LEGO brickfilms behind-the-scenes tips & tricks

by admin on November 20, 2012

in Photo & Video Tips

You have seen those fun LEGO stop-motion videos from the BrotherhoodWorkshop, right? We have featured several of them here (see links at the bottom of this post). They are always funny and the animation so smooth – just a real pleasure to watch and enjoy! 🙂 

Today I would like to show you another video from the brothers, this time taking a behind-the-scenes look at creating LEGO stop-motion videos. Here Kevin Ulrich shares some of their tricks like animating multiple characters, materials used for backgrounds, using clay for the ground-surface, adding special effects, software and other tools used, etc.

If you are interested in LEGO brickfilming this video is just a wealth of information and offers some great ideas. It doesn’t go into great detail like a tutorial, but it does introduce some important subjects, and if you have questions you can always ask Kevin directly. Oh, and I can’t believe that’s Kevin’s voice for animating Gollum! 🙄

So what do you think? How did you like the behind-the scenes look into the BrotherhoodWorkshop’s studio? Did you learn anything new about the LEGO brickfilming process? Or picked up a cool trip you are planning to use? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉 

To see the BrotherhoodWorkshop’s videos check below, and you can also visit their YouTube Channel directly for more:

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Sam, ninja of water November 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Sweet! This is awesome!

ntk743 November 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Hey admin,
did you get my article?

obiwanfan2282 November 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This video was very helpful.:D I’m still not too good at stop-motion, but I’m hoping to get better.:P

studless November 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

these are the type of stopmotion movies i really want to make. The quality of his animations are incredible, and I never really thought about using clay as the main surface… Brilliant!!!

nace10 (Noah M.) A.K.A. Link Of Hyrule (Zelda rocks and so does Ninjago & LOTR & SW & Kirby! & LEGOS!) November 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Awesome! In just a few hours, I’m going to try to make a small film. All of his videos have inspired me.

yodaman5556 November 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Same here. I love stop-motion (even though I’m not that good at it). I just brought myself a good “white” light and got a program called LSmaker (Light Saber maker) which allows me to make my LEGO lightsabers “glow”. Hopefully I will find some spare time in the future to get a brickfilm started. Kevin Ulrich does an amazing job at brickfilming and I am always on the lookout for more of his great videos!

yodaman5556 November 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

His videos have also inspired me to become a better brickfilmer. 😉

obiwanfan2282 November 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Same here! 😛

Micho November 20, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Galaxy Squad Pics:

I know it’s unrelated to LOTR but here’s some pics for the new Galaxy Squad.. cool minifigs

legosw November 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

just had to say that the goblin king battle is $100.00

biggest lego fan EVER dont say your better cause your not okay November 21, 2012 at 3:07 AM

how do you make things move in mid-air?

obiwanfan2282 November 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

There are a variety of different ways to do it, but here’s a tutorial for one way you can do it. 😉!

Hope it helps. 🙂

Nick Nox November 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

The cave troll birthday scene is a classic! 😀

admin November 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

admin November 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Micho, yeah, the Internet has been buzzing with the news. There are now also more detailed pictures on Flickr. It is not a theme I would be interested in, but some of the parts and minifigs are sweet. 😀

crazyforlego July 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM

cool this is way cool

Michael Farley Jr. August 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Hello Sir,

Though I’m not looking to do a video, I am interested in doing several still shots of lego scenes as a small side project to me normal routine. Do you use any macro lenses at all? And did you paint your own mountain backdrop?

Also, why aren’t you doing this for money? With your skill, I’m surprised you don’t have a paid subscription.

admin August 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Michael, I’m not sure if the brothers still visit this page and if they will see your question. It is probably best if you get in touch with them thru their Facebook page (linked in the article). Yes, they are very talented film-makers. 😀

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