I have always been a fan of Lego. Lego was one of the first elements that stirred my interested in filmmaking. When I was young I spent a great deal of time in my parents basement creating Lego stop motion films with my dad’s old Sony Handycam. Things have changed as I have grown up and moved away from the many hours of Lego stop motion films but that doesn’t mean I would miss a chance to go back to my filming roots. When the opportunity came to up to use Lego to create a 30-second sermon teaser for Church, I jumped on it.
As we began to plan this project there was the obvious question, where am I going to get all this Lego? The answer was simple...my cousins had a ‘few pieces’ we could use. I asked my cousin, Andrew, if he would be interested and willing to build the word PRAY. He has several years of experience building many things ‘Lego’ from intricate cities to large ships. Needless to say, he was overqualified! The first issue we encountered was how to build the letters on camera. Andrew had the brilliant idea of him building the letters and me filming him taking them apart, piece by piece. Once filmed, I would then reverse and speed up the footage. It gave the illusion that he was building the letters. For the most part, this worked rather well, however, Andrew had to ensure he put the brick down instead of dropping it. If Andrew dropped the bricks, once played in reverse, it would appear as if the brick was flying back up into his hand, making him look like a magician. This would break the illusion of Andrew building the word PRAY. Keeping this in mind, we went to work. The process of building the letters and the truss system for them to sit on took Andrew over two hours. It then took him about 15 minutes to disassemble, one brick at a time. Honestly, I did not think it would take that long, however, it reminded me that even the most simple of projects require that one key element...time.
I’m pleased with the final completion of the teaser and was even happier to spend time playing Lego again with my cousin, Andrew. It just doesn’t get any better than combining past hobbies with work but somebody has to do it.
Here is a look at the final video.