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.


This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Dr. Jobs and his Scary Laboratory by Fumitaka Anzai.

Brickfilming is, like LEGO itself, an international phenomenon. Our beloved plastic bricks transcend international borders and language barriers with ease, and we’ve seen brickfilms and brickfilmers from around the world. However, while we’ve seen plenty of brickfilms from North America, Europe and Oceania, we’ve essentially seen no brickfilms from Asia. Dr. Jobs and his Scary Laboratory by Fumitaka Anzai is an exception. Released in 2005, this brickfilm caused a stir thanks to its impressive visual effects and extremely smooth animation that essentially had never before been achieved with LEGO. While Fumitaka Anzai did post this film on Brickfilms.com, he was not an active member, and very little is known about him.

Watch Dr. Jobs and his Scary Laboratory on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

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


After months of preparation, I am pleased to announce the Brickfilms Wiki. Thanks to the fantastic work of sillypenta and BoatsAreRockable, and the assistance of rockydude411, dewfilms, Squash, AquaMorph and Rioforce, we're proud to present a community wiki designed to catalog notable brickfilms and brickfilmers.

The Brickfilms Wiki is open to all to edit and contribute, but, like all wikis, contributors must follow our Code of Conduct and Formatting Guidelines. Not every kind of page will be accepted, and the wiki core team (myself, Penta and Boats) will be keeping an eye on the wiki to make sure the wiki retains its high standards.

Check out the annoucement thread with more info here!

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


This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Pertinacity by Christoph Brock.

Pertinacity follows the story of a gray swan trying to get the attention of a white swan. Pertinacity was made in 2004 for the Ten Bricks Contest, a contest that challenged brickfilmers to animate a short brickfilm using a maximum of 10 bricks total. It won second place, but since Christoph Brock was also a host of the contest, the second and third prizes were passed down to the third and fourth places. Christoph Brock, known as Brickbrock, was an early active member of Brickfilms.com, and made several other brickfilms including A Quiet Evening and X-Mas Golem.

Watch Pertinacity on the Brickfilm Archiveand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

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


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

Zac Bucklin, 20, has been a filmmaker since 2012. He has been inspired by Sean Willets, Nathan Wells, and "Fancy Pants".

Some of his recent projects include BrickBits: The Re Bricks Edition and The Bricktastic Misadventures of Zac & Jake.

Zac says: "I've begun to take my animating more seriously and started to plan ahead on my next set of projects."

By Nathan Wells on February 16, 2015, Comments (0), Share


This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Twelve Bucks by Rob Weychert.

Twelve Bucks follows the story of a man who takes a job at a cereal-making factory. But all is not as a it seems. Twelve Buckswas made in 1998, before Brickfilms.com was even established, and is one of the earliest brickfilms with a clearly defined narrative story, along with The Magic Portal and the films of Dave Lennie and Andy Boyer. It appears Rob Weychert was never a member of Brickfilms.com, and his website, Bredstik.com, hasn’t been updated since 2003. Twelve Bucks is Rob Weychert’s third and final brickfilm, and easily his most notable.

Watch Twelve Bucks on YouTube, and then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on February 13, 2015, Comments (0), Share


Iver Jensen, 18, is a filmmaker based in Norway. Together with his brother Jakob, Iver has made brickfilms actively since late 2009 under the nickname Soppenjim. They were inspired by "legends such as Zach Macias, Nathan Wells, Doug Vandegrift and Philip Heinrich."

Some of his recent projects include The Jolly Adventures of the Men Who Travelled In Time and Reliance.

By Nathan Wells on February 9, 2015, Comments (0), Share


This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Aladibababad by Jonathan Hellerman and Nathanael Hellerman.

Aladibababad follows the story of young Arabian knight Aladibababad and his adventures with a band of thieves and a magical bottle. It was made in 2004 for the High Adventure Theatre Contest on Brickfilms.com and ultimately won first place. Brothers Jonathan Hellerman and Nathanael Hellerman, typically known collectively as Leftfield Studios or the Leftfielders, were members of the Brickfilms.com community from around 2002 to 2009, though they did continue to make brickfilms until 2012. They have made around 20 brickfilms, including Fred’s DaySpecial Deliverance, and Star Wars: The Great Disturbance, one of the longest brickfilms ever made.

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

By Nathan Wells on February 6, 2015, Comments (0), Share


Tobias Nikl, 15, is a filmmaker based in NYC and orginally from Prague, Czech Republic. He joined th BiM Community in 2010 and met some inspirating filmmakers through the site. He currently attends an art high school, where he's studying Film & Media.

Some of his recent projects include The Man in Red and Blue and The Competition. The Competition has brought Nikl some success.

Read the rest, and discuss this article!

By Sméagol on February 2, 2015, Comments (0), Share


This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Out of Time by Chris Salt.

Out of Time follows the story of the duo of Mike and Geoff, who, out of boredom, go for a walk and encounter three time-travelling spacemen. It was made in 2003 and won the 2004 NWBrickCon animation competition. Christ Salt, also known as Oblong Pictures, Buxton and 0ldScratch, was an active member of Brickfilms.com and continues to occasionally post on BricksInMotion.com. He has made over 30 brickfilms, including Words of Wisdom and Bowling for Sandercoe. He also has collaborated with musicians to make LEGO music videos, and with the LEGO Group to make promotional videos, the latest being the Top Gear LEGO promo.

Watch Out of Time on YouTube, and then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on January 30, 2015, Comments (0), Share


Ben Young, known on BiM as Sonjira, is a 17 year old animator whose began making brickfilms in the summer of 2011. Having drawn inspiration from Robinson Wood, Captain Bulldog, and Doug Vandegrift, he decided to get into the hobby after deciding that "it couldn't be THAT hard."

His first film that he got a lot of response for was BIRDFaCE, which inspired him to pursue the hobby more seriously. His latest project, A Fresh Start'N, has been celebrated by the community for its absurd humor, which drew inspiration from local advertising for grocery chains and other stores. It's an especially impressive project considering he made it for the BricksInMotion Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest.

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By Sméagol on January 26, 2015, Comments (0), Share