The Lego Movie Project –Pre Production: Script writing

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January 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm #405555
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The Doctor

The Lego Movie Project

This thread is for general discussion on the project (hopefully we’ll be getting a separate section for this project)

It’s about time that this community got out of the internet and into cinemas, that’s right, we’re going to make a full feature film.

We already have permission from Taab to work under the name of BrickFilms.com.

I know this post is short, there is more in this downloadable document.

http://www.mediafire.com/?htdzmmjjltq

Let the pre-production stage begin!

First item on the agenda for discussion,

Should we use CGI or stopmotion? I’m partial to stopmotion myself, but we’d have to have only a few people working on it and it might get a bit much being a feature film.

–Justin Letchford (The Doctor)

PS: Feel free to ask any questions

BASIC PLOT SUMMARY:

“Badgerboy” wrote:
Josh, a poor, unloved farm boy in Castle Town, has discovered he has the ability to manipulate and create matter (LEGO bricks). Hoping to get some money (studs, we could maybe call them?) so his family will love him and to bring them out of poverty, he goes to the streets to perform “magic” acts for donations (think street musicians with their guitar cases open for money).

Rasputin, the advisor of the King, witnesses this and runs back to the King to tell him. The King’s thief has recently been captured by a neighboring kingdom, and the King sees the only way to get him back is to go to war, that is, until he met Josh and his extraordinry ability.

The King tells Josh that he will provide him with everything he wants if he retrieves the thief. Josh sees this as the only way to win the love of his family, so he accepts. The King sends Rasputin, knowledgeable of the land, and Dash, a charming knight, with Josh.

So they have an adventure. Maybe fight a monster or dragon or two, have some fight sequences, make some funnies, etc.

They arrive at the neighboring kingdom. They break the thief (named Edward) out of jail, not without plenty of action and humor, of course, and leave the kingdom and begin their trek back to Castle Town.

On the way back, they are attacked by soldiers repeatedly that were sent to take the thief back. They defeat them each time thy are sent. Soon they arrive back at Castle Town.

Before the thief can be returned to the King, Castle Town comes under attack by a large army from the neighboring kingdom in one last ditch effort to retrive Edward. This is where the big battle scene will take place.

The neighboring kingdom is defeated. Josh, Dash, Edward, and Rasputin return to the King. The King is pleased and asks Josh what he wants.

Josh reveals that he doesn’t want anything. On the adventure, he discovers that all he really wants is someone to accept him for who he is and not for what he did, and he found that person (Rasputin). They all live happily-ever-after.

Old info:Some events may or may not have been added to this basic plot summary since it was posted. Please read the last few pages to get caught up on what we are currently discussing. Major plot developments that are final will be added to this plot summary. Thanks. -Badgerboy
New info: A final plot summary has been posted. Please go to the Scripting thread for more information. -badgerboy

CAST

CREW

Producer – Justin Letchford “The Doctor”
Head script writer – Matt “bagderboy”

January 20, 2009 at 7:03 pm #405558
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HeAndHimStudios

I think the use of both would work out good (I’m not very good at either even though I’m getting the hold of stop-motion animation). But CGI can take a while to for it to look good. And if filmed in stop motion animation in front of a green screen you wouldn’t need quite so many bricks. I am experimenting in storyboarding in Legos so once I get it right I could at least do storyboarding.

January 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm #405559
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Hazzat

Oh, stop-motion, definitely. It wouldn’t be a true Brickfilms.com project if it wasn’t.

January 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm #405560
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T.G-Tom

I think that kids would love it, but i think there’s one thing that you forgot: Lego.
Does The Lego Company wants that there’s a brickfilm in the cinemas?

January 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm #405561
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History500

It would be more publicity for them….

I’d be glad to help! I’ll get to filming some time soon, once we get a script, or will it just be a montage of shorts?

EDIT: Hey guys, I just came up with the story! If you decide to use it, you MUST at least give me credits, like “story by” and then my real name that I won’t tell until it is sure that it will be in theaters.

Brickman

The basic story is about a lego man, who has the power of the brickfilmer. Whenever someone tries to mug him, or anything, he calls lego bricks to help him. Things are going awesome for about a quarter or so of the film, until he wanders into the part of the cite ruled by a no name rip-off of lego. He cannot control non lego bricks. He must find anything lego, and use it to his best abilities to defeat the lego rip-off!

January 20, 2009 at 8:01 pm #405563
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randomparrot

Not a bad idea from you Doctor at first i thought it was a joke post.

January 20, 2009 at 9:06 pm #405564
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Shrankenhiemer

If you get the green light from the Lego Company, then I am definitely open for a writers part.

If interested, you can email me at lolshrank@gmail.com

January 20, 2009 at 9:16 pm #405566
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The Doctor

I doubt we’ll have any issues with The Lego Company, we already sell Brickfilms via the merch page. As far as I know, the only issue is that we can’t use the word “Lego” or their logo.

Sounds like everyone else thinks stopmo is best. We’ll wait a bit for a veteran or two to comment.

January 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm #405570
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History500

It would be best to use mostly stop motion, but still have special effects, and some CGI.

January 20, 2009 at 10:31 pm #405572
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The Doctor

Of course, I just meant as the main medium.

January 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm #405575
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Leonardo812

As the main medium I would say stop-mo. Don’t mix stop-motion and full CG animation. It hardly ever turns out well except for long shots of a city or landscape.

- Leo

January 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm #405576
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The Doctor

Or space battles, if we do a sci-fi that is.

January 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm #405579
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Leonardo812

“The Doctor” wrote: Or space battles, if we do a sci-fi that is.

Definitely. And a sci-fi brickfilm could be cool, despite the potentially huge amount of effects.

- Leo

January 20, 2009 at 11:17 pm #405580
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History500

Yeah, I’ll try to come up with a sci-fi story, seeing as I’ll be doing the story, and maybe a small portion of CGI or animating.

January 20, 2009 at 11:24 pm #405581
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The Doctor

Whoa, slow down there cowboy. We haven’t assigned any roles yet.

But if you submit a good idea, then yup you can write it. But you haven’t got the job yet ;)

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