Stop Motion Action
Last week I had the privilege of being an absent judge for the South Holland Centre’s mini Lego movie competition. That immediately involved most of my favourite things – Lego, films and being at home (absent judging is great!) It’s the first time they’ve run such a competition and they had eleven entries from children aged between four and fourteen. That’s a pretty wide age range and made for a wonderfully weird range of films.
Judging them was even more difficult! Scoring was based on originality and creativity, which I think are positive criteria requiring positive and encouraging feedback. Personally I’m rather envious of the imagination and patience that has gone into making them. I’m certain I couldn’t cope with the the laborious constraints of stop motion animation.
All of the entrants had something excellent about their film, whether it was a clever script, ingenious animation, funny jokes, wild experimentation, great Lego building, an eye for camera angles, foley work and soundtracks or all of the above. I’m glad for the two winners (in the under and over fourteen categories) – they’ve done excellent work and will be shown before the South Holland Centre’s screenings of The Lego Movie. It’s an awesome prize.
Under 14 category winner: Sam Maxwell, Age 13, Mayhem at the Movies
14+ category winner: Jack Howard, Age 14, Lego Movie Audition
A Chase Up The Bookcase
A Little Bit Chorlton and the Wheelies
Old School Lego Robbery
A Classic Pile Up
Batman vs Spade
It’s A Chase
I Feel Like Dancing
The Whole Shebrick
I think they’re all splendid and I’m grateful for the opportunity to participate and offer feedback and encouragement to the videos’ creators. Excellent work everyone.