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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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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Laughing desired

But Wait

Oh my, this isn’t what we had in mind when we greeted the new year roughly six months ago, right? I guess it’s safe to say that we all had different plans for twenty-twenty. Plans of travelling, of meeting old friends and new ones. Instead life threw some event cards our ways. Here, take Covid-19. Here, deal with a lockdown. And hey, let’s not forget about the climate either, let’s change that, too.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped dealing with this year so far and making it a little easier for all of us. Thank you to those who stayed at home in order to decrease the risk of spreading the virus. Thank you to all those who worked to their limits- and beyond- to keep society going. I’m not going to applaud because that won’t pay the rent or buy any food but I do bow before every one of you. You people rule.

SiPgoesTT and July

The more serious the times, the bigger the necessity to laugh. You may (or may not) disagree on that sentence but it pretty much sums up my feelings these days. All that required discipline needs a counterpart where one can let go off tension and remember that there´s more to life than this. Maybe a good moment to talk about comedy.

Comedy as in…

I have to admit that it took some time for me to remember some movie titles from that genre. Movies like The Hangover, There’s Something About Mary or the brilliant Snatch.

Seasonal comedies like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or Elf.

Comedies mostly known in their country of origin like The Art Of Negative Thinking (Norway), Kopps (Sweden), Bang Boom Bang (Germany) or In China They Eat Dogs (Denmark).

A tribute to Tati’s Jour de fête

And thinking a little longer I came across great actors like Charlie Chaplin, Louis de Funès, Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, Jacques Tati, Peter Sellers and the Monty Python troupe. This list could hardly ever be complete. I’m sure every one has their own favourites here.

A bowler, maybe left there by The Tramp?

Mission? What mission?

As this genre is meant to give the audience a happy, carefree time we`ll keep it simple this month: Think of comedies you’ve seen and enjoyed. Pick just one or as many funny scenes that still crack you up every time you see them. Get out your camera and favourite building system (or any other toy) and recreate this scene and shoot it. Then post it on IG using the hashtags #sipgoesTT and #sipgoesTT_comedy. At the end of the month yours truly crew will browse all these entries and select their favourite image. This one will then be rewarded with a little LEGO gift of our choice.

Until then please share with us in the comments below your favourite comedy(ies) that you think everyone should see. Or maybe some memories you have of a certain comedy?

Ready? Set! Go building and shooting, stay safe and have some well deserved fun.

One of my favourite movies ever! Chicken Teriyaki And Piggie Man On The Loose– ok, I may have made this up…

P.s.:

When thinking of the importance of laughing I remember going to the cinema with a friend to see Four Lions several years ago. The moment we met my friend told me that his father had just died the day before. I was shocked and said we’d better not go and see a comedy then but he insisted. We ended up laughing tears of joy. After the show he told me that he felt relieved and soothed at the same time. Laughing may not always be able to wipe away pain or sorrow, but to me it is an essential ingredient in life. Don’t you agree?

Our favorite Adventure/Action photo is…

It’s already July, and we’re running a week late. Soon, we’ll announce the theme for this month. First, let’s take a look at last month‘s entries, and before announcing the winning picture, here are some of the images that also caught our attention.

Runners-up

A Raptor in the Kitchen by stories_in_bricks

The Temple of Doom by ozzhead

Lady Galadriel by minifiguresadventures

And the winner is…

Last month’s winner for #SIPgoestt_adventure … it’s sir_legoade‘s twist on the Dark knight photo that took our heart. Thank you and congratulations to him and everyone who participated last month! Stay tuned with the soon upcoming announcement for this month’s movie challenge!

And the Oscar for the Best Romantic Movie goes to…

May is already over, and so is last month’s challenge about romantic movies.

The runners-up

Thank you to everyone who embraced the romantic movie theme, there were some great movies captured. So before announcing the winner, let’s have a look at some of the other entries that caught our eyes.

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Don’t forget the giveaway and to be romantic!

A nice giveaway

At the beginning of the month, we’ve announced a challenge with a chance to win the amazing LEGO Bookshop 10270.

Nice picture of the bookshop from Me2

Your challenge

You have a few days left (till Sunday 31st of May) to enter the challenge.
Your mission?
Take one of your favorite romantic movies and recreate a scene from it.
Don’t find any movie to recreate a scene?
Create a romantic story with at least three images. You chose the place, the characters, the story.

Be sure to tag your photos with #SiPgoesTT and #SiPgoesTT_romanticmovie on social media so we can find out your picture.

My romantic challenge

After recreating a scene from Dirty Dancing, now let’s go for a little story, in a bookshop.

A romantic picture #SiPgoesTT #SiPgoesTT_romanticmovie
One day, in the bookshop of a small city…
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Photographing a modular building

I love LEGO’s modular building series. But while they’re among my favorite sets, I had never photographed any. They’re great sets to build and look great in Beastburg, my own LEGO city. As an outdoor photographer though, they’re not what usually inspires me to photograph.

However, I didn’t buy the two previous modulars, the Diner, and the Garage. I initially wanted to as they look beautiful, but I ended up making the decision of skipping them. The main reason being that the style is quite different than the previous buildings I own, and thus they wouldn’t fit that well together. (And then there was the other problem that my city would eventually be full…)

But when I saw the first images of this year’s modular, 10270 Bookshop, I knew I’d have to get it. And then it happened that we’d get one for review from LEGO. The idea of challenging myself with photographing yet another type of large LEGO set was planted in my head.

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Let’s be romantic

As you’ve probably read on the blog, this month’s theme for our #sipgoesTT challenge is romantic movies. All of them. From princess stories with a happy ending (Cinderella) to sad ending stories (Titanic). From comedies (Bridget Jones’s Diary) to dramas (Casablanca). From historical movies (Pride and Prejudice) to musical movies (La La Land).

Sweet like candies or bitter like a lemon.

Romantic movies all have the same subject: love, love, love. But it can take so many different shapes and tell so many stories with variations. Perfect for the sentimentalist me!

My challenge

The famous movie Dirty Dancing is by far my favorite because when I was a teenager I watched it over and again without getting bored, with the same passion and excitement every time.

Dirty Dancing famous lift
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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time… you’ve got mail.
Or so they say.
April is a wrap.
May is upon us.
Time to leave the road movies and the SiPgoesCinquecento challenge behind us and get ready for an overdose of romance in our SiPgoesTT challenge of May.

Romantic Movies

Our theme this month is romantic movies.
The challenge is still the same.
Everyone can join.
And we even have a fantastic prize this month for one of you.

Once upon a time I got a bookstore …
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