Animation Festival Organizer/s being sought for BrickFest 20

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April 6, 2004 at 2:03 pm #39206
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I have enjoyed organizing several animation festivals at several BrickFest conventions, but the time has come for me to pass the torch. The organizers of BrickFest 2004 are beginning to assemble and a date for the convention is set for August 13, 14, and 15th in Arlington, Virginia.

So this is the official call for an individual or small group of individuals to volunteer to put together an animation festival for BrickFest DC 2004.

Now this is not to be taken lightly and will represent a level involvement above just attending the convention. There are 2 criteria that must be meet in order to accept this endeavor. First, the volunteer or at least one member of the group of individuals organizing must attend the convention (dates to be announced). Second, you need to coordinate an open animation festival, an animation contest, or both. This is part of what the convention organizers desire and is what has been agreed to in the past and must be agreed to for 2004. All other details are up to you.

You should also know that you will not receive any remuneration for your efforts or discounts on convention registration.

Your participation will place you at the organizers table and you will be part of the development of the conference, with respect to the animation events. A session coordinator will work with you to schedule a time at the convention for the events and presentations that you want to hold. This means you will know what is happening before it happens. If a group is to take on the task of organizing a convention, then one member should be appointed the contact person.

I am available if desired to consult about organizing the Animation Festival and I am a resource for what has been done in the past.

For me the benefits have always been getting to see animations from others before anyone else. I also have several CD-Roms now full of animations that have been sent to me. Also, it has been extremely rewarding to watch the audience and their appreciation for these films.

I am not anointing a new organizer! If several people want the position, the BrickFest 2004 organizers will determine a way to select an individual or a group to take on the responsibility.


April 6, 2004 at 5:31 pm #39220
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Shootin Bricks

Unfortunately, I will not be attending this years Fest. I also know that Jared will not be there.

Greg? Tom?

April 6, 2004 at 5:52 pm #39222
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Well this is a little bit akward. About 2 weeks ago Christina from Brickfest told me she was looking for someone to take over the animation festival. I offered to do it, as I thought it would be great for both Brickfilms and Brickfest if we combined the next Brickfilms contest with the animation festival. Christina agreed that it was a great idea, and to watch for Todd’s post. Here’s Todd’s post and it’s not exactly what I was anticipating, as I thought the need for a volunteer had been met.

At any rate, I think combining a Brickfilms contest with the Brickfest animation festival would do wonders for both events. Our last two contests have produced around 30 entries. More entries is what Brickfest needs. Brickfest has films shown before a live and different audience, something that would add a lot to one of our contests. Since I’m already going to be doing another contest (and I’ve already got a lot of it figured out), it wouldn’t actually be much more work to produce the live portion. My plan is to create a DVD of all the films, which would make displaying them at the festival relatively simple. The biggest challenge would be making sure someone was there (more than likely I’ll be able to go myself) and that the proper equipment was available.

But I guess this isn’t the time to start getting into details. Just let it be known that I’d love to do it and that I think it makes a lot of sense to let Brickfilms be caretaker to the animation festival.

April 6, 2004 at 6:46 pm #39225
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Well I am glad that you stepped forward and spoke to Christina. This shoul make getting you involved relatively simple and easy. While I have been in constant contact with Christina in the last couple weeks, I am surprised that she never mentioned that you offered or that she had spoken to you.

And, I might add that it is great to have ideas, hopes, and plans for the Animation Festival, let me state that plans and intentions seldomly are reproduced faithfully in reality.

Does anyone object if the reins are passed to RevMen? Does anyone want to support him or work with him towards the completion of this goal?


April 6, 2004 at 6:57 pm #39230
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I do support Josh ! :D Though I’m not on the good continent for Brickfest.

Anyway, I was just about to suggest to make coincide Brickfests and contests (what a rhyme !). The effect will certainly be of the most interesting !

April 6, 2004 at 7:55 pm #39232
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Integrating the Brickfilms contests and the Brickfest contests is an excellent idea – it truly helps to reduce the contest-overkill our community has been experiencing. In my opinion, 1 contest a year is more than enough – it’s the most I’m able to handle, I believe!

Stefan, who will NOT be at Brickfest this year. Nor in the next year.

April 6, 2004 at 10:17 pm #39245
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I will support Josh in any and every way I can (from my geographically remote situation). I, through my astounding intuative talents, saw this comming, and have been looking forward to it becomming official.

April 6, 2004 at 10:41 pm #39249
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I agree – this is an excellent idea. It would help both Brickfilms and Brickfest in many ways. Brickfest would have plenty more entries, possibly some of the best it’s ever seen, and Brickfilms will take in some of that audience as well.

Josh has my support as well! (though I can’t attend)

April 7, 2004 at 1:57 am #39276
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Mr. Less

Well, here in DC my self, i will try to help out in anyway i can. :)

April 7, 2004 at 7:22 am #39301
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I give my full support to Josh.

He’s shown us he can run a solid comp online, I’ll bet he can match if not do better for this larger event.

It also helps that Josh has the support of the brickfest organisers as well as a sound connection to the (broad) brickfilming community.


April 7, 2004 at 9:59 am #39312
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Same again. Since most, if not all, the BrickFest entries usually come from users of this site, it makes sense to have Josh running the animation side of the fest.

Will someone else be counting the votes though? :wink

And thanks to Todd for all his time and effort on the past fests. I know you don’t always get the appreciation you deserve.

April 7, 2004 at 10:35 am #39313
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Will someone else be counting the votes though?

Yeah, I guess, it seems that the vote counting issues are typically american. :lol:

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