The rules for Brickfilms are not hard and fast and techniques and ideas change frequently. The mission of this website is to serve as a platform for all Brickfilm makers, beginners to experts. It is not only our goal to provide information on the production and technical aspects of Brickfilms, but to create excitement about Brickfilming. With all the information on this site, all you [read more →]
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Stop motion films have been around for many years, and have gone by many different names as craft and technology have evolved. However, in more recent years stop motion has become more popular because of its accessibility. Less expensive cameras and software have made stop motion production available to anyone. Thanks to YouTube and the internet; there’s an instant worldwide showcase for video work.
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With so many options for creating stop motion movies, why choose Lego? The first reason— because it’s fun. When you were younger, did you spend hours fighting plastic fires or jumping on your bed with a space shuttle? Brickfilms are a way to capture these stories and new ones. Lego has been around for over fifty years and helped children [read more →]
Brickfilms have increased in popularity and there are many degrees of Brickfilm creators out. You may be picking up Brickfilms as a hobby. Or maybe you are looking to make a career out of animating or trying to get a movie entered into a festival. Either way there are a couple things to remember. Stop motion takes patience… lots of patience. An example of this [read more →]
Entire books have been devoted to lighting and many professionals have spent their entire lives perfecting the craft. However, with knowledge of the basics, you will be able to create quality videos. For a professional looking video, lighting makes all the difference. Natural light is not an option for any type of animation as it will change throughout the day and affect your image. It [read more →]
As most know, there is a huge price difference between professional and consumer cameras. Most of this difference is attributable to the quality of the lens. The quality of an image is directly related to the quality of the lens. With this in mind, go for the highest quality lens you can afford.
Before going into too much detail, a discussion about lenses may not matter [read more →]
So it is time to choose a camera. If you are like most people starting off, you will probably work with whatever is already around— or maybe it is what your parents have. Not long ago, most people would have said to never use a webcam for stop motion animation. Though it is still not the recommended choice, webcams have progressed and there are now [read more →]
One of the most necessary requirements of filming smooth, fluid animation is keeping the camera rock steady. Ideally, find a tripod with solid legs and the ability to tilt, pan, and a head that firmly locks into place. As you begin learning stop motion you will probably keep the camera in one position, but as you develop your skill, you can add zooms, pans, and [read more →]
There is a lot of different video editing software to choose from. This is not a complete list, but gives some options to choose from.
Final cut http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/
CyberLink PowerDirector http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector/overview_en_US.html?&r=1
Microsoft Movie Maker http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/get-movie-maker
Apple iMovie www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/
Avid FreeDV http://www.avid.com/us/resources/freedv
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Onion skinning is a 2D computer graphics term for a technique used in creating animated cartoons and editing movies to see several frames at once. This way, the animator or editor can make decisions on how to create or change an image based on the previous image in the sequence.
In traditional cartoon animation, the individual frames of [read more →]