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Not responsible for psychological damage from asking Phipson
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No, I mean it. I take no responsibility for mental damage caused by listening to/reading my endless rambling. You have been warned.
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| July 9, 2010, 7:30 pm
We're not immune. We were Phipsonated.
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| July 9, 2010, 7:44 pm
Quoting Aaron The Azure Knight .
I was born with a mental problem.


This explains a lot, actually...
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| July 9, 2010, 7:52 pm
What kind of person would snub such an amazing 5 Man Action Team? That judge should be disbarred!
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| July 9, 2010, 7:53 pm
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Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
We're not immune. We were Phipsonated.


Speaking of which... I have to apologize in advance for the joke at your expense that I just wrote in the MOCie awards after party post...
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| July 9, 2010, 7:54 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Speaking of which... I have to apologize in advance for the joke at your expense that I just wrote in the MOCie awards after party post...

No need. All is fair game.

I've done my share of messing with people. They can do the same with me.

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| July 9, 2010, 7:57 pm
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Quoting Dave Kaleta
What kind of person would snub such an amazing 5 Man Action Team? That judge should be disbarred!


hehehe. I was hoping you would see that. I'll be on chat in a bit.
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| July 9, 2010, 7:59 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

hehehe. I was hoping you would see that. I'll be on chat in a bit.

Can I ask Phipson a question in this thread or no?
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| July 9, 2010, 8:05 pm
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Quoting Green Man
Can I ask Phipson a question in this thread or no?


Of course, but as stated above, I take no responsibilty for your mental state after the anser is given. Proceed.
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| July 9, 2010, 8:09 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Of course, but as stated above, I take no responsibilty for your mental state after the anser is given. Proceed.

So, you say I actually build. I get it! I build alot like things are a movie set. I need a good solid build. Something like actually making a building instead of putting up walls and making it look like one. Would something like this be the kind of thing I need?

link: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/212884

This is my signature and I've always wanted to say this to someone like you: ~Stay green my friends
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| July 9, 2010, 8:18 pm
Quoting Green Man
So, you say I actually build. I get it! I build alot like things are a movie set. I need a good solid build.

I build like this because my collection is not organized, so I have to look for pieces I need instead of pull them out of a drawer. So, I sometimes have to work when I can't find a certain piece.
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| July 9, 2010, 8:21 pm
Oh, and sorry for calling you Phipson. You should be addressed as Chris. My bad.
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| July 9, 2010, 9:08 pm
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Quoting Green Man
So, you say I actually build. I get it! I build alot like things are a movie set. I need a good solid build. Something like actually making a building instead of putting up walls and making it look like one. Would something like this be the kind of thing I need?

link: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/212884

This is my signature and I've always wanted to say this to someone like you: ~Stay green my friends


That's a good start, but it needs... something more. Right now, it's got a boxy, kinda "nothin special goin on" look to it. Take that basic frame and trick it out a bit. You know, pimp my Moc!

Quoting Green Man
I build like this because my collection is not organized, so I have to look for pieces I need instead of pull them out of a drawer. So, I sometimes have to work when I can't find a certain piece.


And this my young padawan is where your weakness lies. My advice would be to not build for a while and spend that time organizing your collection first. It's not glamorous and doesn't garner you hits and "I like its" but what it WILL do is get you ready to really put together some nice work in the future.

Take some time, get some storage containers (or if money is a problem, cardboard boxes and ziplock bags will do in the mean time) and sort that collection! It's boring to be sure (that's what I'm doing now actually) but it'll save you time and frustration in the long run.

Good luck!

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| July 9, 2010, 9:12 pm
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Quoting Green Man
Oh, and sorry for calling you Phipson. You should be addressed as Chris. My bad.


Actually, it's "Supreme Overlord, his mightyness Master Phipson." But we won't argue over semantics right now. hehehe
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| July 9, 2010, 9:17 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

That's a good start, but it needs... something more. Right now, it's got a boxy, kinda "nothin special goin on" look to it. Take that basic frame and trick it out a bit. You know, pimp my Moc!

Quoting Green Man
I build like this because my collection is not organized, so I have to look for pieces I need instead of pull them out of a drawer. So, I sometimes have to work when I can't find a certain piece.


And this my young padawan is where your weakness lies. My advice would be to not build for a while and spend that time organizing your collection first. It's not glamorous and doesn't garner you hits and "I like its" but what it WILL do is get you ready to really put together some nice work in the future.

