The Brickfilmer's Guild

Welcome to the Brickfilmer's Guild (BFG).  We are an online community created to spotlight and connect those that practice the art of brickfilming.  Brickfilmers are the people that make animated films using plastic building bricks, such as Lego, Mega-Bloks, OYO Sportstoys, KRE-O, K'Nex, and a few others.  

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The BFG is designed to showcase and connect brickfilming animators, producers, voice actors, editors, and promoters from around the world.   Brickfilming is a hobby for most, but it is a profession for a few.  Many also find it is a small source of revenue. In brickfilming production, there is usually only one or a very small group of people that preform the jobs of producer, writer, director, actor, casting director, animator, set designer, set constructor, lighting director, director of photography, editor, special effects artist, and promoter.  The brickfilmers that do all the above the best find the most success.

We also try to deliver the most up to date brickfilming news.  We search the internet looking for news being made by brickfilmers and report it here.  Check out the Brickfilmer's Guild: Administrator blog for the latest brickfilming news.  Also check out The Set Bump for the best in brickfilm blogging.

A member of the BFG can design and customize their own virtual space among fellow brickfilmers that are famous, soon to be famous, or just novice brickfilming hobbiest.  A member's profile can include embeded videos (from YouTube and other video sites), a gallery of pictures (great for production pictures and mocs), and much more including Blogs, the Wire (a site wide micro blog), and a Chat Room.  

This site is meant to compliment brickfilming sites such as Bricksinmotion and Brickfilms.com.   Please create a profile here if you brickfilm, even you are a member of those sites.  We also encourage members of Brickboard  (the German online brickfilming community) and members of Brick-À-Brack (the French brickfilming community) to join the guild and create profiles. 

We currenlty have over 900 members.   

Check out the Links and Featured Members page of this site.  It has an extensive brickfilming links section as well as a list of some of the world's best brickfimers.  Friend them on this site, subscribe to them on YouTube, and follow them on Twitter.

If you are under the age of 14 please read the "Terms" at the bottom of this page.

After you apply for membership, we will send you an email confirmation and you will be ready to start customizing your profile to display among your fellow brickfilmers.

Join now, it's free!  You will be emailed a confirmation usually within one week.  Become a member! CLICK HERE to register  One account per person/studio.    

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Sarah Herman has a new LEGO-related book titled Brick Flicks, a Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Stop-motion LEGO Movies.  To celebrate the upcoming release, they are running a brick-filming competition called Lights, Camera, LEGO!  The competition deadline is Wednesday, December 31, 2014.  For information about the contest and book, check out http://brickflicks.weebly.com/.

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 2:22 pm

Marc-Andre Caron gets interviewed on CTV News Montreal about brickfilming and Ciné Brique, Canada's first brickfilm festival.  Check out the interview here: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.2057494.  Skip to 2:00 for the that interview.

 

 

Posted on 18 October 2014 | 11:11 am

Fancy Pants' contest called "Hero's Journey" has been judged and the results are posted in a video on Fancy Pants channel called "Hero's Journey Results!".  Check out the results video HERE! 

 

1st Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgsIb...

 

2nd Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=172oS...

 

 

3rd Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtOcC...

Posted on 17 October 2014 | 5:13 pm

The Brickfilmer's Guild is proud to present the 2014 Brickfilmer's Guild Film Festival. The BFG Film Festival is an online brickfilming festival that will showcase some of the best brickfilms of 2014. We invite all brickfilmers to submit their best brickfilm of 2014. 

Your entry can be a brickfilm that has already been made, or one you make just for this festival, as long as it was published in 2014.  You have until the end of the year to submit your brickfilm.  

This year's festival will have a prestigious judges panel, with representatives from the Brickfilmer's GuildBricks in MotionSet BumpBrick à Brack, and Brickboard.  The first round of the judging will be done by Big Monkey, after the deadline passes. He will then narrow down all of the entries to just 20-40 finalist entries.  After the list is made public, any of the judges may save one entry that is not on the finalist list and add it if they choose to do so. This list will be made into a playlist on the Brickfilmer's Guild YouTube Channel

 

Judges:

Big Monkey of thefourmonkeys - Brickfilmer's Guild

David Pickett - Set Bump

Pritchard Studios - Bricks in Motion

Golego - Brickboard

Aiwha - Brick à Brack  

 

Categories:

Story and Screen Play

Cinematography 

Animation

Sound Effects

Music Score

Voice Acting

Best Overall with Logo (judged by Big Monkey)

BFG Members Choice (Voted on by BFG Members)

Best Brickfilm of Festival

 

There will also be various honorable mentions categories.

