Lego Stop Motion Tutorials, Resources & Tools

You’ve seen those amazing Lego Stop Motion movies all over the internet. Everyone loves them. So, if you ever wanted to be the writer, director and producer of your own movie (with minifigs), this is the article for you.

Lego Stop Motion Sites

Lego Stop Motion
Description : This site and its community is dedicated to brickfilming – making stop motion animation with LEGO or other brick like elements. The directory contains a large collection of films, you can submit your latest work, discuss this and every other issue that might come to your mind in the forums and also checkout the Resources and Tutorials to help you with any brickfilming related questions.

Lego Stop Motion
Spite Your Face Productions
Description : Spite Your Face is a London animation company, it is responsible for a number of celebrated short films, they specialize in animation and video content for broadcast, web, corporate and DVD. And they love Lego.

Lego Stop Motion
Description : A Swedish Blog dedicated to the art of Lego Stop Motion. It offers great resources as well as a showcase of movies.

Lego Stop Motion
Bricks in Motion
Description : Bricks in Motion is a new and up and coming site devoted to the creation of stop motion animation movies using LEGO bricks and other toy block mediums. The only problem is they are lacking content, could everyone please start submitting stuff. This site could be cool.

Lego Stop Motion
Best Bricks
Description : Best Bricks is a community of stop motion animators who animate using plastic bricks. Members can submit their films to the directory for other users to view and enjoy. Best Bricks is made and updated by volunteers who donate their time and money in the site. It is also the Best Bricks policy to always provide access to all content on the site for free.

Lego Stop Motion Freeware

Lego Stop Motion
LDraw – Lego CAD Drawing
Description : LDraw is an open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes. You can use it to document models you have physically built, create building instructions just like LEGO, render 3D photo realistic images of your virtual models and even make animations.
Compatibility : MAC only.

Lego Stop Motion
Description : MonkeyJam is a digital penciltest program. It is designed to let you capture images from a webcam, camcorder, or scanner and assemble them as separate frames of an animation. You can also import images and sound files already on your computer. Although it is designed for pencil and paper, MonkeyJam can also be used for StopMotion animation and has several features just for that. Movies created in MonkeyJam can be exported as AVI files.
Compatibility : Windows XP and Vista.

Lego Stop Motion
Stop Motion Animator
Description : Stop Motion Animator is an easy to use program, it works with video captures, your webcam images, analog and digital cameras. Freeware.
Compatibility : Windows XP and Vista.

Lego Stop Motion Shareware

Lego Stop Motion
Stop Motion Pro
Description : Stop Motion Pro is a software tool for making stop motion and other animated films. It requires a video camera, webcam or digital still camera.
Compatibility : Windows XP and Vista.

Lego Stop Motion
iStopMotion 2
Description : Create amazing stop-motion animations and time-lapse movies using your digital video camera, web camera or digital still camera. You can create characters and sets from Lego, it is a great way to tell a story.
iStopMotion 2 has a comprehensive suite of tools and features, and well worth the $49 you would be paying, you can also download the trial version.
Compatibility : MAC only.

Lego Stop Motion
Description : AnimatorHD – is a PC based software, frame grabber, for creating stop-motion and time-lapse animation. Just like iStopMotion 2, this is powerful software with a fairly hefty price tag, but worth it. The Personal version is good enough for anyone, and it retails at around $125.
Compatibility : Windows XP and Vista.

Lego Stop Motion
Animaatiokone Studio
Description : Animaatiokone Studio is a fully featured program for creating stop motion animation. It does the work and leaves the fun part – animating – to you. Take anything you want to animate, put it in front of a camera and get started.
Purchase for $99 or download the trial version.
Compatibility : Windows XP and Vista.

Lego Stop Motion
Description : IKITMovie (pronounced i-kit-movie) is Stop Motion Animation software. All you need is a PC and a USB webcam or USB streaming camcorder or a Digital Still Camera and you are ready to make your own brickfilms. Price is $49.
Compatibility : Windows XP and Vista.

