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MO 2013 Round 4 Elliott Feldman vs Chris Roach - When Giant Robots Attack
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"....Calling Sky Captain, Emergency Protocol 9.0.2.0.6.!"
About this creation
Link to the 2013 MOC Olympics click here

Link to my Opponent's Page: Elliot Feldman click here

Category:

"The “Movie scene” Round.

Choices: Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I decided to increase the level of difficulty for this round, to take the hard road here and do a monochromatic (ie using only black and greys to mimic the feel of the movie) scene from the only movie in my category that does not have Lego minifigs available, and that I and most people are likely very unfamilliar with. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, IMO was one of those love it or hate it movies with a weird 30s vibe filmed against a green screen. It kinda was purposely done (I think) to pay homage to the alien , robot invasion "B" movies of our grandpas day (well some of your great Grandpas)! The Scene I am depicting here in Lego is when Sky Captain has just fired a cable across two buildings to give the advancing robots a good old fashion clothesline!

Reference video clip click here

Ref Shot:


Build:




















The buildings in the background...




I also made the robots more articulated than the actual Movie adding waist articulation and full head articulation...




Thanks for looking! Happy building!




Comments

 I like it 
  November 3, 2013
Great work Chris, love the robots and the buildings, the setup has a great sense of scale and the plane is perfect.
 I made it 
  October 30, 2013
thx
Quoting David . Well done! There is a really striking resemblance to the scene. :)
 I made it 
  October 30, 2013
yes, I guess!
Quoting Stuart Lucas Came to this one a bit late and after all the controversy. So let me just say I'm really glad you went for this movie over the other two, and I think your use of monochrome, the skyline and the robots (naturally) are all excellent. Too bad it went the other way, but hey, at least the rest of us will get to see Metroplex that bit sooner!
 I made it 
  October 30, 2013
Thanks!
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi Stunning entry! Those robots and the scene in its whole is outstanding! Excellent work!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2013
Stunning entry! Those robots and the scene in its whole is outstanding! Excellent work!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2013
Well done! There is a really striking resemblance to the scene. :)
 I like it 
  October 29, 2013
Came to this one a bit late and after all the controversy. So let me just say I'm really glad you went for this movie over the other two, and I think your use of monochrome, the skyline and the robots (naturally) are all excellent. Too bad it went the other way, but hey, at least the rest of us will get to see Metroplex that bit sooner!
 I made it 
  October 29, 2013
Thx Master SLJ
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Impressive!
 I like it 
  October 29, 2013
Impressive!
 I made it 
  October 29, 2013
A little controversy but nonetheless off to other projects. Glad you like it!
Quoting Delatron 3000 Sorry to see you out Chris. The build is excellent and I love the decision to use a limited colour pallete to give it the authentic look from the film. The variety of scales works well for the perspective too. Well done sir.
 I like it 
  October 29, 2013
Sorry to see you out Chris. The build is excellent and I love the decision to use a limited colour pallete to give it the authentic look from the film. The variety of scales works well for the perspective too. Well done sir.
 I made it 
  October 29, 2013
Thanks Chris - Thanks for confirming my point (that I did have one for starters) and your intent for the category. As always I had fun, that's all that matters in the end - although winning is nice too LOL. Elliot will do great though, hopefully win it all. For me, I have a workshop full of half built tformers and new Lego related business to attend to so the Lego building never stops. Cheers! - the other Chris
Quoting Chris Phipson Do I tell you how awesome it is first or address the issue at hand. Ok, we'll go with the awesomeness first. Had I been one of your judges you would have gotten my vote hands down. Don't get me wrong, Elliott's build is AMAZING but this one was just the winner in my eyes. Now then... *ahem*... Had this matchup been in my group, here's how I would have judged it. Yes, Elliot did stretch that rule as far as humanly possible without breaking it. Had it been my call on a close matchup I would have leaned towards this moc based on the streeeeetching of the category description. That being said my friend, the judges rulings are final (as you, a former (and future I hope) judge would know). Just know that had I been involved in the decision it would have leaned in your favor. Again, taking NOTHING away from Elliott's win (he did produce a STUNNING moc) but that's just where I would have gone. Thanks so much for such an amazing entry and overall game! A true first class player and gentleman. Thank you Chris. ~(the other and less talented by FAR) Chris.
 I like it 
  October 29, 2013
