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Basic Tips


1. Secure your camera. If your camera moves during a fixed shot then the illusion of movement is broken. Use a steady tripod that's taped to the desk or build a lego cradle for your camera. Using a webcam allows you to take pictures without physically touching the camera. If a digital camera comes with a remote control then it will benefit as you won't have to touch the camera.


2. Secure your set. Tape it to your desk or use sticky tack to keep your set secure while you film. This will prevent unwanted movement and bumps in your animation. Use basic Lego building skills to make a set that won't fall apart. If there are other minifigures or props in the set secure them too so that they don't move when you don't want them to.


3. Set up your lighting. Light flicker occurs when there is inconsistency with the lighting between frames. To stop light flicker you should: 


  • Reduce natural light by closing curtains or by animating at night
  • Light your set well, a couple of desk lamps will do the trick
  • Turn all your camera's settings to manual (probably the most important lighting tip)
  • Avoid wearing brightly coloured clothes, you will reflect light onto the set
  • Return to the same position when you take each frame


4. Your brickfilm has to be entertaining. Whether it is humorous, visually exciting or has an interesting storyline your brickfilming should be something that isn't boring to watch. Writing scripts or drawing storyboards can allow you to develop your ideas.


5. Speak clearly into the microphone. Don't speak too close or too far away from your microphone. Know what you are going to say before you speak (write it down if necessary) and don't be afraid to re-record a line. Saying a line a few times over will give you the choice to choose the best line that fits.

7. Small movements means smooth animation. An animation should typically have between 15 and 30 frames per second. You should make movements quite small so that your animation moves in a suitable pace. Where you want things to move slowly make large movements and where you want things to move slowly make smaller movements. It takes practice to get the speeds of animation you want.


If you found these tips useful then you may find my 'Guides & Tutorials' page useful too.


More Advanced Tips

  • Putting paper around your lights will reduce the harshness of the light, spreading the light more evenly on your set and reducing dark shadows.
  • Getting different people to voice act in your videos works well and gives the characters a bit of variety.
(more tips soon)