGO Mindstorms promo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q27TLyz4qSE
LEGO Mindstorms commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0245mFZVUdM
Great Inventors Part 1: The Wheel https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … BrU1k/view
Words of Wisdom https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … tON3c/view
LEGO City Trash Truck 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpXNanrafAU
Corporal Dan: Revelations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GkEMEIEBC4
Tim & Ralph Episode 24: “Sweet Dreams” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RReotTzq6A0
The Funhouse https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … tZVGM/view
Steven Spielberg at the 1999 Academy Awards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjqlO0OJM6k 
Beyond the Eleventh Dimension https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nnV67l4148
Mediocre Hour: Episode 2 – Stop-mo, Slow-mo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgLYkJKF4_Y
Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair review by PushingUpRoses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNMDRPj11dA
LEGO Studios promo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpN2FT54xR4
FAO Schwarz in-store content https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=402DiCAdA-c
The Season of Giving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKrnuju2iac
Black Friday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3CJi4B8niM
Blinders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa8xmazWkXQ
Dino Cop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jC56tqTtng
LEGO Studios 'Making of Dino Cop' commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PcuuHdza3g
Dino Cop theatrical trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgRhthAmE6w
Jewel Quest https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … l4cTg/view
Jurassic Bark https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … FSLVk/view

RELEASE (minutes 7 to 14)
Dino https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6CIy-9pZMM
The Failed Attempt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EMGNRspGfs
Trash Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP8M5EW2Cq0
The Hat https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … l1ZTA/view
Kill Your Speed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ByX_Im8mys
Der Kampf der Giganten II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IITLRSNzDiI
You're Toast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfgCgEeGCA
1xY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCFyzKuzfys
LEGO Mindstorms Vision Command intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA-zX3Tcjh0
Bankraub! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeMohSqS6TY
The Duel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnsatBJRZfw
The Bohrok Awake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lUyT1iNrXI
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Donut https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … F6QVE/view
Police Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-mCxR0E_dA
The Letter https://archive.org/details/TheLetter
Yeehah Stunt Action https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … pEcG8/view
T-Rex in the Studio https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … hNaHM/view
LEGO Studios CD tips and tricks videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OxtGcr3gU8
Shark Bite https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … x2cFU/view
On Location https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … NxNTA/view
Jewel Quest https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … l4cTg/view
The Pirates (1989) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_miHaJbXv48&t=1m27s
Interrailer (1990) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMS96p3Dnfw
The Bank Job https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … RvTEk/view
Thank You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVQmhEppKeU
The Three Mini Figs https://archive.org/details/3littleminifigs
One Night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkTn2VXlsKs
Trouble In Chicago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op1yDdJbp_Q
Dino Suspence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0UXkJj0LUs
Darth Binks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROaWJ7QzuKo
The Crocodile Hunter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShUZW63xgi8
Catch Up, Heinz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL6bRk0_7bA
The Brick https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … hSdWc/view
007: Brick Fire https://archive.org/details/BOND007
Mount Everest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDTxV0BpU5E
James Bond and the crazy bus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd1OsnD_Z5I
Space Race https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SBYbD_y7yc
Progress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irS0R8_Ielk
Street Soccer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOQGO1ahfr0
The Dead Musketeer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcMvgWPoIZQ
NASA 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v12n-gTPV0
A Windy Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJmpkNdTEt0
Neat things you can do with your movie kit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktrw13OklRI
B Boy Skelies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JQZEC38d04
The Great Hike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yih2BkmcJA
Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPiCyd-b4DU
The Han Solo Affair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WE5m71zUlI
Fell in Love with a Girl https://vimeo.com/232493912
LEGO Studios Backlot review by theChubbyPirate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxVnaLWe-Nw

CONTESTS (minutes 15 to 28)
Clips from finalists of the LEGO Maniac's Coolest Home Video Contest are available in this compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66ubfkWfatc
The Mysterious Secret Treasure of the Lost Pyramid https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … F3TVk/view
LEGO World 2007 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVjdbQdKTCk
The Dream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pADVow87L_E
Little Guys! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNUmIqxGIJo
Playback https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrXjyU9xxBY
Space Police Log 01: Interrogation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8_tw5QfSto
Adeventures of Max: Galaxy Squad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqcURVwGhFw
The LEGO Movie 2 Moviemaker kit demonstration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bqn2uNm2e4
Little Guys... In Space! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=875JSv23R1s
Adventures in Legoland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-A6cQcwsi4
Riddle of the Sphinx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fp_z0eHvO0
Where Does All the LEGO Go? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cca5cxp7mLM
Western Trouble https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfEGHiyItv4
Jungle Joe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmozeXtgShI
Planet LEGO Attacks!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-h_jTovQ_I
Al, Alien Hunter! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmLSbyI4Dgo
Haunted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx2XfvF0zJo
The Phantom of the Opera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDVj4TFVNhY
Red Brick Saga #1 – Pirates of the Caribbean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGifv_Xs-1Q
Maximillion and Truth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipu86sxfLSE
Very strange Pepsi Twist commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVRELJ9EoRs
Country Buildin' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8vsIvU3AZY
The Final Tapir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmO277YOw3Y
TBC News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv_83idDE2w
Heavenly Balls https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ts4xx4 … -6kTG/view

