Welcome to Bricks in Motion!
Founded in 2001, Bricks in Motion is a friendly 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. We have an active forum for filmmakers to learn from each other and share their work, as well as an ever-growing directory of films submitted by our members, and periodic animation contests that challenge filmmakers to push their skills further.

In 2015, Nathan Wells ran the Brickfilm of the Week feature, with myself and Sméagol joining in towards the second half. For a while now, I have been thinking about launching a successor to that feature, and when nswihart began talking about how he wanted to see a feature and would also be willing to write for one, it seemed like now would be a good time to start one up again. Welcome to the first installment of The Brickfilm Feature!

While Brickfilm of the Week featured one classic brickfilm each week, I plan for the format of this new feature to be less defined. My main focus for now will be on featuring a number of brickfilms under a common theme, no matter their age or fame. It may also include Brickfilm of the Week-style single film features if the film is substantial, or other formats entirely. There will also be multiple writers, and hopefully some once-off guest writers. If you enjoy seeing content like this, I would encourage you to try to leave responses to the threads, as visible response helps motivation to continue writing articles.

For this inaugural feature, I will be highlighting “Unusual adventure brickfilms”. With there still being more than enough time to begin an entry to the Spirit of Adventure Contest, I thought I would encourage out-of-the-box thinking in regards to the theme in the hopes of inspiring those who don't have enough time or LEGO to craft an adventure on a larger scale. A tightly made short with a strong concept can have just as much of a fighting chance as a mini-epic (as I myself have found out in previous contests).

To see the full post including the films featured, visit the forum thread!

By Penta on July 21, 2017, Comments (1), Share

The Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long Contest 2017 has come to an end! The contest has received 24 qualifying entries, which is up from last year. The standard of quality is quite impressive, and the experimental theme has led to great variety in the filmmaking approaches taken. Check out the entries in the YouTube playlist, then head over to the Releases forum to leave responses!

Don't forget, there is still more than two months left to enter the Spirit of Adventure Contest, for a chance to win Dragonframe and other great prizes!

By Penta on July 3, 2017, Comments (0), Share

The Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long Contest 2017 has started! The theme is Experimental and the mod elements are a blue brick connected to a white brick and the letter R. The deadline is July 2 at 0:00 BST (British Standard Time). For full details, see the contest start thread!

By Penta on June 25, 2017, Comments (0), Share

The theme of BricksInMotion.com’s 2017 contest is Adventure.

The contest will run from June 5th to September 10th. Prizes for this year’s competition are provided in part by this year’s sponsors: DragonframeBrickstuff and The LEGO Animation Book! In addition to the prize pool for the top three, this contest also includes a prize for Promising Director.

Want to learn more? Check out the forum post for complete details on this contest!

By Penta on June 6, 2017, Comments (0), Share

Bricks in Motion is happy to announce the 2017 Brickfilm Rapidly All Week Long (BRAWL) contest! Brickfilmers will have one week to create an entry from June 25 until July 2, starting and ending at 12:00 am (00:00) BST (British Standard Time). The contest is being hosted by longtime host FunSucker and prizes are again being generously provided by BrickWarriors. Read the full announcement and rules in the announcement thread!

The BRAWL contest has been hosted on the Bricks in Motion forums since 2008, the year the site began, but this is the first time that the contest is being held in official association with Bricks in Motion. Read more about the history of BRAWL on the Brickfilms Wiki page.

By Penta on May 19, 2017, Comments (1), Share

BrickVideo Studio is running its second brickfilm contest, "Spring Blossoms". This follows their successful "Fooled" contest, and it is again sponsored by Minifigures.com, with an upgrade to the prizes. Entries to the contest must include a flower or plant, and the deadline is June 24.

BrickVideo Studio was founded by Daniel Utecht (known as Plastic Planet Productions on YouTube) and Don Potratz. It streams brickfilms to TV using Roku, and the first place prize for the Spring Blossoms contest includes a Roku player.

By Penta on April 18, 2017, Comments (0), Share

LEGO has announced a new Rebrick brickfilming competition, "Ninja for a Day", for 15 - 30 second films showing how a resident of Ninjago city spends their day. This is the second Ninjago-themed Rebrick contest, and this time six winners will have the chance to have their animation featured in The LEGO Ninjago Movie, in addition to receiving a huge haul of prizes including the full LEGO Ninjago Movie set range and a mystery exclusive Ninjago set valued at $300. This is the first time that all six winners will receive the grand prize, rather than some of them winning runner-up prizes as in previous Rebrick contests. The deadline is May 10, and the higher chance to win big really does make this contest seem worth entering.

Visit the Rebrick thread in the BiM forums to discuss, or read more about the Rebrick competions on the wiki!

By Penta on April 5, 2017, Comments (0), Share

We have a major announcement to make about the future of this website. Read the full information here!

By Sméagol on March 30, 2017, Comments (0), Share

Nope, this isn’t testing out how Raggedy Ann and Andy move. This is real. This is legit. Camera movement for stop motion. Take a look. Do you have the pieces to build this camera rig yourself? Does this give you ideas for making your own camera movement rig? Do you see a way to improve upon the design for moving the camera further?

Join the conversation in this week’s highlighted topic.

By nswihart on February 24, 2017, Comments (0), Share

The Line Up

Need some voice actors? Trying to find that voice that fits a certain villain/hero? All your characters sound like the same person, because they’re all voiced by YOU?

Come on over to The Brickfilm Casting Agency! We’ve got all types, some are quicker at response than others, and there’s a few restrictions for some, but there’s enough variety to fill your whole cast.

Please remember to be respectful of other’s time, and they will do their best to help you out, they are volunteering after all. Read through the list of available voice actors and see who might be able to help you out.

Get your cast assembled today!

By nswihart on February 17, 2017, Comments (0), Share