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How To Do A Lego / Star Wars Stop Motion Animation

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Lego is one of the best ways to do a stop motion animation. 

It is easier than using larger toys, and it looks very good by comparison, and will take less time to do.


 
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Step 1: Building The Set

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Basic things you will need for a set are:
  • A stand/ground for  the characters to walk on
  • A background
  • Walls on the sides

Step 2: Walking

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When making the Lego characters walk, you move one leg at a time, taking pictures for each step. Preferably two frames at a time.

When making them run, make them kick back as they run. And move their arms with the legs.
When turning, do the same movements.


Step 3: Shooting/Blood

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When you want to film someone shooting/being shot, you will want to add blood or gunshots/lasers.
This is to add effects with Lego, you could add effects with a computer program, but putting the Lego in yourself gives the fight a better feel.
Blood may be a little too violent for what you want, but you could still add small Lego blocks to simulate gunfire, and where the bullet/laser is hitting. It could be sparks if you want.

Step 4: Sword/Lightsaber Fighting

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Sword fighting can look really good, and is relatively easy to animate.
Move them at the same time to make it look the best, don't just move one at a time.
When you "clash" swords, move the characters back and forth to simulate them pushing each other.

Lightsabers are a better looking type of sword fight, because of the colors and brighter look to it.

When turning the lightsaber on, you could start with the handle and then add the blade in the next shot, however, it will look much better if you put a small Lego piece on the handle in between the stages of being off and on. It makes it look like a flash, and that the blade is coming out of the handle, so it doesn't just appear on.
BobaFettRocks9 months ago

Its better than any stop motion animation i made! Love it!

tayeden1 year ago
wow, this is awesome ! great job!!
JonnyBGood2 years ago
Great video! I never can get the walking down for legos but now I got some new stuff to try. If you want you can see my video on my Custom John Deere Lawn mower.
Mr. Noack2 years ago
This is totally "feature" worthy. Excellent work!! Nice lasers!!
i agree
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Great tips, and the movie was fun! Walking with LEGO minifigs seems like the hardest part to me, but your movie makes it looks really good.

Do you have any tips for lighting? I would think it would be hard to have consistant lighting throughout shooting. Also, how long did this short clip take you to shoot and edit?
Swaggington (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Well, with the lighting, I didn't really have anything special, just the lights in my classroom over my work station. I was worried about the reflections coming off of the Lego, but it turned out okay.
Since I've only been able to work on this at school, it took me a little while to shoot. Editing took a decent amount of time because I'm new to the software.
In total, I'd say it took me just over a week. It probably won't take as long for the next animation I make.
Also, the walking was relatively easy, the only setback is that it took a while to make all those Lego people walk at the same time.
Thanks for the comment!