When The LEGO Movie came out it was an instant hit. Now that it has been out for a while and was released on DVD I thought it would be interesting to gather information on how The LEGO Movie was made.
If you have a boy who is into The LEGO Movie or who loves making LEGO animations I hope he will find this information we gathered really interesting. I just love when passions and learning mash up, don’t you?
Making The LEGO Movie:
The LEGO Movie was made with bricks and a whole lot of computer work. They used over 3 million bricks during production. If they had used all bricks and no animation it would have cost millions of dollars to make! They even used tools that are totally free and available for anyone to use (I will talk about that later.)
So let’s go over a few quick things. Animal Logic played a big part in making the movie–they also made Happy Feet. Your boy might find this article on their role in The LEGO Movie interesting. There are some great photos there as well.
I like the way they researched the lands by, for example, using old movies and and photos of ghost towns to transform their wild west land into LEGO form. I also found it really neat that they wanted to use the great builds from LEGO fans, such as Bruce Lowell who had his taco, donut, hot dog and a skull featured in the movie. See his builds in our Artist in LEGO Bricks interview with Bruce.
The LEGO Movie Learning:
Some of the builds you see in the film were completely out of LEGO such as Benny’s spaceship while others are all digital. According to this article about the making of The LEGO Movie, “there are a total of 3,863,484 unique Lego bricks seen in the movie. But if you were to recreate the entire film only using Legos, you’d need 15,080,330, the studio (Warner Bros.) said.” What boy wouldn’t love to get his hands on that many LEGO bricks!
When I first saw the trailers for the movie I thought that this was a stop-motion film as so many brick shorts have been stop-motion but it was actually made using CG (computer generated) 3-D animation according to this ScreenCrush article.
One of the main tools used in the making of the movie was LEGO Digital Designer. It is super easy to use and my son and I have learned a lot by using and built some neat LEGO creations with it. If your boy has not tried it yet you should introduce him to it. Best of all it is totally free. You do have to download it but it is worthwhile having on your computer. The amount a boy will learn from this one tool alone makes this a must do activity.
Knowing it was used to create the movie makes it all the cooler. They then moved those designs into other software to complete the process. See this article on Making a 3D LEGO Minifig for the type of thing they did.
Here are a couple of additional good articles on the movie making process: The LEGO Movie, An Interview with Some of the Creators and Brick by Brick: How Animal Logic Crafted The LEGO Movie.
Making the LEGO Movie Videos:
Just in case all of those resources that didn’t satisfy your boy’s need to know everything about how they made The LEGO Movie, he can watch these videos for extra details.
The first video is a bit odd as it is a collection of clips but it shows a lot of neat things so I decided to include it.
The second video is about 1/2 hour long and has a lot of talking in it but would be great for boys who are super interested in exactly how the designers of the movie did things. Perhaps best for boys who are a bit older as there is not a lot of animation shown.
The third video is my favorite as it has a lot of movie clips and great details. It also briefly talks about the history of LEGO. If you only watch one, this is the one I would suggest.
So. . . as you can see there is a ton of fun things to learn about, and from, The LEGO Movie. Your boys can learn more about storytelling, character creation and development, animation, design, using software such as LEGO Digital Designer to make his own creations and much more. I hope your boy enjoys learning more about The LEGO Movie by using the resources above. Let him make his own LEGO mini-movie. I’m sure he will enjoy it and learn a lot in the process.
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