How to Make a LEGO Animation (Brickfilm)



How to Make a LEGO Animation

LEGO® bricks are one of the most classic, fun, and clever toys ever made. Advances in consumer electronics, such as affordable computers, camcorders and digital cameras have made it possible for to produce high quality LEGO animations inexpensively.

Steps

  1. Go on a video sharing website like Youtube and search for LEGO movies, to get ideas.(Examples:LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Mario, LEGO Batman.etc.)
  2. Make sure you have all of your materials.
  3. Build and stage your set, this could be 100% LEGO, a real world scene or a combination of the two.Be sure to look through the camera you'll be using, to get a sense of how your video will look. While you're doing this you can check for unwanted elements that need to be covered up or camouflaged, especially in the background.
  4. Get the LEGO minifigure actors ready.As the stock minifigure heads are very static you may want to have a few suitable heads ready to go if you'd like for your actors to be expressive. If you can't find heads that work you could always paint some yourself.
  5. Position the starting scene of your movie and your camera keeping in mind it is imperative that the camera be immobilized; otherwise your finished video will be jerky.Use a tripod or similar device to keep the camera still, then take the picture.
  6. Move the actors in your scene, but just a little bit.It is easiest to move the character about two paces on the platform or about half an inch on the floor. Continue this until you are done with your movie.
  7. Use any stop motion application on your computer that can make variable fps time settings.preferably one that can set up to 15fps, It will give the best results.
  8. Go on iMovie, Windows Movie Maker or another movie making program and import your photos.
  9. Delete any extra photos and put them in the correct order.
  10. Watch your movie using the sideshow setting.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    If I want to do the stage 100% LEGO, how many bricks I could need for a sitcom-like room?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    All you would need to make is 3 walls and whatever you want inside. Depending on how much detail you'll give it, 80 - 120 bricks should suffice.
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  • Question
    Can I make an animation with my tablet?
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    Community Answer
    You can if your tablet has a good camera. You would also need an app for stop motion and a tripod. You can make a simple stand for your tablet out of LEGO bricks.
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  • Question
    How can I add sound to my videos?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You have to record sounds separately, then add then to the animation by using a editing program.
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  • Question
    Is it a good idea to post it on social media or YouTube?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, as long as you don't use any copyrighted material or make it seem like you work for Lego.
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  • Question
    Can I add special effects?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, but you will have to use an editing software or complicated brick effects.
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  • Question
    Can I use a phone app to do this?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, as long as your phone has a good camera. You may even be able to find an official app for making Lego brick films.
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  • Question
    What is the proper way to animate speech?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Some people just move the hands around. Some alternate between open and closed faces. Some use editing tricks. And some do nothing. It just depends on how you want to animate and your skill level. I would recommend just moving hands or doing nothing if you're a beginner and alternating faces if you have experience.
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  • Question
    What is a stop motion application?
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    Community Answer
    It's an application that converts your pictures into a movie. Windows Movie Maker is an example.
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  • Question
    What is a good stop motion software for Mac computers (other than iMovie, and preferably free)?
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    Community Answer
    Stop Motion Studio is a great app to use. There is a free version and a pay version. The pay version comes with more features, obviously.
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  • Question
    How can I add voices and sound effects?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You would need to use an animation/video editing software (like Movie Maker) to add audio, sound effects, special effects, etc.
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  • Tape down your LEGO base plate. Don't use natural light, use desk lamps instead. Read how to make a LEGO movie set. Look for Lego stop motion tutorials on YouTube.
  • Since LEGO has made various movie themes like Harry Potter or Star Wars, you can make LEGO versions of your favorite movies.
  • Or if you want smooth animation you can use software such as Bafran to make a LEGO minifigure fly, jump or float.
  • Set aside lots of time for this hobby. Your early work will likely be less than perfect, but you'll love the results. If you continue to experiment you'll find what works for you and most importantly you should be having a lot of fun.
  • There are several web forums dedicated to making LEGO Movies. Search for LEGO Movies, Brickfilms, or LEGO stop motion to find these sites.
  • Another method of making a character jump, fly or swing is to tilt your scenery so the LEGO minifigure lies on the wall, and the floor is upright, if your scene is like a box. Then move your character around the wall
  • If you want an actor to fly, jump, or swing on a rope, tie a string to their torso. To fly or jump, use an "invisible" string. To swing, use a shoelace.
  • You can print a LEGO background and/or use LEGO bricks for your background.

Warnings

  • Do not move the set or camera unless going for a different view of it.

Things You'll Need

  • LEGO Bricks
  • Digital camera
  • A lotof patience
  • Good lighting
  • A computer with a video editing software installed
  • If you can, for iPod, iPhone or iPad, there are various movie making apps. You can also use the 3DS camera.





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