LEGO animations wanted for video clip channel

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    I’m new to this community. I watched some of the films featured on this site and was highly impressed. I’m quite new to animation, but I’ve been playing around with digital media for the past 8 years, as a designer, a programmer and a producer.

    I’ve been contacted by a cable TV channel, here in Israel, that is willing to pay for broadcast rights of animations. The channel specializes in video clips edited in a VJ style. The rights are only for broadcasting and they remain yours. They need unedited, raw materials – This could be a lego man dancing over a blue screen, or anything of that sort. Doesn’t have to be full, edited scenes.

    I have a meeting with them next week and I would like to bring some LEGO animation as part of the portfolio, because I think it’s a great thing.

    All I need from you is a one minute sample of unedited work, in AVI format, without any identifying details, of course. The example should be highly compressed to prevent them (or me, for that matter) from using it without permission for any professional purpose.

    This channel has just recently purchased broadcasting rights for 400 songs without videoclips and their editors need your raw materials, so this is a great opportunity for you to make some money out of materials you already have on your harddrives.

    Feel free to contact me for more details,
    Asaf Prihadash

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    Yeah, um, WITHOUT identifying details?

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    He does specify “highly compressed” to prevent theft – I don’t see an artifact-ridden mess impressing TV execs though. Even on cable TV.

    I don’t think I’ve ever done a full minute of animation. That’s like 6 hours straight animation, at least.

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    By highly compressed, I think he means small in size. Meaning send in a sample that’s 320×240 or some resolution that couldn’t be used on a TV screen.

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    I have a few questions:

    What happens if you like the one minute clip… how would we send the large avi video to you? To you on a CD through mail?


    How much are you willing to pay for the one minute clip?

    Thanks in advance,

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    I’m glad to see there’s interest in the crowd.

    I guess one minute was a simbolic announcement, and I would like to clear a few things:

    * This cable TV channel is looking for RAW, unedited, materials they can use to create VJ style video clips
    * Your animation can be as simple as a single character moving around the screen or flying in his spaceship
    * 5 second sample would be great
    * Use stuff you already have, don’t produce especially for the purpose of this project
    * The broadcasting rights are non-exclusive, meaning you keep the full rights for the materials, but give them the right to use them for their video clips
    * I would love to discuss financial and legal matters with anyone who owns such materials on my private mail
    * Generally speaking, the payment isn’t going to make you a millionaire, but if you already have stuff you made and you don’t have to invest much in getting it on a CD-ROM then it’s going to be good money. Please remember we are talking here about a small, private, channel in Isreal (total population is 7M)
    * I would like short samples they can’t use, in very low quality, so none of their tricky editors would dare thinking about using it in any way. Actually, I don’t know at the moment if I’m going to leave them a copy of the samples I bring to the meeting
    * The meeting is next week, which means if you are serious, then get yourself going and contact me
    * I’m only going to take my commision on any deal signed with this company and I promise – I will not rip you off. I will sign a contract with you and everything I do will be transparent.

    I hope I made myself clear. If you would like to know anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you would like to send my your samples, please contact me directly to my email

    I like your stuff and I would like to see it on my TV.

    Kind Regards,
    Asaf Prihadash

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    Are they knocking at your door at the moment?

    What’s the difference between internet and TV broadcast for that matter?

    Has anyone on this site been prosecuted by the LEGO company for publishing LEGO films?

    As far as I know, there’s nothing in the world that prohibits someone from shooting LEGO scenes. If you were manufacturing LEGO bricks it would have been another matter, or else if you used the LEGO name as a way to sell a product, but you don’t, so it’s perfectly legitimate.

    Please remember, you are not providing full films, signed by you and all that, only raw materials for others to edit. Beyond that, I will take full legal responsibility for this so you have nothing to worry about the LEGO company taking legal action against you.

    I would appreciate it if someone has any further legal information regarding that matter and would like to share it with us.

    Kind regards,
    Asaf Prihadash

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    Sorry, I might have done it if I had more time, I justr got back from a large trip. Thanks for the offer though.

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    “virtualflavius” wrote:
    What’s the difference between internet and TV broadcast for that matter?

    There is a huge difference. This is a small website, or small compared to the LEGO homepage.
    Also, showing films on the internet is much different than TV. If TLC sees a small resolution film featuring their mini-figures on the internet, then they really don’t have to worry about it. However, if these movies are shown in a greater quantity on television, then it could be a threat to their copyrights. So not only do we have to worry about someone taking credit for our work on television via the internet, we also have to worry about the LEGO company.
    The only sucessful TV broadcast I have seen featured clips of our movies is ARTE TV, which showed short clips and mentioned this website. Others who have come here, mostly with no known good reputation, have not been sucessful.
    To continue, most people don’t won’t to do all the hard work (that is, the animating) and put all the clips in the hands of someone they don’t know or who isn’t a good member of brickfilms. I wouldn’t personally. I like editing.


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