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Make a Lego Movie

I created this slideshow for a program I held at Pasadena Public Library to teach kids 9-12 years old how to make a stop-motion movie using LEGOs and iPads. We used the app Stop Motion Studio on the iPads. I showed them some cool YouTube examples, discussed some fundamentals of cinematography (thanks to the great examples in the book Brick Flicks by Sarah Herman, published in 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing), and had the kids write storyboards before starting to film their own movies. For more information about this program check out our blog:

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Make a Lego Movie

  1. 1. MAKE A LEGO MOVIE Pasadena Public Library June 8, 2019
  3. 3. Let’s learn about filming shots with some help from:
  4. 4. 1. Extreme closeup (No depth. Intense focus on character or object.) 2. Closeup 3. Medium shot (Basic focus on the character) 4. Long shot (More depth. Surroundings are slightly more prominent than character, often shown at an angle to get more of the scene in the shot.) 5. Extreme long shot Brick Flicks, p. 146
  5. 5. Let’s learn about camera angles: Low angle (looking up from below) High angle(looking down from above)
  6. 6. The Magic Portal by Lindsay Fleay (The first movie to animate LEGO minifigures, made in 1989!) ■
  8. 8. Tip: use clear bricks or supports that are the same color as the background, to prop minifigs’ feet so that they appear to bob up and down while walking ■
  9. 9. Tip: move minifig’s head up and down to show laughter ■
  10. 10. Technique: Anticipation (show character’s body lean back before throwing the bottle) ■
  11. 11. Technique: Anticipation and Rebound (show cars move back a smidge just before accelerating, or just after breaking) ■
  12. 12. Tip:To defy gravity, have things fly at the top of but just outside of the shot (keep fingers or supports out of the shot too) ■
  13. 13. Tip: Another example of flying, jumping or throwing things by holding them just outside of the frame – use a high angle shot or a closeup ■
  14. 14. Tip: Show partially submerged minifigure swimming by removing pieces and adding them in slowly ■
  15. 15. Tip: Use another device to play a sound and record that sound using Stop Motion Studio—that’s how I got the “Whoosh” sound effect in this video! ■
  16. 16. Tip: Use paper cut up and propped up for thought bubbles ■
  17. 17. MakeYour Storyboard This is the storyboard for the “Rude” short.You don’t have to go into this much detail.You can just cover the basic plot of your short film.