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Brick Tease Round 13 LEGOmation

22 Jun

Hey, Brick Heads! I’ve just finished another weeks episode of Sportsbet.com.au Brick Tease

another marathon animation session, almost 28 hours on 2 hours sleep. It was hard but we got there. I would like to thank Dragonframe software for making my life so incredibly easier. Great piece of software and i am looking forward to getting to know it much better. We’re going to be spending a lot of time together I think.

LEGOMATION

15 Jun

Its been an interesting month at the Broken Body Clock Studios with the sounds of LEGO bricks being shuffled and sorted and bright lights burning late into the night. I have begun producing a series of web videos for Sportsbet.com.au to help promote their special offers by creating a LEGO sports TV show. This show is called Brick Tease and the first two episodes feature various LEGO reenactments from recent Australian Rules Football games. You can view the first 2 episodes below.

Episode 1

Episode 2

These represent my first attempts at Legomation and its been a very steep learning curve with tight deadlines and epic animation sessions. Overall I am stoked with the results and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be creating many, many more different Lego videos in the years to come.

The project came about through the display I had created in the shop window of my studio. At various times I have different dioramas and displays and the one of my pirate LEGO collection attracted the eyes of a passer by and BAM, a LEGOmation project is born.

To assist with camera placement, to introduce camera movements in to the animation as well as to help keep the camera as stable as possible I decided to attempt to build a motion camera rig out of my Technic collection. As yet the footage that I have shot using the motion rig has not gone live but I will post some footage in my next post. Until then here is a short animation of the rig in action that I shot as part of a series of test using the Dragonframe stop go animation software.

After about 5 hours or so of tinkering I had built and refined the design a number of times to the point that I was ready to start testing it out. I was very pleased with the results and the fact that I made something that worked. I used pieces from the two Technic sets that I have and plan on building in a tilt function in the near future to assist with shot composition.

Im am planning on editing together a tutorial on how to build and operate the motion rig as well as a series of other videos on how I’ve gone about starting out as a LEGOmator and some of the things I’ve learned about the process. If people are interested in seeing a series of video tutorials on LEGOmation then please leave a comment

Below are some raw production stills, these images have not been colour graded and you can see quite a difference in the final edits with the colours being much brighter and saturated.

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Stay tuned for more on the Brick Tease LEGOmation project as it develops