Prizes are of course nice, but LEGO stop-motion contests are great for the aspiring Brickfilmer. Why?
- Practice. No mad stop-motion skills for you without practice.
- Deadlines. Best way to keep a project from languishing is a firm deadline.
- Contraints. Embrace story, time, or budget restrictions and the creative juices will start flowing.
My favorite example of helpful constraints is a LEGO-sponsored contest at Eurobricks. You had to show a hero or villain doing something mundane. None of the usual rock-’em-sock-’em. You also had to use the LEGO Movie App for the iPhone, which meant to fancy editing, special effects or graphics. I didn’t win, but I’m pretty happy with the resulting video: Roadtrip!
Current and upcoming LEGO stop-motion contests:
Brawl 2013. You have to shoot and edit a 30 second video in a week. Starts July 28.
LEGO Stop Motion Contest Forums and Resources
- Tongal is serious competition for serious cash. Still, you can participate at different levels (idea, pitches and videos) and sometimes you might get an advance if your pitch is selected.
- BrickFilmersGuild is an online community for Brickfilmers and the founders do a good job of posting contests in their blog.
- Eurobricks as a whole is really active, and monthly themes often feature contests.
- Brickfilms is an online community for Brickfilmers with a dedicated forum for contests.
- BricksInMotion is an online community for Brickfilmers with a dedicated forum for contests. They just announced Brawl 2013, where you have a week to produce a brickfilm.
- From Bricks to Bothans will run a movie making contest every now and then.
Good luck, and the may the best animation win!