Writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the brains behind the huge animated hit The Lego Movietalk with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about their “iterative” creative process, finding spontaneity in the grind of making animated films, and capturing the DIY spirit of amateurs making “brick movies.” They were speaking at Deadline’s recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.

The voice cast includes Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie and David Burrows. Producers were Roy Lee and Dan Lin. The film, made for an estimated $60 million, grossed $468 million worldwide. Warner Bros. distributed the film in the United States.

Miller and Lord are now one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriting/directing/producing duos after their successes with Lego (a sequel is on the way), the 21 Jump Street franchise and the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs franchise.

Did you see the movie? What did you think? Let us know.