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Easy Step by Step - Stop Motion Animation Lego Movie Making With Your SmartPhone or Tablet

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6 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Introduction

    • 2. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Pre Production

    • 3. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Production

    • 4. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Post Production

    • 5. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Q's Tips

    • 6. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE That's a Wrap!

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About This Class

Have you seen the LEGO Movies? "Everything is Awesome!" about the way it looks! Well, it's such a FUN experience to make your own Lego style movie! With my "Quick Class" you will be shown how to make your very own BriQ FliQ or Stop Motion Animation Movie. I take you from the supplies needed, making/shooting, tips and tricks, and exporting.

Not just for kids BUT if you want to spend quality time and connect with your child, but they don’t want to put down the tablet? BriQ FliQs QUICK CLASSES are a GREAT and FAST way to connect with your kids using Legos® and movies. STEM type class for you and your child. Make an Animation Movie!

Most people don’t want to spend hours in a classroom. That’s why our QUICK CLASSES are perfect.

In this QUICK CLASS: MAKE YOUR BRIQ FLIQ - LEVEL ONE you will learn the basics.

  • The items you need to make a BriQ FliQ

  • How to make your character do a “Walk Cycle”

  • Preproduction

  • Production

  • Post Production

  • Tips for better shooting

We are excited to help you MAKE YOUR BRIQ FLIQ!

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MarQ Morrison

BriQ FliQs!


Hello, I'm MarQ, and I am an award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years experience and I have a lot of knowledge on the filmmaking process. I am excited to teach you about making your BriQ FliQ!

