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“Robots!” is a stop motion animation made using LEGO bricks. It's being released in segments online, and needs your help to finish. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 11, 2011.

“Robots!” is a stop motion animation made using LEGO bricks. It's being released in segments online, and needs your help to finish.

Chicago, IL Animation
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Happy new year backers!

Here's a quick progress update on "Robots!" I have begun production on the 5th of 7 installments: "The End of Sports.". This is the installment where the minifigs cameos by the $100 backers will begin. I have 6 of them planned out for this one, the other 12 will happen in the remaining two episodes. Here's a look at one of the first shots from "The End of Sports" which I shot using a new camera lens your donations allowed me to buy!

If you missed it when it released in September, here is the previous episode, "Robots! Robots! Robots!" This two minute animation took over 100 man hours of animating time to create over the course of 3 months. That's almost as many man hours as all of Chapter 1 in a quarter of the time!


This animation is the most complicated one I have ever produced. The sheer number of characters moving on screen at once meant I needed a lot of help from friends to animate it. Because it is one continuous camera shot, I needed to be extra careful to make sure the camera stayed in one place relative to the action. The new animating software your donations allowed me to purchase was vital in this regard as its onion-skinning features allowed me to put the camera back perfectly when I inevitably knocked it out of place.

Thanks again for your support of my time-intensive art!

David M Pickett