Take some time, get some storage containers (or if money is a problem, cardboard boxes and ziplock bags will do in the mean time) and sort that collection! It's boring to be sure (that's what I'm doing now actually) but it'll save you time and frustration in the long run.

Good luck!

This must look cool on how many comments I'm quoting right now but, anyway I thank you for your advice. You'll hear more from me. I've got lot's of questions that I wish not to plague you with right now. Thanks a bunch! It's been an exiting honor to talk with you!
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| July 9, 2010, 9:19 pm
PS: My brain may be leaking out of my ears. Oh, wait....DARN YOU Supreme Overlord, his mightyness Master Phipson AND YOUR DISCLAMERS! Yes, I did just copy and paste that. Isn't it too obvious?
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| July 9, 2010, 9:22 pm
Oh Supreme Overlord, his mightyness Master Phipson, what is your opinion of purists and stuff. I'm not one, would that lower my 'fan base'?
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| July 9, 2010, 9:52 pm
An example: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/208655
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| July 9, 2010, 9:54 pm
Supreme Overlord Commander, thanks for the advice on my comic series. I will remember to limit myself to what my collection will sustain(See!? I did read your response!).
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| July 10, 2010, 4:23 am
I think reading this actually made my I.Q. drop a few a points.
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| July 10, 2010, 6:06 pm
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Quoting Green Man
Oh Supreme Overlord, his mightyness Master Phipson, what is your opinion of purists and stuff. I'm not one, would that lower my 'fan base'?


If done well, I don't have a problem with other people sneaking outside the line of Lego. I myself don't cut or glue but I'm not above using brickarms and things like that. My thoughts on it are, to each his own. It's your Lego, do what you want with it.
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| July 10, 2010, 6:37 pm
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Quoting Brady G
Supreme Overlord Commander XXIV, why must new lego smell so bad? I mean, NEW lego. Not out of the box.


Sorry, that was my fault. It was Mexican Fiesta night at the Phipson house last night...
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| July 10, 2010, 6:38 pm
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Quoting Matt Klein
I think reading this actually made my I.Q. drop a few a points.


So you're dipping in to single digits then? Not good...
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| July 10, 2010, 6:39 pm
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Quoting Brady G
That's "The House of Phipson" to you.
Don't try and lie to me, I was there- Remember Brittney?


I know you had a huge crush on Brittney and all, but you do realize Brittney's real name is Bruce right? Sorry to break it to you, but you needed to learn sooner rather than later.

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| July 10, 2010, 8:14 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I know you had a huge crush on Brittney and all, but you do realize Brittney's real name is Bruce right? Sorry to break it to you, but you needed to learn sooner rather than later.


Wait... BRUCE HAS BEEN CHEATING ON ME!
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| July 10, 2010, 8:46 pm
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Quoting Green Man
Oh, and sorry for calling you Phipson. You should be addressed as Chris. My bad.


I keep trying to post the names that I'd suggest you refer to him by, but they keep getting moderated...wonder why?

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| July 11, 2010, 7:40 am
Hey Chris, if you want to keep updated on my writing here are the links to the threads in the group Stories and Comics: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=6599&topicid=53268

and my older story that is on hold: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=6599&topicid=41901
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| July 11, 2010, 1:11 pm
Supreme Overlord, his mightiness Master Phipson and Kelso,
I humbly ask your opinions. How well do you think good brickfilms are liked in the MOC community? Also, any advice on the best way to get the news out about a brickfilm?
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| July 11, 2010, 7:01 pm
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Quoting Mudskipper 4
Supreme Overlord, his mightiness Master Phipson and Kelso,
I humbly ask your opinions. How well do you think good brickfilms are liked in the MOC community? Also, any advice on the best way to get the news out about a brickfilm?


You worded that very well with the "good" brickfilms part. That's the trick is making it good. If it's good, more people will want to see it. I've only seen a few myself and they're not really my "cup 'o tea" as it were. I don't have anything against them, just not something I go searching out.

I've found that same basic attitude pretty much across the board. Most moccers don't have anything against them, they'd just rather spend their time either building or checking out regular mocs.

As for advertising, my suggestion would be to use a couple of shots of the mocs that you used in the film and post them with a link to the film itself. Anyone that goes to your page is going to be exposed to the link and may just take you up on the offer.

I haven't looked myself, but I'm pretty sure there are a few groups on MOCpages that are devoted to brickfilms. Check in to those and I'm sure they'll have some good advice for you.

Good luck ~ Chris.

