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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Jorden Davis (JonnDthunDer), 17, is a brickfilmer who currently resides in Alaska. He estimates he's collected more than 100,000 LEGO pieces, and at the age of 12 he began putting them to use making animations. While at a brother's soccer game he grabbed his mother's camera and decided to make an animation with some LEGO he'd brought. Brickfilming at a soccer game is a rare start, but it was the only beginning for Jorden:


"The Batmobile ran over Two-Face and that was the end. After clicking through the pictures rapidly and getting the illusion of motion, that little taste of animation had me hooked and I’ve been animating ever since."


Read the rest, and discuss brickfilming at live sporting events here!

By Sméagol on May 25, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Mirrored Perspective by Zach Macias.


Mirrored Perspective follows the story of a man trapped in dark chamber, with only his reflection to keep him company. It was made by Zach Macias in 2006 and ultimately was nominated in four categories in the 2006 Brickfilms Achievement in Motion Pictures Awards, including Best Film. Zach Macias is a staple of the brickfilms community, both as a long-time member of Brickfilms.com and Bricks in Motion. He currently is running the 2014 Bricks in Motion Awards with Nathan Wells, and has made many films, including The ProfessionSinner MonologuesStranger Than Fishin’, and nine films featuring his characters Ben and Andy.


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

By Nathan Wells on May 22, 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.


Jac Carlson (Jumping Jac Studios), 14, is a LEGO stop motion animator who comes from a family of nine siblings. He first became interested in making brickfilms when a friend of his showed him a LEGO stop motion video, and soon he was shooting his own with a camcorder and some of his LEGO collection. After he discovered Brotherhood Workshop, he became more seriously invested in pursuing quality work in the hobby and upgraded his camera and lighting[...]


Read the rest, and discuss Carlson's work here!

By Sméagol on May 18, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Zap by David Betteridge.


Zap is a music video for a song of the same name by the band Ether Real and was commissioned by the band's record label Truelove Records. It is the first known brickfilm that wasn't commissioned by The LEGO Company to receive a wide public release as it was shown by MTV and other music channels upon release. It was created by David Betteridge and is his only brickfilm. Betteridge claims the film was released in 1989, but this is debatable as the song Zap was not released until 1991.


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

By Nathan Wells on May 15, 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.


Jumpei Mitsui is a Japan-based sculptural artist, one of 12 LEGO Certified professionals in the world. He began playing with bricks when he was three years old, and built continuously from there. In high school, he began to find ways of building sculptural models, which appeared on several Japanese  television shows.


Read the rest, and discuss Mitsui's work here!

By Sméagol on May 11, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Hit & Run by Nick Maniatis.


Hit & Run depicts a man being called to a meeting place and the events surrounding this from multiple viewpoints. It was made in 2004 by Nick Maniatis for the A Peculiar Event contest on Brickfilms.com, and ultimately placed second. Nick Maniatis was a well-known member of Brickfilms.com and is also known for making Good CompanyInterference and Dare to be Different.


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

By Nathan Wells on May 8, 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.


Nick Douglas (OneDouglas), 16, got his start in stop motion after buying a kit for making stop motion films. In 2012 he began to use LEGO for these animations, though he notes that stop motion and the brickfilming community is what really piqued his interest in the toy:


"Even though I liked LEGO just fine as a kid, it was the brickfilming community that made me into a fan of LEGO. I think that LEGO and animation are perfect for each other, with both if you can imagine it, it can be achieved."


Douglas's most recent film is That Spy.


By Sméagol on May 4, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Writer's Block by Kevin Horowitz and Jacob Schwartz.


Writer’s Block follows the story of a writer who is transported to a surreal world after he gets writer's block. It was made in 2007 by Kevin Horowitz and Jacob Schwartz for their school’s film festival, where it won Best Animated Film. It also was nominated for many Brick Award for the Film Arts awards (a precursor to the Bricks in Motion Awards) and won Best Director. Kevin Horowitz (Quigibo) and Jacob Schwartz (Fractalman) were two members of Brickfilms.com and also made films such as Flight of the Penguin and People Come In, Pizzas Come Out.


Watch Writer's Block on YouTubeand then head over to the spoilery discussion thread to discuss with your fellow brickfilmers!

By Nathan Wells on May 1, 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.


Joel Keiter, (thatsfinestudios), 16, first got into making brick films in 2012. By February 2013, he was pursuing making these videos on a regular basis; he notes Brotherhood Workshop and Harrison Allen (Squid) as chief inspirations. He's gotten a lot out of the hobby:


"Brickfilming as been a great creative outlet (and a way to justify to people the large amount of LEGO I have). Watching other people's films as well as making them myself is a great joy to me and I hope to continue Brickfilming for as long as I live. (However unrealistic that may be)"


One of Keiter's most recent films is the sci-fi short The Phantom Doctor.


To discuss this brickfilmer, visit the forum topic!

By Sméagol on April 27, 2015, Comments (0), Share

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This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is Little Guys! by David Pagano.


Little Guys! is a faux-commercial made in the style of a 1980s toy commercial advertising a fictional toy known as Little Guys. It was made in 2007 by David Pagano and went on to win two Brick Award for Film Arts awards: Best Film and Best Animation. David Pagano was a Brickfilms.com member, and is currently a Bricks in Motion member and is the co-creator of The Set Bump, a blog about brickfilming. He frequently works with The LEGO Company to produce promotional short films featuring LEGO. His personal projects include Playback and the in-production follow-up to Little Guys!Little Guys in Space!


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

By Nathan Wells on April 24, 2015, Comments (0), Share