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Reflecting on Over a Decade of Publishing! Many thanks to the websites who have served as mirrors for BrickJournal: www. Photo by Joe Meno. About the Title Page: A shot of Lorinean. Photo by Fraser Ratzlaff.

Welcome to the world of stop-motion animation! When these photographs are played back in rapid succession it gives the illusion that the objects move on their own. This technique has a long history in the motion picture industry, with The Nightmare Before Christmas being a prime example.

With digital cameras becoming cheaper and more sophisticated every year, the technology required to create these animations is now widely available. You probably have everything you need to make one sitting in your house right now.

Just as there are a wide range of LEGO building techniques, from simple studs-up construction to mind-bending SNOT techniques, the art of stop-motion has simple foundations and complex heights. This article will teach you the basic skills needed to make your first animation and give you a quick glimpse at some advanced techniques. Your camera affects everything from the animating process to the look of the final product.

The factors that go into choosing the right camera could fill an article on their own; there are trade-offs between simplicity, flexibility, price, picture quality, and more. For your first animation, just use a camera you are comfortable with. This could be a simple point and shoot camera, a fancy DSLR, a digital camcorder, a webcam, or even a camera phone.

If it takes pictures, you can animate with it. The most important manual controls are focus, exposure, and white balance. This will prevent you from touching the camera and accidentally moving it around during your shot. This is vital when your subjects are small objects like LEGO minifigs. One of the most frustrating things that can happen while animating is your camera shutting off in the middle of your big scene.

The film has been shown in film festivals and garnered praise and awards throughout the US. The movie was the effort of the Rondina family, and BrickJournal was able to talk to them about their work and the movie. The interview, much like the movie, has a few surprises, so read on! Mark Rondina: We all are involved in every aspect of the film. Some of us have stronger talents in certain areas than others. We try to let those who have their strength and talents oversee that area of the project.

Some examples include: editing, green screening, graphic design, etc. Wendy and I are involved with the overall production end of things, like marketing, event planning, and logistics. Oh yeah, Jessica and Anthony graciously allowed us to fund their projects also.

When did the idea of animation with LEGO minifigs and bricks start? Anthony Rondina: Well it all started as a high school project. At the end of our ancient history class we had to spend 40 hours on something we learned that year. Seeing as how we had no actors or video cameras, we looked to the next best thing: 16 years worth of collecting LEGO bricks. How did you decide to use brick animation? Why not drawn animation or live action?

And live action is a medium we are just now starting to break into. We see ourselves very much as accidental filmmakers. Who were the LEGO builders before filming? When we started to homeschool, we noticed that he could do his classes better if they involved the LEGO blocks.

We used them for math, writing, and storytelling, as well as other subjects. That is why it was so natural to complete his high school ancient history assignment using bricks and minifigs. For the ancient history project, the kids chose to tell the story of the Ten Plagues of Egypt! Filming What is your studio setup? We designed our studio to offset some problems we faced in our previous films, specifically: Set Shaking: We wanted to make it look like a real world where gravity has its correct pull keeping the land in its rightful place.

This is hard to do when you have a crawlspace under you instead of firm concrete. Flickering: In our first film, we noticed that we had a large amount of flickering, where the lighting seemed inconsistent in each picture. To eliminate that problem, we turned off the overhead fan, covered all the windows with thick flannel bed sheets, closed the door, wore dark colored clothes, and made sure all computer monitors were kept under the table. Was all that overkill? Not really. Blacking out the windows allowed us to animate any scene at anytime of the day or over the course of multiple days and dimming the monitor reduced the chance of extraneous light being reflected off my clothes.

What do you use to film? The mm Macro lens was used for all the close ups on both the characters and props they were interacting with. Explain the filming process and maybe a timeline of how you produce a film: how long it takes to write, then film, then add sound and post production. Anthony: The first thing we did was start in prayer.

We wanted to make absolutely sure this was something God wanted us to do and would bless. Then we got into the research and outlining process. Depending on the length and depth of a film this part can either be a very long or very short process. Have ideas or comments? Drop me a line at admin brickjournal. Im open to suggestions and comments and will do my best to reply.

Yes, BrickJournal has a website www. Art by Mark Stafford. This issue is dedicated to Tokie Nakano Meno, otherwise known as the Editors mother, who passed away in March of Rest in peace, Mom. All rights reserved. All trademarked items are the property of their respective owners and licensees. First Printing. Printed in Canada. ISSN BrickJournal and its staff would like to thank the LDraw community for the software it makes available to the community, which we use for making all of the instructions and renderings in this magazine.