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| July 11, 2010, 7:08 pm
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Quoting Mudskipper 4
Supreme Overlord, his mightiness Master Phipson and Kelso,
I humbly ask your opinions. How well do you think good brickfilms are liked in the MOC community? Also, any advice on the best way to get the news out about a brickfilm?


I personally love 'em. I've seen some that were just insanely hilarious, and others that were jawdropping in their presentation. And I think most of the community enjoys seeing them as well.

It's a very time-consuming process, though, and in comparison to regular posts, not a lot of builders take that route. The end result is that the brickfilms don't seem to get as much attention as the still presentations because fewer people are into that realm of the hobby.

I think Chris was right on the money with what he said about how to post in a way that will get the most attention. Stills combined with the video link will probably work better than just the video itself. After that, it's just a matter of posting in the groups, and posting in other Lego-related sights.


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| July 11, 2010, 8:30 pm
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Quoting Phazezorz .
Chris, have you scrubbed all the floors in Hyrule?


...and polished the toilets and took out the trash. I'll get to the darn tri-force when I get the chance ok?!!? Stop buggin me! Now if I could use that Oracina of Time maybe I could get this done quicker...
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| July 11, 2010, 9:18 pm
After you've scrubbed all the floors in MY LAIR, then we can talk about Chris scrubbing all the floors in Hyrule!
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| July 11, 2010, 9:18 pm
Quoting Phazezorz .
Mah boi, this Job is what all true warriors Strive for!

woot
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| July 11, 2010, 9:24 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I keep trying to post the names that I'd suggest you refer to him by, but they keep getting moderated...wonder why?

It is the mystery of the century!
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| July 11, 2010, 9:31 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

So you're dipping in to single digits then? Not good...

Luckily, Chris cannot be at fault.
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| July 11, 2010, 9:34 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
I've found that same basic attitude pretty much across the board. Most moccers don't have anything against them, they'd just rather spend their time either building or checking out regular mocs.

As for advertising, my suggestion would be to use a couple of shots of the mocs that you used in the film and post them with a link to the film itself. Anyone that goes to your page is going to be exposed to the link and may just take you up on the offer.

I haven't looked myself, but I'm pretty sure there are a few groups on MOCpages that are devoted to brickfilms. Check in to those and I'm sure they'll have some good advice for you.

Good luck ~ Chris.


They're a good way to show off play features, though.
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| July 11, 2010, 9:35 pm
anyone know how i can put the song:Burn It To The Groud,By Nickelback on my homeage?
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| July 11, 2010, 9:36 pm
Quoting Troika (Sgt.Steele)
anyone know how i can put the song:Burn It To The Groud,By Nickelback on my homeage?

Copy and paste this code to your homepage. It should work.

<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxgeSv88c2w;fs=1&fs=1&fs=1&fs=1&autoplay=1&loop=1";; width="0"
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| July 11, 2010, 9:39 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
No, I mean it. I take no responsibility for mental damage caused by listening to/reading my endless rambling. You have been warned.

Chris, I've been thinking about building a micro-City. Should I do it or no?

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| July 11, 2010, 9:51 pm
I say that as a 'would you do it?' kinda question.
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| July 11, 2010, 9:53 pm
Hey Chris-Just wondering if I could have your opinion on this:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/212276
Don't mean to sound like the typical "plz chk out mi creashuns plz" kind of thing. Just wanted your opinion on the build quality and the story. If you don't have the time, I perfectly understand. But if you could give me your opinion, that would be great! Thanks!
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| July 11, 2010, 10:37 pm
Chris, I know you (and others) dont like to be bugged about people trying to get other people to comment on their creations, but I was wondering if you could look at my newest moc. I have tryed some different techniques for me, and would like some feed back on the build and presentation. If you would, heres the link. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/213342
Thank you if you view it, and if not, I understand.
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| July 11, 2010, 10:39 pm
Quoting Drew the Sk8er
Hey Chris-Just wondering if I could have your opinion on this:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/212276
Don't mean to sound like the typical "plz chk out mi creashuns plz" kind of thing. Just wanted your opinion on the build quality and the story. If you don't have the time, I perfectly understand. But if you could give me your opinion, that would be great! Thanks!

Woah, great minds think alike. haha
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| July 11, 2010, 10:40 pm
Quoting Sean Flynn
Woah, great minds think alike. haha

Great minds? That's nice of you. Most people think I'm a lunatic.
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| July 11, 2010, 10:45 pm
Quoting Drew the Sk8er
Great minds? That's nice of you. Most people think I'm a lunatic.

