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A combination of work, and a massive creative block has had my Legotorium collecting dust for almost two months. But finally, with the onset of Halloween (one of my favorite holidays!) the block was broken, the (rather ironic) collection of cob webs was swept away, and I threw together this little homage to a scene from the classic 1931 Dracula film, starring Bela Lugosi.

While it's no Apacalypsis or Eye of Chaos in scale, I'm actually pretty happy with this one. I chose to eliminate details in the MOC itself for the sake of composition and visual emphasis on the figure, and then the real fun came with the lighting! So here's to the old black and white monster flicks that I love so much, and dramitic imagery the likes of which color films simply can't duplicate!
















(Okay, okay, can I just say...LOVE this shot!)






HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!




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  January 11, 2012
Mr. Kelso = Master of LEGO. 'Nuff said, folks!
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  January 11, 2012
INCREDIBLE PHOTO'S! congrats on MOTD!!!
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  January 11, 2012
Congrats on MOTD!!
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  January 11, 2012
absolutly beautiful! Amazing work on both pics and MOC.
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  January 11, 2012
Incredible! Love the painting and the lighting and everything else. Great creation!
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  January 11, 2012
WONDERFUL... especially the Gothic arch over the doorway! :)
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  January 11, 2012
Super moc.
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  January 11, 2012
Congrats on MOTD! This was a classic!
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  January 11, 2012
The lighting is incredible!
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  January 11, 2012
I don't know if I'd call this a "little homage", but it's definitely a top notch build! Fantastic job Mr. Kelso! I especially like the lighting!
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  January 11, 2012
The lighting is fantastic and the figures are epic. I really like the final shot. What really sticks out though is the door and how you achieved a gothic arch with 1x1 cylinders and a progression of inward-slanting pieces. It lookes totally Dracula-esque. Congratulations on MOCoftheDay! This is epic!
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  January 11, 2012
Happy MOTD, my friend! Totally deserved, as usual! =)
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  January 11, 2012
Happy MOTD, my friend! Totally deserved, as usual! =)
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  January 11, 2012
very impressive!!! fantastic pictures and awesome building!
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  January 11, 2012
This is truly awesome. I'm not sure how you did the candlelight but you're right, the effect is fantastic. Congratulations on MOTD!
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  January 11, 2012
Congrats on MOTD =)
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  June 4, 2011
Thats so cool
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  April 29, 2011
How in the world could I miss this? It's fantastic!
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  March 17, 2011
Wow! The pics in white and black add real value! 5!
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  March 17, 2011
Wow! The pics in white and black add real value! 5!
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  January 15, 2011
Wow... the shot of the fireplace from behind the figs is the money shot. Very nice!
Mark Kelso
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Orion Pax
  January 6, 2011
I canīt even know where to start telling how much i like this! The lightning in here is amazing. And itīs propably the best setup i have seen so far. Thumbs up!
  November 25, 2010
fantastic work!,the build,the fig,the pics,the lighting,all examplary!,this is how we do it ,is written all over this instant classic!,great work!,i d love a visit and comment on my project when you have the time,i greatly admire your work!
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  November 24, 2010
I dunno, it`s hard to remember if I commented on your creations here or on Flickr... Very well done, Mark. Of course, I know this is late, but I saw it on Flickr first and I discovered you had an account there... Ha Ha! `Ryan
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  November 6, 2010
This is now the x-time I look at this beautiful work of art and I realised that I never commented on it. Shame on me. The way you captured the style of the classic movie though lightning, but even more through shadow, is brilliant. The sheer space together with the massive walls makes it almost agoraphobic.
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  October 31, 2010
An outstanding build, beautifully crafted and very much in tone with the time of year. 5/5 smileys for this excellent MOC!
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  October 30, 2010
What in the mother son of a...?
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  October 30, 2010
outstanding!
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  October 29, 2010
Quoting E.K.O . Hey, i need to let you know that everytime i try to sign in, this appears: "Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: Unable to save result set in /beaker/mocpages/login_ACTION.php on line 153 Query for last logout failed" I can't sign in! Do you think you can help?
I get something similar for the "All" link on the Home page. I notified Sean earlier this morning, and hopefully he'll be able to check into it.
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  October 29, 2010
Wow, Mark, this is impressive! Hey, i need to let you know that everytime i try to sign in, this appears: "Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: Unable to save result set in /beaker/mocpages/login_ACTION.php on line 153 Query for last logout failed" I can't sign in! Do you think you can help?
