Welcome to Bricks in Motion!
We are an online filmmaking community devoted to the art of stop-motion animation. Most of our films, sometimes called brickfilms or LEGO movies, are created using LEGO® and other plastic brick building toys. In addition to an active community forum for filmmakers, this site is home to an ever-growing directory of films submitted by our users.

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Little Guys! by David Pagano.


Little Guys! is a faux-commercial made in the style of a 1980s toy commercial advertising a fictional toy known as Little Guys. It was made in 2007 by David Pagano and went on to win two Brick Award for Film Arts awards: Best Film and Best Animation. David Pagano was a Brickfilms.com member, and is currently a Bricks in Motion member and is the co-creator of The Set Bump, a blog about brickfilming. He frequently works with The LEGO Company to produce promotional short films featuring LEGO. His personal projects include Playback and the in-production follow-up to Little Guys!Little Guys in Space!


Watch Little Guys! on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on April 24, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This featured brickfilmer post is part of a series of articles highlighting animators who supported the Bricks in Motion Documentary project on Kickstarter.


Noah Frazier (PushOverProductions) started making brickfilms with his dad's camcorder in 2007 after seeing the entries to the "LEGO Star Wars Moviemaking Contest." He eventually met Jonathan Phillips (Just Kidden) who introduced him to BricksInMotion. He says the community helped him grow  as a filmmaker:


"With help from the extremely supportive community , I improved more in one year the I had in the four years I had been brick filming all together. After getting involved in contests like BRAWL and THAC, I discovered my love for oddball-ish dark humor, which is likely the result of an questionable parental decision to raise me on Monty Python's Flying Circus."


To read the rest and discuss this brickfilmer, visit the forum topic!

By Sméagol on April 20, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Cognizance by Michael J. Green.


Cognizance is a music video set to the Coldplay song “Don’t Panic” and tells the story of an assassin who is reassessing his career and life choices. Unlike some music videos in the future, this music video is purely a fan creation, and not sponsored by Coldplay. It was made in 2005 by Michael J. Green for his high school senior project, where it was chosen was one of the top three projects. Cognizance was also nominated for four awards in the 2005 Brickfilms Achievement in Motion Pictures Awards (a precursor to the Bricks in Motion Awards), including Best Overall Film. Michael J. Green, typically known as Cometgreen, was a well-known member of Brickfilms.com and was also a notable moderator. He made a few other films, including returning in 2011 to release another music video (LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends), but Cognizance is his most-known brickfilm by far.


Watch Cognizance on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on April 17, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This featured brickfilmer post is part of a series of articles highlighting animators who supported the Bricks in Motion Documentary project on Kickstarter.


Lewis Chen (Lechnology) is an animator whose work in the past few years has focused on computer animation. Since he sawThe Phantom Menace as a child, Lewis has had an interest in computer animation and visual effects. In 2002, he got into brickfilming in high school when a friend showed him a class project that was created using stop motion and LEGO.


Lewis says his approach is to focus on the story he wants to tell, rather than letting the medium limit him:


"I want to make brickfilms, I just don't have the space or resources to make them. While CG animation opens the door to creativity, I really wanted to make LEGO-based animation so I committed and specialized in CG brickfilms. Plus it was better than being hunched over a table in my attic with hot lamps during the hot summers that I had time to do stop-motion."


To read the rest and discuss this brickfilmer, visit the forum topic!

By Sméagol on April 13, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The River by Nikolas Jaeger.


The River follows the story of a man who finds himself travelling down a river to an unknown destination. It was made in 2009 by Nikolas Jaeger for the Space, Time and Reality Contest hosted on Bricks in Motion. It won first place, and was also nominated for six Bricks in Motion Awards, winning all but two of them. Nikolas Jaeger, known as Night Owl, was a member of Brickfilms.com and Bricks in Motion and made other memorable films including Night of the TaterBill Carney’s Body andHastingsThe River is his last film.


Watch The River on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on April 10, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This featured brickfilmer post is part of a series of articles highlighting animators who supported the Bricks in Motion Documentary project on Kickstarter.


Neal Tovstiga (Mr Vertigo), 18, is an animator currently living in the UK. He first learned about brickfilming some seven years ago when he came across LEGO animations on YouTube. Having had an interest in LEGO since childhood, the medium appealed him, but he didn't decide to take it up for himself until 2012 when he was inspired by the work of Harrison Allen (BiM member Squid); he specifically cites Pirates Rule! and How Not To Rob A Bank.


He joined Bricks in Motion and his first Brickfilm, The Time Machine, was made for a local youth festival contest and screened at a local cinema. He later made Monochrome and Loyalty, for the Contrast and BRAWL competitions on the Bricks in Motion forums.


His current project is a brickfilm called Seven Assassins, for which he recently released a trailer.


To read the rest and discuss this brickfilmer, visit the forum topic!

By Sméagol on April 6, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Men O' War by Isaac Botkin.


Traditionally, nearly all brickfilms are made with actual, physical LEGO (or similarly) pieces, using stop-motion to make the characters and objects move. Over the years however, brickfilms made with digital LEGO and computer animation have been made. Men O’ War, animated by Isaac Botkin, is one of the most impressive CGI brickfilms. Released in 2006, this brickfilm made a splash and was eventually nominated for a Best Visual Elements award in the 2006 Brickfilms Achievement in Motion Pictures Awards. This is Isaac Botkin’s only brickfilm, and was made with the help of many other members of the Botkin family.


Watch Men O' War on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on April 3, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This featured brickfilmer post is part of a series of articles highlighting animators who supported the Bricks in Motion Documentary project on Kickstarter.


Funmi Adetola is a brickfilmer with a serious interest in directing feature films one day:


"After watching Spider-Man 2 as a six year old on a plane, I fell in love with movies, not sure at the time at what capacity I wanted to make them. I discovered brickfilming as an alternative art form to start making grand adventures on a smaller budget."


To read more and discuss this brickfilmer, visit the forum topic!

By Sméagol on March 30, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The Artist by Mirko Horstmann.


Instead of looking outward toward the wide world, many films turn inward to examine the process of filmmaking, artistry and creativity. The Artist, by Mirko Horstmann and released in 2007, is one of those films. This quiet film follows the struggle of a sculptor attempting to get into an art gallery, and probably resonates with any creative person who’s had to deal with trying to get their artwork accepted. The Artist won Best Film in Steinerei 2007 (a German brickfilm film festival) and first place in a Brickfilms.com contest simply known as the TTC Contest (a contest designed to promote the Theora video codec). Mirko Horstmann was a well-known German member of Brickfilms.com, and also made a few other brickfilms, including Greedy Bricksand The Fisherman and his Wife.


Watch The Artist on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on March 27, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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Hello and welcome, one and all! After a momentary hiatus (read: 3 years), Nathan Wells and Zach Macias are proud to present the nominees for the 2014 Bricks in Motion Awards! This is a (sort of) annual awards event that recognizes and celebrates excellence in brickfilming in a wide variety of categories and disciplines. Think like the Oscars for brickfilms.


Our panel of judges have sorted through a year’s worth of films and voted on them in 11 individual categories until a final list of 5 nominees was agreed upon for each category. Very soon, we will be sending out the final ballots, and once those votes are tallied and winners chosen, they will be announced via a live awards show in the Bricks in Motion IRC Chat (more details on that later).


Check out the announcement thread to read up on all of the nominees!

By Nathan Wells on March 23, 2015, Comments (0), Share