We would especially like to thank Kevin Clague for his continued upgrades of the LPub tool that is a part of the LDraw suite. The event organizers, consisting of a loose-knit group of adult builders calling themselves Legend Bricks, planned to create Hong Kongs largest non-commercial public LEGO exhibition.

The specific goal of the event was to promote the creative aspect of the LEGO brick through several large displays built by the event organizers and other invited participants.

I was really intrigued by the idea of such an event in Hong Kong of all places , and after a quick check of airfares which were quite reasonable I decided to go see it for myself.

The event lasted a total of 17 days, but I choose to attend over the middle weekend in order to be there during the Hong Kong-wide meeting of LEGO enthusiasts. An army waits for the order to attack. On this trip I would strictly be an observer, and as an added benefit meeting and swapping techniques with some the most active and talented builders on the other side of the planet.

Conversely, I found myself being treated like royalty by the event organizers who were excited to have their first American pro builder their term, not mine ever to come to Hong Kong for a fan event. Hong Kong is a large port city located on the south coast of China, with a population of about 7 million people, inhabiting a space of less than square miles making it one of the most densely populated places on earth. A British colony until , it is now a special autonomous region of mainland China with its own currency and local government.

Due to its special status and history, visitors from the United States do not need a special visa to enter. English is a common second language in case you dont speak the local Cantonese.

The exhibition took place at the student activities center of the City University of Hong Kong. Having access to a large and centrally located space was obtained by the principal event coordinator and tireless promoter John Ho, who is also a student at HK City University.

Right: The full church lit from within. Bottom Right: Schneider Cheungs sashimi sculpture. I cant even begin to express how much effort the local builders made to make me feel welcome for the entire duration of my visit.

The next morning John picked me up at my hotel and we were off to our first of many days spent at the exhibition. Public hours were from 11 AM to 9 PM day, and staffed completely by volunteers.

The main exhibition took place in an expansive room in the student activity center. They also had access to a second adjacent room which was used for the regional builders meeting, as well as room for future expansion the HK City University administration has already given the green light for another run next year.

Upon entering the main exhibition hall, you are faced by a large town display all made up entirely of MOCs, including what I was told to be the first public fan-created display of LEGO trains in Hong Kong, which including two 9 volt loops and an old monorail the organizers told me they had to beg, steal and borrow every piece of 9 volt track in Hong Kong in order to make their train layout. The most striking feature of the town layout was the section centered around the recreation of actual Japanese landmarks by Andy Bear.

Being my first trip to Hong Kong, I didnt know what to expect going through customs. I brought only a few of my kits mainly those requested in advance by people who knew I was coming and a couple to donate to the exhibition or possibly sell if anyone was interested.

Customs turned out to be no hassle at all and I wish I had brought more stuff with me. Packing my suitcases full of bricks would have been a nice gesture for the locals and something I definitely plan to do next time.

Although the airport is an easy train ride into the city, the organizers insisted on having someone meet me at the airport. After clearing customs, or more accurately, waiting in line to clear customs, I was greeted by local builders Antony Tam and Schneider Cheung. After a brief taxi ride into the city, 4 we dumped off my stuff at the hotel and proceed to Top and above: Models by Andy Bear.

Right: AEuropean church by Schneider Cheung. Below: Calvin Choys Hong Kong buses. Above: Part of the city display was an airport. Left: A Greek temple, part of the castle and fantasy layout. The second display consisted of a huge collaborative castle and fantasy layout, featuring multiple castles, an expansive village, an orc camp, Viking invasion and the mandatory display of hundreds of castle troops lined up for an impending battle.

There were a lot of eye catching elements to the castle display, including Eric Moks blinding white church lit from the inside , Leo Chus impressive medieval buildings, and lots of clever details like a horde of centaur warriors, and busy market scenes.

The third and final display consisted of a large ring of tables highlighting many of different MOCs and builders. John Ho organized a small sci-fi diorama based around his numerous Mecha. Antony Tam and Antony Lau formed the backbone of a large military display that featured both WW2 and modern vehicles.

Other displays consisted of dozens of Star Wars minis, Neo Classic Space vehicles, a large collection of Hong Kong city buses and many more too numerous to list. My only complaint with the MOC tables were the lack of information cards who built it, what it is, etc. I suggested this to the organizers who seemed open to the idea. During the week most of the Brick Adventure attendees were students and staff of the university.

