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by Timo van de Put

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Making a Brickfilm

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The basics of Brickfilming are building a set and props from LEGO bricks, capturing sequences of still images, editing them together while adding sound and visual effects, and publishing the final result.

Blunty3000 explains the basics of Brickfilming in 20 minutes:

The steps I nowadays use to come to a Brick "Movie" are:

  1. Define the basic idea or punch line and write this down in a few short sentences.
  2. Write a script to elaborate the story and add dialogue.
  3. Turn relevant parts of the script into a storyboard while building the necesary sets and props. Use actual images from these items to create the impression of the scenes you create to support the script.
  4. Record and edit the spoken audio, based on the storyboard.
  5. Animate the scenes, using the spoken audio as a guideline for movement and gestures.
  6. Edit the film by placing the scenes in their correct order and tweeking transitions and timing.
  7. Add audio tracks for sound effects and music.
  8. Have a grand premiere party and share the result with friends on (e.g.) YouTube.

I found out there is a big difference between making animations for my own pleasure, and making them for an audience. As long as I am my own audience, I create short clips without much of a story and focus entirely on the animation trickery. But when aiming for a broader audience, the most important ingredient is to tell an interesting story as most of the viewers will not even notice the effort that went into the special effects.

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