Do I tell you how awesome it is first or address the issue at hand. Ok, we'll go with the awesomeness first. Had I been one of your judges you would have gotten my vote hands down. Don't get me wrong, Elliott's build is AMAZING but this one was just the winner in my eyes. Now then... *ahem*... Had this matchup been in my group, here's how I would have judged it. Yes, Elliot did stretch that rule as far as humanly possible without breaking it. Had it been my call on a close matchup I would have leaned towards this moc based on the streeeeetching of the category description. That being said my friend, the judges rulings are final (as you, a former (and future I hope) judge would know). Just know that had I been involved in the decision it would have leaned in your favor. Again, taking NOTHING away from Elliott's win (he did produce a STUNNING moc) but that's just where I would have gone. Thanks so much for such an amazing entry and overall game! A true first class player and gentleman. Thank you Chris. ~(the other and less talented by FAR) Chris.
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
Yep I'll take your vote but I am not going to RND 5. Glad you liked it. I had fun with this build! Maybe a Godzilla would go good with the killer robots.
Quoting Achintya Prasad Booooyyy..... I'm confused now. All I know is this: this is a great build, the color work perfectly, the robots look great, and really, I'd give it to you. I dunno, maybe the black and white reminds of old apocalyptic movies, and this scene, replicated brilliantly, executes it well. I honestly have no idea who has made it R5, but do know that regardless, this is a brilliant MOC, and if it counts, you have my vote :-D
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
Thanks for your take on it you know me I have never made an issue of anything like this before - I have no problem losing. I do however have a problem loosing when I feel that the rules were not adhered to. Especially when my opponent asked Phippy to clarify them and I feel he did not adhere to what Phibby said. In this case I don't think we are seeing eye to eye on this point but if that's the way you see it, I will respect and live with that. Besides I have a 3 foot tall lego transformer that I have neglected who is waiting to make his debut on the net! Till next competition then! Cheers!
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy Oh dear, Chris, what a mess. First of all, I don't have a problem telling you what I think openly in the comments - there is nothing to hide. All I want is for everybody to have fun in the contest. Well then, let's see. Both of you showed different angles of your scenes and both of you changed elements of your MOCs during the photo session. I don't have a problem with that. I've been the first judge active this morning and in both cases, I judged by the main pic (you have probably read my comment on Elliott's page). When Chris Phipson said that he wants to see a movie still, I don't think he meant it 100 percent literally, he just wanted to avoid that contestants come up with several MOCs and forcing the judges to pick their personal favorite. I haven't had a chance talking to Chris since then, but that's how I see it. ----- As for the reference pictures, they weren't even required. I just had a look at the movie and there’s a scene that shows exactly what is shown in Elliott’s main picture. Not in one single frame, that’s right, but in one scene that is only seconds long at best. Furthermore, all elements you can see in his later pics are all part of the main pic, even the robots. ----- This is my final statement: I’d have liked to see ONE good picture from both of you, maybe a second one from a different angle but without changing anything else. Both of you did something different, but it was not enough to disqualify either of you or to lead to an abstention from my vote (I abstained from voting in an earlier round). ----- I know you are a good builder, Chris, and you know it, too. To me, that is all that matters. I hope it helps you to sleep better this night, I know I will after a very long and very hard day.
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
Booooyyy..... I'm confused now. All I know is this: this is a great build, the color work perfectly, the robots look great, and really, I'd give it to you. I dunno, maybe the black and white reminds of old apocalyptic movies, and this scene, replicated brilliantly, executes it well. I honestly have no idea who has made it R5, but do know that regardless, this is a brilliant MOC, and if it counts, you have my vote :-D
  October 28, 2013
Oh dear, Chris, what a mess. First of all, I don't have a problem telling you what I think openly in the comments - there is nothing to hide. All I want is for everybody to have fun in the contest. Well then, let's see. Both of you showed different angles of your scenes and both of you changed elements of your MOCs during the photo session. I don't have a problem with that. I've been the first judge active this morning and in both cases, I judged by the main pic (you have probably read my comment on Elliott's page). When Chris Phipson said that he wants to see a movie still, I don't think he meant it 100 percent literally, he just wanted to avoid that contestants come up with several MOCs and forcing the judges to pick their personal favorite. I haven't had a chance talking to Chris since then, but that's how I see it. ----- As for the reference pictures, they weren't even required. I just had a look at the movie and there’s a scene that shows exactly what is shown in Elliott’s main picture. Not in one single frame, that’s right, but in one scene that is only seconds long at best. Furthermore, all elements you can see in his later pics are all part of the main pic, even the robots. ----- This is my final statement: I’d have liked to see ONE good picture from both of you, maybe a second one from a different angle but without changing anything else. Both of you did something different, but it was not enough to disqualify either of you or to lead to an abstention from my vote (I abstained from voting in an earlier round). ----- I know you are a good builder, Chris, and you know it, too. To me, that is all that matters. I hope it helps you to sleep better this night, I know I will after a very long and very hard day.
