The reaction from friends and family to A Day in the Life of an Adult Fan of LEGO, my entry to Rebrick’s Show Us an AFOL brickfilm contest, has been great. That’s probably because it is more of a “biopic” than I care to admit.
As an adult fan of LEGO, or AFOL as we call ourselves, I can say that:
- A LEGO replica of the Death Star has taken up most of our dining room table for months at a time. The same can be said of brickfilm movie sets, and less glamorously, just hundreds of random LEGO parts.
- I routinely try to get my son to spend his allowance or birthday money on LEGO
- I have pulled an all-nighter on a week night finishing up an entry for a brickfilm contest.
But the most important thing that came out of this was recognizing my tendency to tell stories too complicated for the medium or time limits. I decided to enter with only eight days left in the competition so I didn’t have time for my usual subplots and extraneous characters. I didn’t have time to waste on scenes that I loved in concept but didn’t come across clearly. For once, I didn’t have to explain a plot subtlety to my wife. You’d think I’d be smart enough to take that as a sign. But It’s funny how easy it is to ignore or rationalize a bloated and confusing plot. This time I ended up well under the two minutes maximum on the first pass! I usually spend gut-wrenching hours editing down a video.
And this is why I’m an AFOL. It’s not just a creative outlet. It causes me to take long and hard looks at myself and do better.