Haha your welcome I guess
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| July 11, 2010, 10:57 pm
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Quoting Drew the Sk8er
Great minds? That's nice of you. Most people think I'm a lunatic.


The line between greatness and lunacy is often blurred by those who don't understand.

That being said, I'll try to get to them both tonight guys, but if not, it'll have to wait till Wednesday but I promise I WILL look at them. I'm almost done for the night and I don't touch a computer on "MY" weekend (Monday and Tuesday).
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| July 11, 2010, 10:58 pm
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Quoting Green Man
Chris, I've been thinking about building a micro-City. Should I do it or no?


Quoting Green Man
I say that as a 'would you do it?' kinda question.


Would I? Yes, and I already did one. It's called The Invasion http://mocpages.com/moc.php/156151 and I followed it up with Retribution http://mocpages.com/moc.php/157661.

Micro citys can be a tricky thing. Make sure you have the parts to do it first. My advice would be to build each of the individual buildings first, and then make a "map" to lay them out on.

There's a LOT of great micro cities out there to gain inspiration from, but the greatest of the great is Shannonia from Shannon Young. He's the one that set the benchmark for micro cities and that's the one that all others are measured by. Check his out to get ideas about building placement and landscaping.

And remember the FIRST rule of building here... take... your... time! I don't want to see this thing posted for at LEAST a month. But be sure to link me when you do and I'll check it out.

Good luck
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| July 11, 2010, 11:06 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Quoting Green Man
I say that as a 'would you do it?' kinda question.


Would I? Yes, and I already did one. It's called The Invasion http://mocpages.com/moc.php/156151 and I followed it up with Retribution http://mocpages.com/moc.php/157661.

Micro citys can be a tricky thing. Make sure you have the parts to do it first. My advice would be to build each of the individual buildings first, and then make a "map" to lay them out on.

There's a LOT of great micro cities out there to gain inspiration from, but the greatest of the great is Shannonia from Shannon Young. He's the one that set the benchmark for micro cities and that's the one that all others are measured by. Check his out to get ideas about building placement and landscaping.

And remember the FIRST rule of building here... take... your... time! I don't want to see this thing posted for at LEAST a month. But be sure to link me when you do and I'll check it out.

Good luck

I've seen all of which you are talking about before. I've already begun by laying out plates and roads. I don't plan on using SNOT for this like many others. I've got a few baseplates that I can work off of. Plus, the Lego store is always an option. I will indeed post the link when I post it. Thanks for the inspiration. I've got lots of time so it may be less then a month. Should I do a WIP journal? Or should I just surprise alot of people?
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| July 12, 2010, 12:01 am
@ G Man
Surprise people! wont know what hit um
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| July 12, 2010, 12:07 am
Oh boy, more questions from me.
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| July 12, 2010, 12:09 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

(Chris says something 'bout microcities)

Good luck


Excuse me Supreme Overlord, his Mightyness Master Phipson Ruler of Donuts, I DO hope I am not interrupting. I am planning on making a comic sometime in the near future. My idea is to build all the ships, planes, vehicles, characters first, (or at least what I'll need for the first few scenes) and then get to work on the scenery/buildings. My problem comes when approaching the buildings. Since this comic will be set in a future earth that has become over-polluted and is absolutely FILLED with cities, I will need a lot of skyscrapers. My plan was to build mini versions of the buildings and then make pieces of the buildings (yes, I know. I won't ACTUALLY build three meter tall buildings out of lego. big surprise) where the action would be happening. What is your take on this? And yes, I'm on the bandwagon of, "I don't have that many peices etc."
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| July 12, 2010, 2:15 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

So you're dipping in to single digits then? Not good...



Well.. maybe not the single digits.
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| July 12, 2010, 3:45 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I personally love 'em. I've seen some that were just insanely hilarious, and others that were jawdropping in their presentation. And I think most of the community enjoys seeing them as well.

It's a very time-consuming process, though, and in comparison to regular posts, not a lot of builders take that route. The end result is that the brickfilms don't seem to get as much attention as the still presentations because fewer people are into that realm of the hobby.

I think Chris was right on the money with what he said about how to post in a way that will get the most attention. Stills combined with the video link will probably work better than just the video itself. After that, it's just a matter of posting in the groups, and posting in other Lego-related sights.


