Have you ever wanted to learn how to start making LEGO animation videos but don’t know where to start? David Pagano from Paganomation and David Pickett from Brick 101 will be releasing a new book from No Starch Press called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! This book will give you an introduction on how to bring your builds to life with stop-motion animation.
The book is separated into easy-to-follow chapters for the different steps of production. The first chapter gives you some of the basics of brickfilming like what kind of equipment is needed, how to set up the scene, and so on. The book will elaborate more with their own dedicated chapters as you go.
The next chapter solely talks about how to animate a LEGO minifigure. One of the main subjects for LEGO stop-motion videos is the minifigure and here the authors teach you how to make it seem like it’s moving. The chapter also gives you tips on how to animate facial expressions as well as giving the minifigure some movement so it actually covers a lot for just how to animate a minifigure.
In the middle of the book, the authors also give you the full instructions and parts list on how to build the PaganoPuppet which is the one shown on the front cover of the book. The rest of the chapters go into more depth on various subject matters like creating your set, the ideal equipment to use for LEGO stop-motion videos, how to convey your story, and editing your videos. There’s just too much to go into and I don’t want to spoil everything the book has to offer.
Overall, if you have a passion for making LEGO stop-motion videos but don’t know where to begin, The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is a great starting point. There’s actually a lot to take in if you’re a beginner but the book takes you through the steps with easy to follow instructions and lots of pictures and illustrations as well. If you’ve already made some video before but want to hone in on some aspects that you want to improve on, this book is also a good resource to have in your library.