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August 3, 2004 at 6:45 pm #53519
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Gentlemen,

Thanks for the help.

Our task is to select approximately 50 minutes worth of HAT entries to be shown at the BrickFest screening Friday night. These are the films that will be considered for the Audience Choice award.

Here is the criteria: Will the crowd at BrickFest enjoy it? Will a group of AFOLs and some of their kids like the film? That’s it.

As soon as I get all of the entries gathered into a central location, I’ll compile a list of titles with lengths. There are a few films that have yet to be released. Hopefully I can get that done tonight.

I’d like to get this taken care of before the end of the week so I can put them on a DVD and overnight it to Todd for display at BrickFest.

August 3, 2004 at 9:43 pm #53554
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Boy-oh- boy, is this going to be hard!
I havn’t even seen all of the films yet and my list is already 15 minutes over!

Eye of Aphrodite 8:19
Factory Fix 8:08
Aladibababad 8:09
The Green Dragon 8:16
Fred’s Day 5:55
Sai the Magic Word 9:40
Seeing Red 7:10
Lost 10:00
TOTAL TIME: 65:37

If I take off the 2 least funniest films on the list, (Seeing Red , Lost ) I get 48:27- room to throw Hali’s film in there but it only works if none of the films I havn’t seen yet aren’t any good. Which I doubt.

Eye of Aphrodite 8:19
Factory Fix 8:08
Aladibababad 8:09
The Green Dragon 8:16
Fred’s Day 5:55
Sai the Magic Word 9:40
TOTAL TIME: 48:27
With Speed Demon!: 49:17

They only gave you 50 minutes or are you trying to give yourself 10 minutes to play with?

August 3, 2004 at 9:49 pm #53556
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I’m leaving 10 minutes for introduction, voting, etc.

You’re right, this is going to be extremely difficult. I’m looking at your list thinking “what about…” but realizing none of the ones you have should come off.

August 3, 2004 at 10:29 pm #53593
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I’m looking at your list thinking “what about…”

No doubt you’re refering to Daedalus and Icarus. I agree that it’s good, but in my opinion it came across as a humorless history lesson. It surprised me too, but I thought the others were better, particularly for the audience in question.

I just watched the Golden Elephant. It was disappointing, which was a relief because now I don’t have to modify my list for it… :P

August 4, 2004 at 12:29 am #53612
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Daedalus and Icarus has really incredible sets. I think at 4 minutes, AFOLs wouldn’t mind just checking out some cool sets, not to mention some great animation. I’d also like to include Seeing Red, but you have a point in that it isn’t funny, and the audience might not like it.

I wish we could show the best films, as opposed to the funniest. Brickfest, to me, is an opportunity for us to show what brickfilming is all about, and it’s unfortunate that we can only show the “light” side of our hobby. If an audience, one that has never seen a brickfilm before, sees nothing but light-hearted comedies, they will enjoy it, but they won’t have any idea of the other types of films here.

However, as we are going to chose the funniest films, I think it should be made clear to entrants as to why these films were chosen, and something that was well done (like Seeing Red) wasn’t chosen.

logan

August 4, 2004 at 12:33 am #53613
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I agree that it would be nice to ‘enlighten’ the BrickFest crowd about good filmmaking. Take heart! Those who truly care will most likely purchase a DVD, and they will be exposed to all of the films.

Whether or not all the films are shown, the same film will most likely win the audience choice award in any case.

August 4, 2004 at 1:06 am #53616
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To be fair, not all the films on my list are ‘funny films’. Eye of Aphrodite falls short in the humor department but it will still appeal to the BF crowd in my opinion because it is exciting and vibrant.
I used my son and my nephew to verify my choices. I showed them each film and guaged their reactions. I was able to predict the results pretty much 100%. They loved the funny movies, didn’t care for the head scratchers (Seeing Red, Lost), thought Daedalus and Icarus was OK, but sat enthralled through Eye of Aphrodite. They both said the same thing when it was done- it wasn’t that funny but it was COOL.
In Brickfest ’02 the big winners were in the General fest were comedies, but Jays Rise of the Empire, winner of the Star Wars Trailer Contest, generated a lot more buzz I think simply because it was so cool.
I remember my sociology professor explaining what made cartoons so appealing to children. The gist of it was: they like simple humor, they like bright colors, they like fast movement. The BF crowd may be mostly adults, but they are adults who play with toys. I think the same principles apply.
This is not to say that there will be no one there who won’t like the head scratchers, but as the goal is for the contest to be a crowd pleaser, I’m afraid we must discriminate against such a minority.
Finally, my list is not written in stone. Feel free to try and change my mind.

