|Nathan Wells circa 2016|
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Nathan Wells is an American brickfilmer. He is known for 30 Years: The Story of the Minifigure, Beast, and his Alex and Derrick series. He also produced and contributed stop-motion animation for the 2016 documentary Bricks in Motion and has run the Twenty-four Hour Animation Contest since its twelfth installment in 2015.
Hiatus and Return Edit
In 2008, after releasing 30 Years: The Story of the Minifigure, Nathan left home for college and quietly stopped being involved in the brickfilms community. In 2013 Nathan returned and eventually released Derricking Ball and The Meek and the Bold before releasing Alex and Derrick: Five Years Later, considered to be his "official return."
Features in the Media EditNathan Wells's work was featured in a 2007 ABC newsegment called I-CAUGHT. The segment featured several other brickfilmers including David Pagano, Joshua Leasure, and Billy Gribbin, and also featured the work of Jay Silver, Lewis Chen, Robinson Wood and others. Footage from Infinity Squared was featured extensively throughout the segment, and was used to demonstrate the concept of frames per second.
Collaborations with Zach Macias Edit
Over the years Nathan Wells and Zach Macias have worked together on many projects, including two direct collaborations: Feel Great and Diatribe/Malapropos, and one community project: The Day Brickfilms.com Crashed. They have also provided numerous voices for each others films, including Infinity Squared, Unsound, To Strive for Fame, Arthur's Legacy, and A Christmas Caper.Nathan and Zach also worked together in relaunching and hosting the 2014 Bricks in Motion Awards, and are working together with Philip Heinrich on the Bricks in Motion Documentary. All three of them appeared in the Bricks in Motion Documentary Kickstarter video, which marks the first time Nathan and Zach's LEGO figures have ever spoken to each other (and the first time Nathan's LEGO figure has spoken at all).
Collaborations with The LEGO Group Edit
In early 2008 a representative from the LEGO Group contacted Nathan asking if he wanted to make a short film, which eventually led to 30 Years: The Story of the Minifigure. Nathan was paid $500 (which was mostly spent on LEGO sets that appear in the film) and sent a box of minifigure parts, which ended up being about 80-100 assembled minifigures (most of which are used in the minifigure pyramid near the end of the film). Nathan was given complete creative freedom, and called it "a great experience."
- ↑ Nathan Wells's YouTube Channel
- ↑ Diatribe/Malapropos release thread
- ↑ Nathan's Return
- ↑ Alex and Derrick: Five Years Later release thread
- ↑ The Set Bump's article on Nathan's return and Dark Ages of Brickfilming
- ↑ ABC's I-CAUGHT segment on brickfilming
- ↑ Bricks in Motion Kickstarter
- ↑ Nathan's post on working with The LEGO Group