FURTHER STUDIOS SETS (minutes 29 to 33)
LEGO Studios polybag collection video by BrickTsar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM_r9wrH0u4
LEGO Studios Nesquik polybag video by just2good https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS04c0hHRGg
Star Wars Wrestling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4C65AdyYWY
Jedi De-Fence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CBqj-82mX4
LEGO Studios Jurassic Park III Raptor Rumble video by BrickQueen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8y9tRklZlI
LEGO Studios Jurassic Park III Spinosaurus Attack video by TheyMightBeBricks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE_ZGWPbCjc
Le avventure dell'Uomo Ragno – La rapina in banca 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv48mYNQIBk
Jurassic Park IV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwE1_smLUjs
Spiderman: Der Banküberfall
J-Park https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KV7u6b … gvA8A/view
LEGO Spider-Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq8EP0wirWE
Never Have Picnic in the Dark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qnjlmei05Y
A Matter of Life and Death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qj-bppZ_Es
The Mad Doctor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVthGMEdVGs
Dracula https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo1v8lOYPes
Scary Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rEPqNwCpTo
LEGO Frankenstein https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F--E7CbwwBE
Dracsferatu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR7B0lnHOD8
LEGO Wampir nadciaga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AM_sPIYjIM & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp3p2spwsn8
The Mummy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbufqjmRLRw
The Haunted Hotel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fldxq8ldlLY
Inside the Lab https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXUbLvjzpWU
Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPiCyd-b4DU
The Han Solo Affair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WE5m71zUlI
The Peril of Doc Ock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1UD5wYY3zI
Spider-Man https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … FlN00/view
Scary Thriller https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … Y4cG8/view
Scary Thriller: Director's Cut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l60a1YAaJqo

