Young videographers, grab your cameras!
Legoland Discovery Center Chicago has launched its first-ever
video contest inviting kids 6-12 to create a short Lego-themed
video. According to Legoland Master Model Builder Andrew Johnson,
entries should tell a story or showcase Lego bricks in a unique
"I'm excited to see what people come up with and the story they
tell with their Lego creations. We're looking for not only that
they can build but they can tell a story with the Lego brick,"
Although stop-motion videos are the most popular format on YouTube and SchoolTube, the contest is
open to all kinds of production, Johnson says.
If kids do decide to try stop-motion, Johnson says it's
important to have a lot of patience. He created a few
stop motion clips for his application to work at Legoland and
remembers the hours he spent working on them.
"If something starts taking a lot of time, don't get frustrated.
The stop motion I made was three minutes long and it took me about
two weeks of working on it," Johnson says.
But technique won't be number one on the judges' lists.
"The biggest thing is not only to focus on how good your
building looks but how good your story is ... and show a new way or
a new perspective of using Lego bricks," Johnson says.
Entries will be accepted through May 17. Five finalists will be
chosen by a panel including a handful of Legoland employees,
including Johnson. The finalists and their families will be invited
to an exclusive red carpet premiere of the center's new
Lego Legends of Chima 4D movie, where the Grand Prize winner
will be announced.
Not only will the winner's movie be screened at the premiere,
they will take home a family four-pack of annual passes to
Legoland Discovery Center Chicago and tickets to Legoland
Florida. The four runners-up won't go empty handed; they'll each
receive a family four-pack of annual passes to
Legoland Discovery Center Chicago.
Johnson says he hopes kids will enter the contest for more than
just the prize.
"This is definitely something I wish was around when I was
little. I'm excited to get other kids interested in film. I hope
the experience will broaden them and get them excited not just
about film but about Lego, and how those two different mediums for
imagination can come together," Johnson says.
To enter the contest, applicants need to complete the online
entry form on Legoland
Discovery Center Chicago's Facebook page and include a link to
their video. Videos should be one to three minutes long. Children
must have permission from their parent or guardian to enter.
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
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