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Black Eye Piece
A hip-hop LEGO music video featuring a rather unusual minifig singer. Created by Paganomation for the LEGO Club Show in mid-2010.
About this creation

"Black Eye Piece" is a music video we made here at Paganomation for the LEGO Club Show in 2010. It was the third music video we produced for the show, after "Zack, the LEGO Maniac" and "BUILD!".

BEP concept

The title is an obvious play on "Black Eyed Peas" -- when we were first coming up with ideas for music videos for the LEGO Club Show, there were a lot of bad (i.e. good) puns thrown around for song titles. I won't reveal any of them here in case they end up getting made at some point in the future.

Due to time constraints, there wasn't a whole lot of original building going on in this music video. The background sets are all modular buildings, with some city sets thrown in for good measure. A lot of the shooting and green-screening was rushed, something we tried to play off as looking like a "low-budget" music video. (You can see some very obvious blue tack in a few shots as well.)

The time crunch was also why there are almost no production photos of the set or of animation in progress -- we had basically 12 days to setup, build, edit, animate, add effects, and submit the entire video in order to keep on schedule. The few photos we do have from the production are the character concepts we sent to LEGO for approval.

Here's an unused concept for Louís on a Segway:

Louís Segway concept

An alternate costume for Louís:

Alternate Louís costume

And photos of the extras. Note that those two guys from the Haycart Dragster make another appearance:

BEP extras

BEP extras

BEP extras

I do think there's some good animation going on in the video, as well as our earliest attempts at using a fish-eye lens. I was also glad to be able to give SpastikChuwawa's "floppy arm effect" a try.

Despite the tough deadline, "Black Eye Piece" has become one of our more popular music videos, mostly (I think) because of the strange concept and catchy nature of the song. Folks also seem to respond well to the "monocle/Bionicle" rhyme.

Speaking of rhymes, here are the lyrics for posterity:


(Character is walking down the street talking to the people he sees)

“Hey man!” (cut to LEGO minifig w/ surprised reaction)

“Wassup, sideburns?” (cut to reaction of LEGO minifig with sideburns)

”What up, dog?” (cut to LEGO dog)

Well my name is Louís
I’ve got a black eyed piece
Not a normal looking head
Like my good friend Ted
But if you’re looking for two eyes
Then you’re in for a surprise
Cuz we’re a little different
From the rest of the guys

See I’m a lot like Pete
I’ve got two plastic feet
And I’ve got two flappy arms
So don’t be alarmed
But when it comes to my face
You’ll know that somethin’s outta place
I’ve gotta black eye piece
So just take it eas’

Black eyed piece
Gimme some of deez
Black eyed piece
Can’t bend the knees

When I walk down the street
It’s hard to see my feet
Because I’ve got one eye
Now I look up to the sky
Well I’m way up here
And never do I fear
I’m not afraid of height
With my supersonic sight
Normal dudes just use glasses
While I just use a monocle
Hey look over there, son
I think I see Bionicle?

Black eyed piece
Gimme some of deez
Black eyed piece
Can't bend the knees
Black eyed piece
Gimme some of deez
Black eyed piece
Stuck up in the trees

Writer: Roger Cameron
Music: Architect of Sound
Performed By: Regor Noremac
Animators: David Pagano and Sarah Wickliffe
Effects: Scott Decoteau


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  April 29, 2012
Really good music video! I liked the floppy arm effect!
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  April 13, 2012
I'm a great fan of your work! I've seen most of your work on You tube but I'm still loving it!
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  April 13, 2012
wow! some of the effects are fantastic! it looks good, and sound good!
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  April 4, 2012
Hysterical! Love the flappy cameo.
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  March 29, 2012
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  March 29, 2012
Quoting Nate B. was this posted late or what?
Sometimes we have to choose between posting old things and making new things. Obviously, we'd prefer the latter. :)
 I like it 
  March 28, 2012
I really like the video, and song, this is really creative. 10/5
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  March 28, 2012
I liked that song :) Nice job guys!
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  March 28, 2012 was this posted late or what?
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