Animating with the kids

Sometimes we all need to remember why we started something, it can help bring a fresh perspective to a project you are too caught up in, or give you new incentive to carry on. When it comes to Brick Filming, I started because of my son’s interest in “how people were making the little lego people move on YouTube”…

So this weekend, my kids asked could we do a stop frame animation together using some bits from the LEGO® Batman Jokerland set we recently purchased for them. Both Morgan (aged 7) and Evie (aged 3) are big Teen Titans fans and watch the cartoon regularly, so they wanted to bring the minifigures of Robin, Beast Boy and Starfire to life… We came up with a quick idea, set up the iPhone and iPad ready for filming and got started…

I remember getting quite frustrated doing my first animation with my son Morgan. I was learning on the job, and with him being only 4 years old at the time, his patience and concentration were severely lacking, in a job that needs lots of both patience and concentration! As I battled to make the minifigures move, he would pull their arms off, or fly them around the living room, landing them on my head…

But this time round I was more comfortable with the process, having learnt a lot since then and the kids loved getting involved in the whole process of taking the pictures and moving the minifigures a little bit each time to make them wave or spin around on the fairground rides… We spent about 3 hours together animating, editing, adding music and finally watching our complete animation (over and over again). The kids just loved the finished film and it was easy to see they took some pride and satisfaction in their results. From a Dad’s point of view I had spent 3 hours of quality time with my children, not just having fun, but teaching them new skills that they will hopefully remember and possibly use in later life and we have a little brick film that we can watch again and again to remind us of that time spent together…

Stop frame animating with your children is definitely something I would recommend to parents to fill up some of those hours over the weekends and school holidays when the kids get bored. It can be relatively cheap to do if you have cameras, iPhones or iPads already around the house and not only will it keep the kids entertained for a few hours whilst making the film, but it will leave them with a permanent reminder of the time spent making it, in the form of a brick film that they can show to their friends and feel some kind of accomplishment with.

Check out our little animation “LEGO Teen Titans at The Fair” on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PFD4s422FA

The animation was made using Stop Motion Studio on an iPad2 with aniPhone 4S as a remote camera. Edits and music were done in iMovie on theiPad.

Welcome to MinifigureMotion.com

Hey guys and welcome to minifiguremotion.com where we will be showcasing our studios own Lego® Stop Motion Videos as well as helping you to make your own by posting informative “How To…” videos, detailing tips and techniques for both beginners and the more experienced animator. Our Showcase page will feature some of the best Brickfilms and Legomations available on the internet and hopefully we will get to talk to some of the other great animators to gain insights from them on how they create their animations.

We will be bringing you tips on software, cameras and lighting, as well as LEGO® and other related minifigure brands and products in an attempt to help you make the most of your own setup so that you can achieve the best quality stop-motion videos possible!

We hope you check back here for more regular updates and look forward to seeing some of your Brick Films soon!