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How to Make a Stop-Motion Animation Brick Film

Watch more Filmmaking 101 videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to bring toys to life with steps on how to make a stop-motion animation brick film. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Write a script Write a script for your film. Consider what blocks and figures, known as minifigs, you have and your familiarity with filming techniques to help you decide how complex to make your screenplay. Step 2: Pick a frame rate Choose a frame rate for your film -- calculated in frames per second, or FPS. A higher FPS means more work moving each brick piece to establish continuity between many shots, but leads to a smoother final product. Tip Since many live-action films are shot at 24 FPS, consider using a frame rate of 24 or one of its divisors, such as 6 or 12. Step 3: Set the timing Plan your animation. Use a storyboard to map out the camera angle and design of each scene. Write out an exposure sheet, too -- this list details the composition of each individual picture you take and how the frame will fit into the finished film. Step 4: Design the set Assemble a minifig cast and build brick sets and props. Then, place lights around the set. Experiment with different angles, wattages, and gels to create the right mood and visibility for each moment. Step 5: Shoot the film Shoot the film. Use a tripod and cable release to stabilize the camera as you take still pictures. Adjust and lock in the plastic objects in each frame with your fingers or tweezers; secure loose pieces with adhesive putty. Mount the tripod on a dolly and secure it to a track to stabilize the camera for mobile filming. Tip You can also shoot with a webcam or video camera connected to a computer with stop-motion animation software. Step 6: Edit the film Load your pictures onto a computer and use video-editing software to adjust the film's pacing and create smooth transitions between scenes. Then, use a microphone and software to add music, voice-over, and sound effects to your movie. Step 7: Add effects Use compositing software to create special effects and crop unnecessary elements. Then, do a final edit and add credits before premiering your masterpiece. Did You Know? As of 2010, the 1964 stop-motion animation film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the longest-running televised holiday special.
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