Tutorials & Tools for Easily Creating Lego Stop Motion Movies

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
Brickfilms
Description: 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.

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 Freeware

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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