Lego Stop Motion Tutorials

Lego Stop Motion
How to Create a Stop Motion Animation
Description : This is a general, but detailed, 15 step tutorial on stop motion (everyone should bookmark this one). Stop motion animation is not difficult, it is time-consuming, repetitive and requires patience.

Lego Stop Motion
How to Make Stop-Motion Video Shorts with Your Digital Camera
Description : Another step by step tutorial on stop motion, this shows you the easiestways to go about shooting, editing and finalizing a your short movie. Very easy tut to follow, with great video presentation.

Lego Stop Motion
Brickfilms Tutorial – Basic Steps
Description : First thing to learn is the animating of a minifigure character walking.

Lego Stop Motion
Brickfilms Tutorial – Running
Description : This tutorial is slightly more difficult than the previous, showing you a few more tecniques.

Lego Stop Motion
Brickfilms Tutorial – Special FX
Description : A tutorial showing you the basics of jumping.

Lego Stop Motion
Brickfilms Tutorial – Sound Effects
Description : A basic sound setup for Stop Motion animation should include at least a microphone and a headset or speakers and some audio editing software.

Lego Video Stop Motion Tutorials

How to Make LEGO Stop-Motion Movies

Description : This video will take you through the basics of sets, filming, and editing stop motion movies. In this tutorial they use Windows Movie Maker to edit, but even if you have a different editing program there may still be some helpful tips.

Behind The Bricks

Description : A non-stop tour through the world of Brickfilming, techniques and Crescent Studios.

How to make Lego stop motion using Windows Movie Maker

Description : This video tells you how to make a Lego stop motion animation using Windows Movie Maker.

Basic Stopmotion Tutorial on Filming a Lego Movie

Description : A basic stopmotion turtorial on filming a movie.

Stop Motion PRO Tutorial

Description : A tutorial on how to do stop motion the easy way with the legendary stop motion pro.

How to Make Stop-Motion Part 1

Description : Here is a more advanced tutorial on how to animate. This is only the picture taking process, watch the second part below.

How to Make Stop-Motion Part 2

Description : In this second part the focus is on editing.

Lego Stop Motion Tutorial

Description : A tutorial on how to animate a minifigure using stop motion.

Bluntys Stop-mo 101

Description : A much more detailed peek behind the scenes of Stop-motion animation from the director of the Circle Circle Dot Dot music video (view it in the showcase section of this post), Blunty3000.

Lego Stop Motion Walking Tutorial

Description : Copy the movements of each frame onto your lego minifig, in between movements take a pic and keep repeating the process (including taking pics) until your minifig has reached its destination.

Lego Stop Motion Walking/Running Tutorial
Lego Stop Motion Animation Tutorial

Description : This is a brickfilming tutorial on how to mask in GIMP 2.0. Stop motion animation tutorial.

Stop Motion Tutorial – Building The Set.

Description : How to build a set for your models in your stop motion videos.

Stop Motion Tutorial – Studio Lighting

Description : A short tutorial with advice on setting up your lighting for your animation studio.

Custom Lego Minifigs Tutorial

Description : A Tutorial on how to make the arms of your lego minifig open out more.

Lego Video Stop Motion Downloads

Basic Lego Movie Tutorial

Lego Stop Motion

Basic Lego Movie Tutorial – Swordfight

Lego Stop Motion

Basic Lego Movie Tutorial – Animator

Lego Stop Motion

Basic Lego Movie Tutorial – Dino

Lego Stop Motion

Lego Stop Motion Showcase

Building the LEGO Millennium Falcon

The Elevator

Grease – Summer Nights

Lego Stop – Motion

The Bank Robbery

Circle Circle Dot Dot

Lego Beer Song

The Simpsons Intro Lego Style

"Thriller"… with Legos

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