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Watched this documentary last night on Channel 4 in the UK. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/inside-lego-at-christmas Included a brief chat with the designers of the Star Wars TFA line, some glued Xmas builds by Bright Bricks, a guy who was making a Lego compatible board game and some other bits and bobs. My take: they made a potentially fascinating subject boring by focusing exclusively on people rather than lego creations. eg. they were at the Great Western Brickshow in Swindon but didn't show any of the fan builds or layouts. Instead we got endless interviews with staff at the Lego call centre (which, to be honest, might aswell be any corporate call centre dealing with any product, anywhere in the world). I understand the film maker's desire to find a human interest angle - but wish they gave a bit more screen time to some expert builder's cool creations (and not just that 'Merry Christmas' build which was a bit basic for my tastes).
Darkdragon posted a topic in Brick Flicks & ComicsConcept art for the film's stop motion animated scenes Recently I had the pleasure of a nice chat with Eurobricks member Sméagol, or Philip Heinrich, the creator of many wonderful brick films through the years. Philip and his cohorts are endeavouring to create a new film, a full length documentary, about animating LEGO. Right now they are in the fundraising phase of this exciting project. Let's learn a bit more straight from the horse's mouth, as it were. Welcome to Eurobricks. Please tell us a little about yourself and your previous projects. Thanks! I've followed Eurobricks on and off for years, having joined the forums in 2009. I'm an independent filmmaker. I recently completed a masters degree in film from Baylor University as well as my first feature film, the independent drama which is currently in the festival circuit. I've also made a lot of LEGO animated short films, including and ! I've been a fan of LEGO since I was a kid, and I've been involved in the LEGO animation community since 2002. I have owned and operated BricksInMotion, a community devoted to LEGO animation, since 2009. What is your role within the Bricks in Motion: The Documentary production? I am serving as the documentary's director and cinematographer. I'll be conducting the interviews and editing most of the film myself, with the help of a talented crew. I'm being joined by my fellow producers on the film, Nathan Wells, Zach Macias, and Doug Vandegrift. Who are the other primary talents that are making this film? The producers are helping with fundraising and logistics, as well as creative elements of the film. I intend to shoot about 40-50 hours of interviews for this film, but the finished movie will only be 80-100 minutes. So, I'll have them help me in deciding what to include. Nathan and Zach will also work with me on a series of animated segments to be included in the documentary as intercalary chapters of sorts: visual storytelling that parallels the themes of the documentary. Likewise, Doug Vandegrift will produce an animated credits sequence. In addition to producers Nathan Wells, Zach Macias, and Doug Vandegrift, we have our filming crew, Michael Macasa and Zachry Karisch. They are video professionals I've worked with before and will make sure the video and audio on this film is top notch. I'm collaborating with Joseph Frank to co-compose the film's soundtrack. Joseph is a talented composer who has worked on numerous LEGO animated films as well as other films in the past. What is this film about at its core? This film is about what drives people to be interested in telling stories with LEGO. While we have a mix of professionals and hobbyists in the film, all of these people have come to this unusual hobby, from their various backgrounds, with a common interest. I want to explore the personalities and motivations behind these people. It's a character study piece, not an informational piece. These are some of the most fascinating people I know, and I want to celebrate that in this film. Nobody I know, including LEGO animators, would especially enjoy a documentary specifically about the act of animating LEGO minifigures tediously for hours. Do you feel that this film is for brick animation enthusiasts or do you see it as aimed to a wider audience? I want it to be a film both audiences can enjoy. We are aiming for something universal in its appeal and themes, not something that will only appeal to LEGO enthusiasts. Why Kickstarter? Kickstarter just about has more traffic than all the other crowdfunding sites put together. We didn't want flexible funding on this project, since we need $10,000 or more to make the film at all, so Kickstarter made the most sense. One of the main rewards on Kickstarter is a DVD of many short animations. Why would I want this DVD even though the films are available online already? Are there any exclusives? If you are interested in a look at the filmmaking process, all or nearly all of the films on the DVD will have new audio commentary tracks by the films' directors. These commentaries aren't available elsewhere. This includes the 1980s short The Magic Portal as well as classics from the early 2000s and many more recent films. We are obtaining high quality versions of the films from their creators, so the Blu-ray and even the DVD will have superior image quality to YouTube in many cases. Magic Portal director Lindsay Fleay hopes to scan the original 16mm negative of his film to provide a new version that is of higher quality than ever before. I will be remastering Unrenewable for improved image quality as well. There will be exclusive content on the disc besides the commentaries. NXTManiac and I are working on short films that will appear on the collection as an exclusive. Furthermore, Chris Boyer's new sci-fi adventure will be available on the collection before anywhere else, as it makes its way through the film festival circuit. This sounds like a really exciting project! How can the readers help get this film produced? The most direct way is to back the Kickstarter project! If you don't have money to give but would like to help in other ways, we appreciate your efforts getting the word out about the project on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. If there are any blogs or other publications we should know about, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com. We also have created two promotional videos, either of which you are free to upload to your own channel on YouTube or other video sites to let people know about the project. Is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers about this project? I hope that this project will bring exposure and credibility to the artistic community of LEGO animators and enthusiasts that exists online. While our working title for the documentary is Bricks in Motion, my intentions aren't limited to that particular website. I know the LEGO community has many websites and demographics, and I want to explore as much of that as possible. If we are able to hit relatively low stretch goals outlined on the Kickstarter page, I intend to travel to Europe and interview animators there as well. I know Eurobricks has a vibrant community and a forum devoted to animation. I look forward to seeing what the BricksInMotion and Eurobricks communities can accomplish together!
Obviously if you are reading this, then you have a special place in your heart for the making of stop-motion animations with Lego bricks. So would you like to see a documentary about the hobby? Something that would help promote the hobby and provide a lot of great information and entertainment? What would you think of supporting one that is being made by some of the most highly respected members among the brickfilming community? Well, now's your chance. Bricks in Motion - A Documentary about LEGO® Filmmaking Kickstarter page With interviews, exclusive animations, and the guiding hands of the best minds the hobby has to offer, it would be a shame if this documentary failed in the funding. Guaranteed to educate and endear itself to all lovers of Lego stop-motion, as well as those AFOLs who love great models and the telling of fantastic tales, there's nothing that can't be loved about this project. Plus, the perks contain some amazing models and Brickfilm collections that are sure to delight. Would you please consider donating towards this worthy cause? Thank you! -SteampunkDoc/Pritchard Studios
Hey Joe posted a topic in LEGO Train TechHey! Do you have a favorite TV show, series and/or documentary program about trains? I've started to get interested in trains again after a long hiatus and am not so familiar with what's been put out recently. Personally, I've always enjoyed Michael Palin's travel documentaries such as; 'Around the World in Eighty Days' and 'Pole to Pole', although they're not strictly about trains. He's also done a show in the 'Great Railway Journeys' series from the BBC, hasn't he? There are a couple of railway-related series that I have been watching lately: > 'Rail Away' - the English version is a documentary series of twenty-five programs in which they go to a different European country each show. > 'Extreme Trains' - an American show of eight episodes with a different focus each time, i.e.; freight train, steam train, etc. Kid-related shows are, of course, Thomas and the 'Choo Choo Bob Show'. There's also a show called 'Chuffington' or something like that, isn't there? What have I missed? Thanks, Joe