The AniExer-size Animation Contest was a brickfilm competition created by Dustin Finstrom. Its aim was to be a regularly-occuring themed animation exercise to help people improve, through practice and feedback. The contest's name refers to "Animation Exercise" as well as the small size of the contest, which is reflected in the font size in the logo.
The contest was primarily hosted on Finstrom's YouTube channel but was also run in official association with Bricks in Motion, and Philip Heinrich provided assistance in the running of the contest. Finstrom originally planned to run the contest every 3-4 months, but it ultimately only ran twice, with just over two months between the beginnings of the two installments.
The first AniExer-size Animation Contest
The first AniExer-size Animation Contest was announced by Dustin Finstrom on July 26, 2009, with the theme "Chase Scene". The minimum time limit was 10 seconds with no maximum limit, and the deadline was August 16, 2009. The prizes were provided by the BrickLink store eBricksOnline and were a $100 store coupon for first place and a $50 coupon for second place. The contest received 201 submissions and was judged by Finstrom, Philip Heinrich, Zach Macias and Forrest Whaley. Gareth Pugh was also supposed to judge but was ultimately unable.
The AniExer-size Animation Contest II - Halloween Edition
The second AniExer-size Animation Contest was announced by Finstrom on October 2, 2009 and the theme was "Fright", to tie in with Halloween. The time limit rules were the same and the deadline was October 31, 2009. Prizes were again supplied by eBricksOnline, this time with a $100 coupon for first place, a $75 coupon for second place and a $50 coupon for third place. There were 64 entries submitted and the judges were Finstrom, Philip Heinrich, Zach Macias, Gareth Pugh and Forrest Whaley.
- tim & fRED Halloween Special by Sean Willets
- Swine Flu: The Pandemic by Harry Bossert
- Ghost Train by David Boddy
- Introducing: AniExer-size on YouTube
- Finstrom explaining the name of the contest
- AniExer-size referred to by Finstrom as primarily a YouTube contest
- Philip Heinrich's role in the contest
- Finstrom's original plan for the contest
- First AniExer-size announcement video
- First AniExer-size results
- The first AniExer-size Animation Contest thread
- Finstrom mentions spugesdu being unable to judge
- The Chase placement mention
- AniExer-size Animation Contest II announcement video
- YouTube comment mentioning the number of entries to the second contest
- The AniExer-size Animation Contest II - Halloween Edition thread
- The Monkey's Paw placement mention