A neat historical flick made from the brick: “Chicago Pile-1: A Brick History” [Video]

Recently, Dave Pickett from the YouTube channel Brick 101 created a video for the Argonne National Laboratory called “Chicago Pile-1: A Brick History”. The final product turned out great. Coming in at 2 minutes and 51 seconds, the animation is full of all sorts of thoughtful touches. From the composition of the scenes to the LEGO buildings found within, this is absolutely the work of a maestro.

But how exactly did he make it? David’s behind the scenes video gives some insight.

In the behind the scenes video we get a great glimpse into David’s creative process. It’s especially nice that he’s shared such a variety of different insights. In addition to hard tactics like what software he uses, David also conveys some of the thoughts going through his head while he was in the process of making this film.

It’s no secret that Dave knows how to make a brickfilm. We’ve covered some of his previous brickfilming and other LEGO work before. He also quite literally wrote the book on the topic as he’s a co-author, along with David Pagano, of The LEGO Animation Book.

All of these years of experience and accomplishments on Dave’s part don’t mean that he’s incapable of sharing his expertise in a relatable and understandable way though, and just like his book this behind the scenes video proves that.

When push comes to shove, tactics alone are useless without the right mindset and approach. Now that you’ve watched a wonderful brickfilm and accompanying behind the scenes video and gotten some of both as it relates to brickfilming, what are you waiting for? Time to get out there and start animating your LEGO bricks!