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  October 28, 2010
Very nice architecture, especially the archway and fireplace!
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  October 28, 2010
... Wow. This is fantastic, I love all the details, especially the frame of the big door.
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  October 27, 2010
Sweet googly moogly! (did I just say that out loud?) Too bad you're not part of the Halloween contest. This would have won for sure! It really makes me smile when I go away for 10 days and then get to come back to something as awesome as this! Oh, and happy anniversary (a couple days late)! ~ Chris.
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  October 26, 2010
BEAUTIFUL work, as usual, Mark! You almost forget the details of the build beneath the masterfully designed photos. That Black and White really adds the eerie feeling you were hoping to achieve!
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  October 26, 2010
I can't begin to describe how much I love this moc Mark!! I agree about the atmosphere of the old b/w movies and you've captured it brilliantly here. This might be my favourite work of yours, so far...
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  October 25, 2010
Very nice Rendition of a classic movie scene.
  October 25, 2010
Wow that is really cool which all of the bricks on the staircase and it is just awsome!
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  October 24, 2010
Awesome, I love how you made the bricks laying on the stairs and floor.
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  October 24, 2010
Fantastic scene overall here! I love the lighting the window presents as well as the dusty look of the whole mansion. Great work!
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  October 24, 2010
Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet Cute... when's the next Apocalypse post? (I kid, I kid - Great work, Mark. That shot you pointed out is my personal favorite, too!)
LOL! You and me, both! I'm dying to get to the next Apocalypsis installment, but between work, MOCs I've already started, and collaborative obligations...maybe the year 2050...you know...if I'm even still ALIVE!
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  October 24, 2010
Thanks for the post, it's my favorite Dracula movie. Nice work with the lighting. Good day
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  October 23, 2010
I especialy like the window lighting effects. >Eric
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  October 22, 2010
Cute... when's the next Apocalypse post? (I kid, I kid - Great work, Mark. That shot you pointed out is my personal favorite, too!)
Mark Kelso
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Brady G
  October 21, 2010
Apacalypsis? I checked my dusty MOCpages inbox and had a happy when I saw you had made something :D Just had to check it out, looks like my time wasn't wasted.
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  October 21, 2010
Very original, with the burning candle and all!
  October 21, 2010
Quite scary...
  October 20, 2010
looks very ominous and halloweenish
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  October 20, 2010
Oh, yeah! Very cool diorama- the lighting really emphasizes the classic horror flick feel. I think I need to go get some popcorn for this! - Huss Q.
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  October 20, 2010
Amazing! The lighting really bring the scene to life!
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  October 20, 2010
FABULOUS ! WELL DONE !
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  October 20, 2010
Very scary and well done, great pictures.
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  October 20, 2010
Mark, this is some of the best photography I've ever seen of LEGO. The composition and lighting are perfect. You are at the top of your form with this MOC. Regards, Eric.
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  October 20, 2010
Thanks for explaining the candle for me. Excellent idea. I use a little torch too to light up specific points, but by building around it and using that one techinc hole like that I will be able to get a much more direct, pinpoint light on my lightsaw! Awesome Mark, thanks!
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  October 20, 2010
Wow, that's very artistic!
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  October 20, 2010
Lovely! You have some great architecture in there.
Mark Kelso
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Lucas .
  October 19, 2010
This looks absolutely stunning, amazing job with the lightning!
Mark Kelso
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Nunoyo Bizznizz
  October 19, 2010
This is nothing short of brilliance! As usual you presentation is flawless. Your Legotry is strong.
Mark Kelso
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Caboose :D
  October 19, 2010
DANG! Master Shifu might want to change his name to Servant Shifu. Cause Mark is now the Master! What settings make the best picture clarity for digtial camreas?
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  October 19, 2010
Everything you do inspires me, now i have to make a halloween moc!
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  October 19, 2010
Gorgeous work, Mark, from every angle.
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  October 19, 2010
That amazed me. Nicely done portrait and broken handrail.
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  October 19, 2010
Again you leave me envious of your skills - this is an absolutely lovely build, and the B&W just sets the mood perfectly. Is the moc for sale perchance? Lee.
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  October 19, 2010
The more comments there are, the less i feel like saying but this... this deserves all the accolades it's getting and then some. Fine, fine work. True mastery from bricks to pix to edit fix.
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  October 19, 2010
LACK OF DETAIL! Are you kidding? There are LOADS of details here, the broken railing, the doorway, the rubble, the stair case, the fire place, must I go on? This is fantastic! Keep it up!
