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Re: [teacherartexchange] Claymation Advice


From: Ann Heineman (aiheineman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Feb 03 2009 - 06:02:15 PST

Hello Filiz,
        I can't help you with the technical aspects of claymation, but I do
have a recommendation for the study of the historical application of
claymation. I think your students would also enjoy the early British
classic series called "Wallace & Gromit."
Since 2 of the set were Academy Award winners for animation short
film in 1993 and 1995, you can probably find them available in DVD
through BBC Video. I remember seeing a documentary on the creators
here in the USA on public television. If you can locate a DVD or VCR
for that film, it would be a great introduction to claymation.

                                        Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
                                        Art teacher, K-5, retired

On Feb 3, 2009, at 7:16 AM, Filiz Soyak wrote:

> Hello,
> I am working with undergraduates in the computer graphics departement
> at NYIT in Amman, Jordan. Our students work up to animation skills in
> 3D Studio Max, but start off with basic studio and hand skills before
> moving on to the computer.
> I'm teaching 3D Design II this semester and I am planning a
> clay-mation project. I would love to hear from anyone who has tried
> this before. I have found excellent resources online and on YouTube. I
> also am a big fan of and plan to show Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before
> Christmas" for my students to study. My goal with this project is to
> introduce them to animation concepts but also work with clay
> (plasticine) and wire armatures and build upon their hand skills. My
> idea is to break them up into teams of 3 or 5 and have each team come
> up with a storyline, plot and set of characters. That's one great
> thing about the culture of the Middle East. My students are good team
> players. Each student will create and be in charge of animating their
> own character. Students will share roles of screenwriter, set
> designer, director.
> Like I said, I have some ideas but any tips, advice or resources about
> clay-mation, stop-animation, set design or storyboard illustration
> that you have to share would be really appreciated!
> Thank you!
> Filiz
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