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
thanks!
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Wow those robots are fantastic. Kind of like a nightmare. The skyscrapers are really well done and very convincing to create the scale of the robots. Well done.
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
Wow those robots are fantastic. Kind of like a nightmare. The skyscrapers are really well done and very convincing to create the scale of the robots. Well done.
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
thanks judges
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
Ultimately, while your style of build parallels that of the film, it lacks the cohesive sophistication which I yearn from a MOC. A valiant effort, but Feldman gets my vote.
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
It's already decided and I wish my opponent every bit of luck to win it all, I just want one point clarified, so I can sleep soundly tonight.
Quoting Alex Rode Absolutely fantastic build! Robots are stellar! Well done and I hope everyone gets this figured out :D
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
Absolutely fantastic build! Robots are stellar! Well done and I hope everyone gets this figured out :D
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
Thanks!
Quoting C. Alexander Clay Nice cityscape. I haven't been following the MOs this year, but I think it's really cool that you and your competitor both built from the same underrated movie! We need more Sky Captain MOCs!
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
I have changed nothing as per the rules since posting to the group. I know where you are about to go with this. The decision is made, all I want is the definition of what one scene was supposed to be for this round. My esteemed opponent was the only one who used multiple scenes to convey what he interpreted as one scene. Phispson defined it to him in the question thread as pausing the video at one point and my opponent for starters had two ref pics so its already referencing two scenes not one and multiple actions in the scenes. It was an amazing build I am not taking anything away from that and likely would have won anyway with one shot only, but I am confused to his interpretation being appropriate to the expectation of the round and by the judges call if its not the proper interpretation. Everyone elses entries were static we may have removed components, showed you some elements up close and in detail for you to get a better look or different angles but we did not change scenery advance characters or vehicles to create or tell the story as my opponents interpretation of a what a scene was did. So in lies my confusion - it simply comes down to what was expected and how everyone interpreted it. The Judges' decisions are made, there is nothing I can do, or want done except in order for me to sleep soundly I need to know what was expected as "one scene" to be defined. If you don't want your response publically posted pls feel free to email me at boyzwiththemosttoyz@gmail.com Thanks for your time Mr Xenomorphy, to listen to my ramblings on this and as I have said I hold no malice to anyone I just want clear definition for my peace of mind. Thanks!
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy Chris, I'm a bit confused now - were the last two pictures #with the robot on his knee# part of your entry this morning when I judged or not? I'm sorry I don't remember, please help.
  October 28, 2013
And all I want is an answer, please: Chris, I'm a bit confused now - were the last two pictures (with the robot on his knee) part of your entry this morning when I judged or not? I'm sorry I don't remember, please help.
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
Nice cityscape. I haven't been following the MOs this year, but I think it's really cool that you and your competitor both built from the same underrated movie! We need more Sky Captain MOCs!
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
Our interpretation of what the judges said and what a scene is is seemly different. I am not one to be a sore loser or cause drama or anything like that. I have no issue with you or the judges, I just want it clarified for future as my interpretation of Mr Phipson's response to you was that scene is to be freeze frame / still / paused - you and I are not using the same definition of scene - and apparently neither are the judges which here in lies the confusion. I was all ready to have laser and carnage as robots walked the city in multiple different shots but I interpreted as one freeze frame which your build does not. So I want it clarified simply was it suppose to be freeze frame a scene in time or a scene in a movie ie a combo of a few frames? Its already decided and I respect the judges but I don't think we are all on the same page here with interpretation of what a Scene was supposed to be. All I want is some clarity and all I need from you is to WIN the whole thing now! There are no hard feelings towards anyone here I just want it clarified.
