It began with the New Zealand Herald and then ITV and then BBC. There have been more clients – his latest is a soon-to-be-released adventure series for Cartridge People (I’ve seen some stills, it looks great!). Graham even put his university plans on hold to take a chance and build a business on his animation skills.
What’s so great about some Lego animation? It’s very cool.
It’s certainly fun to watch. The videos Graham makes draw on our affection for a well-known childhood toy, and they’re moving, just as we imagined them doing when we were young. It’s funny for us as adults to see toys moving in that way. We know it’s not possible, yet we can see these Lego figures running round in front of us.
And then there are the familiar events which they re-enact. Even if we don’t follow rugby union, rugby league or football, we surely know what those games look like. But the real life players are genuine athletes and the Lego figures are dumpy little figures, many with touches of detail which make us smile: hair styles, expressions and behaviours.
Graham has created a place for himself in the niche world of online Lego animation, but he’s expanding his skills into scripting and storyboarding. How long will it be before he makes his own little features? He’s got everything he needs inside his head, using a Canon 500D with 18-55mm kit lens, and on a small desk in his bedroom, lit by a bedside lamp with a backdrop made from his jumper.
Oh, and for all you tech snobs out there: he uses Windows Moviemaker to edit his animations! The Stoneage ROCKS!
If you’re interested in animation you’ll be interested to hear what Graham has to say. Even if you prefer to work with real people, there’s still lots to learn in this I Am Do Filmmaker podcast.
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