Recently BrickUltra had a chance to interview Inglis93 who was nice enough to answer these questions on his own time. Be sure to check out his channel!
1) What inspired you to start brickfilming?
I first started when the first camera phones came to the market. I was able to pause and restart video. This allowed me to originally do things such as throw a cushion into the air, pause the video, remove the cushion and resume the video. This created the illusion that the cushion had been thrown into the air and wasn’t coming back down. I then started experimenting this technique with LEGO Minifigures. I animated quite a few shorts but it wasn’t until YouTube was bought by Google several years later that I was able to upload them online.
2) Who is your favorite brickfilmer and what is your favourite brickfilm?
In the early days of YouTube, I was hugely inspired by a French animator called Zwan2. His account has unfortunately been deactivated, but his use of special effects and set design in his Star Wars film ‘Brickwars’ greatly influenced how I animated my own films. It also showed me what was available in terms of special effects. The creativity of ‘LEGO NINJA: The Adventures of Lego Ninja’ by Vicious516 also really influenced my films in terms of storytelling. I remember watching it again and again on Google Video!
3) What is your favorite lego set?
If I could pick one, it would likely be the 7153 Jango Fett’s Slave I. I was blown away by the details and weapons it had when it first released in 2002. I know there has been bigger shinier and more detailed versions of the same ship, but that one will always bring back all those childhood memories.
4) Did you ever think you would become this popular?
Not at all! In fact, the reason for uploading most of my early films was to show relatives that lived far away. I was completely blown away when my films started to reach upwards of a thousand views. Of course, in the early days, there was far less content out there and I think it was probably much easier to get hits. It still blows my mind though to think my films have been viewed nearly 4.5 million times.
5) Does making LEGO Stop-motion influence in your social life?
Yes, I would definitely say it has impacted my social life in a positive way. The amount of work and dedication which went into my animations I would say were mirrored in my studies while I was at school. The success of my channel has definitely inspired me to go onto other things such as 3D modelling.
6) What’s your favorite part about making a brickfilm?
I love storytelling. It’s the main thing that got me through the laborious set design and editing. I strive to do things which haven’t been done before and seeing people’s reactions to the content is extremely satisfying. This is why I chose to take two years to make a 30 minute film over making 10 comedic shorts about Stormtroopers which has been done countless times before.
7) If you could go back to when you began brickfilming would you have changed anything you did on your videos or on youtube?
I would change my username! I have no idea at all what made me choose the one I have. Other than that, I wouldn’t say there wasn’t much else I would change. Of course I could comment on increasing the quality of the frame rate and lighting on my earlier videos, but I do enjoy seeing the large learning curve which is evident throughout my videos.
8 ) What would you be doing if youtube didn’t exist?
I have no idea! It was through my YouTube channel that I started 3D modelling my own custom LEGO accessories and setting up my own shop on Shapeways. It was then through that that I made the Legend of Zelda CUUSOO project which is currently being considered by the LEGO Group for official sets. In all honesty, I could’ve been living in a cave and hunting for my food if I hadn’t had this channel and the opportunities it’s given me!
9) Do you have any tips for aspiring animators?
Stick at it! Ask your audience for constructive criticism and use it to improve your next video. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
10) What are your plans for the future?
Due to the amount of work I’ve had this last year with both 3D Modelling and exams, I haven’t managed to get any animation done. It is likely to be a similar situation this year as I move onto University. I have several ideas for films I’d like to make, so hopefully something will come to fruition! We’ll see!