The BrickFest 06 Think Tank Thread

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February 8, 2006 at 2:09 am #163468
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MindGame

Meh, I would prefer to make a longer project. 30 seconds is way too easy.

-MindGame

February 8, 2006 at 2:11 am #163469
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David West

Off-topic, but when you announce that montage deal, I call the CIA Vault Break-In from Mission Impossible.

February 8, 2006 at 2:18 am #163472
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Schlaeps

You may want to check the thread in the “General Brickfilming” forum David…

February 8, 2006 at 4:54 am #163513
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Watson

I don’t know… this whole show biz thing being forced upon us by the brickfest folks just doesn’t feel right. I don’t know if I’m all that thrilled with the basic premise of this contest.

February 8, 2006 at 4:55 am #163514
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It’s not forced. I chose to go along with it. BrickFest is being very good to us this year so I figured the least I could do was match their theme.

February 8, 2006 at 4:57 am #163515
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“Watson Films” wrote: I don’t know… this whole show biz thing being forced upon us by the brickfest folks just doesn’t feel right. I don’t know if I’m all that thrilled with the basic premise of this contest.

I just want to say I agree. I find the 30-second clip more interesting than Show Biz. But ah well.

February 8, 2006 at 5:00 am #163516
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I kinda agree. I’m not sure if I’ll like the Show Biz theme, but oh well.

-MindGame

February 8, 2006 at 5:01 am #163518
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Hmm. Stupid me. This was the first place I came after school…

I’m going to have to second Watson, this doesn’t sound very interesting at all. Have any of the other brickfests even had themes? And if there was, did we follow it? I mean, unless they have specifically requested that you conform to the general theme, why should we?

If we must go with the “show biz” theme, why don’t we just have a “Golden Age of Film” contest? Someone mentioned that “show biz” is usually associated with the “golden age” of film, so I think that would work. Black and white, noir, serials, etc. etc. etc. It would be fairly wide open, but still follow the general theme. I’m having a hard time explaining what exactly I’m thinkin of, but do you guys what I’m getting at?

EDIT: Ah, I guess we don’t have to follow the theme.

February 8, 2006 at 11:12 am #163563
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I don’t have a problem with the theme or who came up with it. But since this is a much larger event than ‘just’ a brickfilms.com contest then I would expect that there would be some kind of filter to ensure top quality.

Maybe the films for the contest could be submitted to a review panel for pre-judging and the 10 (or whatever number) best films are the only ones that make it to the brickfest competition. I’m sure that if such an option was followed, there would be a sharp decline in the number of entries, but I’m sure that the overall quality would be very high. I’m also sure that I would be getting myself excluded from the competition since I am nowhere near the level of senior brickfilmers like Blunty.

On the other hand, if the prizes can be organised and announced relatively soon (maybe around March or April) and they are something everybody wants then that would cause more films to be made, and leave enough time before the deadline to allow more directors to make films.

February 8, 2006 at 12:45 pm #163565
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Hopefully RevMen won’t mind my attempting to clarify some of the things An Old Ore mentioned.

While the Brickfest showcase of brickfilms is the basic impetus for the Brickfilms.com “Annual Big Contest”, it is functionally a separate event. This means that selection of films presented has nothing to do with Contest judging. The “review panel” or “filter” that Leo mentioned is, to my knowledge, RevMen; and I have the utmost confidence in his ability (not to mention motivation) to present Brickfilms in its best possible light. RevMen could conceivably choose not to show a contest entry at Brickfest and yet that film could do quite well in the Contest; he has to consider the audience in this decision. A case in point is that last year a showcased film caused some children in the audience to cry and yet, even had the decision been made to exclude the film from Brickfest, it would still have been eligible for the Contest (the film in question was the overall winner of the HaV contest.)

The prizes have, in the past, been awarded in a “pool” fashion, which tends to mitigate the chance of the winner getting something he or she “doesn’t want” (as for the runner-ups, well, they didn’t “win”). From what I’ve seen, all of the prizes in previous pools have been desirable and a sufficient incentive for entry (as if that is needed).
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I like the idea of a community project to put on a musical or vaudeville show. I am not sure how it would fit into the competition aspect of the annual big contest but, perhaps if members were willing to accept the additional restrictions of such a framework (or eschew competition altogether), short clips could be coordinated to produce a longer presentation such as Richard Frost suggested.

February 8, 2006 at 2:59 pm #163572
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Errol

Hey, can we clarify the “Showbiz” theme? I thought all my suggestions were still along the lines of “Showbiz”, but from the responses, it seems that people don’t think they are.

How do you interpret “Showbiz”, Rev?

And I have nothing against the theme, for what it’s worth. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun.

Of course, the only themes I prefer are “Kung Fu Action”, “Martial Arts Galore” and “Hey, There’s No Plot” themes. :)

February 8, 2006 at 4:43 pm #163590
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All of the films won’t be shown at BrickFest. In 2004 I created a small panel to choose films to be shown there, and in 2005 I used the top placers in the contest. This year I am simply going to try and put together the best and most appropriate show I can. Having experienced the BrickFest crowd first-hand I feel like I am pretty qualified to do that.

The best prizes are awarded on-line, where all of the films are judged in a somewhat elaborate and very fair judging system. Just take a quick glance at the previous contest pages and you’ll see how it’s accomplished.

The only award given at BrickFest is Audience Choice, which we didn’t even do last year. We will do it again this year, however, as I think I’ve devised a pretty fair way of doing it and Joe Meno requested it.

I think people are getting confused about “Show Biz.” That’s the theme for BrickFest, not our contest. We need to come up with a theme for our contest that is in some way related to Show Biz. It can be very loosely related, but it needs to at least make some sense.

30-second clips is so far from being acceptable for our big annual contest that this will be my last post ever that even acknowledges it.

As for the musical, I’m going to try and form a Community Project around it. It’s doubtful we’d be able to finish it in time for this BrickFest, but if it’s as awesome as I think it could be we’ll be sure and show it at whatever festivals are available when it’s finished. I would absolutely not want to find some kind of shortcut to get it done in time for this year’s BrickFest. This idea of a grand musical is bouncing around in my mind and I’m really starting to get obsessed with it.

February 8, 2006 at 5:13 pm #163596
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February 8, 2006 at 5:35 pm #163603
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“RevMen” wrote:
As for the musical, I’m going to try and form a Community Project around it. It’s doubtful we’d be able to finish it in time for this BrickFest, but if it’s as awesome as I think it could be we’ll be sure and show it at whatever festivals are available when it’s finished. I would absolutely not want to find some kind of shortcut to get it done in time for this year’s BrickFest. This idea of a grand musical is bouncing around in my mind and I’m really starting to get obsessed with it.

Yeah. I thought of making a full blown musical a few months ago, but canned it because I’m musically retarded. I’d be happy to help out though.

Like I don’t have enough projects already or anything.

February 8, 2006 at 7:42 pm #163618
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Mr. Less

Hah, that was awesome. That image from Brickfest is forever etched in my mind. Take that innocent children’s toys!

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