 

Prizes:

We do not plan on having physical prizes for the festival winners.  Winning and being nominated for anything in this festival is the prize itself. If we do get a sponsor to direct ship a prize to a winner, in exchange for advertising on the results video, then that might be a possibility.  

 

Rules:

1. Email a link of your YouTube or Vimeo brickfilm to contest@brickfilmersguild.com.  Please include a link to your BFG profile if you are a member of the Brickfilmer's Guild.  Non BFG members will go by their YouTube or Vimeo name.  If you would like to become a member, CLICK HERE! It is free to join.

2. Your brickfilm must be uploaded in the year 2014, no exceptions. The YouTube (or Vimeo) video must have a 2014 date.  The deadline for submissions is 12:01 A.M. GMT, January 1, 2015.

3. Your entry does not have to be made for this festival, but if you include the BFG logo in the first 5 seconds of your brickfilm, it will make you eligible for the "Best Entry with BFG Logo" category.  This category will be judged by Big Monkey only. 

4. The principle animation technique must be stop motion.

5. It must be under 15 minutes long.

6. You can only enter one brickfilm.  No substitutions are allowed after entry link is received.  Sorry, NO exceptions!  It is very easy to enter the contest, but choose your brickfilm entry wisely.  You have until the end of the year to enter your film.

7. Violence with blood is allowed. Guns, knives, and all other weapons are allowed.

8. Offensive language will be tolerated, but could hurt your score if not used in a necessary manner or if any particular judges find it overly offensive.  

9. No sexually offensive material allowed.

10. No offensive racist material will be accepted.

 

11.  If you have questions about this festival, ask them in the BiM forum for this contest or as a comment to this blog. Please do not send questions to the email address for submissions. Thank you!

If your entry is accepted, you name will be added to a this list: http://brickfilmersguild.com/elgg/pg/blog/read/28866/2014-bfg-film-festival-entrants

 

Link for BFG logo: http://brickfilmersguild.com/elgg/pg/photos/download/28871/inline/

 

 

If your entry is a finalist, it will help if your video has captions unless there is no dialogue.  This is not a requirement but will be very helpful for the international group of judges. https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2734796?hl=en

Posted on 12 October 2014 | 2:08 pm

 

The funding phase of the Bricks in Motion: The Documentary Kickstarter project is almost complete.  It ends October 6, 2014.  The Kickstarter campaign did receive the minimal funding of $10,000 and the Goal 2 funding of $11,000 which will be used to purchase additional film equipment.  They are currently over $1500 away from Goal 3, the European Tour.  A new update posted on the project stated that "the current total falls about $1800 short of our stretch goal to film in Europe, but there's still an opportunity to raise more funds."  If the goal of $13,500 is not reached, there is no guarantee that filming will occur in Europe.  Included on the update is a first look video interview of Joshua Leasure, the past owner and administrator of Brickfilms.com.  Also included is a highly entertaining video about the Kickstarter campaign by Dylan Woodley.

Posted on 5 October 2014 | 11:36 am

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Announcements and Current Brickfilming Events: 

The 2014 Brickfilmer's Guild Animation Festival. Deadline is end of year.  Click HERE for info. 

Ciné Brique is a brickfilm festival held November 22-23, 2014 in Laval, Quebec.   The festival is Canada's first brickfilm festival.  You can now submit your LEGO brickfilm until October 31, 2014.  The brickfilms can be in French or English (or no language). There will be a "public choice" award and "jury choice" award, as well as other undetermined categories.  Prizes will also be awarded.  Please check our their website for more information.

October 2014 Brickfilms of the Month

LEGO First Contact by Galen5055

Interstellar Trailer #2: IN LEGO by Cabel28

LEGO Always Shoot First (Guardians of the Galaxy+Star Wars+Firefly)

by BrotherhoodWorkshop

Derek Jeter Top 10 Career Highlights

by thefourmonkeys and OYOSports

For past Brickfilms of the Month, CLICK HERE!

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