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1. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Introduction: make your brick flick class born in True in first animation. Hello, Welcome to make your own brick flicks for beginners. My name is Mark. That's right with the Q. I'm an award winning filmmaker with two kids. My son's Love, Legos and, Well, I do, too. So it's only a matter of time before our worlds collided and we started to make her own stop motion animation videos, or is he like to call them break flicks? In this course, we will show you the basics of preproduction, production and postproduction. This course will get you started, and if you like us, you can move on to our next level courses to make your brick flicks even better. Please check out the course requirements and pre requisites for the shopping list for the items that you will need for this class. Also, when you're done with your break flick, we'd love to see them. So in the comments section, you can leave a comment and a YouTube link to your brick flick, and we'll give it a look. You're probably wondering what is stop motion animation or brick flicks? Well, they're a video that is captured or shot one frame at a time after each photo was taken, objects in the scene, including the characters, are moved just a little bit and then the next frame of snapped. The frames for photos are then stitched her place together one after the other, and when they're played back as a sequence, the images or photos create movement or a movie. Another important part of making a brick flick is getting the proper frame count per second . For our brick flicks, we choose 12 frames per second or 12 FPs. We'll get more into the different frame rates and what they achieve in the next level course. So for this course, we will set 12 frames, which equals 12 photos. 12 photos equals one second. So it'll be 12 images or stills or photographs. However you like to call them per second 2. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Pre Production: Now we will get into the preproduction phase, and this is where we will tell you what you need to make your brick flick. For this intro break flick, you will need the following items. You will need a stage or staging area. This is where all the fun and your brick flick will come to life. Ideally, you want an area where you have enough room to animate and nothing can interfere or not. You're seeing over. A table is perfect for this, but the floor would work as well. Next you need lights. We suggest a minimum of two brightly lit scene is easier for the camera to shoot and just looks more professional. At least two household desk lamps where floor lamps will do. We recommend to smaller goose neck clamp or flat based desk lamps. We found ours online on Amazon. Next, you'll need a tripod. One key to stop motion animation is keeping your camera or smartphones steady in a one stationary spot. The slightest bump will be very noticeable on screen and from one frame to the next. If you do not have a tripod, that's totally fine. You can build one from your Lego bricks. Let us show you an idea for a Lego camera stand show mows down miles. Good job miles. Next, you will need an animation application or software. You will need a program or application to shoot your animation frame by frame or one frame at a time, then be able to string each frame together and make your movie or post production. You can use a smartphone, a tablet or a computer. Whatever you have available for this class, I'm going to use a smartphone. Here's a list of some of the available APS free and paid. They all work well for this class. I'm going to be using Stop Motion Studio. It is a free downloadable app, and it's also online at Stop Motion studio dot com. Another part of pre production is coming up with your story idea story, boarding it or drawing the shots you want to record on camera. If you're not one for story boarding or drawing shots out, then you can just write a description. Yes, you can skip the story boarding part, but you will eventually find it very helpful and visualize in your story before you begin shooting. It does save time later during the shooting process. For the purpose of this class, we will give you a basic scene, and we'll also give you a list of the items you're going to need to shoot this scene. Okay, here are the items you will need for staging or building of your set and seen. You will need one Lego person with head, arms and legs. The character one small single brick, three regular size bricks one base plate, small, medium or large will do. I prefer the larger plates gives you more room to work with. Base plates are ideal for keeping your lego pieces in place during moves and makes for much smoother movement between shots. No worries. If you don't have when you can still fall along without it, you'll need a backdrop or background. Can be a simple as a towel, cloth or colored paper for a poster or photo. You're going to need something to lean your backdrop against war. Drape your cloth over. I've used 6 to 10 books stacked before or a box. You can also get creative and use anything else that you may have available as a backdrop or a stand 3. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Production: Now we get into the fun part of making your brick flick. Production is the actual filming process. This is retake your ideas from paper to video and make a movie one frame at a time. Such a camera up and frame the area you will be shooting may seem strange to set your camera before the scene is set, but by setting up and seeing how wide a framer area you have to work with will allow you to know the area to build your set. I've built an elaborate and large set, only to find out later that it wouldn't be seen in the much smaller frame review that the camera sees. If you're using a larger, standard sized tripod, adjust the tripod up to where the base plate is level to the tabletop. If you're using a mini tripod or a Lego built holder and you want to place that near it to the edge of the table now attach. Replace your camera into the holder a tripod, turn on your device and start the animation application. Make sure it is a level now you should be able to see the framing area within your camera and where you will build your set or seen. Now you can set up your background. This is where the scene will take place in front of him. Here, you can use a towel, cloth poster or photo, or, if you like, you can build a little town or bus stop or whatever you feel for the purpose of this class , we're going to use a cloth background. Look through a camera, make sure that the backdrop fills the screen. Take the three regular sized bricks and place one just so you can see it on the left edge of your screen and then place the 2nd 1 so you can see it on the right edge of your screen . Now place the third break in the center of your screen. Okay, now you've set your boundaries for your scene or set. Let's stage your seen in this scene. You will have your Lego character walk midway through the frame, stop and pick up a leg a piece. If you have a base plate, place or snap your character into the middle of it and then place your base plate in the scene. So the character on the base plate is in the middle of the camera framing. Make