Topic: Brickfilm of the Week: Twelve Bucks (Feb 13, 2015)
This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Twelve Bucks by Rob Weychert.
Twelve Bucks follows the story of a man who takes a job at a cereal-making factory. But all is not as a it seems. Twelve Bucks was made in 1998, before Brickfilms.com was even established, and is one of the earliest brickfilms with a clearly defined narrative story, along with The Magic Portal and the films of Dave Lennie and Andy Boyer. It appears Rob Weychert was never a member of Brickfilms.com, and his website, Bredstik.com, hasn’t been updated since 2003. Twelve Bucks is Rob Weychert’s third and final brickfilm, and easily his most notable.
SPOILERY DISCUSSION BELOW!
Twelve Bucks is a very important part of brickfilms history. Released in 1998, it is one of only a handful of brickfilms known to be made before the millennium, and it is one of the first brickfilms to be darkly serious (even if it still contains touches of dark humor). This brickfilm is intelligent, and expects its audience to be intelligent too. While all of the clues are there (and sometimes pretty obvious), Twelve Bucks never attempts to spoon-feed the viewer its underlying plot. The strong narration, smooth jazz soundtrack, and noir lighting really give this film a strong sense of atmosphere. It’s hard to verify if Twelve Bucks was the first brickfilm to tackle a dark subject, but it certainly was one of early notable serious brickfilms. Personally, I consider Twelve Bucks a huge influence on my own style, and Philip Heinrich has mentioned its importance as well. Twelve Bucks almost lets you forget you are watching LEGO, and is a fine example of how brickfilms can tackle any style of story if done correctly.
What are your thoughts on Twelve Bucks? What did you like about it? How does it make you think about brickfilms making serious commentary? Did you have a favorite moment?
Last edited by Nathan Wells (February 13, 2015 (10:13am))