The Bevvypix Cut

Maelick writing his thoughts Looking Back at SipgoesTT last week has inspired me to complete the themes that I had not completed. There were three movie genres in total that I failed to finish for #SiPgoesTT. These were Comedy, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. I had the ideas but in the latter part of 2020, I was also finalising my final major project connected to my academic Master’s degree. Although, I have no excuse for not completing Comedy way back in July.

The Challenge

Previously, I had enjoyed taking part in the Stuck in Plastic yearly challenges and I had completed the 2018 project. Concentrating on 52 different values we set about to complete #SiPgoes52. This consisted of words/values provided each week for your own interpretation. Having completed this project, I set about publishing a book titled LEGO Life 52V.

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Looking back at SiPgoesTT

Time flies…

We’re reaching the end of the first quarter of 2021, and my last blog post dates back to early December when I wrote about my Elven Harry Potter project for SiPgoesTT. But even though we’ve already announced our project for 2021, we’ve never concluded SiPgoesTT.

The truth is, since December, writing a recap blog post about SiPgoesTT was on top of my to-do list.

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Our Magical Card Exchange of 2020

Back in October 2020, we put the word out and asked if a few of you fancied joining in our SiP Card Exchange 2020. We must say that the response was incredible.

The Task

The task was simple. We asked participants to make a postcard design using their own photograph. Write a message on the reverse and then post it to the members in their nominated group.

To spread more festive joy, we also asked those who joined in to nominate a friend who would also receive a card. All we asked for the #sipcardexchange was the magic to be shared amongst others who were not expecting it.

The SiP elves lending a helping hand.

The previous year, I participated in the 2019 Card Exchange and loved receiving every card. However, 2020 was different for many reasons. The pandemic for one, had threatened Christmas planning. Forcing many people to alter plans at the last minute and some not being able to spend the festivity with loved ones. Therefore, I really did not know what to expect this year!

I chose a photograph that I had created last year for a project given by our dear friends at The LEGO Group… I didn’t send it last year and thought this Christmas it would make an ideal picture as I wanted to include a fun positive message.

Special Delivery

Each card was handwritten with a personal message for each receiver. At times this was a difficult task, simply because I didn’t personally know some of the recipients. However, I read between the lines, took onboard their reason for nominating a friend and kept updated in the conversation via our group chat.

We placed the cards into envelopes and sent them at the beginning of December. Without knowing how the pandemic was affecting the postal service. I was confident that the UK cards would arrive to their destination in time for Christmas.

“Have yourselfie a Merry Christmas”.

A Magical Christmas

Although some decided to wait to open their cards, I couldn’t wait. My first card arrived, and the feeling I had last year came flooding back. The excitement began and I opened the envelope, reading the beautiful handwritten message inside. Then another arrived, then another. This year was certainly beginning to top last year on so many different levels.

The power of peoples voices and those who become intertwined by a common interest became something special and unique. People whom I had never met, all of a sudden put good out into the world and you know what? Good came back to me in ways that I had never thought, nor anticipated. This act of kindness was so special to witness.

Farewell twenty twenty

Without further ado, we say goodbye to 2020 and regardless of how the year turned out. The magic of Christmas was restored. Cards arrived filled with amazing, heartfelt, creativity from all over the world. I have loved seeing and reading each handwritten message, my nominated friend has also loved receiving all the beautiful cards.

The SiP crew have all enjoyed spreading some positive joy to the world. And you guys certainly made 2020 card exchange very special indeed.

A Magical Special Delivery.

It’s a Wrap

We at Stuck in Plastic feel truly blessed with wonderful followers on our SoMe channels. Those of you who joined in our card exchange will completely understand how we are all feeling. These cards will live in a very special place within our hearts.

Overwhelmed by the love put into each and every special magical card. We thank you all for helping us spread the joy and making others smile upon receipt. Although it is only the beginning of a new year, we are looking forward to the next Card Exchange. Thank you all again for participating and “have yourself a healthy and wonderful 2021”.

