Tutorials & Tools for Easily Creating Lego Stop Motion Movies

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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

Brickfilms
This site and its community are 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 check out the Resources and Tutorials to help you with any brickfilming related questions.


Bricks in Motion
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 Freeware

Stop Motion Animator
Stop Motion Animator is an easy to use program, it works with video captures, your webcam images, analog and digital cameras. Freeware.

Lego Stop Motion Shareware

Stop Motion Pro
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.


iStopMotion 2
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.


AnimatorHD
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. For Windows XP and Vista.

Lego Stop Motion Tutorials

How to Create a Stop Motion Animation
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.


Brickfilms Tutorial – Basic Steps
First thing to learn is the animating of a minifigure character walking.


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


Brickfilms Tutorial – Special FX
A tutorial showing you the basics of jumping.


Brickfilms Tutorial – Sound Effects
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 using Windows Movie Maker
This video tells you how to make a Lego stop motion animation using Windows Movie Maker.


How to Make Stop-Motion Part 1
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
In this second part the focus is on editing.


Bluntys Stop-mo 101
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
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 Animation Tutorial
This is a brickfilming tutorial on how to mask in GIMP 2.0. Stop motion animation tutorial.


Stop Motion Tutorial – Studio Lighting
A short tutorial with advice on setting up your lighting for your animation studio.


Custom Lego Minifigs Tutorial
A Tutorial on how to make the arms of your lego minifig open out more.