BOOK: The LEGO® Animation Book
Oct 29, 2016 11:07 am
The LEGO Animation Book, No Starch Press, $19.95 USD
Authored by David Pagano and David Pickett, the LEGO Animation Book is a relatively rare book. It talks about LEGO building and another completely different discipline, filmmaking. Those who make movies with LEGO minifigures and other materials are much like the people who work with LEGO robotics - they have two things to do before they are finished with a project. For the robot builders, they build a robot then they program. For a brickfilmer, they build then they animate. It takes patience and experience to make a good brick film, and with the LEGO Animation Book, there is now an excellent printed guide to learn the skills needed to be a good brickfilmer.
The book starts for beginners, with building a set space and advising what cameras to use. From there, it quickly picks up and expands to talk about film techniques, LEGO building and how to combine the two. There is more than enough information in the book about filmmaking to make this a nice introduction to film production. Stop-motion animation is explained in depth, with classic animation methods from Disney films adding another level of sophistication to bringing a minifigure or other item to life.
One of the highlights of the book is the Pagano Puppet, a LEGO built stop-motion puppet that is specifically designed for filming. There’s a parts list and instructions to make the puppet, which is also a neat LEGO model in its own right. the LEGO Animation Book also has online resources, such as an example film, to help out the reader with methods and techniques.
This book is highly recommended for the person who wants to learn a bit about making a brick film. In fact this would be a great reference book to the new brickfilmer and experienced brickfilmer. The authors make this a fun and funny read.
You can buy the LEGO Animation Book from the publisher at: https://www.nostarch.com/legoanimation