Recently BrickUltra had a chance to interview Zoot101 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?
It was in the Summer holidays of 2007. YouTube was still a relatively new thing, and my dad was interested in it and showed me in it. It was a fairly normal say and I was going through this website watching some of the old Get A Mac commercials, when I stumbled upon an animated LEGO parody called “Ninja“.
I saw these LEGO people moving and decided “I want to do that!” I showed it to my dad and that very day we went upstairs, set up a makeshift animation table and I made my very first brickfilm.
2) Who is your favorite brickfilmer and what is your favorite brickfilm?
My favourite active brickfilmer is justkiddenanim8ion. A hilarious, cartoony style works so well with the LEGO medium, and it’s refreshing to see someone breaking from the tradition of striving for “realistic” animation. Remember, “good” animation is not equivalent to realistic animation! There are some other great upcoming animators like repellingspider who I am keeping an eye on.
I could make a very very long list of great brickfilmers who have drifted away from the hobby (LeftfieldStudios being a prominent and hilarious one) and I can’t possibly pick just one.
Arguably the greatest brickfilm ever in terms of technical qualities and incredible wow factor is “Robota“. It’ll blow you away every time and will totally transform the way you look at the brickfilm medium. “The Gauntlet” does a similar thing.
But award for my favourite brickfilm ever goes to a very old and little-known brickfilm called “Taco Trouble”. (Warning: I’d give it a 13+ rating for comic violence and sexual innuendo.) There’s a brilliant review on the BiM directory page about why it’s so great and holds true to a message all brickfilmers should follow: don’t be too influenced by anyone else. Make your own thing and wonderful things will come of it.
3) What is your favorite lego set?
I haven’t actually bought a LEGO set in a long time, I feel like I have enough. When I do I build it for the joy of building, then dismantle it over time for all those useful parts. The best set I ever owned was the 2001 Hogwarts Castle, and my favourite one that I currently own is Medieval Market Village.
4) Did you ever think you would become this popular?
I was never focussed on stats or popularity, but I remember looking up to the big British YouTubers at the time – charlieissocoollike and EliseHarris in particular – who had about 2,000-5,000 subscribers and I decided that’s my goal. More recently school has taken over and I’ve started producing less and less content, which means my views have been slipping. That’s a crying shame for me, but I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do about it.
5) Does making LEGO Stop-motion influence your social life?
Everyone at school knows about my animation. Most heard about it after I took Megaphone to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. They’re all very impressed, especially the teachers. It’s the thing that makes me unique (along with being a brony), and I love it.
6) Have you ever had any issues with another YouTuber?
No sir, I stay out of online drama as much as possible.
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 have played on my Britishness a bit more. Then, as now, Americans love the British accent and everything related. I could have built up quite a brand on that.
8 ) What would you be doing if youtube didn’t exist?
Probably playing video games. I’ve never really had any other creative passions or hobbies.
9) Do you have any tips for aspiring animators?
Don’t copy anyone, do something no one’s seen before. Cast aside the conventions and try where you can to break boundaries and innovate. Brickfilming needs a revolution, and only you can make it happen.
10) What are your plans for the future?
I want to go into animation in the future. I want to take an animation course at university and go into making cartoons. That’s my dream job and one I’m going to chase until I get it!
Be sure to check out Zoot101’s channel!