Imagine building a LEGO creation for the sole purpose of making stop-motion animation. That is precisely what TheBrickDen has done and the end result offers some surprising yet practical solutions. You are looking at his interpretation of Batman’s Gotham City, a fictional place that we all feel we know from comic books, TV shows, or hit movies. This Gotham City is, first off, more colorful than we usually imagine it and secondly is situated vertically in what the builder calls three separate districts; a dilapidated and seedy lower level, a bustling middle area and a sort of elite business district atop of it all. In this regard it is more akin to the 70620 Nijago City set than what we know of Gotham. If this were a sprawling layout, I would imagine it to be difficult to position a camera in the middle of it to do stop-motion photography work but in this configuration, dozens of passageways, cubicles and nooks are all easily accessible to the camera. Each new angle would offer a different vignette into the action taking place within.
If you’re any kind of self-respecting Harry Potter fan, you know about the Mirror of Erised. Even more importantly, you know one of the most famous quotes of the entire series. As Dumbledore says, “It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live.” These noble words that resonate with us all come at a pivotal point in the storyline.
Now that scene has been masterfully re-created in LEGO stop-motion by Geertos13 who also voices the young wizard.
If you’ve ever tried to create stop-motion animation using LEGO bricks before, you’ll know it takes a lot of effort. Before you check out the latest YouTube video by BrickBrosProductions (no relation to The Brothers Brick), take a moment to appreciate that it took three days and 1,500 pictures to film their 2-minute animation!
Inspired by PESfilm’s stop-motion animations, “Lego In Real Life” is a really cool short film about a boy with a LEGO Movie T-Shirt making his breakfast using LEGO-built ingredients, and the result is fantastic. Keep an eye out for the minifig fridge magnet, the bread turning into toast, and my personal favorite, the butter melting into liquid and bubbling in the frying pan.
LEGO stop-motion films or ‘brick films‘ are a popular way to bring LEGO to life. Brick films often feature minifigures and depict movie scenes or action moments using LEGO. Andrea, an Italian fan of LEGO, has employed a stop motion method that is certainly unique. His film shows the smooth creation of a build by Massimiliano Marino. The final creation centers around the Farmer minifigure who appears in Collectible Minifigure Series 15 along with his pig.
The creator Andrea plans further stop-motion fan builds on his YouTube channel AnkTales. The great thing about a stop-motion video of a build is that you can remember how to build it long after it has been deconstructed and the bricks used for the next project, not to mention letting other builders take a look at the construction process.