Brickfilms

A “brickfilm” is a movie made using LEGO bricks and minifigs, or similar construction toys resembling LEGO. They are usually stop-motion movies, but according to Jason Rowoldt, founder of Brickfilms.com and coiner of the term “brickfilm” (NB: he was hardly the first to make a movie using LEGO!), films that are CGI, traditional animation, and live action can also be considered part of the genre… as long as they feature LEGO or LEGO-style bricks and minifigs.

According to Wikipedia, brickfilming has become popular because of the availability of cheap digital cameras and animation software, and the growth of video-sharing sites such as YouTube. The LEGO Group officially encouraged the creation of brickfilms with the release of set #1349 LEGO Studios Steven Spielberg MovieMaker Set.

We mention brickfilms in UNBORED, in the feature “Shoot and Edit a Stop-Action Movie.” Here’s a sample page:

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Here is a terrific animated brickfilm called “The Dandelion.”

My son Max and I made a brickfilm one unbored day back in March 2011. Max did all the editing and titles and sound effects; he designed and built the set, and conceived of the scenario; he was special effects coordinator; he voiced the samurai’s war cry; and he was the seal wrangler. I held the camera and provided voice talent. Here’s our brickfilm, The Seal-Savin’ Samurai (the title is a pun on the famous Seven Samurai movie.)

If you’d like to share our brickfilm with others, here’s the URL: http://youtu.be/QnToRrZUXtM

We want brickfilms from you, too! Parents — upload your kid’s or kids’ video (e.g, to YouTube or Vimeo) and email us a link to the video along with info about your kid’s/kids’ first name(s) and city/town.