Do you think it would drop your jaw if it had over 4 grand, professional audio, a composing group, two great MOCers building the sets, was an hour long, and had an epic/comedic medieval story? That's a broad description of the unfinished product. :)
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| July 13, 2010, 12:52 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

You worded that very well with the "good" brickfilms part. That's the trick is making it good. If it's good, more people will want to see it. I've only seen a few myself and they're not really my "cup 'o tea" as it were. I don't have anything against them, just not something I go searching out.

I've found that same basic attitude pretty much across the board. Most moccers don't have anything against them, they'd just rather spend their time either building or checking out regular mocs.

As for advertising, my suggestion would be to use a couple of shots of the mocs that you used in the film and post them with a link to the film itself. Anyone that goes to your page is going to be exposed to the link and may just take you up on the offer.

I haven't looked myself, but I'm pretty sure there are a few groups on MOCpages that are devoted to brickfilms. Check in to those and I'm sure they'll have some good advice for you.

Good luck ~ Chris.

Oh boy! Thanks for the advice. Maybe you'll go searching this one out when it's finished. I mean,- well if I told you everything it wouldn't be any fun! It's over a year and half in the works, and will be an hour long, etc,...
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| July 13, 2010, 12:56 am
Quoting Brady G
Decimals? We need to do something about this.
To the school with you!


Umm... I think I hit the negatives. And trust me, there is no school on Earth that could help me.

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| July 13, 2010, 2:49 am
Quoting Cisco El Segundo Quijote

Excuse me Supreme Overlord, his Mightyness Master Phipson Ruler of Donuts, I DO hope I am not interrupting. I am planning on making a comic sometime in the near future. My idea is to build all the ships, planes, vehicles, characters first, (or at least what I'll need for the first few scenes) and then get to work on the scenery/buildings. My problem comes when approaching the buildings. Since this comic will be set in a future earth that has become over-polluted and is absolutely FILLED with cities, I will need a lot of skyscrapers. My plan was to build mini versions of the buildings and then make pieces of the buildings (yes, I know. I won't ACTUALLY build three meter tall buildings out of lego. big surprise) where the action would be happening. What is your take on this? And yes, I'm on the bandwagon of, "I don't have that many peices etc."

I know you're not asking me, but, I've seen it done well and work out. David Picket (I think that's his name) has made mini skyscrapers in his Brick films and then created the scenes for close ups. It looks good you should look it up.
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| July 13, 2010, 6:10 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Quoting Green Man
I say that as a 'would you do it?' kinda question.


Would I? Yes, and I already did one. It's called The Invasion http://mocpages.com/moc.php/156151 and I followed it up with Retribution http://mocpages.com/moc.php/157661.

Micro citys can be a tricky thing. Make sure you have the parts to do it first. My advice would be to build each of the individual buildings first, and then make a "map" to lay them out on.

There's a LOT of great micro cities out there to gain inspiration from, but the greatest of the great is Shannonia from Shannon Young. He's the one that set the benchmark for micro cities and that's the one that all others are measured by. Check his out to get ideas about building placement and landscaping.

And remember the FIRST rule of building here... take... your... time! I don't want to see this thing posted for at LEAST a month. But be sure to link me when you do and I'll check it out.

Good luck

Sneak peak.

Link: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/213692
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| July 13, 2010, 6:23 pm
This comment actually belongs in the "DEMAND THINGS FROM PHIPSON" thread, but since that was deleted thanks to Lee Jones asking Phipson for a [BLEEP] with a side of [BLEEP BLEPP] covered in [BLEEP BLEEP VERY LONG PUNCTUATED SERIES OF BLEEPS], I guess I'll just have to post it here. Phippy--MOCOLYMPICS. I want them. Nay, I NEED them! Ahora! PRONTO! Everyone, all together now: WE WANT MOCOLYMPICS! WE WANT MOCOLYMPICS! WE WANT --- [Phippy shows up in full riot control garb, toting a baton and launching tear gas....]
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| July 14, 2010, 10:32 am
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
Okay, that's enough. We do want them though.

Please!!!
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| July 14, 2010, 12:12 pm
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Quoting Matt David
[BLEEP BLEEP VERY LONG PUNCTUATED SERIES OF BLEEPS] ... blah blah blah...MOCOLYMPICS!


Quoting Tyler Halliwell .
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
WE WANT MOC-OLYMPICS!
Okay, that's enough. We do want them though.

Please!!!


Well guess who's in luck? I'm already laying the ground work for it (choosing categories, setting up brackets, finding judges and so on) and am hoping to open the group for signups before the end of the month!

