Brickfilming or Legomation brick animation movies is the easiest way to get involved with stop motion animation. Your characters are ready made, stable and easy to move without worrying about them breaking or smudging (like with clay). You also have the makings for your sets with the right scale etc. The minifigures stay in position thanks to the use of a plug board surface so you don’t need magnets or wires to hold them in the various positions for animation. There are drawbacks of course but they are few for those new to animation. So if you are new to stop motion then check out the Brickfilm tutorials in the column to the left of this article.
So what is Brickfilming or LegoMation.? Simply put, it is the animation of LEGO® characters (Minifigs)/ bricks or Mega Bloks to create short films ..sometimes called Brickfilms.
Stop motion brickfilms are made using stop motion animation techniques, but some can take other forms of film production. These can include computer-generated imagery, Macromedia Flash, or full 3D live action. The subtle difference between Legomation and Brickfilms is that Legomation only uses LEGO®or Mega Bloks in 3D live stop motion animation action style. In contrast Brickfilms can include films made with computer animation or flash animation.
Legomation versus Brickfilming
The term Legomation is derived from the two words LEGO and Animation to form “LEGO-Mation” just as clay animation is sometimes referred to as claymation. Legomation is also known as brickfilming.
Where does the term LEGO come from?
Its worth noting that LEGO® – is from the Danish phrase “to play well” The Lego history began in 1932 in Denmark, when Ole Kirk Christiansen founded a small factory for wooden toys in the unknown town of Billund in the south of the country. To find a name for his company he organized a competition among his employees. As fate would have it however, he himself came up with the best name: LEGO® – a fusion of the Danish words “LEg” and “GOdt” (“play well”).
Most common form of Brickfilming
For brickfilm makers, the most common approach is to use a minifigure as an actor against a set or a backdrop made from bricks. While limited in their range of movement and expression, many brickfilms makers still manage to get a wide variety of emotions from their mini LEGO actors. Some films, such as Marc Beurteaux’s “Robota” and David Pagano’s “Little Guys!” are unique in that the characters are larger models made out of bricks. Rather than LEGO minifigures.
OK so now check out the How To’s and tutorials if you are new to this form of stop motion animation under the Tutorials section on the top menu.