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NNN Chapter 2 – Robots!

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Robots have invaded Figuria! Should we flee in terror? Or just laugh at them? As always, Phil, Sherry, and the rest of the Nightly News at Nine team have the inside scoop.

Will ROBOphelia defeat the Pinchbot leader Grabbor? What new nefarious plan does Malifios have to destroy New Block City? Will Zundar join the Green Militia to fight against Orange? And finally, what are we going to do with all these robots?!

“NNN Chapter 2 -Robots!” is an independent stop-motion animation made by David M Pickett over the course of 3 years. It took more than 400 hours to animate and countless more hours of writing, voice-acting, building, and editing. You can buy it for just $1, but the suggested price is $3. All profits support production of future episodes of the Nightly News at Nine: http://gum.co/NNNCh2

Many thanks to all my Kickstarter backers!

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Introducting BrickAnimation.com

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
  • Contests
  • “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.

Stop Motion Animation: An Introduction

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.

My inspirations

I, like many others, recently discovered Pinterest. I create a pin board to collect some of my favorite stop motion animations. Check it out and let me know what stop motion animations inspire you.

ROBOphelia vs. Grabbor

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.