The LEGO Animation Book: A Guide to Making LEGO Movies

San Francisco, CA — In the latest LEGO book from No Starch Press, readers learn everything they need to turn their LEGO creations into impressive animated movies.

“The LEGO Animation Book” (No Starch Press, $19.95, 4C, 216 pp., October 14, 2016) is a comprehensive guide to creating stop-motion animation with LEGO. Expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step.

Readers learn how to:

  • Use animation principles like exaggeration, timing and spacing, and overlapping action
  • Convey action and emotion with plastic characters
  • Add detail and scope to films by building in different scales
  • Create special effects like explosions and flying minifigures
  • Build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks
  • Light, frame, and capture consistent photos

According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “This book is for anyone who watched The LEGO Movie and thought ‘I want to do that!’”

Author David Pagano’s motivation for creating the book is to “inspire the next generation of LEGO filmmakers. That’s why we’ve included (almost) all of our secrets.” For David Pickett, nostalgia plays a role: “I wish I had a time machine so I could give this book to myself as a kid and learn to make awesome LEGO animations back then.”

“The LEGO Animation Book” will be in bookstores everywhere this October.



David Pagano is a LEGO animator and writer and the founder of Paganomation, a NY-based production studio. His work has appeared everywhere from BrickJournal to the Wall Street Journal.

David Pickett is the LEGO filmmaker behind BRICK 101 and Nightly News at Nine. Together, they run the LEGO animation blog The Set Bump.

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