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  October 19, 2010
wow, amazing work. and the black and white makes it look so eerie. great work, but it would've been cool to see a shot or too of it without the black and white finish.
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  October 19, 2010
wow, looks stunning! the build, and the lighting are great!
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  October 19, 2010
I love the fact that this is a "little" thing you threw together. Great composition, and you have a knack for photoshop with all that streaming light. Is the girl on the wall a printed image, or just perfectly edited into the shot? Either way, great work!
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  October 19, 2010
Mark, this is definitely a work of art! It's great to see you knockin' the dust off of the bricks and snapping a few together. Life has kept me pretty busy as well...if it wasn't for the contests, I probably wouldn't have much posted this year. I digress. I love the lighting, and the details in this build are truly amazing! Not a fan of Black and White personally....unless it's Hitchcock!
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  October 19, 2010
*speechless*
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  October 19, 2010
Thanks for all of the great comments, guys - much appreciated!
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  October 19, 2010
Quoting Matt Hanson Did you use random colors for the set as you knew it was going to be in B&W?
I used almost entirely light bley, at least much more so than I normally would've done. Doors, and some detail work was color, but I wanted most of the shapes to remain less obtrusive. By going with one grey color througout much of the MOC, all of the contrasts in form were limited to what the lighting offered.
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  October 19, 2010
This is now one of my favorites builds. I also love all the old black and white horror movies and you really nailed this one. It is simply amazing all the detail, lighting, shadowing I just simply love it.
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  October 19, 2010
A classic Moc of a classic Movie.
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  October 19, 2010
I've never seen this movie but your creation draws my intrest. The horse has been long dead but: amazing lighting! You know, it may not be the IH or any of your larger scale stuff, but I have found that as long as you have fun with your MOCs, truly nothing else matters. Since I've been on the Pages I've wanted to do things that I didn't even like - just for a few extra comments. But in the end I've realized that it's not worth it. Anyway, enough of the violin-serious moment - really great work here! Did you use random colors for the set as you knew it was going to be in B&W? Your method for lighting the candle was quite smart. Funny, I was going to use a similar technique for my recent Frightner ship but, at the last minute (as we are packing up to move), I decided to do the quick and easy method (to highlight the eyes of my ship) and just shone a big lamp light on it! Wow, I'm really ranting... Nice work, Mark.
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  October 19, 2010
Quoting Giovanni Seynhaeve why not include a not photo shopped pic to reveal what you worked on.Like a before & after? It would enhance the magic of your work...and...The foot of the pillar intrigues me. Is that studs against studs?
I prefer not to include WIPs or extra shots in these kinds of posts because they tend to interfere with the aesthetic of the post as a whole. I even abandoned my usual yellow text this time, for white so as to keep the theme running throughout the entire page. I might post some non-adjusted pics in another page if you like, though. As for the pillar's base, just 1 x 1 rounds in between plates there, nothin' fancy.
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  October 19, 2010
Quoting Caboose :D What settings make the best picture clarity for digtial camreas?
There's really no single setting that's best. It all depends on what you're photographing. I use an SLR camera with manual settings for depth and exposure time, though. Gives me more control than the auto settings.
  October 19, 2010
And with a closer look, another question...The foot of the pillar intrigues me. Is that studs against studs?
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  October 19, 2010
Fantastic work, as always Mark! Even in black & white pics you make an amazing atmosphere. Just a question: why not include a not photo shopped pic to reveal what you worked on.Like a before & after? It would enhance the magic of your work.
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  October 19, 2010
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= I just had to come back for another viewing... was dreaming about it all night. Now after the initial wow factor has subsided, I can notice all the fine detail you have created so masterfully, the tumbling staircase, the candelabra the Knight's armour, the fireplace, the woodbox, the banister and yes, as Bones mentioned the way the light shines across Bela's eyes is expertly done. You obviously know and love these old films as much or even more than I do... How do I get a light up candle?
Believe it or not, that candle was the result of a small flashlight that I covered with 1 x 2 bricks...EXCEPT for the center brick, which was a 1 x 2 technic with one hole. It created a perfect spot-light in miniature to highlight certain areas. A little photoshop adjustments and voila.
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  October 19, 2010
I just had to come back for another viewing... was dreaming about it all night. Now after the initial wow factor has subsided, I can notice all the fine detail you have created so masterfully, the tumbling staircase, the candelabra the Knight's armour, the fireplace, the woodbox, the banister and yes, as Bones mentioned the way the light shines across Bela's eyes is expertly done. You obviously know and love these old films as much or even more than I do... How do I get a light up candle?
