Wednesday 28 September 2016

Teenager to 'Lego' of film-making to focus on exams

Published 25/12/2015 | 13:21

Morgan Spence shooting his latest Lego film, as he is taking a break from the camera to concentrate on his exams (Morgan Spence/PA)
Morgan Spence shooting his latest Lego film, as he is taking a break from the camera to concentrate on his exams (Morgan Spence/PA)

An in-demand teenage film-maker who has racked up millions of views of his Lego movies is taking a break from the camera to concentrate on his exams.

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Morgan Spence, 16, has created short films for the BBC, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the Red Cross and Brick Flicks, working out of his bedroom in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire.

He plans, shoots and edits the stop-motion animations by himself and spends months working on each project.

The Johnstone High pupil wants to pursue a career in film-making but after completing his latest film - A Journey Through Time In Lego - he plans to focus on preparing for his Highers.

The latest film recreates historic moments in history, such as the Viking invasions, the sinking of the Titanic and Martin Luther King's I have A Dream speech, using the famous plastic bricks and figures.

He said: "I was lucky enough to have had access to incredible models built by Lego artist Warren Elsmore.

"The scenes were chosen because I wanted a broad range to appeal to everyone. In this one I went for quite a vast time difference so some from the beginning of time, the Middle Ages and all the way up to the present day.

"And also they were the models that could fit in my bedroom as well because they are quite big.

"For the last couple of years it's been mainly commissioned work, like the Jimmy Kimmel Show and the Red Cross, but this work was the first time in two or three years I had time to work on a project myself and design it around how I feel it should be, so that was quite refreshing.

"At the moment it's Highers year at school so that will probably take over my focus for the next few months until the exams are over. I'll have a bit of time come the summer so I'll need to get my thinking cap on for the next film."

The teenager describes himself as a ''Lego-maniac'' - but did not ask for any new models for Christmas.

"I don't think my parents would let me," he said. "There's not enough room in my bedroom unfortunately."

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