Bricks in Motion is a feature length documentary about people who make stop motion animated films with LEGO. It explores the lives, motivations, and creative philosophies of a wide variety of characters around the world. These hobbyists ran a wide gamut of lives and locations, ranging from a stay-at-home mom in San Diego, California, to a television director in Halifax, Canada, to a radio DJ in Stuttgart, Germany.
The documentary was shot over 2014 and 2015 in five countries. I personally interviewed 30 people for the film, shooting approximately 60 hours of interview footage in all. It was also an experience in planning the logistics of a video production reliant on large amounts of travel, both domestically and internationally. It challenged us to produce high quality results with limited time and resources.
With a total schedule from the beginning of planning to the completion of production spanning 16 months, this was a large project, but one which was completed on budget and on schedule.
I edited the trailer above, as well as a preliminary teaser trailer made during production for our Kickstarter backers.
I also oversaw the fundraising campaign for the film, working with co-producers Nathan Wells and Doug Vandegrift. Because I own and operate the world’s largest online community devoted to stop motion animation, BricksInMotion.com, I was able to harness this community to drive a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the film.
The campaign met its goal with two weeks to spare, going on to meet multiple stretch goals. In the end, we raised over $15,000 for the film, and produced a variety of rewards for our backers ranging from custom LEGO sets to a DVD collection of animated short films. Leading a successful crowdfunding campaign was a challenging experience, but one which proved to be a successful endeavor.
Bricks in Motion
Directed by: Philip Heinrich
Produced by: Philip Heinrich, Zach Macias, Nathan Wells, and Doug Vandegrift
Edited by: Philip Heinrich
Directors of Photography: Philip Heinrich and Michael Macasa
Music by: Philip Heinrich and Joseph Frank
Year of completion: 2015
Running time: 85 minutes