Make Your Own LEGO Movies!

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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. From stop-motion LEGO music videos to movie trailer parodies, comedy routines and more, Lego animation has become something of a craze on the web and beyond. Dive into the world of animation and discover a whole new way to play!

Stop animation is ideal for helping students learn about concepts that involve processes and progressions. Why not just shoot a video? “Stephanie Hatten of ISTE, an organization that teaches educators around the world use technology to solve tough problems in education, said, “If you’ve ever watched a stop animation, you might think that it takes a lot of time to build a video-like sequence using only still photos. However, the medium is surprisingly easy to master and allows young students flexibility and creativity that would be much more difficult to achieve in video. For example, they can draw illustrations or use toys, Legos, manipulatives or household objects, such as cotton balls, to represent abstract concepts, like molecules or equations, that would be difficult to depict in a regular video.”

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Have you ever wondered what your LEGO creations would look like on the big screen? The Lego Animation Book by David Pagano and David Pickett, published by No Starch Press will show you how to bring your models to life with stop-motion animation. No experience required! Follow step-by-step instructions to make your first animation, and then explore the entire filmmaking process, from storyboards to post-production. Along the way, you’ll learn how to:

  • Create special effects like explosions and flying minifigures
  • Convey action and emotion with your minifigure actors
  • Design sets for animation—make three buildings look like an entire city!
  • Light, frame, and capture consistent photos
  • Add detail and scope to your films by building in different scales
  • Build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks
  • Choose cameras, software, and other essential animation tools
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Search “Lego Animation” on YouTube for some awesome inspiration!

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BooksStephanie Threinen