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May 11, 2003 at 8:28 pm #2667
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Evil? Disturbed mind? Extreme violence? I’m beginning to wonder if the people above have seen the same film as I have, as I have seen nothing that justifies these qualifications. The film-maker is perfectly normal, as far as I can tell.

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I saw a bad guy, with a price on his head, entering a bank and robbing it. Perfectly normal material for any film, and not uncommon for Brickfilms either.

As far as I can tell, there’s two aspects about your film that may have caused the reactions as seen above. First, there’s the relatively smooth animation, good lighting, overall great camerawork and the well-chosen light effects when the robber is in the bank. Second, and probably more important, there’s a carefully assembled soundtrack to go with these visuals.

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If you keep these two elements to your current level, and work on a complete film, it will be most enjoyable! The basis is there, I wish you good luck on working from there!

Welcome to the Brickfilms website, forum and community! Please enjoy your stay!


May 11, 2003 at 10:07 pm #2670
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Actually, the killer goes into a convenience store, rather than a bank. That doesn’t really change anything Stefan said about the film, but it adds a little more senselessness to the killing, as there’s no vault to rob. I certainly agree that the terms ‘evil’ and ‘extreme violence’ don’t really apply, especially since the only view of the violence you get is the flashing through the windows.

I just noticed that the two sale signs said “Beer $50″ and “Cow $5.” Those are hillarious! They make no sense! I also noticed the light on the sliding door detector changing colors when it detects the killer. Little details like that can add so much to a film. The wanted sign is also great, except that the dollar sign (or Peso sign, or whatever, this thing: $) comes after the 500.

May 11, 2003 at 11:30 pm #2672
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“IndyA” wrote: Well it seemed good animation…but if you are talking plot it was ussless viloence in a short film. A short film should be fun and cool. I always thought of curses and violence in a lego film to be profound and utterly un usefull. I try to use not that much violence in my films, but that was just reckless, it makes me well…. have a bad first impression on you. The film was reckless and violent a shooting is a bad awaful topic….not something to be fooled with…..i feel as this is….polluting the films….as bad……(violent) lego films are ment to be fun and cool…not scary,evil,profound,sign of death,recklessness, hatred….this film has all of this……it kind of dissapointed me. But welcome..or maybe..unwelcome..maybe just something a little less violent…such as….the game part 1…..something like that…this is the kind of stuff i am afraid of happening in real life.. someone who has so much hate in them to make a film like this must be evil too…….
IndyA :o

Dude, William Burroughs can get away with this kind of thing. I’m afraid you can’t.

(edit) Also, The Game pt 1 has no violence at all. Pt 2 has a cuddly toy eating a minifig – I guess that’s what you mean. I don’t remember you complaining about Good Company, which was a good deal more creepy and disturbing than this.

For what it’s worth, I thought it was a well animated, very short film that could have done with a bit more in the way of story. It kind of feels like the first scene of something longer. (Maybe it is – I haven’t read to the end of the thread yet)

Fantastic use of implied violence, BTW. Very stylish and effective.

May 11, 2003 at 11:40 pm #2673
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The Janitor

Hmmmm…perhaps I’m a little slow…but I just noticed that the duration of the film is 24 seconds, while the title shows that the store is open 24 hours. This little flick is just loaded with such details, be they intentional or not.

May 11, 2003 at 11:51 pm #2674
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It was late and i knocked my self out… was good! i liked it….things make a diffrent apperance on me when i look at them at night…..

May 12, 2003 at 1:01 am #2682
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I’m not against violence in a movie. I didn’t like this one mostly because the shooting was the only thing that really happened, and it’s sooo short, we don’t even find out why he did it.


May 12, 2003 at 2:34 am #2687
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strongest of the weak

Unfoldingmetal, update your codec. Works everytime (well, most of the time). I assume Divx was used.

May 12, 2003 at 3:26 am #2688
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I enjoyed this vignette as it stands but it seems a lot of people are poking for a complete film. I will tell you this: Do what you want. If you make a dozen of these, give it a name and leave it at that.

Your visual eye is very accurate, as already noted. The lights in the window and sinking of my gut were instantaneous. This is a complete short with a solid ending.

Who believes all questions should not be answered.

May 12, 2003 at 4:28 am #2692
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Drunken Farmer Ben

“motfilms” wrote: you just need to think of a nice non violent plot!

I am proof you can make many movies, and not stray from violence once…wow, Im sounding a bit too proud:oops: The happy music gives it a nice twist. Sadly, man is twisted, and the music works well with it. I agree with flash it was to short. Its to late now, but maybe a chase/shootout/standoff between police? From the animation I saw, it was very nice. Keep everything like that, and you’ll be in business.

May 12, 2003 at 7:23 am #2696
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Answer 1: Why the film was too short. I completed this on the weekend, and was more of an experiment to see how i could manipulate the footage i took with the camera, instead of creating a story. So, i tried different sequences, and so ended up with this (im afraid) short and (perhaps) sick and twisted film.

Answer 2: thankyou for your comments on my visual clarity. I use a 4 megapixel Olympus cam :-P Perhaps thats why. Also, Lighting wasn’t very constant, (have you noticed that during a shot, the sun moves behinds clouds etc. which changes the amount of light in the room, which then affects the animation.)
Im thinking about getting curtains for this room, we don’t have any yet, and then using artificial lighting.

Answer 3: The music is taken from the cowboy bebop the movie soundtrack. I was meaning to make something to go in time with the music, and only just remembered this song when i was editing the film

Answer 4: Yes, i did encode the movies with Divx, i dislike encoding them into mpeg, which i absolutely loathe. because of the size/picture quality. Divx gives a good compromise.
This site should take on a more uniform approach to encoding the movies.

May 12, 2003 at 7:40 am #2697
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“RevMen” wrote:
I just noticed that the two sale signs said “Beer $50″ and “Cow $5.” Those are hillarious! They make no sense! I also noticed the light on the sliding door detector changing colors when it detects the killer. Little details like that can add so much to a film.

Im glad you noticed! all the effort wasnt wasted i see!

May 12, 2003 at 10:46 am #2705
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That was Hillarious!!
I just love that smooooooooooooooth animation.Just amazing. :o

May 12, 2003 at 4:10 pm #2713
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Well everything is almost said by others.

I like this quickie, it’s clever done, with some nice picture quality.

Keep up the good work.

May 12, 2003 at 4:28 pm #2714
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this movie was nice done. i like the robber kills the peoples in store. you gone make more movie like this? i wanna see more your films. i like the light effect.

May 12, 2003 at 6:38 pm #2718
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Unfoldingmetal, update your codec. Works everytime (well, most of the time). I assume Divx was used

Thanks Strongest of the Weak!

It works now!

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