This might be old news, but the YouTube channel forrestfire101 is a verified YouTube channel. To become verified, a channel must have some basic Google+ connections meet and "have a substantial number of subscribers," as noted in the Channels with Verified Names help section on YouTube. "Congratulations" to Forrest Whaley for attaining this achievement though your brickfilming works, but I have to admit, I really enjoyed his zombie movies and that live action fight in the car video from the 3rd Annual ForrestFire Christmas Spectacular. Patrick Bovin is the only other brickfilmer that has been verified as far as I have discovered.
It's that time of year for BFG members to vote for the Brickfilmer of the Year Award. Vote HERE!
The 2013 BFG Brickfilmer of the Year had another incredible year. Brotherhood Workshop released nearly 2 dozen brickfilms which amassed millions of views on their own YouTube channel. Brotherhood Workshop also animated 4 videos for the How It Should Have Ended YouTube channel that currently have over 10 million views. They also received credit for their animation that was in the LEGO movie. A few great behind the scenes videos were also released on their YouTube Channel as well. Kevin Ulrich of Brotherhood Workshop also assisted animating some of the stop motion scenes for the LEGO Documentary, Beyond The Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary. Kevin was also interviewed for the Bricks in Motion Documentary.
David Pagano of Paganomation was the co-winner of the 2011 BFG Brickfilmer of the Year. He also had a great year, which included getting animation credit in the LEGO Movie. David Pagano gave the Keynote Speech at the 2014 Bricks by the Bay LEGO fan event and he was one of the judges for the 2014 Bricks by the Bay Brickfilm Festival. This year he has released a few great behind the scenes videos on his YouTube channel and he is currently producing a KickStarter funded project Little Guys…In Space!
Dylan Woodley won a Tongie at the 1st Annual Tongies for Best 2D Animation for his LEGO Castle video. He released his incredible Pokeballin 2 brickfilm and was also interviewed for the Bricks in Motion Documentary.
James Morr, SpasticChuwawa, released about a dozen brickfilms this year. He was interviewed for the Bricks in Motion Documentary and he assisted animating some of the stop motion scenes for the LEGO Documentary, Beyond The Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary.
Sean Willets, AKA filmyguy1, didn't produce many brickfilms for his Youtube channel this year except for his 5th place entry in THAC XI. He did however partner with Forrest Whaley and assist animating several incredible brickfilms as a team. He created LEGO Batman - Arkham Fan Film! for the Forrestfire101 YouTube channel which currently has 1.7 million views.
Forrest Whaley was co-winner of the 2011 BFG Brickfilmer of the Year, and he continued his brickfilming excellence in 2014. His videos on YouTube channel this year have gathered millions of views. His LEGO: The Hobbit series of commissioned brickfilms for the LEGO: The Hobbit video game were outstanding. Forrest was interviewed for the Bricks in Motion Documentary.
MindGame Studios (ZachMG)
Zach Macias of MindGame Studios is one of the producers of the Bricks in Motion Documentary. This year he created the beautifully crafted Sinner Monologues - LEGO Film Noir.
Zach Boivin continued to produce high quality brickfilms on this YouTube channel. His LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brickfilm trailer along with the side by side version have over 900,000 views. His LEGO Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer was probably the best of many that were made days ofter the real SW:VII teaser trailer release.
Digital Wizards continued producing great brickfilms in 2014. Paul Hollingsworth of Digital Wizards also voiced and provided production assistance for several Forrestfire101 videos. Digital Wizardz has also been running the Battle of the Brick Flicks brickfilming contest which includes interviews with famous brickfilmers.
MinilifeTV produced 15 episodes of Minilife TV this year which is remarkable considering the quality and length of each episode.
BricksPerSecond (Seaotter71), produced a few brickfilms this year. One was a well done LEGO Ghostbusters Trailer. BricksPerSecond also was one of the organizers for the Bricks by the Bay Brickfilm Festival.
Antonio Toscano's brickfilms have received over 1 million views on Youtube in 2014. His Lego Captain America The Winter Soldier Trailer #1 currently has over 1/2 million views.
Nathan Wells is BACK! After a very long hiatus from brickfilming, Nathan Wells is making brickfilms again. He won BRAWL 2014 with Blinders and is also one of the producers of the Bricks in Motion Documentary.
Philip Heinrich of SmeagolStudios is the admin of Bricks in Motion and is one of the producers of the Bricks in Motion Documentary.
Thefourmonkeys are the admins and creators of the Brickfilmer's Guild. They have produced dozens of brickfilms for OYOsports this year which have over 600,000 views. Portions of the Derek Jeter Top 10 Career Highlighs brickfilm that they animated was played on The View and Rachael Ray Show.
Annoying Noises Productions
Annoying Noises Productions won Best Brickfilm in the 2013 Brickfilmer's Guild Animation Festival with the beautifully crafted Odoriferous.
MonsieurCaron's brickfilms have gained over 3 million views in 2014. His Awesome Simpsons LEGO Movie Couch Gag Intro currently has over 2.7 million views. MonsieurCaron also organized Ciné Brique Brickfilm Festival, the first Canadian brickfilm festival.
BFG members, please cast your vote for 2014 Brickfilmer of the Year. The deadline for voting is February 1st, 2015. You can also vote for BFG members that are not on the above list. VOTE HERE!
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 Guild,Bricks in Motion, Set Bump, Brick à Brack, and Brickboard. The first round of the judging will be done by Big Monkey, after the deadline passes. He will 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.
Big Monkey of thefourmonkeys - Brickfilmer's Guild
David Pickett - Set Bump
Pritchard Studios - Bricks in Motion
Golego - Brickboard
Aiwha - Brick à Brack
Story and Screen Play
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.
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.
1. Email a link of your YouTube or Vimeo brickfilm to email@example.com.
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 enter only 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, please ask them in this thread. Please do not send questions to the email address for submissions.
12. Use of licensed themes and/or music is allowed.
If your entry is accepted, your name will be added to a the list below and on BIM at: http://www.bricksinmotion.com/forums/topic/19956/2014-brickfilmers-guild-film-festival-announcement/
Link for BFG logo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thefourmonkeys/15399545593/
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
6. Drannion Entertainment
7. Divine Brick Productions
8. Dual Diagnosis
9. Conor Barber
11. Red Onyx Productions
12. MindGame Studios
13. Kévin Ziolkowski (Zioltouch)
16. Legocloneaddict Productions
18. Luke Action Films
19. Dylan Woodley
21. Legostudio01 & A&M Studios
25. Vertigo Studios
30. Funmi Productions
31. END films
33. Annoying Noises Productions - Squid
35. Atlas Animationz
39. Chicken Coop Productions
41. 12AM Productions
42. Rainlight Animations
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