DO YOU HAVE A LEGOMANIAC IN YOUR HOUSE?
My son has been becoming more and more interested in LEGOS. He’s 6 now and is starting to build things himself and has even been retreating to his room on his own to play LEGOS from time to time.
While on a recent trip, a friend told me about how he made stop-motion videos using LEGOS with his Boy Scout group. Stop-motion animation is one of the types of cinematography used in The LEGO Movie(the other is CGI.) It sounded like something I wanted to give a try with my son. So two days ago, I searched for apps on my iPad.
MY SON AND I USED THE FREE APP, “STOP MOTION STUDIO BY CATEATER, LLC” FROM THE APPLE APP STORE, TO CREATE OUR VIDEO.
I would recommend installing your app and checking it out beforehand so you have an idea of what you are doing before your little guy or gal starts “helping.”(For your sanity’s sake)
Then it’s time to think up an idea for your movie. I asked my son come up with an idea. You can find lots of ideas by searching “LEGO Stop Motion Videos” on YouTube. He was very excited about it because it was “his movie” and “his idea.” If it is your first time making a stop motion video, I recommend keeping it simple and using only one or two characters.
WE HAD FUN CREATING OUR FIRST MOVIE AND ARE HAPPY WITH THE WAY IT TURNED OUT, BUT THIS PROJECT TAKES TIME AND PATIENCE. WE TOOK 104 PICTURES TO PRODUCE OUR 20 SECOND VIDEO.
My son recently got this LEGO set that includes the Batwing and the Joker’s Steamroller plus a bunch of guys, so he wanted to use them in his movie. He decided to have Batman encounter the Joker and take him out.
Once you’ve decided on characters and a plot, find a place where you can set up the scene. It is important that you have a good camera angle and a sturdy place for your iPad. This is important or your pictures will turn out blurry and your video won’t be as smooth. For us, this was the hardest part of the whole project…gently pressing the button to take the picture without disturbing the whole iPad.
Once you set up your scene, just start taking pictures, moving the figures every so slightly before you take the next. We used some poster putty on the bottom of the figures for some of the poses. You can see it in our movie, but it was our first one, so I wasn’t too worried about it.
You just keep going like that, one picture and tiny movement at a time. You can press play at any time to see your progress. Overall, I thought the app was pretty easy to use.
After you are all done with your pictures, you can even record sound. You can put your movie to music, too, if you’d like. You can get fancy and fade in and out and you can even add a title screen. We kept ours pretty basic since it was our first one and my son was satisfied with our end product and ready to be done and show it off to Dad.