Animal Logic Goes Live with HQ Trivia for Lego Animation Experience


The release of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part from Warner Bros. Pictures is nigh, and as part of the lead-up, Animal Logic, the animation and fx house responsible for ‘construction of the long-awaited sequel, and online app, HQ Trivia, teamed up for a live animation experience with host Scott Rogowsky transformed into a Lego mini-figure.

The February event saw over half a million phones connected at one time to tap into the experience. The live HQ show lasted over 20 minutes and, according to Animal Logic opened doors for new possibilities in the world of animation as we currently know it.

While dispensing questions, HQ Trivia host Scott Rogowsky demonstrated he was live by prompting the audience to control what he did on screen. In real-time he read the requests live and on command he winked, nodded and even stuck out his tongue.

The broadcast originated live from Animal Logic’s Sydney studio. Animal Logic’s team of artists, technicians and animators  worked closely with HQ Trivia and Warner Bros. Pictures, with the Unreal engine from Epic Games, to execute the live and interactive animation that brought Scott Rogowsky’s LEGO mini-figure to life, achieving a seamless and organic stop-motion feel that best represented the look and movement of the iconic toy characters in real-time.

Rogowsky wore a skin-tight, but wireless suit that included 12 sensors for virtual motion capture and a shoulder mounted facial capture rig. There was no camera used for the broadcast. Players competed live for cash and rare LEGO collectibles.