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LEGO bricks have been stimulating the imagination of children, adolescents and adults for decades. Both childlike chamber games as well swept Action films as stop motion movies can be made with the plastic building blocks. Anyone who has a tripod for the Apple iPhone or iPad (or a digital camera / DSLR) can make a LEGO film themselves with a little planning, time, video editing and voice-over. To get started and to find tips for professional projects, there are practical instructions including many pictures in book form by David Pagano and David Pickett.
Of course, there are also instructions on the Internet that you can use to make your first LEGO film yourself. The page brickboard.de for example, deals extensively with the topic through the presentation of successful projects, a blog and a forum. WikiHow also offers instructions for making LEGO films yourself (here.) - but in a very simplified form that does not go into details.
So if you are looking for compact, well-structured instructions that are also suitable for children and for which you do not have to constantly look at the iPhone display or the Mac, this book is for you Make LEGO® films yourself: Learn and skillfully use stop-motion technology just right. In any case, it is more comprehensive and understandable about everything you need to know for getting started and developing professional projects.
Here I have compiled three examples (one from 2011, two from 2018) from the video platform YouTube, which show how well it is now possible to create your own films with plastic building blocks. The necessary camera and (free) editing app can be taken for a walk nowadays in the form of a smartphone or tablet, which makes the realization of the film projects extremely inexpensive:
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With 216 pages, the book currently has seven 5-star ratings and correspondingly positive customer reviews on Amazon (as of August 2018). With this very good rating, it seems to be the ideal introduction to your own production of LEGO films. Here I have summarized the categories from the table of contents so that you can get a first insight:
You can take a look at the book, the individual subsections of the table of contents and selected pages of the instructions for LEGO films yourself on the Amazon product page throw. If you or your children are seriously considering designing LEGO films as a long-term hobby, then you can also buy the book directly for 22,90 euros - it can be ordered via Prime Shipping.
The book Make LEGO® films yourself: Learn and skillfully use stop-motion technology has been available from Amazon since December 2016. The tips, instructions and pictures provided in it are apparently quite popular. It seems that quite a few people want to make a LEGO film themselves, as you can see from the reviews of this and similar products in the subject area. Here are two examples from 2017 and 2018 for the assessment of the book by readers / users:
After visiting the Aardman exhibition in the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt with stop-motion experience as part of a workshop for children, I gave the book to my 9-year-old son for his birthday. It describes all the necessary techniques with beautiful illustrations and briefly goes into superficial terms such as focus, aperture, focal length and white balance necessary for photography and filming. For me it is a nice opportunity to introduce my son to photography and filming using Lego [...]
Everything is compact, well illustrated and described very practically. The beginner can actually start immediately with a smartphone, a corresponding app and a few Lego figures and building blocks.
It describes simple tricks and possibilities in animation. And goes all the way to green screen, more complex animations with lip movements and dubbing, ...
For me it's not just something for the little man, but something that the dad and the little man can discover and develop together. But of course it is just as suitable for interested mothers and girls with appropriate Legos.
PS: I personally think tablets with a usable camera are the best way to start.
The book was bought for an 11 year old. He already has his first cartoons [Note: stop-motion films] turned himself.
He is very enthusiastic about books. He wasn't distracted by the book. Only gave as feedback that it should now "do the films very differently". He's full of new ideas and needs to get to work!
Can recommend to everyone! [sic!]
If you already have a small collection of building blocks and a camera or an iPhone or iPad with suitable apps for video creation, sound recording and maybe also animations, you can start right away with the book described. Thanks to the tips and clear pictures included, you can implement your first video projects directly and thus make your first LEGO film yourself.
If you are looking for a larger complete package, for example for the photo and video group at school or for your YouTube channel from the brick movie category, then there are of course accessories that match. You can even buy USB cameras specially designed for such projects with their own apps for Windows PC and Apple Mac - but with such products, check the system requirements and corresponding customer opinions. Here is a small selection:
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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