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  October 19, 2010
Never seen the film, heard of it though. This seems just like what I'd imagined as well!
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  October 19, 2010
that is a vampire!
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  October 19, 2010
The lighting is just spot on, you even got the light on Dracula's eyes as they did all through the film. The main hall is a sweet build as well.
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  October 19, 2010
Blah! Vell Done! Love the lighting work through the window.
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  October 19, 2010
Oh man...oh man, you're giving Alex Eylar a run for his money! This is, as usual, perfectly superb. The build is excellent, the lighting is fantastic, one just couldn't ask for more.
  October 19, 2010
Oh wait, never mind, you put in a candelabra, which is great too. :)
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  October 19, 2010
I love old B/W films, they were great. Wonderful job on the castle and such, a lot of detail was put in to it. The light-up candle was great too. The only thing I'd change is to add a really big, dusty chandelier, but that would be super hard to do. Great build. ~Waff
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  October 19, 2010
Fantastic work, as usual.
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  October 19, 2010
Great scene, full of drama and a sense of the theatrical air. I'm loving the architectural details and scale of the creepy castle.
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  October 19, 2010
Wow. This is just great!
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  October 19, 2010
That light coming through the window is so perfect. Love it!
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  October 19, 2010
The photo manipulation is amazing, the realistic creation (which by the way i tought it was real at first sight) is amazing the idea is amazing, i can't say anything less than AMAZING :)
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  October 19, 2010
That's just ingenius. =)
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  October 19, 2010
Wow! This is truely amazing!
  October 19, 2010
WOW! I LOVE the lighting! It is AMAZING!!!!!
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  October 19, 2010
Masterful presentation and lighting. This is a true work of art. Nicely done.
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  October 19, 2010
Gorgeous, the lighting effects are amazing, and the whole rest of the build too!
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  October 19, 2010
What a polished, moody gothic creation Mark. Love the portrait, it looks as though it could even be haunted, and the moonlight shining in is fantastic. I think the simplicity of the walls helps to smooth the b + w nature of the pictures too. Well done.
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  October 19, 2010
Nice, great photography, I love the decor
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  October 19, 2010
Incredible. The lighting is brilliant!
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  October 19, 2010
Superb work Mark. The composition and lighting (brilliant as they are) actually mean it's easier to miss the smart builds in here - the candelabra and the fireplace are lovely.
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  October 19, 2010
Too bldy brilliant! Pure art. This is better than the actual movie scene, and that movie is a classic! The lighting coming in from the window, the tiny Bela Lugosi standing calmly waiting on the landing, its like you channelled the spirit of the cinematographer of this film somehow... I love using black and white also, though have not used it in a long time...
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  October 19, 2010
Excellent job. I like the way you say "Threw this together" like it's a quick job! Most of us can only dream of being able to do this with loads of effort and you can do it by throwing bricks together! :D Amazing.
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  October 19, 2010
exellent. so atmospheric if only there was a Vincent Price minifig head.
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  October 19, 2010
Oh wow. Amazing!
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  October 19, 2010
You should really consider changing your name to Master Kelso. The 'Mark' is great and all, but Master is a more fitting name. That aside, everything about this post is just superb. The lighting, the build; everything is just beautiful.
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  October 19, 2010
Simply inspirational and amazing!
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  October 19, 2010
Happy Halloween, Mark, this is really something.~H
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  October 19, 2010
Beautifully lit.
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  October 19, 2010
That room is HUUGE. Amazing detail, especially on the door arch and windows.
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  October 19, 2010
Creepy....
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  October 19, 2010
That portrait in the last shot is wonderful.
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  October 19, 2010
very cool it looks as if its from an actual movie
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  October 19, 2010
The lighting is absolutely fantastic! I can see why you had so much fun.
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  October 19, 2010
Mark this is incredible! I mean, screw the EOC, as cool as it is its taking you forever - you could do hundreds of these little beauts!! The lighting is 10/10! 5/5 as usual. ~Thoy
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  October 18, 2010
Black & white films are the best! This somewhat sparse design really gives the impression of size and emptiness, while making a few, more obvious, elements stand out.
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  October 18, 2010
You are the master.
  October 18, 2010
Ha! The second to comment on one of the master's creations! I've been waiting for SO long for another post. This is very artistic and some of the furniture is genius! I'm sure Leda is going to love this. We are not worthy! We are not worthy! I was not disappointed. Thanks. :D~MinifigManiac
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  October 18, 2010
Geez, even your lazier work is amazing...
 
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