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.

It's time for a sneak peak at the next BricksInMotion.com event, the upcoming The Citizen of the Year Lives contest run by longtime brickfilmer and BiM staffer Sean Warton.


Look for the full competition announcement and contest details right here on Tuesday, September 1st!



If you're new to Septemberfest, an annual celebration of the classic brickfilm The Citizen of the Yearwatch the film that started it all to see what this is all about.

By Sméagol on August 27, 2015, Comments (1), Share

Shadows and Plastic: Painting with Light in LEGO Animation


As our summer animation contest Darkness and Light comes to a close, it's time for a look back at what brickfilmers have achieved in lighting and cinematography over the years, and explore some possibilities for the future!


It can be easy to fall into the trap of settling for flat, evenly exposed lighting on your film, regardless of the content of its story. There is a a place for high-key lighting, but with the advent of DSLRs, high quality webcams, and instant online HD video publishing, making sure that everything can be seen clearly in your finished film isn't the challenge it used to be.


The exciting thing about these advances is that they open up opportunities to explore bold, creative lighting design in our films. We can use multiple light sources with color and careful composition to paint with light, much like a live action cinematographer does.


Read the rest of this article and discuss lighting in brickfilms on the forum!

By Sméagol on August 27, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Reputation by Colin Boyle.


Reputation is a 2007 medieval comedy brickfilm by Colin Boyle. It is about a knight, Shawn, who wishes to gain a warrior's reputation and journeys to rescue a princess from a dragon. It was an entry into the Brickfilms.com Inventions, Discoveries and Extraordinary Achievements Contest and placed fifth overall.br


Watch Reputation on YouTubethen head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on August 21, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is About A Door by Holger Imig.


About a Door is a 2004 comedy satire brickfilm by Holger Imig. It follows the story of a door not to be opened and the public controversy surrounding it. It was an entry into the A Peculiar Event Contest and ultimately placed 6th. About a Door proved to be very influential in early Brickfilms.com culture, and spawned many parodies and homages.


Watch About a Door on YouTubethen head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!


 

By Nathan Wells on August 14, 2015, Comments (0), Share

Tutorial: Animating in Tight Sets


BiM member SlothPaladin, creator of recent brickfilms such as Beyond the Eleventh Dimension and Subterranean, has written a guide for animating figures in the often confined spaces of a brickfilm set.


To check out his tutorial and share your thoughts, visit the tutorial forum topic!

By Sméagol on August 10, 2015, Comments (2), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Found by Steffen Troeger and Sandra Abele.


Found is a 2006 slice of life brickfilm by Steffen Troeger and Sandra Abele. It follows the story of a man who finds a beautiful flower, and is an adaptation of the poem of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was created for the Steinerei 2006 festival and won second place in the audience vote.


Watch Found on YouTubethen head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on August 7, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Money by Dave Wardell.


Money is a 2005 comedy brickfilm by Dave Wardell. It is about an impoverished Ralph and Rupert attempting to withdraw the last of their money from the bank but getting mistaken for bank robbers. It is the fourth film in the Ralph and Rupert series and also stars characters from Wardell's film Stop! Thief!


Watch Money on the Brickfilm Archivethen head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on July 31, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The Crow and the Fox by "France and Alex".


The Crow and the Fox is a retelling of the fable The Fox and the Crow by Jean de La Fontaine. It was made by French brickfilming team "France and Alex" in 2006. "France and Alex" are also known for Gaston's Odyssey and Bestia.


Watch The Crow and the Fox on YouTubethen head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

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

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is VIRUS by Fred Mangan.


VIRUS is a unique brickfilm focusing on brick-built robot characters who live inside a computer. It was made in 2011 and has remained little-known within the brickfilm community.


Watch VIRUS on YouTube, then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Sméagol on July 17, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Onorno by Bert Loos.


Onorno is a comedy brickfilm about two men who argue over what is written on a sign they are viewing from opposite sides. It was made by Bert Loos in 2005, andwas an entry to the first Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest and placed thirteenth in the judges' choice and eleventh in the entrants' choice. Bert Loos was a member of Brickfilms.com and is a member of Bricks in Motion. He greatly helped the Brickfilms Archive project when he provided thousands of archived brickfilms to the organizers, some of which had thought to have been lost forever. His other films include About RapunzelStoryline Buildup, and Da Europeans.


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

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