Welcome to Bricks in Motion!
We are an online 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. In addition to an active community forum for filmmakers, this site is home to an ever-growing directory of films submitted by our users.

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Cognizance by Michael J. Green.


Cognizance is a music video set to the Coldplay song “Don’t Panic” and tells the story of an assassin who is reassessing his career and life choices. Unlike some music videos in the future, this music video is purely a fan creation, and not sponsored by Coldplay. It was made in 2005 by Michael J. Green for his high school senior project, where it was chosen was one of the top three projects. Cognizance was also nominated for four awards in the 2005 Brickfilms Achievement in Motion Pictures Awards (a precursor to the Bricks in Motion Awards), including Best Overall Film. Michael J. Green, typically known as Cometgreen, was a well-known member of Brickfilms.com and was also a notable moderator. He made a few other films, including returning in 2011 to release another music video (LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends), but Cognizance is his most-known brickfilm by far.


Watch Cognizance on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on April 17, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This featured brickfilmer post is part of a series of articles highlighting animators who supported the Bricks in Motion Documentary project on Kickstarter.


Lewis Chen (Lechnology) is an animator whose work in the past few years has focused on computer animation. Since he sawThe Phantom Menace as a child, Lewis has had an interest in computer animation and visual effects. In 2002, he got into brickfilming in high school when a friend showed him a class project that was created using stop motion and LEGO.


Lewis says his approach is to focus on the story he wants to tell, rather than letting the medium limit him:


"I want to make brickfilms, I just don't have the space or resources to make them. While CG animation opens the door to creativity, I really wanted to make LEGO-based animation so I committed and specialized in CG brickfilms. Plus it was better than being hunched over a table in my attic with hot lamps during the hot summers that I had time to do stop-motion."


To read the rest and discuss this brickfilmer, visit the forum topic!

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

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The River by Nikolas Jaeger.


The River follows the story of a man who finds himself travelling down a river to an unknown destination. It was made in 2009 by Nikolas Jaeger for the Space, Time and Reality Contest hosted on Bricks in Motion. It won first place, and was also nominated for six Bricks in Motion Awards, winning all but two of them. Nikolas Jaeger, known as Night Owl, was a member of Brickfilms.com and Bricks in Motion and made other memorable films including Night of the TaterBill Carney’s Body andHastingsThe River is his last film.


Watch The River on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on April 10, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This featured brickfilmer post is part of a series of articles highlighting animators who supported the Bricks in Motion Documentary project on Kickstarter.


Neal Tovstiga (Mr Vertigo), 18, is an animator currently living in the UK. He first learned about brickfilming some seven years ago when he came across LEGO animations on YouTube. Having had an interest in LEGO since childhood, the medium appealed him, but he didn't decide to take it up for himself until 2012 when he was inspired by the work of Harrison Allen (BiM member Squid); he specifically cites Pirates Rule! and How Not To Rob A Bank.


He joined Bricks in Motion and his first Brickfilm, The Time Machine, was made for a local youth festival contest and screened at a local cinema. He later made Monochrome and Loyalty, for the Contrast and BRAWL competitions on the Bricks in Motion forums.


His current project is a brickfilm called Seven Assassins, for which he recently released a trailer.


To read the rest and discuss this brickfilmer, visit the forum topic!

By Sméagol on April 6, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Men O' War by Isaac Botkin.


Traditionally, nearly all brickfilms are made with actual, physical LEGO (or similarly) pieces, using stop-motion to make the characters and objects move. Over the years however, brickfilms made with digital LEGO and computer animation have been made. Men O’ War, animated by Isaac Botkin, is one of the most impressive CGI brickfilms. Released in 2006, this brickfilm made a splash and was eventually nominated for a Best Visual Elements award in the 2006 Brickfilms Achievement in Motion Pictures Awards. This is Isaac Botkin’s only brickfilm, and was made with the help of many other members of the Botkin family.


Watch Men O' War on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on April 3, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This featured brickfilmer post is part of a series of articles highlighting animators who supported the Bricks in Motion Documentary project on Kickstarter.


Funmi Adetola is a brickfilmer with a serious interest in directing feature films one day:


"After watching Spider-Man 2 as a six year old on a plane, I fell in love with movies, not sure at the time at what capacity I wanted to make them. I discovered brickfilming as an alternative art form to start making grand adventures on a smaller budget."


To read more and discuss this brickfilmer, visit the forum topic!

By Sméagol on March 30, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The Artist by Mirko Horstmann.


Instead of looking outward toward the wide world, many films turn inward to examine the process of filmmaking, artistry and creativity. The Artist, by Mirko Horstmann and released in 2007, is one of those films. This quiet film follows the struggle of a sculptor attempting to get into an art gallery, and probably resonates with any creative person who’s had to deal with trying to get their artwork accepted. The Artist won Best Film in Steinerei 2007 (a German brickfilm film festival) and first place in a Brickfilms.com contest simply known as the TTC Contest (a contest designed to promote the Theora video codec). Mirko Horstmann was a well-known German member of Brickfilms.com, and also made a few other brickfilms, including Greedy Bricksand The Fisherman and his Wife.


Watch The Artist on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on March 27, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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Hello and welcome, one and all! After a momentary hiatus (read: 3 years), Nathan Wells and Zach Macias are proud to present the nominees for the 2014 Bricks in Motion Awards! This is a (sort of) annual awards event that recognizes and celebrates excellence in brickfilming in a wide variety of categories and disciplines. Think like the Oscars for brickfilms.


Our panel of judges have sorted through a year’s worth of films and voted on them in 11 individual categories until a final list of 5 nominees was agreed upon for each category. Very soon, we will be sending out the final ballots, and once those votes are tallied and winners chosen, they will be announced via a live awards show in the Bricks in Motion IRC Chat (more details on that later).


Check out the announcement thread to read up on all of the nominees!

By Nathan Wells on March 23, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The Peril of Doc Ock by Tony Mines and Tim Drage.


This was it. This was the moment that many brickfilmers got their first taste of just how expansive, dynamic, cinematic and professional brickfilms could look. Sure, Tony Mines and Tim Drage has made other great brickfilms before, most of them for the LEGO Company, but The Peril of Doc Ock is arguably the first professionally-produced brickfilm that captured the adrenaline-pumping action of a Hollywood blockbuster. Released in 2004, The Peril of Doc Ock made a big splash in the brickfilm community, and influenced many brickfilmings including Zach “MindGame” Macias. Tony Mines and Tim Drage, the talent behind Spite Your Face Productions, also created brickfilms like All of the Dead and One: A Space Odyssey before getting their big LEGO break with Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO. This grabbed the attention of The LEGO Group, and Spite Your Face went on to make The Han Solo Affair and The Peril of Doc Ock for The LEGO Group.


Watch The Peril of Doc Ock on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on March 20, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This featured brickfilmer post is part of a series of articles highlighting animators who supported the Bricks in Motion Documentary project on Kickstarter.


Michael Tourette (HoldingOurOwn) is an enthusiast of toys and 1980s culture, a LEGO animator, and a married Catholic and father.  He received his first Lego set in the 1970s, at the age of 3.  He returned to Lego as an adult in 1999 with the release of Lego's first licensed property: Star Wars: Episode I.  Tourette first became interested in Brickfilming after discovering the medium in a 2011 issue of BrickJournal.  After reading about it, he began watching brickfilms online. Of the brickfilms he watched, Chris Allbee's Joe Brickmond was what inspired him most. He praises the series for its deep characterization.


Read the rest, and discuss this animator!

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