Today we look at the LEGO Animation maker video on Animation Tips and Tricks. The Lego Movie Maker App helps ordinary people create their own LEGO Stop Motion Animation. with a basic phone camera and of course, you’ll need the Movie Maker App.
At the time of writing this review, the Movie Maker App was only available for iPhone.
As a budding LEGO film maker, you’ll want to learn some of the basic techniques of Stop Animation and LEGO have covered this nicely in their video series as seen below.
And it’s okay if you animations are a little choppy at first as you can increase the speed when you’re ready. You should aim for a frame rate of at least 15 frames/sec as this will give you a nice smooth animation.
Yes, that’s 15 individual photos per second of video. Yikes!!! There is much work to be done.
Let’s roll the video
When your character or object is moving it sometimes take a little effort before it’s at full speed so start with small movements and slowly increase to larger movements between shots. This is called Easing In
Similarly when you character or objects is moving to a stop, you want to start with long movements and decrease to shorter ones until the object finally reaches it’s resting position. This is called Easing Out
Walking and Running
Walking and running are an essential part of any minifig’s movement, so you’ll want to spend some time learning these movements. There is a subtle difference between walking and running and the video shows you in 6 frames the difference between WALK and RUN. Spend some time in this part of the video.
Once you’ve mastered the basic leg movements, try introducing swingings arms and or head movements depending on the scene.
Making Bricks Fly
Lego suggests using transparent studs to help raise your minifigs or bricks. Although this is ok, for basic animation it requires a little more imagination than you’d expect. Real object animation is done in post production with the use of a basic photo editor.
There are a few good videos explaining this technique so stay tuned for further videos.
Animation Other Objects
Objects that are designed to move can still be animated by rocking the backwards and forwards, so use your imagination and play around with different ideas. You may need to be creative.
Switch faces or heads of your characters to show the different expressions they can have.
Use transparent blue, green and clear studs to create a water effect.
Laser gun effects are done by using transparent rods that are photographed in the laser gun and then just on the edge of the screen. When speeded up this looks really effective. Add sound for the finishing touches.
To create a broken glass effect use transparent studs in place of the window and separate them over a few frames to create a breaking glass effect.
Remember a realistic effect is created using both visual and sound effects.
You can get free sound effect you can use from the Youtube Audio Library.
This video is a great introduction to making your first LEGO Stop Motion Animation. And once you’ve mastered the basics of the LEGO animation maker you’ll be ready to create you first Brick Flick. But just like when you play with LEGO, you’ll need to use your imagination and be creative when you come against difficult problems.
If you can’t figure it out then ask someone, to hep you out.