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.

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

Results for the latest 24-Hour Animation Contest are out! Congratulations to the team behind (Never) Meant to Be for their win.

For the full top ten list, visit the announcement thread.

Thank you to our contest sponsors, Brickstuff and David Pagano and David Pickett for providing the prizes!


By Sméagol on February 11, 2017, Comments (0), Share

Bricks in Motion Poster

Bricks in Motion, a feature length documentary about the world of LEGO animators, is now available for purchase on Vimeo On Demand.

Had a chance to see the film? Discuss the film with the community in the official discussion thread!

By Sméagol on February 3, 2017, Comments (0), Share

A Clean Lens is a Good Lens

Do you find yourself asking questions that start with…

“How do I…?”

“Should I buy…?”

“Is that a good…?”

“Where can I find…?”

If you do, and you’re looking at investing in a DSLR camera and/or lenses for a DSLR, then you might want to visit this topic. Our own SlothPaladin has assembled this topic as a resource for viewing and understanding the results of a handful of commonly used lenses for Nikon cameras with respect to stop-motion animation.

As a DSLR (and lenses for DSLRs) are expensive, it is wise to research before making a purchase, and most information you can find online regarding these cameras is related to general photography, rather than stop-motion photography. This topic/guide is a bit more specific to the “focus” of stop-motion animation.

Learn about Nikkor Lenses here.

PS: No Highlighted Topic next week in lieu of a forthcoming special announcement!

By nswihart on January 27, 2017, Comments (0), Share
You’ll never guess what this chicken is about to do

BricksinMotion.com has grown. This expansion continues, and sometimes the things we enjoyed so much about our dear communal endeavor to fill the world with brickfilms can fade into distant memory.

To breathe new life into our forgotten subjects, topics, and comments comes a new weekly series…

The Highlighted Topic. 

Kicking things off we'll start with the once reborn Animation Challenge topic in the forums under "General Film Discussion".

This topic presents a fun and simple challenge to animate some unique activity. Imagination and creativity are always welcome! Use it as an opportunity to expand your skill set as an animator. Challenge yourself and others, each winner passes the torch to the next challenger who selects the next subject and deadline. Simple, short, and fun. Explore the topic’s past winners to get a feel of how to compete, read the directions to know how to compete, and challenge yourself.

This animation is a favorite example of a winning submission.

Check out the Animation Challenge topic here.

PS: Can you find the chicken in the topic?

By nswihart on January 20, 2017, Comments (1), Share

It's that time of year again! The next Twenty-four Hour Animation contest, sponsored by Brickstuff and David Pickett & David Pagano, will be held January 7-8 of 2017. For full contest details, visit the discussion thread.

By Sméagol on December 5, 2016, Comments (0), Share


Longtime pillars of the brickfilming community David Pagano and David Pickett, in cooperation with No Starch Press, have published a new book about how to make LEGO animations.

Whether you are just getting started or have been involved in the hobby for quite some time, this is a helpful guidebook that covers the process of making a film from start to finish. I was particularly impressed by the artful layouts and heavy use of visual aids and illustration throughout; this book has been years in the making, and the talent and hard work put into it is evident in every page.

If you're looking for a solid introduction to any aspect of how to make a LEGO animation (whether it's a very basic beginner film or something more advanced), I think this book will prove to be an invaluable resource and an enjoyable read.

The book is available through No Starch Press (includes a free eBook copy!) or on Amazon.

Questions? Comments? Discuss the book in the forums!

By Sméagol on October 30, 2016, Comments (0), Share

Sight & Sound

We've concluded the judging process for our summer Sight & Sound animation contest! Many thanks to all of the entrants, the judges, my contest co-runner Nathan Wells, and our contest sponsors:



Without the generosity of companies like Dragonframe and Brickstuff, having great prizes for these contests wouldn't be possible. Both of them make excellent products that have a lot of use for brickfilming, and I encourage you to give them a look.

Congratulations to our prize winners as well as all animators who completed entries!

1. Draw by Mighty Wanderer

2. Sounds Like Trouble by nswihart

3. Honk Honk! by VN

For the full Top Ten results, visit the forum!

By Sméagol on October 5, 2016, Comments (0), Share

Sight & Sound


The theme of BricksInMotion.com’s 2016 contest is Sight & Sound.

The contest will run from June 1st to September 1st. Prizes for this year’s competition are provided in part by this year’s sponsors: Dragonframe and Brickstuff



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

By Sméagol on June 1, 2016, Comments (0), Share