INFLUENCE (minutes 33 to 47)
The Tell-Tale Heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_3lpxkZbZQ
The Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M55QT11zV9M
BIONICLE Adventure: Tahu Infected https://archive.org/details/TahuInfected
The Other Great Train Robbery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlPc4exYpSw
Cowboyleif og Jakten på Sleipejon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LwbU_CqhfQ
Bart Gaat Sporten https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLD0sctr7L4
あ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjx6ye8ebOs
Jacked https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … dDeGc/view
I Predict a Riot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_bT3SmEJ0w
The Italian Job https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWRHPThAUS0 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_-JJWX398w
Survivor Archipel-LEGO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l8pEE4BpaI
Godzilla Reloaded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4FZiCH5sZE
The Flight of Prometheus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc_vIKwnXNw
T-wrecks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODuWEems4-M
T-Rex City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEOCI7rbDLY
The Secret Temple https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVn7DZ28Gqc
Super Awesome Car Stunt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ya6vIi9dbc
One Hero at a time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBavG8U9Zc4
Bank tyveriet! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdlcde1Lz9c
Trouble In Georgeville https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLvgKVU5MTc
Die Killer-Katze 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwX6yqDrh0
Der Zeitreisende Bankräuber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZc0ypzRMJg
Jack and Jay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQHBlwtHCgM
LEGO City commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl1HcsdVf0w
The Wars of Darkness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UMFwDZwVg0 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJlZsUGHQGY
Hanger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpUz2Hu_G90
Dan the Arctic man's guide to the bar https://archive.org/details/danbar
Beverly Brick Cop https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … 9nMGc/view
Die Megaputzer und der Betrunkende Untermieter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUJ5Twqx6y4
Crystal Quest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtzVESpSQYI
Space Adventure (1989) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TETVNYj811Y
TE (1990) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … 1zQlk/view
StarLego (1990) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … hDRVE/view
The Parasite (1994) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wovEOq3tVfU
Artic Sabotage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghO7X_15dvA
“LEGO Movie” by Cracypilot417 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWqzNMTb1kg
The Bride of Dracula https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2cAzZwN0FU
LEGO Combat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw8Z5kU8pWE#t=3m25s
Crash Landing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2dWSmpnmWY
An Unusual Reconcilliation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzjxaYN7MMc
The Thing From Uranus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NSPu7G7G-o
Breakfast of Zen https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … BkX2c/view
Ghost Train (1999) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sewjgcicc6g
Jet Car https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … plU00/view
The Chase https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … 05Tms/view
Brain Damage https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … NoWm8/view
The Thing (Part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgMMONmmbZk
Labor Union Riot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlUdiBupMGU
Cemetary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYqJUUhDDE0
Taxi https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … lBNEE/view
T-Rex Attack! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … A4Skk/view
Egyptian Comedy https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … NRd3M/view
Jedi Chronicles: The First Duel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1Fr-TLS0-E
Vecna's Lens: Part I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxoq3y0Ckm0
Alone https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … FrTGs/view
A Grand and Merry Chase https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDsbVFsA3Wc
METRO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dCC2UW1DsM
Work and Pray https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … JGOXM/view
Mummy https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … I4QUk/view
Macabre Manor (original LEGO Studios version) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … ZTOHM/view
Macabre Manor (remake) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … h0WWc/view
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHm_C7Rvg-s
The Lumberjack Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ-Xdlx6z6M
Arachnids II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoN8OPVBiHg
Sniper Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH2qmQ8pBvw
Halloween (Part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpm00-b087U
The Hilltrix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYUBr0ZkmUg
Johnny's Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9BPtk0ISEo
Shavuos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aYt16IFs88
The Quest for the Camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPLP7-IVfeY
Josh's New Webcam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6ucZqmoEDM
The Cam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNjQaJruQp8
Diplomacy II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKLw_CgmN3w
Aladibababad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxj9L4ornTM
The Citizen of the Year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajrtmp9Fc1k
Rise of the Empire https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … lBM00/view
Animation Class: Lesson 1 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … hnR3M/view
Hand of Fate https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … 1LVlk/view
LEGO bil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp5LD-n0t6M
Tom's 2. Film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQpHX9Z14N0
Jerry Springer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_DbKq6iirY
Star Wars: Beta Squad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKpS0KFC9SA
Spider-Man 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccJzsmV6-RM
Shark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwMkpZrBhQE
Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qkiwIq9zj8
Jungle Quest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L2cqGJdPHU
Happy Droid Days of Summer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKI7cZDYzBM
Star Trek: More Tribbles More Troubles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwTg4kfff_g
Minilife Chronicles: The Ninja https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRSTpfa7hNA
Cretaceous Camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeiTpoOQ87c
Puffindolia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbqPMKpXpqg
Super-Brilliant Sheriff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs-NwJzqIS0
The Cleaners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE0530caYik
Christmas Stress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVANyfkW0ww
LEGO Spider-Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r5G2YcAiGo
LEGO Indiana Jones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkMJ8QSqHZ4
LEGO Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClFD9db6fGU
Welcome to Darkmoor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSLzwqvyVS8
Squad 42: Dissolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvu59VWZXr4
PITCH – Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFvtodsvCAA
LEGO Minecraft Survival Day 68 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJszY-hcA_0
The Yellow Brick Horse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtj2m42bcxI
LEGO War https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … lBSjg/view
Little Guys... In Space! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=875JSv23R1s
The Magic Picnic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg7dE3sZ-Tw
The LEGO Movie – acquire this one yourselves lol
Vengeance of a Different Sort https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZiukLx2If4
Benny n' Lee in: Parallel Panic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfCAALHW7UI
Mord in der Manege https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0W90fLvvSM
Goin' Solo With Solo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyz_LGQJ0jU
KODIAK teaser trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw6RZ32GU9A
NINJAGO New Creation Episode 16 – Finale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_pLMHbxIPU
The Warehouse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqla7ogT4WM
Worlds Apart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC8jJmmkGZQ
Bricks in Motion (documentary) https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bricksinmotion
The Battle of Helm's Deep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WflM7m343k
The Aggravation of Smaug https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKFsyC3gzC8
Paws of Destruction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXAyIeoaPsQ
Lightsaber Duel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_bZP1AHXAQ#t=12.1s
End scene from Johnny Thunder and the Lost Island of the Dinos https://www.facebook.com/BrotherhoodWor … 823306205/
Most other early Brotherhood Workshop films are not available online at the moment
Kaz and the TIE fighter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LrjC9cd5BE
LEGO Masters promo https://twitter.com/LEGO_Group/status/1 … 1561981953
Strange https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxInNcXQzyA
Little Guys... In Space! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=875JSv23R1s
CyberSlam – Not online at the moment
Haunted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx2XfvF0zJo
Build Free https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCneUYlYn4M
LEGO Dimensions: Sonic Meets Michael Knight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdg-lk_v_Zo
“Don't Talk” PSA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Cx1tAfNiI
Castle War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTuKmbSSU7c
Les Miserables https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0Dn0_gsbA8
The Bohrok Awake! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lUyT1iNrXI
The Oval Portrait in LEGO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icPG1xqnRQQ
Dancing on the Moon https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … BSVkU/view
War of the LEGO Guys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjtCol6XitI
The Gauntlet https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kf__ … Z4WjQ/view
LEGO RPG: The Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_Kv3LXEbLQ
LEGO Fights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL8KTLfYNTY
The Italian Job https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWRHPThAUS0 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_-JJWX398w

