Thank you, everyone for your kind words.
the joke about there being way too many videos called 'The Duel', was funny.
I didn't really intend for that to be a joke, but I guess it does play out as pretty funny, and my expression, when I am searching for it is somewhat puzzled haha.
A funny thing about the shots of the computer screen - Originally, I was searching for The Duel on YouTube, but suddenly realized, the night before the deadline, that due to the contest rules, I had to make some changes, as there were far too many brand logos. For some of the shots, like when I was turning off the computer, there were ads in the corner for things like Netflix and Minecraft, but for that I was able just to crop it out, but for the clips on YouTube, I had to replace them entirely with shots of me on BiM, which actually worked better in the end.
Musically, I added a few nods of my own (Western music, synth & jazz influences, plus some nods to James Horner's infamous danger theme and the wonderful score created for the Bricks in Motion Documentary). All in all, it was a very fun experience - and certainly a challenge to score the entire picture in under 1 day!
I may have said this before, but I think it bares repeating that you made an exceptional score, and it really sounds like you spent months working on it and not 24 hours. I could definitely hear the nods to James Horner, with the prominent use of brass instruments.
Visually, I liked the references to The Magic Portal, Doug Vandegrift's signature focus pulls (rarely used elsewhere in brickfilming), and the creative use of traditional film cliches. (duels, car chases, toys-to-life a la Toy Story... etc)
Thank you. Doug Vandegrift is just someone I'm always inspired by. That look of focus pulling is something I love to do, along with all the camera movements. I love to try and replicate the look of live action filmmaking, like panning, and moving the camera along to follow the movement of running and the car chase. It's one of the main reasons why I loved making this film, because it gave me the freedom to move the camera around however I wanted, without the limitations of having to build the set around it.
I really enjoyed this film. You were very fortunate with the natural lighting. You must have picked the perfect cloudy days to shoot. Great job with all the "on location" (around the house) stop motion. Good luck in the contest. I think you will do well.
I was hoping to shoot the letterbox scene in the afternoon, after wrapping up the bedroom scenes, but it was far too sunny, and the sun sets over the front of the house. I got up extra early the following morning, to shoot the animation, and I was really pleased with the results. That whole scene took about 3 hours to shoot, before the sun started to head over the front of the house.
I'm going to release a bts video soon, hopefully within the next couple of weeks, which I am really looking forward to putting together.