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This month on Make: Online we’re talking about DIY moviemaking. One important subset is the brickfilm: a stop-motion movie using Lego bricks to create the animations. For inspiration, here are some of the most awesome films that have been done:

Generally considered to be the first brickfilm, The Magic Portal was shot on film in the ’80s by a college student named Linsey Fleay.

Canadian animator Marc Beurteaux‘s masterpiece blends technical proficiency with beauty and emotion.

Robota is a stop-motion film done entirely with Lego and Mega-bloks. I shot this film in my basement studio and worked on it on and off for three years. A lot of the Lego is from sets I had saved from when I was a younger. I also bought a whole bunch of new sets. The story: In a Lego underworld, a down and out robot searches for a quick fix.

This fake commercial is just one of many projects professional (Lego) animator David Pagano has worked on. He helped with 2008’s epic Go Miniman Go brickfilm produced by the Lego Group. Lately he’s been working on some Lego Space Police animated shorts for the the company.

Interested in learning more? Check out the two biggest brickfilms sites BricksInMotion.com and Brickfilms.com. Got something to share? The BrickFlix film festival is coming up in May.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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