Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Brickfilms and Lego

When Ole Kirk Christiansen founded LEGO in 1932, he couldn't possibly have foreseen what a pop culture icon the brick-building toys have become. Today there are games, videos, movies, websites, television shows, and so much more -- all stemming from the love of this brand.

Brickfilm is a term created by Jason Rowolt for making stop motion animated films using LEGOs.

The first LEGO Star Wars was licensed in 1999, but fan space videos have been circulating since the 1970s. The first known LEGO brickfilm was made in 1973 when Lars C. Hassing and Henrik Hassing directed a six-minute film: Journey to the Moon. It wasn't released publicly until May 2013.

The three-minute LEGO Wars was filmed by Fernando Escovar in 1980 but not shown publicly until April 2007.

When The LEGO Group launched LEGO Studios and officially sanctioned fan videos, it opened the floodgates for all things LEGO. Brickfilming festivals are just the tip of the ocean. You can learn a lot about brickfilms through Brickipedia (