SHOWCASE (minutes 47 to 52)
The LEGO Chainsaw Massacre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnr3diicTLI
The Big Night Out https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … 5UeWs/view
1xY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCFyzKuzfys
Batman: Revenge https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SOem … RRcHM/view
Resident Evil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92L-INDu6rQ
Spiderman- Born to be wild https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkJz-96WF9w
The Wars of Darkness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UMFwDZwVg0 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJlZsUGHQGY
Fart Competition: Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3tRjyJK4ug

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I loved watching this! Honestly, this is TV quality documentary work. And it's great to see so many brickfilms and the history of it all, compiled into one place. You had my attention throughout. Wonderful watch. I look forward to the next part!

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What a huge amount of work, but it was really worth it, we love the result.
We really enjoyed every episode of the History of Brickfilms. All of them are very very interesting.
Thanks for making this and we're looking forward to next episode!  mini/smile

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This is a venerable work!
I can understand how much time you spent on researching and finding things.

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Fantastic work! Very informative and very entertaining to watch. You can see all the hard work that has been put into this amazing video. I love it! I love your work. I'm looking forward to the next part. Seriously, you could teach brickfilm history at a university.

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This is incredible work for one guy. Not only impressed by all the information you were able to gather and share, but the fact you could put it all together and make this wonderful piece of work. It flows really well and tells the story it wants to tell. Great work!

Can't wait for the next installment mini/tongue.

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I thought I knew a lot about brickfilm history but that mindstorm shower scene really suprised me mini/lol

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Aye, this was really well done and very informative! Keep up the great work!

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This was great, I really enjoyed it. There's some absolute classics showcased here I had completely forgotten about, so it was great to see them again after all this time. I physically cringed at seeing Fart Competition again after nearly 20 years. What was I thinking?!?

Ten years later...
So...what did I miss?

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Wow...yet another masterpiece of Brickfilm history! As others have noted, the combination of incredible historical detail in a smooth, entertaining package is a rare and marvelous feat.

This brought back so much nostalga, as the early 2000's was when I began collecting and playing with Lego. I remember those contests and sets! It was great to see current community members beginning to join the hobby and thee interviews added much personality and detail. Great job!

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What an excellent documentary. The research you have put into this is very in-depth, and I can't wait to see the next installment. This is a must-watch for any fan of brickfilming who is interested in how it started out. As someone who discovered brickfilming in 2003, it was wonderful going down memory lane and rediscovering so many old films through this video.

I remember getting one of the LEGO Studios sets for Christmas in 2001 or 2002: the Exploding Bank set. It was my first dip in using LEGO to tell stories, although it took a could of years before I got into brickfilming. Back then, I had no idea that there even was a LEGO Studios kit! I don't think it was marketed very well in the Netherlands.

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Something I would like to touch upon a bit more is how much of a hassle it was to view a brickfilm back then. (This is based on my experiences in 2003-2004, but it also applies to the 2000-2002 era.) The internet was in a very early stage. Video compression was still primitive, meaning either you had a huge file size, or an awful image quality. (In many cases, both. More experienced brickfilmers would usually offer high-quality  and low-quality versions to download.) Internet speeds were also a lot slower back then, so even small files could take a while to download. It would generally take much more time to download a video than to watch it.

That is, if you could get the video to play at all. Because oh boy, if you didn't have the right codec or software installed, you went through all that trouble for nothing. If it was a .AVI or .MPEG, you could usually watch it in Windows Media Player. That is, if you had the specific video compression installed. I remember the hassle of downloading DivX and XviD codecs, but there were probably many others. There were also alternative codecs: QuickTime and RealMedia were big, but they required their own software (QuickTime Player or RealPlayer) to play the files. As a 13 year old Dutch kid whose English was limited to the very basics, it was very difficult to navigate through all this. I missed out on a lot of brickfilms because either they took too long to download, or I couldn't get them to work.