Quoting Elliott Feldman Chris, now how the judges decided to judge our entries seems fair to me, but I would also like to say that I gave this very topic quite a bit of thought before I posted it because I wouldn't have uploaded it if I felt it encroached upon the rules. Here's my reasoning that my entry is within the requirements: Just about all of us included more than one picture in our entries. Quite a few of us (including you) included pictures in which items were arranged differently than in the main photo. Now in my entry the items were arranged as they were in the movie, but there were no changes besides the arrangement to the build. What if I just deleted the movie captions below the pictures? THEY'RE JUST EXTRA PHOTOS!! I'd also like to point out that in a movie, a scene is an event in a location. Now if I had built the room that everyone was in before my scene or built Totenkopf's office (after my scene), even if I had connected it to the rest of my build, it would have been unfair, since that's multiple scenes. But this takes place in ONE VERY SMALL, SPECIFIC LOCATION. IT IS ONE SCENE. Finally, I have no hard feelings. I assume that if this conversation wasn't over the internet, we'd have our problems sorted out in no time and would be all sittin' around building again! Lens cap. :D
  October 28, 2013
Chris, I'm a bit confused now - were the last two pictures (with the robot on his knee) part of your entry this morning when I judged or not? I'm sorry I don't remember, please help.
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
My long winded response went to MOD so to sum up there are no hard feelings to anyone I just want "SCENE" clarified - so go out and win it all now, that's all I need from you. Cheers Chris
Quoting Elliott Feldman Chris, now how the judges decided to judge our entries seems fair to me, but I would also like to say that I gave this very topic quite a bit of thought before I posted it because I wouldn't have uploaded it if I felt it encroached upon the rules. Here's my reasoning that my entry is within the requirements: Just about all of us included more than one picture in our entries. Quite a few of us (including you) included pictures in which items were arranged differently than in the main photo. Now in my entry the items were arranged as they were in the movie, but there were no changes besides the arrangement to the build. What if I just deleted the movie captions below the pictures? THEY'RE JUST EXTRA PHOTOS!! I'd also like to point out that in a movie, a scene is an event in a location. Now if I had built the room that everyone was in before my scene or built Totenkopf's office (after my scene), even if I had connected it to the rest of my build, it would have been unfair, since that's multiple scenes. But this takes place in ONE VERY SMALL, SPECIFIC LOCATION. IT IS ONE SCENE. Finally, I have no hard feelings. I assume that if this conversation wasn't over the internet, we'd have our problems sorted out in no time and would be all sittin' around building again! Lens cap. :D
  October 28, 2013
Chris, now how the judges decided to judge our entries seems fair to me, but I would also like to say that I gave this very topic quite a bit of thought before I posted it because I wouldn't have uploaded it if I felt it encroached upon the rules. Here's my reasoning that my entry is within the requirements: Just about all of us included more than one picture in our entries. Quite a few of us (including you) included pictures in which items were arranged differently than in the main photo. Now in my entry the items were arranged as they were in the movie, but there were no changes besides the arrangement to the build. What if I just deleted the movie captions below the pictures? THEY'RE JUST EXTRA PHOTOS!! I'd also like to point out that in a movie, a scene is an event in a location. Now if I had built the room that everyone was in before my scene or built Totenkopf's office (after my scene), even if I had connected it to the rest of my build, it would have been unfair, since that's multiple scenes. But this takes place in ONE VERY SMALL, SPECIFIC LOCATION. IT IS ONE SCENE. Finally, I have no hard feelings. I assume that if this conversation wasn't over the internet, we'd have our problems sorted out in no time and would be all sittin' around building again! Lens cap. :D
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
No hard feelings, being a judge isn't always easy, being a former judge and manager I would have without hesitation DQ'd him though, even if this was the final two of the MO for not following the intent, due to the facts that he asked for clarification up front, was given clear clarification, acknowledged the clarification and IMO did opposite to the clarified intent. I hope you see my point here into why I am disappointed with the result. Not that it matters now though.
Quoting David Alexander Smith My logic went like this. Elliot did provide a photo which could be considered a single shot. I agree he also added a host of other photos I couldn't consider. In this case, you are left with a tough choice, disqualify Elliot, or allow his entry with the caveat that only the build components that fit the brief could be included. If you take the later path you are left with a like for like comparison. Thinking from the contestants viewpoint, I'd rather be entered into a fair fight rather than progress through disqualification, and as this was possible through judge selection of allowed images, I went that way. No hard feelings I hope Chris.
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
