My Round 2 entry into the MOC Olympics against MortalSwordsman...a scene from A Christmas Carol.
About this creation
Heath Flor vs MortalSwordsman
From the Works of Charles Dickens: Choose a scene from one of Author Charles Dickens' classics and bring it to bricky life!
You can find my worthy opponent's entry HERE
You can find the Moc Olympics homepage HERE
Note: MortalSwordsman said his entry is a draft at this point....if he enters something else, I will change the link accordingly.
WARNING: Do not use "Dickens" in your comments, or it will be moderated! This is due to the MOCpages language filter and NOT my doing. You've been warned.
Once I saw my category, I immediately thought of A Christmas Carol as my theme....and for once I received a category I truly could immerse all of my energy and feelings into! I had originally planned a huge dio with various scenes throughout, but work said I might have to fly to Germany and France for an emergency trip just a day or so in. With my timeline in jeopardy, I quickly decided to narrow the scope....but I still was able to capture all of the elements I wanted to.
Here we find Ebenezer Scrooge being confronted with Marley's ghost. I wanted to capture him cowering in fear. I'm pleased with the results. He was the first figure I built.
I wanted to capture the dark feel of the story, so used subdued lighting. Scrooge was rich, but he hardly spent a penny, and his bed chamber was nearly empty.
This is the Ghost of Christmas Past. While I wanted to do a special scene for each figure, I had to make do and decided to put the spirit in the corner to represent things we forget....I just always find the corner of a room to be unused, and uninspiring.
This figure in the books is neither male or female, and carries a candle on top of its head.
A grandfather clock. If you notice, in ever version of the story there's always a clock which of course represents time (forgotten, lost, yet to be, etc.). Therefore I made the clock a dominating factor in the room.
The Ghost of Christmas Present is always seen with a feast, a torch, and a ring of vegetation around his head. He's also a very large figure, and I made sure he dwarfed the others.
The Ghost of Christmas Future (or Yet to Come) is a menacing figure where only a white ghostly hand can be seen. Even his face is cloaked in dark robes. I made him behind the clock and the entire scene looking on, as the future is beyond time.
The fireplace lights up to add ambiance to the scene!
A shot of the entire scene from overhead.
One of my favorite shots!
And what happened to little Timmy you ask? Well, "T-Dawg" (as his mates call him) turned into a low life street thug. By day he plays crippled, and snatches coin purses to feed his filthy habbits of whoring, drinking, and gambling.
Here we've caught T-Dawg posted up against the wall, smoking a blunt. He's ditched the crutch...it's hard to look gangsta with one of those anyway.
I hope Charles Dickens has a sense of humor! :P
My Mom's husband had an old book with Dickens' classics. It smelled musty, and had gold pages. I remember his stories were very dark and disturbing! His social commentary was a bit outdated, but still rang true in various situations. They were powerful stories, but it was A Christmas Carol which captured my heart, and I continue to enjoy it in various forms yearly to this day.
The classic has been credited with influencing our current traditions....and while some (like myself) enjoy it, others feel it has done nothing more than create huge wasteful spending and corporations watering down the meaning and spirit of Christmas. BAH HUMBUG to them, I say!
Lastly I want to thank my own mates, Leda and Hans for showing me -- through their creations -- there's no limit to what the brick can do. I didn't give up until everything looked just right; thanks to their inspiring builds.
Hope you all enjoyed, and good luck with your entries!
Congrats on getting through Heath! This is very cool build and I think you captured the emotion of the characters perfectly. Your shaping of the flexible fig is also spot on! A well deserved win mate! ~Thoy
Where to begin? You know me well enough to figure what my favorite part is and you'd be right! The hand coming over the wall is such a perfect touch and really sets the tone. All of the figures are great and the details of the room really bring it all together. I'm flattered to have inspired this in any way, my friend, even if just a little. Best of luck, you know I'm rooting for ya!~H
My friend, you've finally taken the most annoying character (that cane hobbling wretch) in all of history and trnsformed him into something useful, muhawhaw! Great job with the whole setup. I loved every bit, especially the spirit of yet to be. My kind of guy.
I always liked the Mickey version with Scrooge McDuck ;) Stunning build here Heath! The Ghost of Christmas Future was probably my favorite part. You really gave him a dark sense of impending doom... just really nicely done all round! Good luck! ~ Chris.
this build stands out - i did not think if one of you would pick a christmas carole that i would have been terribly impressed. However, you've done a great job here with all the ghosts and poor scared sensless mr. scrouge it captures the characters and the scenes well. Tiny tim or t-dawg was a nice comedic touch at the end. My vote goes to you. Good Luck!
Brilliant Heath. Love the moody and atmospheric feel to the moc. My favourite figures are Marley and Christmas Future – they are both very creepy. T-Dawg’s blunt is also well built - I assume Marley (Bob) had a hand in rolling that ;). Good luck buddy :D
The ghosts are brilliant figures. I take back my comment (currently lost in moderation) on Joe's MOC, that I was really happy he hadn't chosen A Christmas Carol as his subject matter, you've proved there is nothing wrong with working form it when you come up with something like this.
Heath this is awesome! The design and colours of the room are beautiful, and attention given to each of the figures blows me away. I adore the dark red walls which really work at bringing the viewer into the era the story was written. The chains of Marley's ghost are quite frightening and I find also the ghost in the corner quite unnerving, I've always had an issue with corners. The ghost of the future groping his way into the room is nothing short of genius on a symbolic level. He is just out of reach, yet waiting, watching, almost there. This is the type of moc you leave up on display for a long time.
Cracking job brother! Even reduced by your time constraints I love that you got all your characters in (including T-dawg!) and I think each is recognisable and fun - love the looming ghost of Christmas yet to come. Great scene, the mood and look is just right. Well done mate, good luck.