August 4, 2004 at 1:40 pm #53689
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Well, leave it to Rachel to screw things up!
Imagine That! 4:41 definitely needs to go on the list. But what to eliminate?

About a Face 1:48 isn’t great but it’s not terrible and it’s reference to the new skin tones is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s short length means we may be able to squeeze it in some how…

And to top it all off, there’s still 4 films I’ve yet to see. This job is going to break my heart in the end, I just know it… :cry: :P

While I’m at it. I may as well throw Daedalus and Icarus 4:12 back into the mix.

August 4, 2004 at 4:31 pm #53706
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Here’s where I am:

Sai the magic word
Imagine That
Fred’s Day
Eye of Aphrodite
Alidababadad
The Green Dragon
The Factory Fix
Daedalus and Icarus

Total – 57:20

I’m thinking maybe that 10 minutes isn’t all that necessary. Doug, isn’t the animation competition usually fairly late on Friday night? Do you think we could stretch it by a few minutes and get away with it?

August 4, 2004 at 5:11 pm #53710
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Josh’s list seems pretty well accurate. With Daedalus and Icarus in, it represents the more serious side of our hobby, as well as showing off some amazing sets. Right now, I’d say if we had to, The Green Dragon could be cut out, if we absolutely needed more time.

logan

August 4, 2004 at 5:13 pm #53711
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I’d contact Suzanne and explain the situation to her. She may be willing to try and start it a bit earlier.
In ’02 they did the whole thing on Saturday night and it took way too long.
Last year they got a little smarter about it and did the Fest on Friday night and made Saturday night the Awards night.
What happened with the Fest last year was that they had everyone in the auditorium to listen to the Lego Rep, and when he was done they started the Fest. That was around 8 I think and the building closed at 9. Also you had many other things going on at the same time which helped to suck out the crowd. That, combined with the ‘technical difficulties’ from the previous year resulted in a very low turn out for the Fest. On the upside I think that word spread the next day on what a great Fest it had been that when Todd agreed to reshow the films in the middle of Saturday afternoon, it drew a bit of crowd, at least as many as the previous night’s showing.
Sorry to ramble but I was trying to give you some idea what to expect.

My revised list:
Eye of Aphrodite 8:19
Factory Fix 8:08
Aladibababad 8:09
The Green Dragon 8:16
Fred’s Day 5:55
Sai the Magic Word 9:40
Daedalus and Icarus 4:12
Imagine That! 4:41
TOTAL TIME: 57:20

OK, I can agree with this, I also agree about cutting the Green Dragon if it comes to that, but what about the othe 4 films I havn’t seen yet?

August 4, 2004 at 5:14 pm #53712
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I just checked the BrickFest schedule.

http://www.bricktime.com/events2004dc.htm

The animation festival is the last thing on Saturday night, 8:30 to 9:30.

I think we can easily be a few minutes long and get away with it.

August 4, 2004 at 5:17 pm #53714
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I’m not too worried about things taking too long. I plan to put the entire show onto a DVD that plays straight through. Information about the contest and films will all be presented in one showing. Todd will only get things started and collect the ballots.

August 4, 2004 at 5:19 pm #53715
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Also, I agree with Logan’s assessment. If one film has to go, I think it should be The Green Dragon. I don’t think it’ll be necessary though.

How do you feel about that list, Doug? The only thing different is Speed Demon, which I don’t think we should allow in just because it’s short.

August 4, 2004 at 5:31 pm #53720
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OK, but as I said, what about the other 4?

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