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TechBrick Friday Night Meeting: 10/28/2005
Animation Fun

Using LEGO Characters to Do Animation

What we Did On Friday night about 40 kids and parents gathered for our second Friday night meeting. The activity was doing stop-motion animation using LEGO characters.

The older group took 50 minutes and created an original sequence. The three younger groups each did a fifteen minute segment to illustration the three scenes of the story of David and Goliath.

Using a basic a home video program, Pinnacle Studio, Amy put the videos together in about 10 minutes and we all watched them before heading home. She then went back and cleaned the up, added some additional effects, and here they are for your viewing pleasure.

How to do it. Using any basic digital camera, you shoot a series of stills that are combined into a movie. Commercial animation is done at 32 frames per second which is WAY to many for an exercise like this. Four frames per second should be quite adequate. With a little experimentation and patience you'll get a feel for it.

Key Points:

  • Set the camera to 640x480 or the next higher resolution. You don't need super hi-res pictures.
  • Setup some basic, consistent lighting and watch out for your own shadow.
  • Setup a scene and make sure your elements can be positioned so they will stay in place.
  • You can animate anything.
  • Have fun.
Software There are numerous free programs that will combine your stills into video, however, the Pinnacle Studio products are idea and not too expensive.

All the effects and sounds in the final videos were created with Pinnacle.

Sample Videos Amy demonstrated two animations she produced earlier.
WAX: By Amy Ciavolino

Produced with wax modeling sticks.

Noah's Ark: by Amy Ciavolino

Created with a combination of wood blocks and LEGOs using Adobe Photoshop element to create the water sequences.

Final Videos Then the club members produced two animations.

NOTE: Videos are in Windows Media format and zipped. Download them to play them.

Swordfight: By Team D David And Goliath: By Teams A, B, and C
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