Keep your pants on everyone (especially you Mark, remember that court order). The games will be starting... SOON!
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| July 14, 2010, 7:26 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Keep your pants on everyone (especially you Mark, remember that court order).

*Facepalm*

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| July 14, 2010, 9:42 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson


Good. Now make me a sandwich.



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| July 14, 2010, 10:28 pm
Quoting Matt David
...launching tear gas...


Launching tear gas out of WHAT?

...no no, don't answer that.
Don't think I want to know.
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| July 15, 2010, 12:07 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Well guess who's in luck? I'm already laying the ground work for it (choosing categories, setting up brackets, finding judges and so on) and am hoping to open the group for signups before the end of the month!

Keep your pants on everyone (especially you Mark, remember that court order). The games will be starting... SOON!

Gee, I sure wanna participate! :D
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| July 15, 2010, 12:12 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Well guess who's in luck? I'm already laying the ground work for it (choosing categories, setting up brackets, finding judges and so on) and am hoping to open the group for signups before the end of the month!

Keep your pants on everyone (especially you Mark, remember that court order). The games will be starting... SOON!


OOO! Pick me! Pick me! I wanna play!
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| July 16, 2010, 11:40 am
Mr. Mightyness Phipson,
What do you think of this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214292
Don't worry, I've gotten better since then!

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| July 16, 2010, 6:01 pm
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Quoting Drew the Sk8er
Hey Chris-Just wondering if I could have your opinion on this:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/212276
... Thanks!


Sorry it took so long to get to it. It's been one of those weeks... anyway, Drew, you did a really nice job on this! I was really impressed with the construction of the exterior of the pod. I would have liked to have seen the interior a little more "polished" but overall a really nice little build.

The story actually had me reading it wondering what was going to happen next and THAT my young friend, is what you want to strive for in a story. Creating tension and suspense. Making the reader WANT to find out what happens. All too often I find myself reading a story moc and about half way through I really just couldn't care less what happens. This was not the case with yours. You have a good start on your writing skills and I think you should keep doing what you're doing there.

Now, that being said... the ending was slightly anticlimactic. You gave us a great set up and then... (something) happened and the dude was dead. Did he have an accident and was just insane? Was there actually something out there that did this to him? If you were going to follow this up with another chapter showing what happened, be sure to tell your audience that at the end of the post otherwise we're left with a cliffhanger with no resolution.

Other than that, nice work. Keep it coming!
~Chris.
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| July 16, 2010, 6:14 pm
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Quoting Monitogo Studios
Mr. Mightyness Phipson,
What do you think of this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214292
Don't worry, I've gotten better since then!


I actually can't see brickfilms on my work computer (which is where I am now). Sorry. But I saw that you also asked Kelso to check it out. I'm sure he'll give you much better advice than I could. Sorry again.
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| July 16, 2010, 6:16 pm
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Quoting Sean Flynn
Chris, ...I was wondering if you could look at my newest moc. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/213342
Thank you if you view it, and if not, I understand.


Hey Sean. That my young padawan was one sweet piece of jet! I really liked the SNOT work you did with the few little "tricks" that really made it pop (the jumper plates on the wings particularly was a nice touch)! Overall a great moc that you should be proud of. I can't think of anything that I would have done differently (or better). Nice!

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| July 16, 2010, 6:42 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Sorry it took so long to get to it. It's been one of those weeks... anyway, Drew, you did a really nice job on this! I was really impressed with the construction of the exterior of the pod. I would have liked to have seen the interior a little more "polished" but overall a really nice little build.

The story actually had me reading it wondering what was going to happen next and THAT my young friend, is what you want to strive for in a story. Creating tension and suspense. Making the reader WANT to find out what happens. All too often I find myself reading a story moc and about half way through I really just couldn't care less what happens. This was not the case with yours. You have a good start on your writing skills and I think you should keep doing what you're doing there.

Now, that being said... the ending was slightly anticlimactic. You gave us a great set up and then... (something) happened and the dude was dead. Did he have an accident and was just insane? Was there actually something out there that did this to him? If you were going to follow this up with another chapter showing what happened, be sure to tell your audience that at the end of the post otherwise we're left with a cliffhanger with no resolution.

Other than that, nice work. Keep it coming!
~Chris.

