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March 7, 2008 at 8:50 pm #378304
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The Brickfilms Challenge Series

Brickfilms will be starting up a series of contests which will be held every two or three months and have the goal of stimulating and inspiring brickfilming. These contests are intended to be fun while promoting innovation and challenging creativity.

These challenges will cover a broad range of topics and/or techniques. Occasionally they will be restricted to new members. They will typically focus on aspects or elements of brickfilming, and less on having complete feature-length narrative story being told. It is hoped that they will inspire creativity and experimentation in the art.

While an idea such as “make a fight film” fits the goals of this Challenge Series (and at some point might be chosen), the idea is more well represented by the 10 Brick Contest and the Chicken Dance contest held in the past.

There will generally be a just a single prize offered (perhaps a second) of rather nominal value — the prize is not the goal of these contests (which I will heretofore call “challenges”).

The first challenge in the Brickfilms Challenge Series has been announced in this thread in the Contests & FF forum. Use that thread to ask questions or provide feedback on that specific Challenge.

This thread is for discussing the Brickfilms Challenge Series as a whole — proposing ideas and suggesting alternatives for prizes, judging, et cetera.

March 8, 2008 at 2:42 am #378446
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LegosJedi

So, would this be something like the Mini Contest thing that’s going on?

March 8, 2008 at 3:03 am #378455
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Relyt

I think the prize for second place should be a choice between a green or blue screening cloth.

March 8, 2008 at 11:45 pm #378522
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Littlebrick

I think there should be some sort of “Dance Off” in the future. We need mini-figures dancing. I’d definitely enter that one.

March 9, 2008 at 12:11 am #378531
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David Pagano

“Dance Off” sounds like a great idea!

In college, I took an animation course called “Action Analysis”, where we would have a different animation assignment each week that was kind of scenario-based. For example:

- A character gives another character a flower, and is rejected
- A character slips on something and falls
- A character opens a suitcase and finds something strange inside
- A character mails a love letter

Perhaps these kinds of exercises could be interesting, and perhaps the chosen “winner” of each one could suggest the next assignment? Either way, I like this idea.

March 9, 2008 at 12:56 am #378553
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Littlebrick

Oh, I like those ideas too, David.

March 9, 2008 at 2:36 am #378592
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maronislego

“LegosJedi” wrote: So, would this be something like the Mini Contest thing that’s going on?

How is this different, othe rthan there is a prize? I think you’re sort of overriding MB.

March 9, 2008 at 3:19 am #378616
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David Pagano

I think this could be a great venue for trying brickfilm content that is out of the ordinary.

March 9, 2008 at 1:03 pm #378737
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saulgoode

“David Pagano” wrote: “Dance Off” sounds like a great idea!

In college, I took an animation course called “Action Analysis”, where we would have a different animation assignment each week that was kind of scenario-based. For example:

- A character gives another character a flower, and is rejected
- A character slips on something and falls
- A character opens a suitcase and finds something strange inside
- A character mails a love letter

Perhaps these kinds of exercises could be interesting, and perhaps the chosen “winner” of each one could suggest the next assignment? Either way, I like this idea.

“David Pagano” wrote: I think this could be a great venue for trying brickfilm content that is out of the ordinary.

Those are some great ideas. There were also some great proposals made in the Request For Themes for what later became the FAR contest. Of particular interest are those proposals which might mirror assignments made in collegiate-level film studies. It is hoped that this series will inspire experimentation and investigation into the “less ordinary” aspects of brickfilming.

There are no plans to have the winner of one challenge decide the theme of the subsequent one. The themes, and the scheduling of when they appear, need to be chosen to so as to have the minimal impact on other ongoing activities of the site and I consider it the role of the Ministry of Film Contests to coordinate things towards this end. This Series is intended to be an ongoing periodic event for Brickfilms and will be “designed” to promote education and experimentation in filmmaking. I have invited some especially qualified members (particularly film students) to participate in the behind-the-scenes planning and I also invite (the purpose of this thread) any members to propose their own concepts for future challenges.

Finally, I would add that there has been interest by some members to sponsor specific challenges with prize donations and I feel that such sponsorship should be welcomed and facilitated by the Ministry of Film Contest. Based on the prize pool that I have already lined up, I don’t expect this Challenge Series to require any financial support from Brickfilms.com (indeed, it is my goal to make all contests self-sufficient before the end of this year).

“maronislego” wrote: [quote="LegosJedi"]So, would this be something like the Mini Contest thing that’s going on?

How is this different, othe rthan there is a prize? I think you’re sort of overriding MB.[/quote]
While there is some overlap in the concept, I think there are also sufficient differences to justify the Challenge Series. Buxton, myself, and a couple of others discussed such an ongoing series a couple of years back but could not figure out how to get it off the ground without support of the site itself, which we did not wish to seek (there was no Ministry of Film Contests at the time, but perhaps in a way we underestimated the members of the brickfilming community).

Other than there being a prize, I think the differences are the fact that copyrighted material will generally not be permitted in BCS challenges (the Mini Contest has more flexibility in this regard), the judging mechanism employed, and the reasons I presented to Dave Paggano previously.

I applaud MB for his Mini Contest. I admit to not having paid a great deal of attention to it over the past year but I am quite aware of how challenging it is to maintain an ongoing series of contests. I do not wish to “override” his contest and have stickied its thread in this forum (it is afforded, in my opinion, greater visibility that way than were it moved to the Contests & FF forum where more events are vying for announcement or stickied status).

March 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm #378778
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David Pagano

Sounds like you’ve got it well in hand, sir. I’ll do some digging and see if I can’t find the complete assignment list from my classes, and you can feel free to PM me if I can be of any further help.

March 10, 2008 at 12:52 am #379023
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“Littlebrick” wrote: I think there should be some sort of “Dance Off” in the future. We need mini-figures dancing. I’d definitely enter that one.

That would be great. I would love to animate a minifig dancing.

March 10, 2008 at 5:54 am #379085
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maronislego

@Saul, thats fine for me then. About that *censored* thing i said in the PM, then…… :wink

March 19, 2008 at 2:03 pm #382077
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samthelegoman1

How bout the coolest driving scene! 8)

March 19, 2008 at 7:33 pm #382124
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pizzaboy1

i was thinking we shode animate a lego man animating

March 21, 2008 at 7:48 pm #382607
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samthelegoman1

“pizzaboy1″ wrote: i was thinking we shode animate a lego man animating

The only way you could do that would be having a minifigure about 12x smaller than a normal one… :roll

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