Meet 14-year-old year 8 student and LEGO enthusiast, Ethan Teber-Rossi.

Last month, Ethan entered a world-wide competition where contestants had to make a one-minute stop-motion animation movie based on LEGO Ninjago. It had to have the LEGO Ninjago look, feel, humour and action. It was for 13 years and older and the Judges were made up of Marketing and Creator Executives from LEGO. 

Ethan’s work has been selected by LEGO as one of just six semi-finalists, World Wide! Incredible.

OC Life caught up with Ethan last week.

“I basically taught myself how to create stop-motion animation. I enjoy LEGO stop-motion animation as it is a means to be creative in so many ways – there is the set-design and lighting, adding special effects, writing the script, auditioning voice actors and often I compose the music for the film.

“It was such a great compliment to have actual LEGO Executives choose my film as one of the six-semi-finalists. My animation has been put on the LEGO Web-site. Now I have the chance to win a trip to LEGOLAND in Denmark which would be awesome because you get to meet one of the LEGO creators. Maybe I might be able to tour where they work. It would be amazing to talk to them to find out about their education and experiences working in this industry.”

Good luck Ethan!

Your Help Needed

Ethan needs our help. For him to win a trip to LEGOLAND in Denmark, he needs votes!

This is a direct link to Ethan’s entry on the LEGO page where you can see it and cast your vote.

Definition: Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.

The biggest challenge with Stop-Motion filming is that you need lots and lots of patience as it is very time consuming. A day’s work usually yields just a few seconds of a movie.