Hello, I'm wondering if anyone here animates with bricks.

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Hi Jason,

i'm about to make my first brick stop motion,although still wondering if i'm going to use Lego characters or only plain bricks or a combo..what's your experience with brick animation?

I recommend using lego minifigures as they are somewhat easy to animate and I think are the most popular on youtube. If you're going to brick animate you're going to need lego minifigures and plain bricks to create the scene. Good luck. 

Is it ok to draw/print out on a paper a background when making brickfilm? I don't have enough Legos to make a decent background and my scene is happening in a park with a city buildings being blury in a background so i thought just printing out some city photo..

Maybe you could first build the background, or individual structures, with the Legos, photograph them (or better yet digitize them and tweak with a paint program or PS), then print a composite to use for the background, freeing your stash of bricks for the animation.

If you need 3-D buildings, then print each side of the building and wrap a box with it.  You can also cut out doors, windows, etc. and build up the scene.

Thanks!

Got any idea what kind of background should I create for walk in a park scene?

I would go to some parks near you, or check out images of parks on the internet.  Do some research -- I mean, actually get motivated and figure it out, the board here is great, and you will get lots of good advice, and I know we don't have access, yet, to the old message board (which was soooo useful), but if you just start asking advice on things which are pretty obvious, like "do research" then people will start to get a bit annoyed, although many will still help you out.

For example you say a "park scene," but you don't give any details: like what kind of park do you have in mind?  What time of the day?  What genre are you working in: horror, romance, comedy, cartoon-style?  All these questions, and many more, will have an effect on the answer you seek.  Maybe you need to go back and look at your script (you DO have a script, don't you?  If not, then you know what you need to be doing, even for a short).  Also storyboards.  If nothing else the thought which a script and storyboards will force you to put into your film will force you to clarify EXACTLY what you want as the outcome of your work.  Animation, and especially stop-mo is way too time and resource consuming to just jump in without a very detailed knowledge of every detail BEFORE you start animating.  You will end up having to redo it, and at 24 frames per second, that is a LOT of rework.

Yes, I am busting your chops, but am doing it because it will save your YASS.  Do it the right way, the professional way.  It is done like that for an excellent reason.  Of course if you are just fooling around, doing basic animation tests to understand the medium, that is another thing, although I think that even that could benefit from the structure which aiming for a particular effect and writing it out and storyboarding it would give you.  If nothing else it would help you get your chops up in those areas for when you are ready to do something more complex.

Kapish?  Good.

Joza List said:

Thanks!

Got any idea what kind of background should I create for walk in a park scene?

I understand,should've been more specific..and i do have a storyboard and a plan and a script but maybe don't have enough legos :D I've been reading a lot over a past few days,too much info for a short period of time so this question was a bad one,cause it's just researching and google-ing.

Nevertheless thanks for your reply,and when a question like this comes along you SHOULD bust one's chops ;)

I hope I wasn't too hard on you, I didn't mean to be rude, and you show a lot of maturity in your reply.  Best of skill to you.

Joza List said:

I understand,should've been more specific..and i do have a storyboard and a plan and a script but maybe don't have enough legos :D I've been reading a lot over a past few days,too much info for a short period of time so this question was a bad one,cause it's just researching and google-ing.

Nevertheless thanks for your reply,and when a question like this comes along you SHOULD bust one's chops ;)

no it was a good reply,i appreciate it ;)
i've uploaded a short lego test video,if you want you could take a look and leave a comment :)

Joza - Bricklink.com is a really good site for getting Lego from, especially minifigures but pretty much anything Lego really :)

woow it's great,thanks Sarah! :) It looks like a Lego paradise :D

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