What is Brickfilming?
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.
The popularity of stop motion can also be attributed to a different kind of animation now called Brickfilm. A Brickfilm is a film that uses Lego (*This is really nit-picky, but it technically is Lego – the singular; not the plural. Only Americans pronounce it Legos – the rest of the world uses the singular. I don’t mind which we use, but the correct really is the singular)or a similar construction toy to create an animated movie. Though Brickfilms are usually created with stop motion animation, other methods include CGI or traditional animation. In recent years Brickfilms have become so popular that there are even festivals devoted to them.
The Mission for this Website
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 need is to bring your imagination.
Why LEGO for Stop Motion
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. Lego has been around for over fifty years and helped children of all ages create many different characters and settings. With Lego, is is possible to tell nearly any story.
Recently, Lego has created sets based on classic and blockbuster movies making it even more enticing for Brickfilm enthusiasts to re-create or imagine their own interpretation of movies and television shows.
Along with fun and nostalgia, Brickfilm makers love the different challenges of telling a story using Legos. Brickfilms take an extreme amount of patience. The small details are what set your video above the others. First, creating a set can be very simple or highly detailed and complex. Also, creating strong characters using minifigs can be a challenge as they don’t show emotion and can only be manipulated in certain ways.
Whether you’re just beginning creating stop motion or have been doing it for years, Lego are the perfect medium to match your skill level.
Anyone can do it
The first reason Lego works so well for stop motion Is because anyone can do it. Imagine being able to create a movie set in your room. This is what Lego allows you to do. The characters are already there and when you look at them they have a personality.
Nostalgia – who hasn’t played with or at least seen LEGO? And Lego couldn’t make it any easier. Whether it’s Star Wars or Harry Potter, they have been remaking favorite movies in block format just begging for a recreation of the most popular and well-loved stories. Similarly, Lego has such a variey of settings and characters.
Manipulation – Lego has few moving parts. For a beginning animator, clay and other stuff like clay can be very intimidating. It is harder to manipulate and easier to make slight changes in position. However, these differences also make brickfilms difficult. Imagine trying to convey surprise or happiness. Lego figures can only turn their heads. So A lot of the fun is embracing this and finding other ways to create strong characters or characters which can show a range of emotion.
It’s fun – when you were younger fighting plastic Lego fires or flying a space shuttle while jumping on your bed, you have been creating stories. Stop motion is the way to capture these stories and share them. So, why not get in on the fun? Brickfilms are time, imagination, and Lego well-spent!