The weekend brought a lot more families and children and even some tourists from North America and Europe. The organizers plastered the school with posters and giant banners, and distributed posters at various Hong Kong toys stores.

They also receive some positive coverage in the local ohn Hos mecha diorama,.

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Dan Siskinds Panzer model. Antony Tams modern military models made an appearance at the event. Average daily attendance was about people and the overall event drew over 13, The day of the big community meeting was definitely a high point of Brick Adventure bringing together a lot of builders and collectors from across Hong Kong.

I was a little surprised when several people produced copies of my Blacksmith Shop and requested autographs. The strictly non-commercial aspect is a requirement of the university and part of the Legend Bricks philosophy of promoting creativity before marketing.

While there are no vendors at the event, Hong Kong is littered with small independent toy and LEGO shops, including a large concentration on nearby Nathan Road a legendary shopping district in its own right. These independent shops offer a huge variety of current and out of production LEGO sets and many sell individual minfigs and bricks.

Im planning to return next year with a lot more of my own MOCS and parts to help make the next display even better including as much 9v track and motors as I can beg, steal or borrow! Thanks for taking the time to read about my trip to Brick Adventure, and thanks to the organizers for their incredible hospitality on this trip. What made the event different was that it was the first large-scale event in the US organized by and sponsored by the LEGO company.

Displays included two huge train layouts, a Great Ball Contraption display and individual creations spanning themes from Castle to Space and Sculptures to Games. Other attractions included a large collection of LEGO sculptures from the LEGO Groups own model shops, a large build area filled with brick for kids to build and play with, building contests for kids, live stage demonstrations, interactive games and a sneak peek at the inner workings of LEGOs model shop.

Vincent Rubino was the main man behind the event and took the time to talk with us and answer a few questions. As Manager of Event Marketing, it is my role to oversee Brand activities and consumer events. We had established a new concept to partner with external organizations to collaborate with and fund LEGO events since we do not have the personnel to do these types of events ourselves. This model of Fenway Park was one of the awesome kid-built creations on display in the kids model area.

The shiny bit from ChromeBricks. Where did the idea for KidsFest come from and what were the goals of organizing this event?

During those discussions, the idea of a KidsFest arose and as we began to discuss in more detail, the genesis of a plan began to evolve. The idea was to create a family-friendly event that could be organized in cities across the country with activities evolving around the LEGO Brand. There would be other activities as well but LEGO events would be the overarching component. How long did it take to plan and set up the event and what was the reason for choosing Hartford, Connecticut to host?

We worked on the development for close to 2 years. Since this was going to be the pilot event and a learning experience for us as to how we can improve for future venues in other cities, we decided to do the first one close to home. Hartford is a nice city with some venues that lend themselves well to family events.

Also since our corporate HQ is just 15 miles up the road, it is good for us to be able to do something positive in our community. What were the major challenges in putting the event together? Finding the right balance between LEGO and non-LEGO activities since this would be for the whole family we needed multiple types of entertainment for boys and girls and younger and older kids Securing other corporate sponsors to get involved Finding the right venue to house the event Nathaniel Brills 12v Amusement Park Train proved to be a more thrilling experience than all the other rides in the park combined.

Was this planned from the start or did the idea come later as the event took shape and what were your expectations? This idea was pretty much there from the beginning. We as a company are trying to find ways to work more closely with the fan community. The Kids Fest seemed to me like a natural fit for this and gratefully, the AFOL community was happy to get involved too.

Jonathan and Linda Dallas show off their impressive Carcassone board game model. Although I have been around the company for many years and have had some interaction with the AFOL teams, I really didnt know what to expect.

What I can say is that it was absolutely awesome!! The displays were great and the people who came to the event were great. I had to learn a lot on how you guys set your displays and there were a few hiccups along the way. Fortunately, the AFOLs were pretty easy on me and helped me learn from my mistakes. This will only make it easier the next time! And yes, we do hope there are many more next times. We would love to involve more groups as we bring this concept across the country.

What do you think were some of the highlight of the AFOL displays? Of course it is hard to choose what was best as it is often sometimes a matter of personal taste. All of the displays were awesome.

I guess you would have to say that the cityscapes are the most popular because of the sheer scale of these and all the movement included How cool is that? The event seemed to be a huge hit with the public selling out both Saturday and Sunday. How surprised were you at the public turn out and why do you think this event drew such a big response?

