Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Introduction to Claymation

Do you like the claymation films as much as I do? Have you always wanted to try doing your own claymation? Here's a short introduction to the process. This  tutorial from Dick Blick (PDF) was written as instructions for a school project, but I think it is suitable for both kids and adults!

This project would be a great project to share with the kids. It goes thru the steps of planning a storyboard, taking the photos and creating the animation of a butterfly: Claymation Metamorphasis .

Plasticine clay is usually used to create stop-motion animation because it never dries and shapes can be
easily moved & changed.  Air-dry clay, however, would be great for making props and for those body parts that you'd like to have harden.   For example, some parts of the Wallace & Gromit characters (shown above) are hard.   Wallace's sweater is hard.   This makes it easier to pick him up and move him around while filming without damaging the sweater!  
Read more about the clays here:  Properties of Different Clays as applied to Stop Motion Use    
Read more about creating stop-motion animation in "Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation" by Susannah Shaw.

Here's a great example of claymation!  La Traviata - Gypsy Chorus Animation

Are you going to try making your own stop-motion video aka claymation? Would you like me to find more articles and links to share on this topic?

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