My logic went like this. Elliot did provide a photo which could be considered a single shot. I agree he also added a host of other photos I couldn't consider. In this case, you are left with a tough choice, disqualify Elliot, or allow his entry with the caveat that only the build components that fit the brief could be included. If you take the later path you are left with a like for like comparison. Thinking from the contestants viewpoint, I'd rather be entered into a fair fight rather than progress through disqualification, and as this was possible through judge selection of allowed images, I went that way. No hard feelings I hope Chris.
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
Esteemed judges, I concede this defeat under protest. I know the judges rulings are final I was one last year, however, I was always taught to stand up for what you believe in and I believe my esteemed opponent however excellent in build technique did not convey the intent of the one scene build of this category. He asked for this clarification in the question thread, to paraphrase, he was told imagine if you paused the video at one point, that is what we want. Instead he still produced, however fabulous, a multi scene or sequence build. I have no choice but to call foul, the match is no longer an apples to apples comparison. The message conveyed to me here is not sitting well. My opponents build is more than worthy of winning but he did not do a one scene build as was the intent of the category. I thought you should know my feelings on this matter. Some clarification from the judges would be appreciated. As the judges rulings are final, without malice, I throw my full support behind Elliot, you better win the whole enchilada now kid!
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
Playing to your robot building strengths pays off. Sticking to the grey colour scene was brave and works. My vote goes to your opponent though based on building innovation.
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
Great 'bots! Some really great builds from a so-so flick.
 I like it 
  October 28, 2013
I'm one of the persons who like the movie and it is great how you did the scene justice by using washed out colors. Alas, Chris, your opponent stole the show - at least in my oppinion - and got my vote. Your giant robots are impressive designs nevertheless.
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
Awesome scene Chris!
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
Killer entry, Chief! The bots of course, but the FP background turned out great! Good luck!
 I made it 
  October 27, 2013
due to my awful photography skills u can also see my hardwood floors in some of the shots - in colour.
Quoting David Roberts Super robots, as I'd expect from you! I like the set building too. At first I thought that you'd taken b&w photos or photoshopped it. When you explained in the text that it was all grey bricks, I thought that this was very impressive. I like how the different shades that you've chosen helps to force the perspective.
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
This is pretty nice! Like others have said, I think the just b&w really conveys the feel of the movie. Good luck Chris!
 I made it 
  October 27, 2013
Using only grey and black blocks gave it the illusion I was going for then. Phew!
Quoting David Roberts Super robots, as I'd expect from you! I like the set building too. At first I thought that you'd taken b&w photos or photoshopped it. When you explained in the text that it was all grey bricks, I thought that this was very impressive. I like how the different shades that you've chosen helps to force the perspective.
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
Great scene, well done!
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
I'm in the love it category! I like that you did this in b&w. Love those robots , beautifully detailed . Great looking p-40! Awesome entry!
 I made it 
  October 27, 2013
thx
Quoting sam the first looks beautiful!!! good luck!
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
looks beautiful!!! good luck!
 I made it 
  October 27, 2013
Thanks!
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 wow! this is fabulous Chris! I can t imagine anybody else do this scene better than you! I loved SC! bravo!
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
wow! this is fabulous Chris! I can t imagine anybody else do this scene better than you! I loved SC! bravo!
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
Yay! Someone made a sky captain moc. I like how you made the legs, heads, and hands on the robots.
 I made it 
  October 27, 2013
slow day on the pages, I guess!
Quoting Declan Muller What's this? Why no comments? I mean, usually you have at least twenty within minutes of posting, BUT TWO? This is too good, so why no comments?
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
Super robots, as I'd expect from you! I like the set building too. At first I thought that you'd taken b&w photos or photoshopped it. When you explained in the text that it was all grey bricks, I thought that this was very impressive. I like how the different shades that you've chosen helps to force the perspective.
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
Great build; although like many, I'm not familiar with the film. Good luck!
 I like it 
  October 27, 2013
What's this? Why no comments? I mean, usually you have at least twenty within minutes of posting, BUT TWO? This is too good, so why no comments?
 I like it 
  October 26, 2013
Well leave it to Chris Roach to improve on something great! Fantastic shot there and those robots are stunners. Love the Empire State Building in the back and the water tank on the roof. Impressively done!
 
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