And all that was just to watch a brickfilm! Imagine being a young brickfilmer who is trying to share his films. The LEGO Studios software did probably help a lot, although I have never used it myself. Instead I relied on free software like Anasazi Stop Motion Animator, VideoMach (2.7.2 or die), and Windows Movie Maker. Even with this software, you had to have a decent grasp of video compression to get a usable video file at the end.

And then you still had to find a way to get it onto the internet! There were virtually no platforms where you could just upload your video file. A lot of these early brickfilms were shared by people who had their own website, or had a Geocities page. (Small aside: this also meant that you needed to build your own website. I think a lot of us pre-YouTube brickfilmers have some HTML knowledge because of this.) In later years this got a little bit easier. I recall Brickshelf.com being used a lot to upload video files, but Brickshelf wasn't a very reliable host. It had a tendency to go down for days at a time with no word about whether it was gone forever or not.

You youngsters have no idea how much trouble we had to go through to scratch our leggo muvvey itch! shakes fist at sky

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Last of all, a (very incomplete) selection of some of my favorite films from the 2000-2002 era. These are the films that pop in my mind whenever I think of those times.

A Christmas Carol in Bricks and The Barber of Sevilla. Both of these were made by Yellowhead Studios, a Dutch brickfilmer. ACCIB was probably the first brickfilm I ever watched; a television program had a short item on it, interviewing the director.

Brain Damage, in my opinion a quintessential example of the "fight film with cool music" genre that was really quite popular back then.

Twelve Bucks. A very cinematic experience, especially at the time. Young me didn't quite understand this one the first time.

The Gauntlet and Rise of the Empire, both by Jay Silver, another big figure. Rise of the Empire was one of those films that blew your mind, because the quality was so much above most films from the same era.

Amazone, another film by a Dutch creator.

Also Thwacked Zarathustra

The Animator. Not much to say about this one except it's short and sweet.

Fart Competition: Part 4. Reading this thread it sounds like WeirdEars isn't too proud of this series, but I am not ashamed to admit I still laugh every time I see it.

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Thanks everyone for the great response, and thanks Bert for the detailed post. That is definitely a tricky concept I plan to navigate in the next installment. There are many aspects to it that I must try to explain in a way that makes sense to people who have never encountered such topics. When I first found Brickfilms.com in 2002, I also tried to download multiple films but mostly couldn't get them to play. Being of single digit age, I had no idea what was going on, but one of the few that did work for me was Taxi by Flash1015 (a LEGO Studios film), so I guess LEGO were onto something by using mpeg format.

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Great work on another exciting and informative installment! I actually own a small hand full of those old LEGO Studios sets, and have been thinking about getting more. They all look so cool - and it's awesome to, even now, spot some of those elements (the cardboard backdrops, dino foot and head, etc) in brickfilms.

Glad you showed off some of the Hanger films and Batman Revenge too - I enjoy both of those, and think they're definitely underappreciated. Batman Revenge, especially, was very inspirational to me.

Also, I think it's a cool tidbit of history to know that LEGO at one point planned for the whole movie making competition to become a yearly thing. Obviously, the non impressive sales of LEGO Studios coupled with their back and forth struggles with bankruptcy at the time prematurely ended this - however, just think how cool it would have been had they been able to have continued this yearly brickfilm competition? We'd be at what, they're 18th or 19th installment by now? Ha ha.

All around excellent video. Very well researched and put together (as usual) and a very entertaining watch. I think it's cool to highlight some of the brickfilms & brickfilm friendly sets from this era, as although they were made in the internet age, a lot of films from this time period (and even since) are at risk of being lost forever through website closures, forum restructurings, and creators simply taking their videos down. I'm glad we still have a lot of this history because of the efforts of not only yourself but of the brickfilm archive too!

A few years ago I made the decision to start experimenting more with non-LEGO elements in my films, partially out of the intrigue some of these older films gave me. A lot of them utilize clay, model train kits, and other accessories in set design and environments - and I really like the look it gives. Perhaps it's a little less toyetic than exclusively using LEGO, but I think it's really cool.

Looking forward to the next video, but no rush. Took me a while to get around to watching this one (and I'm so glad I did) and I'm sure the next episode will be just as great - if not more so. So glad someone's preserving and presenting brickfilming history (and pre history mini/tongue) in a professional TV doc style format. It's like I'm watching a History Channel series just about my favorite hobby.

Thanks for making this series! Here's to the future! mini/bigsmile