Ed Sheeran sings about building LEGO houses in his hit song, so it only seems fitting for Sheeran to have a a music video that reflects his subject matter. Enter Dylan Woodley of Insomniac Animations.
Woodley spent 50 days recreating Sheeran’s entire music video entirely out of, what else, LEGOs. The LEGO-ized music video is almost identical, down to the bright red hair on the LEGO pieces that portrayed Rupert Grint and Sheeran himself.
The director used thousands of pieces in replicating the original video — the concert scene itself using 200 mini-figs, Woodley told Mashable. Woodley also said he tracked the camera movements from the original video and applied those same movements to the LEGO version, providing an authentic feel to the project.
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Woodley adds that it was extremely important for the LEGOs to match the emotion Grint gives during the original scenes.
“I wanted the LEGO version to express as much emotion as possible (and you know, be able to sing), so the entire face was created and composited digitally,” Woodley said. “Lining up a digital LEGO face to a blank LEGO head frame by frame took a very long time, but the results were worth it; there’s nothing quite like a LEGO guy singing.”