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Star Wars Story Told with LEGO Brickfilm

We’ve talked about Brickfilms in the past. There is a lot of work to do in order to produce one of these little films. Brickfilms are created using stop-motion animation. This is an animation technique which makes an object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in tiny increments between individually-photographed (or video filmed) frames. This creates an illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Clay figures can be used in stop-motion because they are easy to reposition. Films using clay figures is often called clay-mation. Films with stop-motion animation using LEGO bricks are generally referred to as Brickfilms.

There are several websites dedicated to the art of stop-motion film-making. I know that a few of our community members have attempted to do these in the past. I have to say, though, that I haven’t seen any turn out as good as this Star Wars one did.

The entire story of Star Wars is told in just over two minutes by a kid who happens to have one heck of a lot of LEGO bricks. I thought I had too many of them lying around… but this kid has me beat.

If you know of other cool stop-motion animation films, be sure to pass them along to me. If you’ve created one that is especially good, I may just share it with the World.

Call for Help Blooper – in LEGO

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LegoShark has done it again. He’s fast becoming a name in the Brickfilming world, and this newest creation is genius. I’m not biased, I promise! Keep your eye out for even more fantastic LEGO content from him!

I’m sure you remember that old Blooper on Call for Help. People talk about it daily in the chat room still, all these years later. I lost it, plain and simple. Something struck me as hilarious… and I couldn’t stop laughing. Hasn’t that ever happened to you?! Seriously. Don’t lie! You know it has!!

Anyhow, LegoShark took that Blooper, and made it into a BrickFilm, using LEGO bricks. Great job, and thank you!


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Do All Geeks Love LEGO?

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Mona is a regular contributor on FriendFeed, and is quickly racking up posts on our new Geeks site, as well. Spudster is also an active member of the Geeks community… and is an avid LEGO BrickFilmer. Imagine Mona’s surprise when he created a BrickFilm just for her.

We like our bacon extra crispy, Mona!


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Are You Creating a Star Wars Fan Film Video?

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I admit it. I’m a Star Wars Fanboy. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. I collected Star Wars memorabilia throughout my childhood. When I got an email from Alex the other day, I had to check it out. It’s a Freeware app for Mac OS X that will allow you to generate your own title sequence for your own Star Wars fan work. Maybe you’re doing a Brickfilm, or a Star Wars fan film. This is going to be the easiest way you’ll be able to generate the imagry for it. Star Wars Title Sequence Generator (or simply SWTSG) is simple to use, and creates excellent looking finished products for you.

SWTSG is a free Mac app that will help you to easily generate the visual portion of the Star Wars title sequence.

So you’re making a Star Wars fanfilm, and you want that authentic-looking, opening yellow text scroll? Plus all the other nice frills that go along with it?

You’ve googled the internet for tutorials that show you how to do those things, but it seemed like a lot of hard work, using expensive software packages that you didn’t want to buy? And even then the results were a little bit less-than-authentic looking?

At ease, my fellow Jedi! The Force is with you. The search for your movie’s opening is over: with the SWTSG app you can make a super-authentic looking opening sequence, super easy.

I triple-dog-dare you to find anything on any operating system that is so easy to use, and fun. Even if you don’t like Star Wars, you have to admit that this is really cool. I’m so happy that this was passed along to me. You can even check out the tutorial if you do happen to need any help.

Keep sending me your recommendations for cool apps and websites to check out. I have a great time playing with and testing everything, and love passing on the good ones to all of you.


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Do You Enjoy Brickfilm?

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One of our long-time community members, LegoShark, recently participated in a Brickfilming contest. The goal of this contest was to make a brickfilm, going through the entire process from start to finish, in a week or less. The B.R.A.W.L. (Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long) contest ended on August 9th. Judging of the entries will begin on about August 17th.

The theme of this contest is “Negotiation”. You may interpret the theme any way you want. Your film could be as complex as a crime film about a hostage avoiding death, or it could be as simple as a young child arguing about a punishment with his parents. Any story goes, as long as it fits in with the theme. How well your story relates to the theme will play a part in how the judges score your film in the Story category.

For this contest, there are two mod elements, a color mod and a letter mod. You do not have to use both of them. Just make sure that at least one of them is present in every shot of your film. Camera movements (such as pans and zooms) count as part of a shot, as long as the camera angle of the shot does not change. So if you decide to have a camera movement in your film, the mod element must be clearly visible during at least part of the movement. During a shot, if something temporarily blocks the mod element, you will not be disqualified, as long as the mod element is seen in it’s entirety at least once in the shot. You can use any combination of the mod elements, as long as one is noticeable and visible in every shot.

Rules of the contest were:

  • Your film must be primarily filmed using stop motion animation. Live action footage, or other forms of animation, such as CGI animation, may be used to supplement your film, but they must not be the main focus.
  • The film should be made using LEGO or similar construction toys.
  • There must a minimum of 1 minute of animation in your film (excluding titles or credits). There is no maximum amount.
  • Joint entries are allowed, as well as multiple entries.
  • Copyrighted material is allowed, but you must credit the person/group/organization that made it.

I was happy to provide my help to LegoShark, and I hope he wins! We’ll update this post after the judging is complete, to let everyone know how LegoShark did.