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Is your Lego house on fire?

big blue lego block

It is?! Then let me send some Playmobil firefighters to put it out.

I have experience with this sort of thing from Ms. Ness’s third grade class. We made stop motion movies that year. With the clarity of thirty years passed by, I’m certain my group of filmmakers produced a fine short film.

Ms. Ness had us come up with a concept and practice how it would play out. I wonder how much time we spent preparing? There were no storyboards, but I remember it as a big production.

My group came up with the fire idea. Someone had firefighter Playmobil guys with a ladder truck, and I might have contributed large Lego blocks for a tower. I don’t really remember. It wasn’t about the physical materials, anyway. We were working with the pure stuff of our imagination!

We used construction paper for the fire, and it looked so cool in the movie when it sprang up on the sides of the building. I can still picture the flames in my imagination, and Playmobile guys moving around in fits and starts, and the ladder going up with some brave fireman to the rescue.

When it came time to shoot it, Ms. Ness brought a camera into our room with a tripod and a clicker dongle, and we made the magic happen. We had only one shot at it. This was 1979, using real film, so we didn’t get to see how things were going and make adjustments. We were real artists then, not like these second-guessers of today, with their digital cameras and computers.

I wonder what happened to that old reel? I tell myself I should cut back on the nostalgia, but I’m daydreaming about how fun it would be to see it again. The whole thing — all of our stories. Lego Inferno would obviously be the star of the show, but I’ll bet some of the others were adequate as well.

And it’s too bad (but not really) there wasn’t a documentary made of our efforts. I’d love to see us all at work. At play.