THAC XVI - Coming January 2019!

Contests & Events Nov 26, 2018

Watch the announcement video!

Thanks to Nathan Wells for handing over the Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest to me this year.

THAC is a brickfilming competition that lasts for exactly 24 hours. All  writing, recording, animating, and editing must be done within the time  limit. It’s a challenge but it’s a lot of fun!

The contest will begin on Saturday, January 5th at 7:00 am EST. It will  end on Sunday, January 6th 7:00 am EST. You can check your time zone by  clicking here: … p;p1=tz_et

Anyone who is a registered BricksinMotion member and is in good standing  before the start of the contest can enter. Judges may also participate  but will not be ranked or considered for prizes. Joint productions are  allowed but it is up to you to divide the prize amongst yourselves if  you win anything.

Your entry must be entirely made during the 24-hour period. To prove  this and as a long-time tradition of the contest, mod elements must  appear in every shot of your film (see new mod element rule more below).

Your entry must consist of primarily LEGO (or similar building block  toy) stop motion animation. Live action, CGI, and hand drawn animation  are allowed but stop motion must be the primary focus.

Your entry must consist of at least 30 seconds of stop motion animation. There is no maximum time limit.

No mature or explicit content is allowed. This includes but is not  limited to: swearing, excessive gore, overt sexual content, and blatant  drug references.

You may not make your entry public until after the deadline. The  entry you make public must be the entry you submit to the judges. You  cannot create a version of your film that includes the mod element to  send to the judges and then release a second version of the film with  the mod element removed. Once the judging process is over however, you  can make any changes you wish.

Use of copyrighted material (such as music) is allowed, though be  aware of copyright infringement. Use of copyrighted material will not  affect the judging of your entry. Due to time restraints of the contest,  music may be created before the contest. While using  copyrighted/trademarked material is allowed, you are discouraged from  basing your entry on pre-existing franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel,  etc. There is no direct score deduction, but a film that uses  pre-existing intellectual properties will not be viewed as favorable as a  film that creates something entirely new.

To prevent cheating, the contest theme will be announced when the  contest starts. You can brainstorm ideas beforehand, but there is no  guarantee that your ideas will match the theme. In addition, “mod  elements” must be present in every shot of your film, with the exception  of a new no mod element policy for up to 15 seconds of animation (See  mod element update below). These mod elements will also be announced at  the start of the contest. The first mod element is a color mod. This  will be a combination of two random bricks that must be connected  together or touching. (For example, a green brick connected to a white  brick.) The second mod element is a letter mod. This could be any 26  letters in the English alphabet. You may use upper or lowercase versions  on the letter, but the letter must be recognizable.

MOD ELEMENT UPDATE: In collaboration with the BiM  staff, we have decided to allow 15 seconds of leeway in regards to the  use of the mod elements. In short, you do not have to include the mod  element for a maximum of 15 seconds of animation. When you have reached  15 seconds, you must then include the mod element in every shot. The 15  seconds can appear anywhere in your film and do not have to be in order.

The letter mod may be upper or lowercase. The letter can be rotated  but not mirrored. It must be clearly identifiable as the particular  letter. It may be written on a piece of paper or sticker, drawn directly  onto a brick, printed onto a piece, or built from pieces and even  integrated into the set.

The letter mod may exist as a printed LEGO piece, but it must clearly  be that letter. Expressions on a minifigure face or folds in clothing  on minifigure torsos are not letters.

Mod elements must be physically present. They cannot be digitally added in post production.

Minifigure parts such as a green torso attached to white legs do  count as the color mod. However, bricks connected to or touching a  baseplate do not.

You do not need to include the mod elements in the title or credits.

Entries will be judged on criteria including originality, production  value (animation, set design, cinematography, sound, etc.), story, and  creative interpretation of the theme. Films will be discussed an ranked  by the judges until a consensus is reached. The top three films will be  eligible for the prize pool. Entries below 10th place will not be  publicly ranked.

The judges this year are:



Willow Tree

If your entry places in the top 3, you are eligible for the prize pool. This year the prizes are as follows:

Mr. & Mrs. Claus BrickHeadz - 40274

Modular Winter Vacation - 31080

People Pack -Outdoor Adventures - 60202

If your film requires, you do not have to include the mod element for up  to 15 seconds of animation. However, make sure you do not exceed the 15  second maximum and the mod element must be included in every shot of  your film once you have reached 15 seconds. Aside from the new mod  element rule, everything will operate the same as previous years.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contribute to the discussion on the forum!

(original post by WillowTree)

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