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.

To kick off the month of October appropriately, this week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Chase of Horror by Martin Bretzer and Tobias Becker.

Chase of Horror is a 2006 black comedy/horror brickfilm by German brickfilmers Martin Bretzer and Tobias Becker ("mtproductions"). It follows a man driving recklessly at night who is chased by the police for running over two bank robbers and stealing their money.

Watch Chase of Horror on YouTube, then head over to the discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By sillypenta on October 3, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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


Congratulations to our top four winners, and the rest of the contest entrants!

1. Sola Luna by rioforce

2. The Tree by legoguy501

3. Experience and Error by nswihart

4. Horace and Horace's Day Out by sillypenta

For the rest of the top ten, additional information, and discussion, visit the forum topic!

By Sméagol on September 19, 2015, Comments (1), Share

We'll be announcing the winners of the Darkness & Light animation contest this Saturday, September 19 at 8 pm UTC!

To participate in the live event, go to the "chat room" link at the bottom of the community section of the forum. The chat room is IRC-based, and can be accessed via at irc.tawx.net at the #brickfilms channel. During the live chat, we'll announce the top ten films as decided by our judges, including our four contest winners. These results will be published on the website afterward.

Thank you to everyone who supported this contest by entering it, and to our judges!

Discussion thread in the forums

By Sméagol on September 16, 2015, Comments (0), Share

Ciné Brique 2015 : The Canadian brickfilm festival

Marc-Andre Caron is holding the second annual Ciné Brique festival, a live film festival event in Laval, Quebec, where brickfilms will be shown and awarded prizes. It's sure to be a fun event for brickfilmers, and you are encouraged to submit your films to the festival! For more details, see Caron's Ciné Brique 2015 announcement topic on the forums or visit the Ciné Brique website.

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

The Citizen of the Year LIVES Contest

Welcome, everyone, to the most magical time of the year!

After 5 years, the annual-when-it-suits-us Septemberfest contest is back, and more ambitious than ever. In fact, it’s too big for just one month! That’s why this contest will be running from the 1st September to the 31st October 2015! If you’d like to take part in the celebrations and have a shot at some incredible prizes, check out the forum thread here!

By Nathan Wells on September 1, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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


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


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