As a professional animator, I can only speak from my own experience.
What do you think about making money on YouTube and Tik Tok from posting brickfilms?
There are much easier ways to generate the level of content output needed to effectively reach an audience. Knowing how to market and reach a consistent follower base are key in monetization. Case in point would be Michael Hickox whose animations are uninspired and unoriginal (ahem*ripoff) yet he knows how to work the algorithms to get tons of views from toddlers who have yet to develop discerning taste.
Are top producers of brickfilms making hundred of thousands of dollars per year from YouTube and Tik Tok?
No, brickfilm producers who are making a modest living off of the medium are doing so by working hard to bid on official Lego projects (which are uncredited) and projects for studios such as Disney and Warner Bros who want content for their IPs which happen to have a large Lego presence, such as Star Wars, Marvel, Harry Potter, DC, etc. The business end of these kind of negotiations are a full time job in and of themselves, and involve hiring experienced professionals in the fields not only of stopmo, but cinematography and lighting, visual effects, voice actors, etc. If you are the studio head, get ready to not do nearly as much creative work as you would like.
If this is the case, producing brickfilms can become for many of us the main job.
It's not the case.
What do you think?
I think you should totally animate, but for the love of the craft and the process, and where that takes you as a human being. That is rewarding in and of itself, and yet it could be a great gateway to career growth. Brickfilming was definitely a place where I honed my craft and built my reel and gain some credibility as an artist. It ultimately helped lead me to more jobs and opporunities in my career. However, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme by any means.
Do you know how much are people doing on YouTube and Tik Tok with brickfilms?
Supplemental bonus income to their day job, and perhaps getting free sets from Lego with the expectation that you will review the sets, animate with them, and generally give visibility to their project.
I don’t want names, I am just curious about the amounts of money they make per month or year.
I do want names so I can send them my reel
I am considering doing brickfilms as a main job / activity, replacing my business with a hobby that could actually produce serious money.
If you are in brickfilming for money, you are in it for the wrong reasons. Passion for what you do, dedication to the craft, and seeking personal growth as an artist should be your goals.
I hope that I am not wrong. mini/smile
I hope that you are not discouraged, but dive into animation with your whole heart and soul. It's a fantastic pastime, and it is always far more rewarding to create than to consume TV, video games, etc.
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