The LEGO Animation Book
In the latest LEGO book from No Starch Press, readers learn everything they need to turn their LEGO creations into impressive animated movies.
The LEGO Animation Book is a comprehensive guide to creating stop-motion animation with LEGO. Expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step.
Readers learn how to:
– Use animation principles like exaggeration, timing and spacing, and overlapping action
– Convey action and emotion with plastic characters
– Add detail and scope to films by building in different scales
– Create special effects like explosions and flying minifigures
– Build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks
– Light, frame, and capture consistent photos
According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “This book is for anyone who watched The LEGO Movie and thought ‘I want to do that!’”
Author David Pagano’s motivation for creating the book is to “inspire the next generation of LEGO filmmakers. That’s why we’ve included (almost) all of our secrets.” For David Pickett, nostalgia plays a role: “I wish I had a time machine so I could give this book to myself as a kid and learn to make awesome LEGO animations back then.”
The LEGO Animation Book is available on Amazon.com and in bookstores everywhere.
November 27, 2016 – 11:24 PM - | Posted in books, Gift Guide | No Comments »
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! – Unlock The Weird
The key to getting teens, tweens and reluctant readers to devour a book may be to hand them a copy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird!
The book is a mind-blowing collection of fantastic, fun and even freaky stories from around the world. Sections include Animals, Pop Culture, Feats, Art, Food and Beyond Belief. What they all have in common is that they’re all true and handpicked by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – the authority on all things unusual and incredible!
Here are some of the stories that await readers when they Unlock the Weird!
Read about one man’s attempt to take a break from reality, spending three days climbing the Swiss Alps on all fours as a goat!
Soar on jetpacks above the deserts of Dubai with breathtaking aerial imagery.
Meet Birdman Ted Richards who had his ears removed and his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird! is available through Amazon.com and all major booksellers and makes a great holiday gift.
“From octopus wrestling to a 67 inch peacock made entirely out of neon drinking straws, this book has some very peculiar stories that will keep kids and adults turning the pages.” – Feathered Quill Reviews
“Profusely illustrated and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Unlock the Weird!’ will prove to be an ideal and enduringly appreciated addition to school and community library collections, and is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of the legions of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! fans.” – Midwest Book Reviews
November 27, 2016 – 11:15 PM - | Posted in books, Gift Guide, gifts | No Comments »
A Gift For The Entire Family! – Personalogy Game
Personalogy is not only a great gift for introverts, it’s a perfect gift for hosts of holiday gatherings! We dare you to play, see how quickly it turns any social gathering into hilarious fun and lightens the mood. If you don’t discover new things about who you are playing with or laugh-out-loud within the first 5 minutes, throw this game in the garbage or, pass it onto your neighbor. It has no use for you.
Seriously, grab your drink and a special someone or a group of friends and see how quickly Personalogy makes you laugh! Cards FOR Humanity! Grab the family edition OR the party edition – depending on what you think is best for your gathering or recipient!
November 27, 2016 – 10:56 PM - | Posted in Games, Gift Guide | 1 Comment »
Kids love night lights, no matter what their age! Why not make them fun and functional at the same time?
Check out 3DLightFX, these 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift to give this holiday season. From lights ranging from comic book characters, superheroes, Disney princesses, Sports and more, these lights are sure to impress just about anyone.
3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them anywhere in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they’re also the perfect additions to a den, family room, man cave or office! Find all of these amazing products at Target!
These might be a great gift idea for the kids, but heck, I want one too, and I’m sure my husband would agree with wanting one of his own as well, these things are pretty darn cool!
November 23, 2016 – 10:27 PM - | Posted in promotions, Reviews | 1 Comment »
Looking for the perfect gift for that WWE fan in your life? How about a 3 month subscription to WWE Network!
NEW SUBSCRIBERS to both WWE Network and Crunchroll Premium can get a three month subscription to both WWE Network and Crunchyroll Premium for the combined discounted price of $19.98. This offer will expire December 3, 2016 and is available only in the United States and its territories.
To use this promotional offer you must first subscribe to the WWE Network and then you will recieve an email with a seperate promotion link to subscribe to Crunchyroll Premium.
You MUST be a NEW subscriber to both WWE Network and Crunchyroll Premium, current and former subscribers to both WWE Network and Crunchyroll Premium are not eligible.
For more information about this promotion please visit wwe.com.
Can’t take part in this promotion, or not sure? No worries! You can always purchase a WWE Network gift card for that perfect gift! WWE Network gift cards can be found at any Walmart, GameStop, 7-11, or Best Buy.
I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
November 21, 2016 – 1:03 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, promotions, WWE | No Comments »