sure there is headroom and foot room from the top and bottom of the central framing. Now leave the base plate and character where it is. Be careful not to move the base plate and try to keep it in the same spot throughout the filming process. This could be difficult, so we've found little workarounds by using tacky wax. If you do not have that, you can put weights or duct tape or masking tape or even packing tape just so the base plate doesn't move when you're making your brick flick, but make sure they're outside of the frame. For this scene. Place the single brick in the middle of the frame. Leave the brick word is in the scene and take the character off the base plate. Be careful not to move the base plate and try to keep it in the same spot throughout the filming process. Let's set the lighting on your table. Set up your lights with their simple to light set up. We will put one light on the left side of the camera and the other on the right side. You will want them far enough apart. Two evenly light your entire shooting area for this scene. They will be about 1 to 2 foot from the left and right side of the camera. Make sure that you are not seeing them in your camera frame. Turn them on and check to see that they're both pointing at the base plate in the single brick. Since these are the main focus, don't worry if there isn't enough light hitting or lighting the backdrop. In most cases, this is great as it will make your scene stand out from the background. Okay, now we're ready to start shooting and making your brick flick with your camera and stop motion animation app on. Look at your seen the lighting the backdrop and make sure the cameras level. Now make sure the small brick is in focus. Most APS have a touch screen, and by touching the area you want focused, it will focus it. Check your ABS instructions if needed. Most cases it will already be in focus, but let's just check and make sure one of the most used moves in a brick flick is walking or a walk cycle. Your character will need to move through your movie somehow. So let's start with the basics and have them walk. Now. Place your brick flick character just inside camera left frame so you can see it in the very edge of your camera frame, standing upright and connect it to the basically standing on the two pegs. Check again to make sure that there is heading foot room and that you can see the entire character and that nothing is cut off. Now we will walk your character through the middle of the frame and stop. We will do this by Peg by Peg, Shooting each movement separately. Now your character is standing in the starting position. Take picture one. Next. Move the left foot up a tad. An off the peg. Be sure, toe Onley. Move the foot and leave the rest of the body in place. Take pick, too. Next, bring the left foot down so it snaps onto the next peg. Also, bring the right foot up and back a little bit. Take pick three. Next, bring the right foot. So it's now next, the left foot and they're together and it is in a standing position. The character has now moved one peg length from its starting position. Next, move the characters right foot up a tad and off the peg. Be sure, toe Onley, Move the foot and leave the rest of the body in place. Next, place the right foot all the way down on the peg, snapped into position. Next, bring the left foot four. So it is now next to the right foot and they're now together and it is in a standing position. The character has now moved to peg links from its starting position. Congratulations. You have just walked your character two steps. Now comes the process. You will repeat the steps above you. Move your character forward across the screen until it gets within one peg of the Brickey placed in the middle of the set. Once you've walked your character to the middle of the scene or set, he will now have it. Bend down and pick up the Lego piece next, with your character and standing positions lightly turned towards the camera. Take a pick now, leaving the right foot on its peg, swivel or pivot the left foot so it's directly behind the red break, and now your character is standing facing directly behind the red brick. Take a pick next. Still keeping the feet locked in the same position. Slightly been the torso upper part of the body downward. Take a pick, keeping the body in the feet in the same position. Move the arm closest to the brick or the army will be picking up the bricks slightly outward and snapped the brick into your characters. Hand, take a pick next, keeping the peace in the same position. Move the arm with the brick and its hand up slightly. Also move the torso or upper body up slightly. Take a pick next, keeping the body and feet in the same position. Move the arm with the brick in his hand up, as well as move the torso upper body up to the character standing position. Take a pick next, keeping the body in the same standing position and Onley moving the arm with the brick and its hand up slightly. Take a pick. Next, raise the arm with the pegan, its hand slightly more. Take a pick. Next, raise the arm with the brick and its hand up above your characters had. Take a pick who? Congrats. You've now completed your first brick flick. You've made a character walk into a scene and pick up a brick 4. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Post Production: for the post production. In this lesson, we'll just go over exporting to export. You'll have to look at your instructions on your application for Stop motion studio. You're able to export a quick time movie, or you can export the individual frames. I preferred export. The individual frames are stills, and I bring those in the final cut in the final cut. I, some of them on a timeline there I can adjust the frame rates if I like. I can add voiceover, music, transitions, titles, graphics and I can also just the coloring So everything matches will go into much more detail on the post production end of making a break flick in the next lesson. 5. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE Q's Tips: a few tips drawing her lesson. I left some of the shots that would allow flickering to happen, and part of the reasoning is the lighting. If your room isn't completely dark, so no light gets in except the light that you have on your table, it can cause a flicker due to the amount of time it takes in the process of shooting. The light levels will change throughout the day, and it's noticeable through the windows, and it's noticeable on your scene. So you want to make sure that you block off all the light coming in from your windows and Onley. Use the source of your table lamps. Another tip. Two tries messing around with the frames per second. We did the standard 12 frames per second, so it seems a little slow, but you can do 46 and eight just mess around and you'll find the speed that you like or which feels natural to you. You can also go much slower if you want to go up to like 20 or 24 frames a second. Just give it a try and explore 6. Quick Class BriQ FliQs LEVEL ONE That's a Wrap!: I hope you enjoy this lesson as much as I did feel free to leave a comment. Definitely let me see your brick flicks. Send me a link in our next class class to we will go running, writing and fine tune your movements as well as post production and doing voiceover.