LEGO Animation (Brickfilm) Resources

We’re having a great time at Brickworld Chicago 2014 right now! Yesterday we led our annual “Intro to LEGO Animation” workshop. We typically hand out a resource sheet to all the attendees with some of our favorite resources for learning more about making brick animations. We thought we’d put it up online so everyone could benefit from it.

When buying a camera, here are a few features to look for:

  • Manual controls, especially for focus and white balance
  • USB, Firewire and/or HDMI connection to computer
  • Tripod connection (screw threads on bottom)
  • Plug-in power source – avoid running on battery power if at all possible.

Some stop-motion software:



Mobile (iOS, available via iTunes):

Recommended books:

  • Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation.” Disney Editions, 1995.
  • Richard Williams. “The Animator’s Survival Kit.” Faber & Faber, 2002.
  • Allan Bedford. “The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide.” No Starch Press, 2005.

Web resources:

What are some of your favorite resources for brickfilming? Tell us in the comments!