My friend Hannah and I decided to try out some stop motion animation with my vast collection of Lego. Our initial ideas were very ambitious, but we quickly scaled back in favour of figuring out how it even worked. This meant turning things into skeletons!
Lego figures are great to animate because their movement is simple, and they can stick to things. After we’d made a couple of videos (see below) we had a look on YouTube for others, and boy were there some good ones! Lots of great advice on there too.
Things We Learnt
- A consistent light source would have worked a lot better. We did have a play with an LED torch as a moving and spooky source of light, but think that would require more time to perfect.
- Use a tripod. I no longer have a tripod, so I was actually using Lego and blutac to steady the camera – I do not advise this. You want the camera as still as possible.
- Keep the backdrop still. Our backdrop was a sheet over a door, not fixed to anything. We hadn’t actually considered the backdrop when we started.
- Smaller aperture for bigger depth of field. I already knew this, but I’m one of those people that loves blurred backgrounds too much. Given the angle we were shooting, this didn’t work so well. Our initial tests with Shaggy he ended up out of focus for most of the video.