How to make Clamation Movies www.wildeffects.50g.com
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What is Clamation
Claymation is a coined term that means you can take still shots of a clay image and bring the item to life on film! Each time you snap a shot of your clay movie star, you make slight changes in the clay object to show movement.
STEP 1: PLANNING AND SKETCHING
First of all, you need to decide what characters you want to create for your show. Keep them simple and only create one or two for your first movie. Once you have sketched your characters, create a storyboard that will show what your characters are doing or saying as well as what types of movements will be required of each character. You will also need to decide what type of background would be suitable to enhance your script.
TIP: KEEP IT SIMPLE. Do not use a busy background that distracts your audience from viewing your characters and understanding your story line.
STEP 2: BUILDING YOUR CHARACTERS
Your characters will be built out of wire first -- they need the wire skeleton to give them support and help with the bending into place for movement. For example, let's say you want to have a monster with 3 heads and they can each move their own head. Each head needs a wire skeleton so you can move them individually. The same goes for fingers -- if you want movable fingers, the wire skeleton must have wires for each finger.
TIP: PLAN AHEAD. You need to decide which body parts are going to require movement before you begin to build.
STEP 3: SETTING UP THE BACKGROUND
Your background can be something as simple as a picture from a large calendar or card to something you create using markers and paper.
TIP: CALCULATE PROPORTIONS. When setting up your scene, think about the proportional relationship of your characters to the size of the background. If your character is like "King Kong" and is supposed to be proportionately larger than tall buildings, then make it so!
STEP 4: SETTING UP THE DIGITAL CAMERA
Place the digital camera on a tripod and adjust it so your characters and background fill the entire viewfinder. You will need to adjust your lighting until you are satisfied with the way it looks.
TIP: USE A TRIPOD. If you try to take your pictures without using a tripod, your background will move as well and your movie will be moving all over the place!
STEP 5: MOVING YOUR CHARACTERS
If you are showing movement, you have to think about seeing slow motion. For example, if you were making a finger move back and forth, you would need to show this movement as possibly 16 pictures depending on how smooth the movement needs to appear. You will need to practice one movement and then put your pictures into iMovie in the proper sequence and play them to see if the movement is smooth enough for you.
TIP: PRACTICE. This is the most important part of creating your movie and making it enjoyable for your audience. Choppy movements are hard to follow and you will lose your audience's attention. You can practice some simple animations by going to this website before you begin this step (give it time to load): http://www.geocities.com/ptmcg/zoetrope/
STEP 6: IMPORTING YOUR PICTURES INTO IMOVIE
Once you have all of your pictures and are ready to animate, open the iMovie program and import all of your pictures. You will want to play around with timing and transitioning until you are satisfied with speed of movements and choice of transitions to show changes in scenes. Once you have your movie running, then think about adding your narration at the appropriate locations during your movie.
TIP: RECORD NARRATION LAST. You will want to record your narration after you get your movie running smoothly. Don't forget that you can also add interesting sound effects!
STEP 7: SHARE YOUR MOVIE!
Don't forget to share your movie when you finish and also convert it into a Quicktime movie for adding to our website!
LINKS FOR LEARNING:
http://ali.apple.com/events/sfsu/: To view the instructional video, please click on "Play Now" under "The Instruction" section.
http://kidsvid-dev.hprtec.org/index.html: This site is for kids and teachers to learn more about claymation.
LINKS FOR STUDENT SAMPLES OF CLAYMATION MOVIES
Some more resources
Claymation Summer Camp 2004: Clay Animation Made Easy
KLICK! Animation: Claymation Getting Started
Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions
Northbrook/Glenview School District 30: Video Editing
Claymation at PWC
Kamali'i Elementary School: Claymation 2000
Giga Palette: Claymation Lesson Plan
TeachNet Project: Claymation Critters
San Francisco State University: Clay Animation for Teachers
ThinkQuest: Animation 101
Animation Factory Tutorial: Make Animated GIFs
GIF Animation on the WWW: Tutorial
Derby City: A Brief Guide to Producing Animated GIFs
GIFWorks: A Free Online GIF Image Editor
Lorraine's Lakes: Add animation to your beautiful landscapes using JAVA (click here to see mine)
Get free software from
Halifax Regional C@P Association—Claymation Workshop