Final LEGO donations sought for Cuttlefish Country animations

Our LEGO animated set-building continues, as we progress with our work on the documentary feature film Cuttlefish Country. After drafting the chapter-by-chapter structure of the film and commencing the scripting process, we have decided to include a few additional sequences to be brought to life with our favourite modular toy block system.

Thanks to our families and friends’ generosity (and a fun LEGO party thrown a few weeks back) there are just a few special items remaining on our wish list, and we welcome your donations to help us reach our goal (shipping details at the end of this post). If you don’t have spare LEGO ready to send us, each photo below links out to a seller on eBay where the individual item can be purchased. All LEGO donors will receive a thankyou credit in the completed film, which due to the expansion of the film’s scope is likely to be completed by early May. Please be sure to send us an email, letting us know what you’re sending, and your name for accreditation!

Special LEGO pieces required

Treasure chests & cannon wheels are being cannabalised to make vintage mine carts. The more of the required parts for these we receive, the wider view we can share of the lost days of open-pit and underground mining! Three camels are also required to illustrate the difficult task the original miners at Mount Painter in the Flinders Ranges had early last century, as they packed out radioactive ore on the backs of these amazing animals.

2 x LEGO Camel (light)

2 x LEGO Camel (light)

 

LEGO Camel (dark)

LEGO Camel (dark)

 

LEGO treasure chests

LEGO treasure chests (to be used as mine carts)

 

LEGO Canon Wheels

LEGO Cannon Wheels (for use on mine carts)

A single silver trophy piece is required for use in an award ceremony sequence inspired by the ‘triple bottom line’ of contemporary democracy. A phrase popularly used by politicians but rarely fairly represented, we will use it to illustrate the need for decisions made by Government to balance economic, social and environmental interests and impacts… with playful charm and humour of course!

 

LEGO Silver Trophy Cup

LEGO Silver Trophy Cup

 

If the proposed expansion of Port Bonython on the Lowly Peninsula goes ahead, a rail link will be built to transport ore to the waterfront for export. We will be building this rail loop out of LEGO, and require several ore carts to be made. Any train wheels, couplings and parts are invited for this purpose. We were lucky enough to already have a battery operated train engine, tracks and sleepers ready to lay, so, with your help, the locomotive will be very much alive on screen in the completed film.

3 x LEGO Train Hoppers (or any train parts)

3 x LEGO Train Hoppers (or any train parts)

 

Setting the scene in LEGO

Land and seascapes from our film’s story which will be recreated in LEGO include tan beaches, red deserts, tan ocean floor, the blue ocean surface, brown rocky cliffs, grey rocky reefs, grey and black underground mines and vegetated bushland. In addition to our ‘special item’ requests above, we also invite donors to send us bricks and parts of the aforementioned colours to help us to contour and extend the landscapes as far and dramatically as possible. Flowers and foliage are also appreciated in any quantities, the more white and yellow blooms, the merrier!

 

Classic LEGO flowers (white & yellow) & stems

Classic LEGO flowers (white & yellow) & stems

Our landscapes also require foundations, and construction is made much easier with a ready supply of coloured base plates. In order of priority, we are seeking red, tan, brown & grey base plates. Road base plates will also be put to good use in the construction of the industrial precint planned for Point Lowly. We already have several T-junctions, but a few more straights and bends would be excellent!

Thanks for your ongoing support of our film project, everyone. If you do have something you’d like to send us, or would like to buy something online and have it sent to us directly, our mailing address is:

Cuttlefish Country c/o
 Danimations Pty Ltd
 1/157 Franklin Street
 Adelaide 5000
 AUSTRALIA

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Dan Monceaux is a South Australian documentary filmmaker and the director of Cuttlefish Country.

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