creativity and imagination.
Examples of Claymation
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• Develop a plan/story
• Establish a setting
• Begin with a storyboard
• Assemble materials
• Design character
• Construct character
• Construct setting
• Have camera ready for project
Example of a Storyboard Idea
• String-clear •Camera
• Pipe Cleaners •Tri-pod
• Clay •Computer
• Marbles •Magnets
• Wire •Cookie Sheet
• Toilet Paper Roll-body •Shoe Box
• Background props •Water-colors
• Lighting •Paintbrush
Lighting, one of the most important things to address when creating a
The lighting can sometimes make or break your scene.
The basic goal of lighting is to get rid of those unwanted shadows and to get
your background screen clear of darkness. Lighting also adds to the mood
of the scene and directs shadows to the wanted position.
Add extra lighting to add shadows or brighten certain parts of a scene. If you
have lighting all around the scene remember to add a backlight too.
Without the backlight, objects in the scene get a ghostly type glow which make
them appear unnatural.
For example 3 lights(above, left, and right) light the background, 1 light acts as
a sun, and 1 backlight.
Develop the character with the clay by
forming the clay into shapes.
Begin with basic shapes and eventually add
to more difficult details, such as: eye color,
teeth and mouth shapes, hair shape, and
finger and toe shapes.
Soon your character will start to form and
become more life-like.
• Character fits a particular theme
• Character is 3-4 inches tall or long
• Expressive facial features
• Easily moveable
• Colors are pleasing
To make your character more realistic,
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of how to shape the face so it appears as
if the character is speaking.
• Design the set with a shoebox or cut a
display board into halves
• If using magnets, remember to have a
cookie sheet and magnets available.
• Use continuous, direct lighting.
• Color or paint the background or use a
• Create accessories or use small toys for
When the plan has been developed and the project pieces have been
assembled. You will be ready to shoot your movie.
Make sure your props, your background, and your character (s) are all
in their proper position.
Use a digital camera for this steps that follow.
A digital camera is probably best, because it takes individual shots and
is less expensive than the other cameras.
You will manipulate your single frame pictures, picture by picture.
Remember: it is important to change your character ever so slightly to
represent movement. It is also important to take pictures from the
Props and Background
The background should be colorful and
What is the setting? This should be clear.
How you want your character to appear
depends completely on its surroundings.
If you want your character to stand out, don’t
make the background full of bright colors as it
Sound is an important piece in clay animation.
If you do choose to use sound then it should have
something to do with the mood of the movie.
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sounds to integrate into your project.