At one point I had intended to have clickable links in the video, but it turns out that it's very limited how those kinds of links actually work and how many few of them you can have, so I added the intro screen encouraging viewers to subscribe to the individual contributors, and listed everyone's links in the description.
The story, as I said before, is wonderfully entertaining, and just a tiny bit bonkers. I love the "antagonist" role that Shawarma played, as well as the unique animation/model design for each gift that was "opened" to trigger the next story. The last story in particular, and the ending song,* did an excellent job bringing a deeper meaning and significance to the film, much like the joy and presents of Christmas are under-girded by the deeper and richer story of Christ's birth.
Also, call me odd if you will, but I like that the ending showed justice given as it was. Wrong actions called for punishment, and got it, but there was still some mercy shown. It wasn't glazed over or justified, and then left unpunished. It's very rare to see that balanced, or even shown at all in media today. Thank you for that breath of fresh air, even in a side-issue like that.
The commercials were a great idea, not only for expanding the run time, but adding some extra hilarity and joy to the occasion. I also feel that, neither the commercials, not the stories, overwhelmed the other. There was a solid balance between the two. Fun touches like repeated Brick Drink commercials, various medicine/health commercials, and one obligatory car ad make me smile and laugh, not only for their absurdity, but also for echoing so closely many real commercial breaks.
My only major suggestion would be the addition of a quick cue card or audio cue that defines the boundaries between commercials and the 'program' itself. The cuts were abrupt at times, and even knowing the script, I was momentarily lost more than once. I dunno, maybe it's just me. But that's hardly an issue compared to all the effort that this project represents, and the entertainment that it most certainly provides.
Fantastic job guys for pulling this off. I'm honored to be a part of it, and proud of the final project. This is yet another reason to love this community.
*Also, if the last community project didn't teach us already, we still haven't quite learned that brickfilmers CAN'T sing. And yet, somehow, the emotions of the story managed to still make it a touching moment, and it was the perfect ending to the special.
Edit: Also, it would be time-consuming, but are you considering filling out the directory credits to include all the contributors? You may not need all the voice actors and music credits, but director credits for all the contributors may be nice. Just a thought.
Thanks Pritchard, much of the framing story emerged from the stories submitted by the group. I had no idea what people would come up with, but Chris's story where he brings it around to the first Christmas and shows himself overlooking the manger, well that could only be the finale that tied it all together. Then Undershadow's story started with all the disasters, so I figured putting that first would set up the show and make it feel more like there was a theme to the stories.
As for justice, opening the presents probably wouldn't have gotten them much more than a reprimand, but Shawarma mentioned a sword in his narration, so what could I do at that point but have him pull out an actual sword! You will not get the "boys will be boys" treatment pulling out a sword in an airport. I asked him about it, and apparently it was actually a nerf sword he received as a gift on a different Christmas, but it was too late. I already had him pegged as the trickster or "chaotic evil" type. Funny that a couple people have now mentioned that being appropriate for Shawarma....
Yes, I fully intend to add all the creators into the directory link page, maybe tomorrow
I was blown away by everybody's (but mine)! I'm so glad I could be apart of this, even though my film was a beginner, and not very good. This is going to go down through the generations of brickfilming.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by how well the story was put together. Trapped in an airport on Christmas Eve. It was quite well done. at Sharma's, I literally laughed out loud. Chris's was great, though it was a really creative way to end. Undershadow's was awesome. The Christmas present every year was hilarious as well. Everyone else's was great too. It has literally blown me away. Probably my favorite commercial was The Walk O Matic. It was smoothly animated, and funny. Everyone did a fantastic job, hope to see more sometime.
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