The response was overwhelming and actually caught us off guard. We had figured that maybe 12, - 15, people showing up would signify success. We actually had over 25, people attend and the police estimate we had to turn away an additional 10, Those numbers were a bit overwhelming and unfortunately led to some frustrated kids and consumers who werent able to get in.

That is the worst part, I hate to disappoint kids. What did you learn from the event? What will you do differently for future KidsFests? We also learned that the people coming are really only interested in one thing We had a variety of other activities for younger kids, girls and even vendors there to entertain the parents.

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We really dont need that and in future probably wont include them. What we will do differently is to increase the size of the floor to accommodate more people and to include more LEGO activities and experiences and that hopefully means more AFOL exhibits!

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We are looking to anniversarize the Hartford event in November Moving forward, the hope is to have several of these across the country in several major cities. That is a bit down the road though so stay tuned. If there is anything else you might like to add?

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The last thing I would like to add is recognition of the awesome and tireless work of all the AFOLs who participated. Their enthusiasm and dedication were very much appreciated. Obviously, the fans that came to the event saw these displays as one of the big hits.

People were lined up 5 deep at times and I saw many kids on their dads shoulders trying to get a better look. And of course all the smiles were too numerous to count. About the Title Page: A shot of Lorinean. Photo by Fraser Ratzlaff. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the copyright holders, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review.

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Printed in China. ISSN BrickJournal and its staff would like to thank the LDraw community for the software it makes available to the community, used for making the instructions and renderings in this magazine.

We would especially like to thank Kevin Clague for his continued upgrades of the LPub tool that is a part of the LDraw suite. Its mission is simple: To spotlight all aspects of the fan building community, showcase LEGOrelated events worldwide, talk to builders young and old who create the amazing models displayed in each issue, and provide a place for contributions and how-to articles by fans and top builders worldwide.

But how did BrickJournal magazine start, and make it to this Golden 50th Anniversary issue? Back in the early s, the hobby in the US was growing in leaps and bounds. Builders found other builders online through LUGNET, which was the first international website dedicated to the hobby. Clubs were forming and events were started. It was a time of growth, and it seemed to me that someone should be taking notes to keep I gathered some people, including you, to start this.

And in only six months, the first BrickJournal issue was released as a free online magazine. From there, the magazine took off. The LEGO Group had been taking notice of the magazine and invited us to visit the Billund offices, and from there, they became interested in supporting the launch of the magazine to print. At the same time, I knew a publisher friend of mine who was willing to give the magazine a shot.

I had been active in the community as a volunteer or staffer at events, and when they were informed about a fan magazine launching, they kept their eye on me and were surprised at what I and the community was able to accomplish. From that they decided to support the magazine. The nine original digital-only issues, produced prior to BrickJournal becoming a print magazine.

This was BrickJournal 6 the online version before print, in His name is Vergirak. Paul Wolters and his event team were so warm and welcoming. Meeting so many talented LEGO builders from all over, learning more about them and featuring them in BrickJournal, was brilliant. Events would have AFOLs from all over. Interviewing so many AFOLs, I began to create quite a library of content for articles and features—my poor hard drive was beginning to melt!

I found all of this to be quite fascinating!

I felt it was a shame these stories should stop with me; they should be shared for others to enjoy. I approached Joe about creating an ongoing feature revolving around the history and people who had helped grow the LEGO Group over the years.

I wrote a full article on him for our BrickJournal Castle print issue 8, now sold out. Article by Joe Meno Fraser Ratzlaff works for the nonprofit organization Children of the Nations, leading teams to Africa to work with orphan and destitute children.

Empowering kids to become the next generation of leaders in their communities, he also does advocacy work in Seattle—volunteer events, public speaking, meeting with donors, and fundraising. Basically, Fraser helps get people involved, and he loves his job.

He also loves to build. BrickJournal talked to him about his latest creation, Lorinean. Fraser has been building since he was 5 or 6 years old. He had other toys growing up, but nothing captured his imagination like LEGO. I had no idea there was a whole community of adult builders before that.

I tried making brick-built streets to go with the modular town buildings.

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And 12 A view of the castle towers. One side of the caste has a skyship dock. I made a jungle scene. It definitely helped me grow as a builder. Still, he has always been attracted to castles—real ones and LEGO castles. For Fraser, they are just cool. Another view. Lorinean was built as a return to his favorite theme.