MonsieurCaron is the creator of Brick Films, a series of stop motion movies made from LEGO®. And this week, he is also the subject of our first batteryPOP interview!
BatteryPOP: How did you first start making Brick Films?
MonsieurCaron: I started doing Brick Film after seeing Patrick Boivin stop motion on YouTube. He animated Transformers and Bionicles characters so well that I wanted to try. I bought a Hero Factory kit and did my Team Norac movie. Then, I tried animating with minifigures and found that it was much easier and more fun. I now own over 600 minifigurines (and still buy Hero Factory for my kids).
B: What is the craziest thing you've made out of LEGO® bricks (either as an adult or as a kid)?
MC: As a kid, my brother and I were always building spaceships. The biggest one we did had five or six smaller vehicles that could detach from it for combat or exploration. As an adult, I can say that the first movie I made, Team Norac, was crazy. I had to stitch the feet on my robots to the carpet to make the Matrix scene.
B: How long does it take to make a Brick Film?
MC: The biggest one took over 100 hours to do! You can calculate around 40% of the time for pre-production (storyboard and building sets), 40% of the time for shooting (one picture at the time) and 20% for post-production (putting everything together and adding sounds and special effects).
B: How many LEGO® pieces do you normally use?
MC: I think I own over 70,000 LEGO® bricks, but the amount I use depends on the scene. If it’s set outside, I have to build houses and mountains. If the action is happening inside, you only need one wall.
B: Did you make movies as a kid? If so, what were they about?
MC: I didn’t make movies as a kid, but I created a lot of stories in my head while playing with my LEGO® collection. They were always space adventures about good guys exploring the galaxy.
B: Was there a movie or television show you loved as a kid that got you interested in making movies?
MC: Star Wars was a great inspiration to me. I was building X-Wings way before LEGO® Star Wars sets were on sale. I didn’t have an R2-D2, but I always created my own little robots to help my space explorer in his task.
B: What do you think about The LEGO® Movie?
MC: Well, of course, it’s AWESOME! I love the way they made it look like real stop motion. I saw it two days in a row, and I’ll go back soon just to catch more jokes and see more awesome animation. I’m trying to collect all the minifigures from the movie too.
B: Is there any other material you want to make stop-motion movies out of next?
MC: I’d like to do another Hero Factory movie some day, even if it’s more difficult to animate. I’m also looking to animate other toys like cars and trains. One day, I also want to animate real puppets like in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
B: When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
MC: I wanted to be an astronaut, then a teacher, then an airplane pilot and then a super hero. I ended up being a teacher, a husband, and a father.
B: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
MC: I would fly. That would be an awesome way to drop my kids off at school, wouldn’t it?
Thanks again to Monsieur Caron for taking the time to answer all our POPPING questions, and be sure to check out his films by clicking HERE!