The Space, Time, and Reality Contest was a brickfilming contest hosted by Philip Heinrich in 2009 on Bricks in Motion. It was the first major official Bricks in Motion competition and the second overall following the Technical Excellence Competition. It was followed by the Avant-Garde Contest, which began later in the same year and continued into 2010.
The theme of Space, Time, and Reality, or STAR, was conceived by Graeme Allen. Allen had previously suggested a variant of this theme, Space and Time, or SAT, as a potential theme for the 2008 official Brickfilms.com competition.
The STAR contest was announced on April 13 2009 with a deadline of July 26. The theme was intended to be open-ended. It was noted that entries did not have to be science-fiction films or involve space. The minimum time limit for entries was 2 minutes. There was no maximum time limit. No copyrighted content was permitted for use in entries. Entries were required to be submitted in avi, wmv or mov formats.
The contest received 23 entries. Films entered were not to be made public immediately after the deadline. Instead, they would be premiered 12 hours after the deadline in a live online event, the STAR Premiere, spread across Vimeo and IRC. This was also where the winner of the STAR Trailer Contest was announced. This event was billed as the first installment of "Bricks in Motion Live" (The second installment was the results chat for the 2008 Bricks in Motion Awards). Entries were permitted to be publicly released after this event. The final results of the contest were announced on August 15, 2009, first in live chat and then on the forum.
List of all entries:
|Airtight||Tyler "Bluebrick Studios" Brown|
|At the Touch of a Button||Jesse "Bastetta" Manschot|
|Crisis Reverted||"Ancient Bricks" and Patrick W. Crawford|
|Death's Carriage||Nick "Nichartri" Kosovich|
|Desk Time Travel||Timothy Ratner|
|ExTerrestrial||Ash "Fatal Extraction" Davies|
|Fight||Joshua "BombShell" West|
|The Illusion of Reality||Alexander "Mutuceba" Mutuc|
|Mind Control||Leftfield Studios|
|The River||"Night Owl"|
|Streets of Legorado||Ezra "Gospelnut" Graham|
|Through the Years||Tanner Musyj|
|Time Chasers||Casey "cwr89" Ryan|
|Time Police||Knut "the frozen brick" Ørke|
|Time and Space||Sean Willets|
|Unreal Cell||Jon Rolph|
|The Year 2139||Davy "GoofySkull" Matthijssen|
Judging and prizes
The contest was judged by a panel of judges in the categories of Story with a weight of 30%, Theme at 20% and Presentation at 50%. The judging panel consisted of Philip Heinrich, Randy Yard, Keshen Matus and Chris Salt.
Prizes were given for the top three. A prize pool format was not used. The prize for first place, donated by Evan Linsey, was . The prize for second place was and and the prize for third place was and .
|1.||The River||"Night Owl"|
|3.||Crisis Reverted||"Ancient Bricks" and Patrick W. Crawford|
|4.||Time and Space||Sean Willets|
|5.||ExTerrestrial||Ash "Fatal Extraction" Davies|
|6.||Mind Control||Leftfield Studios|
|8.||Through the Years||Tanner Musyj|
|9.||Time Police||Knut "the frozen brick" Ørke|
Like several official Brickfilms.com contests, a trailer contest was held alongside the main STAR contest. The trailer contest was announced on July 2, 2009 with entries to be submitted between July 17 and July 19. The winner was Knut Ørke. The prize was a Bricks in Motion t-shirt.