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.


This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The Hand of Fate by Dave Corbett.


The Hand of Fate follows the story of Phil, a man who keeps seeing giant hands attacking his friends. It was made in 2004 and was an entry into the A Peculiar Event contest hosted on Brickfilms.com. It ultimately won first place. Dave Corbett, more commonly known as Digi_Dave, was an active member on Brickfilms.com during the site’s early years. He made only one other film, The Customer is Always Right.


Watch The Hand of Fate on YouTube, and then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

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


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


Marc-André Caron, aka MonsieurCaron, is a history teacher, husband, and father of two based in Québec, Canada. His earliest introduction to the hobby came in the form of various LEGO and Bionicle videos on YouTube, inspiring him to try making some films of his own.


Soon, he was asked to make a video for his local Teachers' Union and commissions grew from there. He built his YouTube channel and made more film projects. With the help of QuéLUG (Québec LEGO User Group), he taught a brickfilming class that made a Jurassic Park parody video.


One of Caron's recent projects is this LEGO Ghostbusters video. He says that while many outsiders enjoy it, he got some criticism from animators who didn't like the way characters slide around, something he did because he felt it added to the comedy.




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By Sméagol on January 19, 2015, Comments (0), Share


This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The Gauntlet by Jay Silver.


The Gauntlet follows the story of an imprisoned man who attempts to escape the lair of an evil wizard. It was made in 2001 and was originally conceived to be an entry into the Classical Movie Contest on Brickfilms.com, but it was not finished in time. Jay Silver, a Canadian brickfilmer, has been a staple member of the brickfilming community since 2001, and is appearing in the Bricks in Motion documentary. The Gauntlet was Jay Silver’s first released brickfilm, and he also made Rise of the Empire, Rapunzel, and The Journey, which recently won the Bricks in Motion Celebration Contest.


Watch The Gauntlet on The Brickfilm Archive, and then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on January 16, 2015, Comments (0), Share


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


Walter Benson, 22, is an animator based in Florida. He loves cinema and LEGO, and sees brickfilming as a combination of these passions.


Benson's latest project, That's The Way It Goes!, is a 20 minute short film with an episodic structure, and has been well received in the BiM community. Benson says he draws inspiration from LEGO vignettes, small scenes built from bricks that work to tell a small story.




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By Sméagol on January 12, 2015, Comments (0), Share

Winners for THAX XII have been announced. Thank you to Nathan Wells for running and sponsoring this year's competition, and congratulations to the winners!


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Fried Circuit - by ForlornCreature


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Warshaw - by sillypenta


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Released - by AnW


See the full top 10 and discuss in the forums!

By Sméagol on January 10, 2015, Comments (0), Share


This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Also Thwacked Zarathustra by Thomas Foote.


Also Thwacked Zarathustra follows the story of a pack of monkeys that are terrorized by a hungry T-rex. It was made in 2001, when a slurry of other 2001: A Space Odyssey were also released. It premiered at Brickfest 2001. Thomas Foote, an American brickfilmer, was an early member of the Brickfilms.com community and was active roughly from 1999 to 2004, producing brickfilms such as The Big Match and Jake Technic. His personal site, BricksInMotion.com eventually lent its name and URL to our own beloved site.


Watch Also Thwacked Zarathustra on YouTube, and then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on January 9, 2015, Comments (0), Share


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


Kris, also known as Bionicle28, is a 17 year old animator who, along with the rest of his family, forms Something's Awry Productions. He's produced several videos for the LEGO Group, most recently working on a pilot for a series of videos which explain how to make stop motion films using the LEGO Movie Maker app. He also worked on animated credits for the documentary Beyond the Brick. One of his most recent films is the impressive and entertaining short The Call of Farqunglu.




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By Sméagol on January 5, 2015, Comments (0), Share

The 24 hours are over, and the entries to this year's Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest are now available in the forums! Check them out in the Releases forum or via the playlist:


By Sméagol on January 4, 2015, Comments (0), Share

THAX XII has begun. For full contest information over the next 24 hours, visit the announcement thread.

By Sméagol on January 3, 2015, Comments (0), Share


Welcome to Brickfilm of the Week! This is a new weekly feature on Bricks in Motion. Every Friday, a brickfilm will be selected as Brickfilm of the Week to be featured on the main page of Bricks in Motion. The purpose of Brickfilm of the Week is to celebrate important, fun, influential, creative and noteworthy brickfilms and to draw attention to brickfilms that might have been forgotten over the years.




Since it’s THAC (Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest) season, this week’s Brickfilm of the Week is His Master’s Plan, by Stefan van Zwam, the winner of the very first Twenty-four Animation Contest in 2005.


His Master’s Plan follows the story of a servant, following the orders of his master, who breaks into a house to steal something valuable. Like all THAC films, it was made in under 24 hours. Stefan van Zwam, a Dutch brickfilmer, was a staple member of the Brickfilms.com community and was active from 2001 to 2007, producing brickfilms such as Animation Class: Lesson 1, Daedalus and Icarus, and his Great Inventors pair of films. His Master’s Plan was one of Stefan van Zwam’s last brickfilms.



Watch His Master’s Plan on YouTube, and then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on January 2, 2015, Comments (0), Share