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.

The fundraising campaign for Bricks in Motion: the Documentary has crossed our initial goal of $10,000 USD! We're excited to see the film achieve the minimum funding necessary, and grateful to the BiM community for making this happen. In order to make the film the most ambitious and successful project it can be, however, we'd like to aim higher.

Bricks in Motion: The Documentary is a feature length film about the world of stop motion LEGO® animators. We'll explore the personalities and lives of various filmmakers around North America -- or the world, if we raise enough funding.

In return for your support, we're offering a number of exclusive rewards, including the Bricks in Motion Collection, a DVD and Blu-ray of classic films from the Bricks in Motion community, with new director commentaries! It will also showcase all the entries to the recent BiM Celebration contest. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information on the BiM Collection and other rewards.

$10,000 - Base funding met  

We get to make the documentary and you get your backer rewards!

Goal 2: $11,000 - Additional Film Equipment

Currently we already have almost all of the equipment we need, and we've already budgeted for renting the rest of the required essential equipment for the interview shoots. With $1000 more, we will be able to rent a second camera, the new Sony A7S. This full-frame camera shoots in 4k and is the best performing camera for low light conditions ever made. We'll also be able to rent an external recording unit that will allow us to shoot the film in 10-bit color, capturing richer and more cinematic colors. Finally, we'll rent a GoPro for additional shots, such as point-of view shots and even maybe some crane shots with a monopod.

If we get a little extra money, we'll be able to rent a car at some of our locations, which will allow us to travel to more areas for additional land and cityscape footage.

Goal 3: $13,500 - European Tour

Brickfilming is an international interest, and is just as popular in Europe as it is in North America. We absolutely want to include European animators in our documentary, but unfortunately international travel is not cheap, so we couldn't include it in our original budget.  

If we meet this stretch goal, we will be able to interview Chris Salt, creator of such films as Out of Time and Bowling for Sandercoe. He also created an animated Exo Suit video for LEGO. Chris Salt has also made an animated music video for Darren Hayman and his work has been featured on the BBC Technology website. Chris Salt's work inspired some of the other people featured in our documentary to get into brickfilming, so he would be a great additional perspective to include.  

We're also delighted to announce that we would also be able to interview Tim Drage of Spite Your Face Productions. Tim Drage is the co-creator of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGOOne: A Space Odyssey, and The Peril of Doc Ock, which was made as a promotional video for The LEGO Group and Sony.

We're looking into other potential interview candidates in Europe, and we'll let you know when we have additional news.

Goal 4: $14,000 and Beyond - Building Bigger and Higher

The previous stretch goals are almost entirely about improving the quality of the interviews part of the documentary. This final stretch goal is dedicated to the short LEGO® film that will be interwoven into the documentary. This film will be a collaboration between director Philip Heinrich, and producers Nathan Wells and Zach Macias.

The animated segments of the film will help provide structure to the documentary through visual, thematically parallel storytelling. We really want to make these animated segments push the boundary of what has been accomplished with LEGO® stop-motion. Any additional funds we earn beyond the European Tour will go toward improving and enhancing the animated segments of the documentary.

Concept art for the film's animated segments

Some of the animated scenes we are planning will require extensive and elaborately-built sets, all of which require lots of LEGO, in vary particular shapes and colors. Every bit of money that helps offset the cost of more LEGO is appreciated.

If you have questions or would like to join the discussion, check out the forum topic about the documentary.
By Sméagol on September 24, 2014, Comments (1), Share

Results for the BiM Celebration contest have been announced! Visit the discussion topic here for the full listing.

Congratulations to the winners: jay, PushOverProductions, and Galen5055!

By Sméagol on September 20, 2014, Comments (0), Share

The Bricks in Motion Documentary Kickstarter campaign has launched. We're making a documentary about the world of brickfilmers, and we need your help to make it happen!

In return for your support, we're offering a variety of cool rewards, including custom sets designed by Nathan Wells, copies of the documentary when it's complete, and a collection of classic films on DVD and Blu-ray with new director commentaries.

For more information, check out the Kickstarter, or discuss the documentary on the forums here.

By Sméagol on September 6, 2014, Comments (0), Share

We've launched a new contest: create a 30-second short film, and it will be included on the first Bricks in Motion DVD film collection. For full contest details, head to the announcement thread. The deadline for this competition is September 6!


By Sméagol on August 13, 2014, Comments (1), Share

The 2014 edition of the popular week-long BRAWL animation contest run by community members is soon to begin, starting July 20! For more information, check out Fun Sucker's announcement thread on the competition. Good luck!

By Sméagol on July 3, 2014, Comments (2), Share

Forum member LASF has organized a 2014 round of the EASTER animation contest. For details, check out the forum thread.

By Sméagol on March 25, 2014, Comments (3), Share

The 11th Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest begins December 28. Check out the full announcement for contest rules, prizes, and more!

This year's prizes are sponsored by Brickworld.

By Sméagol on November 30, 2013, Comments (0), Share

Forum member Squash has launched an unofficial summer brickfilming competition! Check out the contest details in the forum.

By Sméagol on June 26, 2013, Comments (0), Share

The results of the most recent Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest have been announced. Check them out in the forums.

By Sméagol on January 25, 2013, Comments (0), Share

The tenth Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest has ended, and the films in the contest are now available for viewing! Check them out in the releases forum.

By Sméagol on December 31, 2012, Comments (4), Share