July 14, 2008 at 8:44 pm #396196
“Nosniborus” wrote: Brickfilming takes a lot of work.
Hard work, patience and time.
You want people to eventually forget they’re watching a stop motion film.July 30, 2008 at 4:53 am #397658
I love to see that someone made the effort to create something special. You can tell if it was rushed.
Then again, when you see a brickfilm that looks like it was made by, say, an 8-year-old, you might find that it actually was. If I posted my 6-year-old’s brickfilm, people would likely say it sucks and has no plot, if they assumed it was made by someone much older. But, realizing that he’s 6, it actually shows quite a bit of care and patience. The plot is “silly guys on a construction site” Not a bad plot for a 6-year-old, but a rather lame plot for a 26-year-old.
I have no idea how old the average brickfilmer is (nowhere near as old as me, I’m sure), but I think it’s safe to assume that a whole lot of brickfilmers are pretty young. Frankly, I’m impressed by what I see most of the time. It took me months just to figure out the basics. I’m still trying to figure out some of it.July 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm #397669
“elderwanda” wrote: I have no idea how old the average brickfilmer is (nowhere near as old as me, I’m sure)
Neither do I. We should put a poll up because the demographics of this place has changed.
If it makes you feel better, I’m probably older than you.September 14, 2008 at 9:41 am #400608
For people who have been brickfilming awhile, this is obvious (and unheard of):
Nobody wants to see your bed in the background. If its an outdoor scene, create some sort of background. Paper, bricks, tilted up base plates, even computer generated backgrounds make all the difference.
By having background, it takes the viewer into the “brickfilm world” where they can imagine that set-ups are “real” and they appriciate the brickfilm more. If you have nromal things like furniture in the background, it takes you out of that sort of state of mind, making whatever animation going on seem that much less realistic.September 23, 2008 at 8:22 am #400994
Try something off-the-wall. Try something unique. Try to avoid the following:
1) Anything taking place solely or partially in a white expanse.
2) Anything with a comedy duo.
3) An over-dramatic film or music video with ‘serious’ acting.
I’m not saying those things can’t work (they’ve been done splendidly in the past), just that they’re overdone.September 23, 2008 at 12:11 pm #400999
“Shale” wrote: 1) Anything taking place solely or partially in a white expanse.
*rushes off to make a black expanse film*September 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm #401221
Story is the most important thing. I think amateur is mostly about playing around with directing, writing, and editing. Of course, fun effects and a little humor always improve films.September 30, 2008 at 2:00 am #401239
I think story is a good part of it, but what makes me want to watch a brickfilm for more than 10 seconds is one with good animation, and at least decent camera quality, where you could at least clearly see the decals of the minifigures.October 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm #401851
I always add furniture that not only is realistic, but says something about hte character.December 31, 2008 at 6:56 pm #404823
I’d say a good plotline, interesting sets, and a stable camera base. :wink