Key moments from championships to be immortalised in Lego animation
Pivotal moments in this summer’s European Championships will be immortalised on television, online and now, in Lego animation, thanks to an enterprising Anglia Ruskin University student.
Third-year English and Media student Fabian Moritz has created Bricksports, a company which recreates great sporting moments in the form of short animations with the protagonists sculpted from Lego bricks.
Among the videos Fabian has already recreated are the infamous World Cup 2010 clash between Fabian’s homeland, Germany, and England, when Frank Lampard’s “goal” was ruled out with the score at 2-1. Fabian’s video shows conclusively that the ball did cross the line, but Germany went on to win 4-1.
The action for all the videos, which each take up to 24 hours to create, takes place in Fabian’s very own self-created Lego stadium, which has just received a timely boost to its capacity in time for the Championships in France. He has even warmed up for the event by recreating May’s UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
The idea to form a company came to Fabian in the summer of 2007 when his favourite club and home-town side, Hannover ’96, beat Real Madrid 3-0 in a friendly. Using a Lego set he obtained for the World Cup in 1998 which included a small stadium, he created his first video and received plaudits, which included an on-pitch interview ahead of Hannover’s first Bundesliga match of the season.
Buoyed by this early success, he decided to carry on and created animations for the European Championships in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010. Since then, he has received paid commissions in the past from the likes of The Guardian and Liverpool FC, and has set up a YouTube channel which has received millions of views. He has even received non-sporting commissions, including work for Premier Inn and Nike.
Earlier this year, Fabian took part in Anglia Ruskin’s Big Pitch competition, an opportunity for innovating students to win funding for their projects. As a result of reaching the final, he receives free mentoring for his business from Anglia Ruskin experts for one year. He plans to run his company full-time from this summer.
Fabian, 25, said:
“Running Bricksports full-time will allow me to produce videos regularly, which is important for building a loyal YouTube following. I’ll also be able to manage big projects such as the European Championship or the Olympics completely on my own.
“My goal is to create a loyal customer base on YouTube, among sport clubs and media organisations so I can have contracts with contracts with several parties that include the production of a number of videos.
“Every video is a new challenge, but I always like to try new things like a new sport, or for the commercials I was asked to create. It is most satisfying for me when I can sit down and watch the end result of what I have created. It makes me feel that all that effort was worth it.”