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Introduction to Claymation Unleash your creativity and imagination. Examples of Claymation Click on the picture to see some examples of claymation. Interview with an Animator What does an Animator’s job entail? Click on the picture to read about this job. Getting Started • 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 Suggested Materials • 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 Lighting, one of the most important things to address when creating a CLAYMATION project. 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. Lighting Example Character 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 Requirements • Character fits a particular theme • Character is 3-4 inches tall or long • Expressive facial features • Easily moveable • Colors are pleasing Characters Speaking To make your character more realistic, click on the pictures below to get an idea of how to shape the face so it appears as if the character is speaking. Set Production • 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 printed picture • Create accessories or use small toys for the set The Process 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 proper angle. Props and Background The background should be colorful and detailed. 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 is distracting. Sounds 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. Click on the picture for awesome FREE sounds to integrate into your project.
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