Dr. Wilson has finally discovered something his has craved for years: a cure for cancer. But after a terrible accident, everything changes. Dr. Wilson's assistant is dead, and something horrible is on the loose. Only Inspector Bill Gristle and his skilled CSI team can solve the mystery and stop the creature known as the Beast. Beast was an entry into the Fame, Infamy and Glory Contest held on Brickfilms.com in 2006. I ultimately won 2nd place, which won me Stop Motion Pro, a program I used for all of my films up through 2008.

Credits

Directed, Animated, Written and edited by
Nathan Wells
Cast

Colin Boyle as Dr. Augustus Wilson

Joe Evangelista as Dr. Matthew Myers

Nathan Wells as Inspector Bill Gristle and Additional Voices

Judah Frank as Captain John Copper

Leonardo Escobar as Radio Reporter Brian Roberts

Nathan Cunninghamm as Sandy McGregor

Andi Fischer as Catie MacDougal

Nelson Yrizarry as Davis Drake

Zach Macias as Additional Voices

Music
Joseph Frank
Sound Effects
  • Nathan Wells
  • Zach Macias
  • Robinson Wood
Digital Effects by
Zach Macias
Special Thanks
  • My Family
  • The LEGO Company
  • Zach Macias
  • Brickfilms.com Community
  • Classic-Castle.com Community

Behind the Scenes

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Filming one of the many scenes at the cafe

This version of Beast is almost nothing like the original concept. I first thought up the idea of Beast in March of 2006. I had just heard about the new movie The Omen, and that it was going to be released on sixth day of sixth month of the sixth year of the new millennium, or 06/06/06. 666 is, of course, the Number of the Beast mentioned in the Book of Revelation. I thought it would be cool to release a quick brickfilm on 06/06/06 with a “beast” theme as a little joke. The story idea: 06/06/06 a demonic creature rises from hell and the world ends. Original, huh?

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The Beast tries to escape the rooftop

The direction of this project quickly changed when the Brickfilms.com “Fame, Infamy and Glory” Contest was announced. I threw out the old story and began a new one. The basic premise was a retelling of the werewolf and Frankenstein stories with a modern twist. I tweaked the story several times to fit more in with the Fame, Infamy and Glory theme required by the contest, and I added the crime scene investigation theme as well. The end result was a massive 15-page script. I began filming the key scenes, but I quickly realized the project was too large and I wouldn’t be able to complete it in time. I cut out two major subplots and half the characters. This left me with a manageable film, albeit weakened and watered down. I finished filming, but I was struck with another roadblock when I began editing. Films submitted in the contest had to be ten minutes or shorter. I have over twelve minutes of footage. I grit my teeth and removed every excess shot, and cut words out of sentences to trim the dialogue down. Beast is the result. It’s skeletal and diluted, but it had to be done.

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The Quickcam rotates inside the tape roll while it pulls back on a track to achieve the “spinning bird’s eye look”

Originally, I planned on releasing a director’s cut of Beast, but I quickly got distracted with new, more interesting projects, and bit by bit I lost most of the leftover material that originally got cut. I still have some of the discarded footage, but all of the extra lines my voice actors recorded for me are gone. A director’s cut that restores Beast‘s complete story is never going to happen, but for Beast‘s 10 year anniversary I released a video that features all of the shots cut from the final film. Also available is the original scanned version of the script, complete with director’s notes.

Looking back 10 years later, Beast still has a special place in my heart. It is my longest brickfilm and it was my first attempt at more complex storytelling, even though it doesn’t really come through in the final product. Something about it still clearly speaks to other people, since it still is my most popular brickfilm.