My friend and I spent two years on and off making this LEGO stop-mo homage to 1970s crime films

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Hey everyone! I'm new to StopMotionAnimation.com, but myself a 14 year vet of stop motion animation. I just recently wrapped and released this short LEGO animation co-created with my fellow animator friend Nathan Wells, and we're both super proud of it and glad to finally get to show it off. 

We came up with the idea over a weekend with the intent to shoot it in a couple of days, which ended up turning into about 2-3 weekends, and then post ended up turning into two years. It took far longer than expected because we both had full-time jobs to navigate which ate up most of our free time, and somewhere along the way we decided to give ourselves as much time to put as much polish into it as possible because we really liked the footage we shot and wanted to do right by it. As you may be able to tell, we drew a lot of inspiration from the stylings of Tarantino and other crime films both classic and contemporary to give it an old school grungy kind of vibe and visual style. 

We hope you enjoy it! If you did and wanna learn more about the production, there's a write-up available on Nathan's website with a lot of behind the scenes pictures as well.

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Really cool stuff. I love how the music fits a storytelling, very gentle moves, right timings. You did a great job guys. Keep on doing magic))

I can appreciate the time it takes to make even a short video. I started getting into stop motion animation about a year ago and I have yet to start filming (other than tests in order to gain experience with Dragonframe). Good job gentlemen!

Great camera work and great effort. Has youtube torpedoed this for music copyright? How do you monetize? I didn't know the 

QuadHands Helping existed. I should invest 

Thanks, everyone! Very happy you all have enjoyed it. :D

Ed Riccardi said:

Great camera work and great effort. Has youtube torpedoed this for music copyright? How do you monetize?

I abandoned pretty much any pretense of being able to monetize this video a while ago. My YouTube channel was recently deemed ineligible for the Partnership Program (which sucks because I've been a partner for over a decade up until now), so I wouldn't have been able to monetize it even if I used non-copyright music, so while editing and realized the Steely Dan/Pink Floyd songs fit pretty much perfectly, I said "screw it" and went with them anyways.
YouTube definitely recognizes the songs in the video, but to my knowledge, it hasn't been content blocked in any major territories, so for now I'm going on good faith that we're still in the clear (as far as people getting to watch it).

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