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The Year in Review: 2012

By: Andrew Bermudez (LEGO Studios; December 26, 2012)      Yet another year is coming to a close, with the next upon us. We all hope you had a very merry Christmas and we hope that you will also have a happy new year. With this comes our new holiday tradition: the year in review! "This was a year for substantial growth for us," said LEGO Studios CEO "In the course of just twelve months, we've released 6 films, re-released an additional 10, created 1 game, ran a promotional theme, hosted two contests, and participated in an additional two contests, among other things. In fact, we're well underway for what we'll be doing in 2013." Until we get to that, however, here is a look at what has happened since January. January      The year started with the introduction of a new series of films. "From the Vaults" was created as a way to host remastered editions of old Mustache Maniacs Film Co. movies online. In the meantime, the popular web comic series…

Studio Update: New Animation, Premiere Success, and all About Winter 2013

By: Andrew Bermudez (LEGO Studios; December 14, 2012)      If nothing else, today was certainly the most lackluster day for Mustache Maniacs Film Co., as only one out of four films was actually released on time. "However, we aren't worried," said LEGO Studios CEO Mark Matthew. "This actually gives us time to refine the other three films so they look their best, rather than rushing them just to meet their deadlines." If you want to see Air Strike, it is now available to watch on the Mustache Maniacs Film Co. YouTube channel. The rest of the films slated for release today have been pushed off to other release times, which will be detailed later.      However, the premiere of New Friends proved to be a huge success, despite the technical errors with the planned Google Hangout. All of the filmmakers attended, along with other students and invited friends and family. After the screening of the rough cut for New Friends, the audience gave a standing ovation. "I…

Quick Look at "Animation Reel 2"

By: Andrew Bermudez (LEGO Studios; December 12, 2012)      Despite the cancellation of tonight's Google Hangout and the delay in the release of New Friends, we are still excited about Friday's releases. One of these is titled Animation Reel 2, which we will briefly look at now.      This short reel will feature two short clips Transport Helicopter and The Train as its centerpiece. There are also other animations that will be featured as well, including Brick Drop, Mountain Race, and more. This short reel is meant as a means of showcasing some of the recently-completed animation exercises and will be presented in the same manner as Experimental Animation Footage Reel. It will be released December 14th.      In other news, there is talk of waiting until January to release New Friends. The reason for this is that the film's creators want it to look as good as possible. The film will also have its own deleted animation reel, which will include unused dust effects, unused frog…

First Look at "New Friends ~ An Environmental Fable!"

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By: Andrew Bermudez (LEGO Studios; December 10, 2012)      Continuing this week-long campaign, we now give you a look at the latest film to come out of the partnership between Mustache Maniacs Film Co. and CarTOON Shack: the highly-anticipated New Friends ~ An Environmental Fable! Get ready to head back to the time of the dodo bird with this exclusive sneak peek!      Just like An Afternoon at the Zoo, New Friends was the brainchild of CarTOON Shack's leader, Raul Flores. "The film is all about colonization and extinction," said Raul Flores. Indeed, in the original script, the dodos were designed to symbolize indigenous tribal populations that were exploited by European settlers. However, the film, which featured dodos getting stuffed with whiskey and being converted to Christianity by the priest, was deemed too violent and insulting and had to be toned down. Now the film depicts the humans as negligent rather than malicious.      However, another film almost got made, …

First Look at "Air Strike!"

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By: Andrew Bermudez (LEGO Studios; December 9, 2012)      The Christmas season has started for many, and with it comes Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s first-ever quadruple release! That's right. New Friends ~ and Environmental Fable, Air Strike, Animation Reel 2, and The Film School Challenge Teaser - The Power Goes Out will all be released this Friday, December 14th! To promote this big weekend, we're going to run a major promotional campaign, including a series a first look sneak peeks, which start with this one.      To kick off the campaign, we're going to start off with a look at a film that has more or less "flown under the radar" for the last half-month, Air Strike. As the first CGI animation by Mustache Maniacs Film Co., a lot of effort is being used to make sure this film looks good. "When we were given the Maya scene file to work with, all of the models had no surfacing, with only their default gray color to suggest the shape," said Steve Bro…

All New Ask Mark Matthew!

By: Andrew Bermudez (LEGO Studios; December 1, 2012)      Today, we bring you another 'Ask Mark Matthew,' containing 100% new material! Let's get started! thepianogod5 writes: Wait. Robert Teabing was a girl? Mark: Yes and no. The character Robert Teabing is male, but voice actor Teresa Bermudez is female. This happened because of several issues with voice actors flaking out, others ending up in other roles, and subsequent re-castings. In the end, one man was played by a woman (Robert Teabing) and one woman was played by a man (Jing Lee). Now, because of this chaotic casting, we have a strict policy about a voice actor playing someone opposite to their sex. The policy states: "If it shall be necessary, an actor can only perform as a character of the opposite biological sex of this actor in question if and only if that actor in question is able to perform to such a degree that their performance allows them to convincingly portray their opposite biological sex." Sin…