The LEGO Animation Book Review

No Starch Press are back with another unique look at the world of LEGO. This time it’s a book filled with all the help you need to create your own Brickfilms. The LEGO Animation Book takes you through everything you’ll need to create your own movies from idea to screen. From lighting tips, special effects, scripting and even how to get those mini movie stars to do exactly what envision. So lets take a closer look at this interesting new title from No Starch Press.

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Official Synopsis

Have you ever wondered what your LEGO creations would look like on the big screen? The LEGO Animation Book will show you how to bring your models to life with stop-motion animation–no experience required! Follow step-by-step instructions to make your first animation, and then explore the entire filmmaking process, from storyboards to post-production. Along the way, you’ll learn how to: Create special effects like explosions and flying minifigures Convey action and emotion with your minifigure actors Design sets for animation–make three buildings look like an entire city! Light, frame, and capture consistent photos Add detail and scope to your films by building in different scales Build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks Choose cameras, software, and other essential animation tools Dive into the world of animation and discover a whole new way to play.

RRP: £14.50 | ISBN: 9781593277413 | Pages: 216 |

Review

Any form of stop-motion animation has always intrigued me, the painstakingly time consuming work that goes into mere minutes of on-screen action, has to be admired. In recent years the use of LEGO in stop-motion movies has really taken off and with more and more videos are being created by budding directors. These are inspiring others to create their own mini masterpieces. But it’s not always easy to know where to start, which is exactly where The LEGO Animation Book comes in handy.

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The book takes you through every stage of creating your own LEGO animations, from planning to the final product. It may seem daunting at first but the book breaks thing down into easy to understand sections. You may be swimming in LEGO bricks but you’ll need a whole lot more if you really want your LEGO animations to stand out. Planning is key, not just from story-boarding and scripts but also what equipment you should use. Including capturing devices, filming space and even lighting. As the book states you don’t need expensive equipment to get good results and it gives great advice on what to use. Most of which you may already have, most smartphones are perfect for making movies and along with the tips in this book, can be a great way to practice and hone your mini movie making skills.

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Even if you don’t fancy getting your bricks on the move, the book is filled with great tips, should you be more akin to a bit of LEGO photography. Setting up shots and great lighting is just the same for motion or static images. So the book is quite useful even beyond movies. After all stop motion animation is a series of still images. I’ve tried my hand a taking photos of sets and minifigures and it’s not a easy as you think. If you want to get the best shots, then The LEGO Animation Book is great for that too.

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Most LEGO Brickfilms are often focused around minifigures, after all they are the perfect medium to portray real-life situations, but if other scales of LEGO are more your style or you movie calls from certain shot, then there’s a whole chapter dedicated to that as well. It really covers every aspect of LEGO animation including post-production. Once your movie is in the can, it may need a little bit of a touch up, The LEGO Animation Book even covers that, from sound editing to cutting the perfect movie, this is all featured.

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It seems we use the same line in each of our reviews of No Starch Press’ but their approach to LEGO titles really is impressive. They cover aspects of the world of LEGO that may seem odd or niche for some, but I really do urge you to take a look at one of their titles. Even if animating LEGO doesn’t peak your interest, it’s still a great title, filled with helpful tips and great images. As we mentioned above creating a Brickfilm can seem like a tricky affair but the books authors make it really easy to get started. We look forward to seeing what’s next from No Starch Press, not to mention all these great new Brickfilms, born out of this great book.

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A copy of The LEGO Animation Book was kindly supplied to us by No Starch Press, however thoughts within this review are purely that of BricksFans.com. You can order The LEGO Animation Book now from Amazon.

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Author: Adam White

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