Thanks for your opinion! And regarding the last paragraph, I am working on a sequel in which a rescue team will try to find out what happened. Thanks again! -Drew
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| July 16, 2010, 7:21 pm
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Quoting Brendan Dore
Since we're on the topic of reviews, could you check-out this?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/195197


Alright, here we go. I'm not gonna ding ya on pic quality or presentation, you already know about that stuff and are working on it. We'll let it slide for now. Just be sure to work on these aspects in the future. A lot of times they're as important as the moc itself.

First... WOW that thing is HUGE! Taking size out of the equation for a second though, and I realize you probably don't have the parts on hand but... it kinda looks unfinished to me. I looked over the post a couple of times trying to find where you wrote "this is a wip" and couldn't find it. I'm not saying that the build is bad by any stretch so don't take it the wrong way. It just seemed like the moc "wanted" to be polished off. Perhaps if you plan on keeping this build around for a bit you could, in the future, finish off the details that would really give this thing that WOW factor.

Overall, a nice piece of work! Good luck!
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| July 16, 2010, 8:06 pm
Chris, I know Halo is somewhere special in your heart, I think (Mi awsum HALO page!!!!!), So what say you check out my Halo creation and tell me what you think.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/213962
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| July 16, 2010, 9:33 pm
Hey Chris, I am making a mini scale ship (not S.H.I.P.) and am naming it after you and you are the Admiral/General in charge of it. I am taking your tips and have been working on it for 3-4 days and have re-designed it already. I'll let you know when it is posted.
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| July 17, 2010, 10:25 am
Quoting Chris Phipson


Yeah, so I've been working on my mini-city every day a little should I do a WIP MOC or just keep working on it and not jump the gun?
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| July 17, 2010, 1:50 pm
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Quoting Darren D.
Chris, I know Halo is somewhere special in your heart, I think (Mi awsum HALO page!!!!!), So what say you check out my Halo creation and tell me what you think.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/213962


Ok, we're going to do this like a western. The good, the bad and the ugly.

The good. You're starting to get a feel for shapes and how the bricks go together. You've incoorporated some snot work in to the design which shows that your building skill is coming along nicely. Overall, the ship is good and I only have a couple of small "complaints" which brings us too...

The bad. The design, shape and execution were all done well, but when I look at it there's something... missing. Like I told the other guy with the battle ship, it looks unfinished. Maybe I've just been spoiled with all the tiled and SNOTed ships over the past few years but I really think your moc could have REALLY benifited from some tile work to smooth it off. But again, overall, not bad.

And now, the ugly. While the pics were in focus the overall presentation was pretty sloppy. I saw that you put up paper to attempt to clean the background. This is a good thing but it looks like you did it in about 4 seconds in a rush to get the pics done so you could post it. Remember, presentation is just as important in this arena as the moc itself. My advice would be that if you can't make one fluid clean background out of the paper, try using a bed sheet. It's cheap (you already have them) and (when ironed) create a nice, clean background to show your creations. The step after that is proper lighting (something I'm STILL working on). Be sure to light your moc well and turn off the flash on the camera. Kelso's the one to give REALLY good lighting advice but I can tell you that a poorly lit moc isn't going to get near the attention it deserves.

Overall, I did like the ship. As I said in the first paragraph, it looks like you've started developing your skills and now we just need you to branch out a bit and work on presentation.

Keep it up!
~Chris.

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| July 17, 2010, 4:33 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Hey Chris, I am making a mini scale ship (not S.H.I.P.) and am naming it after you and you are the Admiral/General in charge of it. I am taking your tips and have been working on it for 3-4 days and have re-designed it already. I'll let you know when it is posted.


Sounds good. Take your time and link me when you post it. And remember, presentation is JUST as important as the moc. Be sure to get those pics right! Lookin' forward to it!
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| July 17, 2010, 4:35 pm
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Quoting Green Man
Yeah, so I've been working on my mini-city every day a little should I do a WIP MOC or just keep working on it and not jump the gun?


Keep that gun in the holster till it's done! Like in poker, you never want to show your hand till it's time. Let's put it this way. I spent the weeks since BrickWorld working on a HUGE project (when I really SHOULD have been sorting... but that's another issue)that right now is actually larger than my daughter. Now, I'm not going to "show my hand" until the time is right. The project is no where near complete and probably won't be for a LONG (read: months) time. I could very easily post a WIP pic or two, but that would take a lot of the "wow" factor away when I post the finished product.

If you post wips now, sure you'll get a few good hits and some nice comments, but when you post the finished moc, the reaction wouldn't be near what it should be had you kept it to yourself.

My advice, keep it to yourself until it's finished. And THEN... be sure to take the time to get the pics and presentation right.

