Topic: Brickfilm of the Week: His Master's Plan (Jan 2, 2015)
Welcome to Brickfilm of the Week! This is a new weekly feature on Bricks in Motion. Every Friday, a brickfilm will be selected as Brickfilm of the Week to be featured on the main page of Bricks in Motion. The purpose of Brickfilm of the Week is to celebrate important, fun, influential, creative and noteworthy brickfilms and to draw attention to brickfilms that might have been forgotten over the years.
When a brickfilm is selected, it will be featured on the main page of Bricks in Motion, accompanied by a short explanation/review by a BiM staff member, and a link to a discussion thread where Bricks In Motion members can discuss the film. These weekly discussion threads will be posted to a new forum called News, in the Community (green) section. Only Bricks in Motion staff members will be able to post new threads, but anyone can contribute to the discussion in the individual threads!
Since it’s THAC (Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest) season, this week’s Brickfilm of the Week is His Master’s Plan, by Stefan van Zwam, the winner of the very first Twenty-four Animation Contest in 2005.
His Master’s Plan follows the story of a servant, following the orders of his master, who breaks into a house to steal something valuable. Like all THAC films, it was made in under 24 hours. Stefan van Zwam, a Dutch brickfilmer, was a staple member of the Brickfilms.com community and was active from 2001 to 2007, producing brickfilms such as Animation Class: Lesson 1, Daedalus and Icarus, and his Great Inventors pair of films. His Master’s Plan was one of Stefan van Zwam’s last brickfilms.
SPOILERY DISCUSSION BELOW!
Until a few months ago, I had nearly completely forgotten about His Master's Plan. When Sillypenta dug it up for the Brickfilms Archival Project, I was delighted to rediscover it. It's not as flashy as it's modern THAC compatriots, but therein lies its charm. His Master's Plan tells a complete, simple story with a funny punchline, supported by Looney Tune-esque animation and humor.
The underground tunneling and running into the pole (complete with seeing stars) are creatively done with sticky-tack and LEGO flowers (see 0:14) , and some of my favorite animation in a brickfilm is the tiptoeing past the dog (see 0:45). There is a lot of expression and character packed into a deceptively simple animation sequence. And how often do you see convincingly animated minifigure tiptoeing? His Master's Plan also integrates the mod element (only the letter N, there were no color mod elements for the first few THACs) into the set in interesting and creative ways while still managing to keep the mod element from distracting from the overall film.
What are your thoughts on His Master's Plan? What did you like about it? Did you have a favorite moment? How do you think His Master's Plan compares to THAC films of today?
Last edited by Nathan Wells (January 2, 2015 (10:52am))