Back at the Elven School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

In yesterday’s post, I didn’t mention Harry Potter. It’s because my relationship with Harry Potter is complicated. I already talked about it last year. I discovered the book series as a 10-year-old and fell in love with it. But the movies disappointed me. Still, I can’t deny that, alongside the Lord of the Rings, they are the most emblematic fantasy movies of the 21st century.

Originally, we picked Fantasy as the last movie genre of SiPgoesTT as it’s perfect for the holiday season. Last year I had so much fun with the Harry Potter Advent Calendar that I thought it would be ideal to do another project with the Elves as part of SiPgoesTT.

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Imaginations from the other side

As part of SiPgoesTT, our last movie genre of the year is fantasy.

Fantasy as a movie genre comes from the same genre in literature. It strongly relates to our previous two movie genres: science fiction and horror. The similarity lies in all of them being speculative fiction. The main difference is that fantasy uses myths and folklore as its main source of inspiration. However, it’s not uncommon for the border between them to be blurry with genres such as science fantasy (e.g. Star Wars), steampunk, and dark fantasy (which would include many of the movies listed below).

The Influence of Fantasy

Alongside Adventure, Fantasy is undoubtedly the genre that has had the most influence on my own photography. Do I even need to say more when my most photographed subjects are Elves and Dragons?

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My Science Fiction Favourite

After last month’s scary movie theme, it’ s finally arrived.. sci fi ! By far my favourite of all the movie genres.

The Crossing over of Genres

Science fiction, often called “sci-fi”, is a genre of fiction literature where the content of imagination can be explored based on science.

The choice is endless with a lifetime of favourites. So many sci-fi classics ‘criss-cross’ several genres, it’s sometimes hard to nail down the specifics. Take Alien for example, is it sci-fi or horror? Or Blade Runner, is it sci-fi or film noir?

Alien Chase
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SpoOktober

Hellooooouuuu Everybody

Natasja here with the theme for his month…….yes one of the best themes I think : HORROR. And this theme fits perfectly for this month coinciding with Halloween.

How creepy does it have to be???

When I think about horror in the movie theme, the first film that pops-up is The Exorcist. I think most of us have seen that movie, but for those who haven’t I want to give you some information about it. And although this is the one I would like to share with you, there are definitely loads of other Horror/Thriller movies to choose from.

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Hello September and Film Noir

The Golden Age of Film Noir

Last weekend the crew, along with old and new friends. we hung out together on our virtual toy photography safari. While the heat was on to make the deadlines, we sadly missed the scheduled post for our movie theme. So, here we are, one week the late introduction to this month’s theme, Film Noir.

This genre was prevalent in mostly American crime drama’s and regarded as the “classic Period” of film Noir between 1945 and the 1950s. However, the Noir style still continues to date with one particular movie that comes to mind. Typically known as Neo-Noir is Sin City. The style of filmmaking was characterised by such elements as stark lighting, cynical heroes, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and an underlying philosophy.

Some examples of the classic noir style to name but a few include, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Kiss Me Deadly (1955) a novel by Mickey Spillane, or Orson Welles’s baroquely styled Touch of Evil (1958). Even though it is hard to classify some movies into this genre, the turn of the decade brought about the Neo-Noir. You are probably more familiar with films such as Brad Pitt immensely successful Seven in 1995 or Quentin Tarantino’s popular movie, Pulp Fiction.

How you interpret this theme is completely up to you, perhaps you might want to create your own plot and play around with artificial lighting.

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How I failed at recreating one of my toy photos

Sometimes you make an image that you love, but end up not entirely happy with it. There is a tiny detail that you think is a bit off. You might notice it as soon as you take it. Or it might be years later. Eventually, you decide to attempt to fix it by reshooting the image.

The sad truth is that this is not always a successful endeavor.

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Tell a story

Huston, July we had a problem

And what happened to our sense of humour? We do have one , saying that as a team with the exception of @herrSM, we are guilty for not joining in last month, so please accept our apologies for our absence. As a result we did not have many entries either and choosing a winner was an easier task than normal. Thank you so much to everyone else who entered. So drum role please…

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