Remember (EVERYONE), just because you take a picture doesn't mean you HAVE to post that one! In the glorious days of digital cameras, you can afford to take 40 pics of the thing and only end up posting 3 of em.

Good luck.
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| July 17, 2010, 4:44 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Keep that gun in the holster till it's done! Like in poker, you never want to show your hand till it's time. Let's put it this way. I spent the weeks since BrickWorld working on a HUGE project (when I really SHOULD have been sorting... but that's another issue)that right now is actually larger than my daughter. Now, I'm not going to "show my hand" until the time is right. The project is no where near complete and probably won't be for a LONG (read: months) time. I could very easily post a WIP pic or two, but that would take a lot of the "wow" factor away when I post the finished product.

If you post wips now, sure you'll get a few good hits and some nice comments, but when you post the finished moc, the reaction wouldn't be near what it should be had you kept it to yourself.

My advice, keep it to yourself until it's finished. And THEN... be sure to take the time to get the pics and presentation right.

Remember (EVERYONE), just because you take a picture doesn't mean you HAVE to post that one! In the glorious days of digital cameras, you can afford to take 40 pics of the thing and only end up posting 3 of em.

Good luck.

Thanks. ~Stay green my friends
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| July 21, 2010, 4:24 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Keep that gun in the holster till it's done! Like in poker, you never want to show your hand till it's time. Let's put it this way. I spent the weeks since BrickWorld working on a HUGE project (when I really SHOULD have been sorting... but that's another issue)that right now is actually larger than my daughter. Now, I'm not going to "show my hand" until the time is right. The project is no where near complete and probably won't be for a LONG (read: months) time. I could very easily post a WIP pic or two, but that would take a lot of the "wow" factor away when I post the finished product.

If you post wips now, sure you'll get a few good hits and some nice comments, but when you post the finished moc, the reaction wouldn't be near what it should be had you kept it to yourself.

My advice, keep it to yourself until it's finished. And THEN... be sure to take the time to get the pics and presentation right.

Remember (EVERYONE), just because you take a picture doesn't mean you HAVE to post that one! In the glorious days of digital cameras, you can afford to take 40 pics of the thing and only end up posting 3 of em.

Good luck.

I have another question. What if I did this? (Well, this has been made already for a while.) Should I delete it or no?

link: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/213692
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| July 21, 2010, 4:33 pm
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Quoting Spaztastic the Diabolical
Herr Phipson? What do you normally think of modified pictures? I'm not talking about adding a space-ey background to a starship, I'm talking about drawing muzzle flashes onto the guns in the picture or adding lasers that soar? Do you think that they have a place on MOCpages, or should people stick with red cones on the ends of their rifles?

Here are some references, from me and BK:
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/194383
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/133471


It's funny that you said "not adding a spacey background" because to be completely honest, those were the ones that looked really good to me (the ones that Ben did).

Here's the trick. Adding those things (lasers and muzzle flashes and so on) can really improve the overall presentation of a moc and as far as the effects themselves go, you seem to have a good handle on it. The effects on your mocs look really well done...

Now here's the bad part. The builds you did aren't all that bad, but when you add in the effects that you did, it makes it "look like" you're trying to cover something up and it distracts from the overall look.

This may be a little tricky to follow, but stick with me here. Your build on its own was fine, the effects you did were nice, but when you put them all together it gives a sloppy appearance to the whole moc.

My suggestion would be to use the skills you have in your effects and start by cleaning up the background. I see how you were trying to use that door as a "plain" background but... Since you have the computer, use that instead and give yourself a clean pallet to work on. THEN, use that clean pallet and add in some form of background. If they're on a ship, make it a ship interior. If they're on a planet, put in some greenery and foliage.

You've made a good start, so don't get discouraged. Now you need to take it to the next level. Effects only work well when we (the audience) are pulled in to the fictional world you've created. Create that world first and then spruce it up with the effects.

Good luck!
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| July 21, 2010, 4:40 pm
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Quoting Green Man
I have another question. What if I did this? (Well, this has been made already for a while.) Should I delete it or no?

link: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/213692


Well, since it's up already don't take it down. I would have held off and not done it to begin with (as we talked about before) but since it's there...

And hey, the pic looks pretty good too!



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| July 21, 2010, 5:09 pm
As a note: there's a lot of public domain Hubble images here: http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/

Some of them are perfect candidates for spacey backgrounds.
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| July 21, 2010, 6:31 pm
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