• 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 […]

  • Chroma key compositing, or chroma keying, is a special effects / post-production technique for compositing (layering) two video streams together based on color hues (chroma range). The technique has been used […]

  • 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 […]

  • The basis of a good story is centered on good characters, and just because Lego minifigures are plastic doesn’t mean that their personality has to be plastic.  As Lego has progressed, so have the characters.   […]

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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 […]

  • It is your choice to record audio before or after you have done your animation. Before works well because you know how long to animate each movement, but after works well if you have done good pre-production. […]

  • Digital Remote Still Capture

    Frame Grabber Software

    Manual Picture Taking

    Not long ago, animators didn’t have the luxury of immediately seeing the images they were capturing. Now there are many […]

  • Now that you know have your story ready, it is time to set up your scene. The main goal when setting up your scene is that you have control over everything. First, pick a room that has the least amount of […]

  • 1. Pick a sturdy surface that I in a room where there are no lights. If there are windows, cover them. Set up your Lego scene and move the lights to light the scene.

    2. Get your camera and set it up where you […]

  • An exposure sheet is essentially a spreadsheet to give instructions to the camera operator on how the animation should be shot. Traditionally there are five columns with each cell being used for a different […]

  • When creating your Brickfilm, treat it as if you would writing a treatment for any other idea you have for a movie. With Brickfilms gaining in popularity, there are more and more people making them. You can set […]

  • If you just do an Internet search and you will see that there are more than enough references on how to write a script. Instead of going over the same information, it is more important to know how script writing […]

  • Though storyboards are beneficial in animation, many do not use them as often for Brickfilms. Brickfilms are shorter, and therefore do not take as much planning. Also, the person who creates the script/story is, […]

  • Squash and stretch is another important term used in animation, but because of the nature of Lego doesn’t pertain so much to Brickfilms. The basic reason for squash and stretch is that it makes the animation look […]

  • 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/

    Pinnacle Studio […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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