Picture of Morgan Spence in his bedroom

Morgan Spence, who created our Disaster Island Lego film – ©BritishRedCross

At the age of just 14, Morgan Spence has already crafted himself an enviable reputation in the world of film animation.

The creator of our Lego Disaster Island film, the young Scot has been producing stop-motion animations since 2011.

In that time, his films have racked up more than 1.8 million views on YouTube, while he has also produced a music video for renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold. 

“I’ve always really liked Lego and animation, building Lego has been a hobby since I was four,” Morgan said.

“There’s a bit of a trend for Lego at the moment. I just like that Lego is endless, the only limit is your imagination – you can build whatever you want.”

The teenager, from Kilbarchan, near Glasgow, specialises in stop-motion animation using Lego bricks. This essentially means taking photos of still characters or objects, moving them very slightly, and repeating the process until you have a complete shot.

The series of photos are then played in a very fast form to give the illusion that an object or character is moving.

Morgan took more than 8,000 photos over four months for our Disaster Island video! And all from the comfort of his bedroom using nothing more than a webcam, laptop and his rather sizeable Lego collection.

Morgan's studio in his bedroom

Morgan’s studio in his bedroom – ©BritishRedCross

He shoots in 15 frames per second. In other words, there are 15 individual photos for every one second of film.

The result is a colourful Lego movie and his Disaster Island animation has certainly proved popular.

“I think it looks excellent, I’m very proud of it. All the hard work has really paid off,” said Morgan, who is hoping for a career in film animation.

“This project was a bit different. It’s not every day I am animating a tsunami or landslide.

“It was challenging in a technical sense, but it’s trial and error. You work out how to improve it.”

Morgan sat at his desk at work on the Lego set

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Morgan became involved with the Red Cross campaign after hearing his aunt, who works for the organisation, talking about it.

He worked closely with the Red Cross creative team in London, who helped him plan and finalise the video.  

“It was really good having the opportunity to work on a team. All my previous projects I did solo. I’ve really enjoyed this project, it’s been a really good opportunity,” added the young Red Cross supporter.

“My knowledge of the Red Cross has greatly improved, and hopefully the video will help other people understand the importance of resilience.”

 

A story board setting out the film animation

A story board setting out the film animation – ©BritishRedCross

While Morgan already has an exciting career ahead of him, that doesn’t mean he neglects his school work.

“He balances his animation and school work remarkably well,” said mum Diane.

“He’s really organised, he prioritises his school work and gives himself plenty of time if he’s got an exam or essay.”

She added: “We’re really proud of him, he’s so hard working and quite driven. He’s really modest and takes it all in his stride.”

Find out more about Morgan’s animations by visiting his website.