Teenager makes stop-motion video to raise funds for Riley Hospital for Children


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Nolan Birke, 13, wanted to support his friend who was battling cancer.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Nolan Birke, 13, wanted to support his friend who was battling cancer.

He decided he wanted to help raise funds for the Riley Hospital for Children.

“My friend Jack was in the hospital for cancer. And my dad and I both love animation and I love LEGOs, so we wanted to do something with that, ”Birke said.

The theme for her animated video came from Riley Dance Marathons.

“High schools and colleges are having these dance marathons and we thought it would be cool to do one,” Birke said.

When it comes to LEGO, Birke is no hobbyist. The shelves in his house are lined with trucks and ships all built with legos.

His idea for the animation came from school. In one of his classes, a teacher had previously given him a stop motion assignment. So making this clip was “easy”.

“We had to take a photo every time we moved a part. And it took about 15 photos for every second of animation, ”Birke said.

So making a 31-second animated video while going to school and playing baseball took him about two months.

But for Birke, taking the time was something he was happy to do. He said he just wanted to give back and make others feel good.

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