I have joined forces with David Pagano to produce a new blog about animations made with LEGO bricks tentatively titled BrickAnimation.com. It is a natural continuation of the work the two of us did in putting together issue 14 of Brickjournal and we have big plans for the site.
In the coming months, we’re planning to feature posts about all aspects of the brick animation hobby:
Highlighting the best animations made using LEGO bricks
Hardware and software packages, and other useful items for the brick animators’ toolkit
News, previews, and reviews of LEGO sets, fan-made accessories, and (of course) films
Interviews with the foremost filmmakers in the LEGO fan community
Tutorials covering animation techniques, tips, and tricks
“And much more!”
We’re currently running a contest to rename the site. So be sure to go check it out enter by October 24th 2012.
Last week I gave a talk to the student film group at my alma mater about the basics of stop motion animation. In it, I cover the many different forms of stop motion, basic tools of the trade and my current animation setups
The University of Chicago Alumni Magazine also did a great write-up of the event and my history in stop motion.
I don’t typically write about individual episodes of NNN on this site, I usually wait until a chapter is complete and write about it as a whole. But I spent a lot of time documenting my creative process when animating the most recent episode, so it ties in very closely to the How to Animate work I’ve been doing here and felt appropriate.
The most recent issue of BrickJournal (a magazine made for and by LEGO fans) is focused on LEGO animation. My friend and fellow LEGO animator, David Pagano, was a guest editor for this issue and did a great job getting together some amazing articles about various aspects of LEGO animation. I contributed an article designed to help a beginner make their first stop-motion animation.
In conjunction with this article, I have launched a companion page on this website that gives an even deeper look at the creative process that goes into making animations. I hope you will find it useful. You can order the BrickJournal issue here.