Q2) How did you start making stop-frame animations?
My son got his first Lego set at age 3 and took a great interest in it, so after showing him a few Brick Films on Youtube, he wanted to know how people made the little Lego Men move. I had recently got an iPad for Christmas, so we done a few tests, got out the camera and filmed our first Brick Film, based on Lego Star Wars together…
Q3) Why have you chosen Lego® and other brick products as your main medium to work in?
Lego is just so easily customised, making your own characters is easy by combining different parts from different mini-figures, and building sets is just as simple with so many pre-designed buildings and vehicles to choose from or customise. Combine the simplicity of Lego with the bright colours, the movability of the figures themselves and the fact that Lego already has a large fan-base, and using Lego make a lot of sense.
Q4) What is your setup like? Which camera and software do you use to make your movies?
We currently use an iPad2 for motion capture, with an iPhone 4S as a remote camera connected wirelessly to the iPad. We used to use Boinx iStopMotion for iPad, but that seemed to develop a lot of problems, so now we use Cateaters LLC StopMotionStudio, which works really well and has some great features… We are looking to upgrade our setup soon and are currently looking at buying a Canon camera to use with a Boinx iStopMotion Desktop software. We also use FinalCut and Garageband/Logic on the iMac to add overlays, special fx and audio.
Q5) On average, how many hours does it take to create your animations?
It really does depend on the animation… I would say on average a 4-5 minute animation can easily take 60-70 hours to produce with our current setup.
Q6) Do you have a favourite mini figure to animate, and what makes them so special?
I don’t have a favourite as such, although you do find yourself getting attached to the characters as your animate them. One of my current favourites would be a mini-figure called Timmy, named by my wife, who is the star of an animation we have just finished called “The Audition”.
Q7) What can we look forward to in the near future from you?
Minifiguremotion.com is going to be our main focus, we want to build up a good basis of animations for our how-to section, so we will be concentrating on that for a while, but we also have an animation we have just finished called “The Audition”, which is in post-production now, as well as another one called “Evolution” for one of our main sponsors…
Q8) Where do you get your inspiration for your animations from?
A lot of the animations we have worked on have been for music videos, so the music is a big player in the inspiration for the visual. Otherwise, we draw from TV culture, podcast, news… Anywhere really, I find that inspiration can hit anytime, anywhere!
Q9) Where can people go for more information or to view your animations?
Minifiguremotion.com will be where you can come to keep up-to-date with what we are up to, so I hope that you visit back regularly and that our blogs and vlogs are helpful to you.