Monday, May 24, 2010

final video

Hey Guys,
Sorry this finally uploaded, so here's furniture melt!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

My Other Half - Lizz Andronaco

ok i finally got everything figured out and here is my final video!


Abbey's videos

here are my projects! i'm still waiting for furniture to upload it's giving me trouble. less so that the video is giving me trouble but that COMCAST IS!!! ugh! but enjoy!


(ps eventually is should be up, just look up "tagmit" as the username for videos and you should find furniture melt. I'm not a big youtube person so this is a tad new to me... I'll post it if it finishes processing and is happy with itself.)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Link to Don't Feed the Birds


I'll be adding this, along with my Berlin video onto vimeo in the next few days too :)





Here are the vimeo uploads of "Snails, Shells and Exhaust Pipe Tails" and "Vampires: Menace and Malice Among Us."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Time Lapse Reel: Spring 2010 from griffin Lotz on Vimeo.



There's the link to my video's! Enjoy your summer!

Emily Bunin - Final Project


More videos

And since I missed posting last week I thought I would put a second post up this week. Since i have become a member of vimeo I thought I would look for videos there.

Here is a short one, I am not sure how he got this effect but I like it!

I really appreciate the attention to detail in this video (esp. in the set design):

The use of jello as water was a great idea!:

E- 1st claymation

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


So I am having some trouble uploading my claymations to vimeo for some reason, it might be my internet.....But I have one up so far and I plan on continuing to put them all up. Here is my url:


Monday, May 17, 2010

Jurassic Park!

I wanted to end the semester with a bang, so here's Weird Al's Jurassic Park song!

The elements of purely animated drawings and claymation fuse well together into a silly cantata about Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs have great movement and actions, especially when the raptor is looking for the right key for the door. One of the best movements that occur overall has to be Weird Al's hair when it flows smoothly as he moves. Hopefully I will do more claymations and they will start looking like this video because there are many aspects of this piece I would love to imitate as well as revolutionize.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My 4th video

I tried doing something different this time, It did not come out as well as I had hoped.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

haha this cracks me up, mostly cause I spent the entirety of my childhood playing mario-related games http://www.break.com/index/cool_mario_lego_stop_motion.html

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Javan Ivey

So after randomly browsing online for stop-motion claymation, I came across artist Javan Ivey. I am in love with his work and the way that he uses paper is truly impressive. Here is a link to his work. The blog also shows some of his methods for creating his work. Enjoy!!!



This is what I have so far for my final. The segments aren't in order yet, but I'm having trouble with saving easily in high-quality on stop motion pro (for PCs). Is anyone else using this software???


Star Wars in 2 Minutes

I found a pretty funny Lego Stop Motion video. It's really fast-paced, but still very clear. Some of the segments have impressive animation with lots of objects moving at once.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

This is hysterical

I came across this by accident when I was looking for references for my own piece.
It is hysterical-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCgALdD4CD4

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

exploration continues

this is the second part of my last movie. I'm planning on having this video playing at the same time as the stop animation.

Useful video for my next video

This video, while it may not be the theme of what I want to do, shows a lot of the technical aspects for my kitchen raid idea.

Final Project Avec SkatKat

So this is what I have done so far. Getting my music to sync with the images was a pain but I n on improving it more. So, yeah, take a gander and tell me what you guys think.

So this is what I have right now. Enjoy what I have!

~ Divya

Un Chien Andalou


Here is the inspiration for my piece and even though it's not a stop motion, it gave me the main idea. It is a Surrealist movie that does not follow any actual storyline by being a sequence of strange and nightmarish images. My "non-story" follows a more linear path, but I would rather have people create their own narrative on how my character reacts to his surroundings.

Final Sketch

So I'm still tweaking my ongoing "Don't Feed the Birds" project, I've decided to squeeze in one final project. Especially after seeing Martha Colburn's work at the Philly Art Museum, I really like the idea of using with paper. I'm going to spend the next few dancing playing around and I will post again as soon as I have something more concrete.

Final Project Update

So, I'm too busy with working on my final project this week to search the internet for a good stop motion movie. Therefore, I guess I'll post the few seconds of footage I actually have edited. I'm trying to do a 2d animation that will feature a character who can interact with the comic-style symbols (?, !, thought bubble, etc) that appear above his head.

Sketch 3---5/4


Here is the final version of my third sketch. Although I might tweak the ending because I am not completely happy with the ending noises.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Really Neat!

DanseDance from Julien Vallée on Vimeo.


Found this article on the history of stop motion animation while doing some googling and thought I would share.

I'm working with fabric for my final piece, and while I was searching for some animations with fabric, I came across this animation that I really liked!

Fabric Kaleidoscope

Saturday, May 1, 2010

this would be awesome


This would be a very large scale kind of video but this is such a successful project that I can't help but applaud... too cool!

Someone do this

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Post for Week of 27th

Here is my project thus far. I still need to complete it, by adding more to the "inside the brain" portion. But so far I am happy with how it is turning out!

more new museum events

Get Weird: Tarek Atoui: Un-drum 2/The Chinese Connection and Un-drum 3/Semantic Scanning Electron Microscope
Tarek Atoui's Un-drum performances are a series of complex interactions between music composition, movement, performance, and computer and electronic engineering. In July 2009, Atoui performed the remarkable Un-drum 1/Strategies for Surviving Noise at the New Museum and returns this May with the next two projects from the series: Un-drum 2/The Chinese Connection and Un-drum 3/Semantic Scanning Electron Microscope.

Thursday, May 6 2010 | 7PM
$10 Members, $12 General Public

Stop/Action: Martha Colburn with Thollem McDonas, Ryan Sawyer, Lumberob, and Tsigoti
Filmmaker Martha Colburn orchestrates a night of multiple film projections, single-channel video, and handmade magic lantern effects with live accompaniment by an eclectic assortment of musical collaborators, including the post-classical pianist Thollem McDonas, drummer Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf, Stars Like Fleas, 88 Boadrum), experimental beat-boxer Lumberob, and the improvisational punk band Tsigoti. Also screening are two new films by Colburn: Join the Freedom Force (2009) and One & One is Life (2009).

Thursday, April 29 2010 | 7 PM
$10 Members, $12 General Public

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Stop Motion Commercial!


This United Kingdom commercial is fantastic, especially when the equilizer is going off and they have to time it perfectly. The synchronized movements of many things at once is astounding as well. I would like to try to incorporate this into my stop motion movie just so I can see how its done so smoothly.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cut-Out Animation

I am still looking for different techniques of creating stop motion animations. I want to try something different for my last project and I think that cut-out animation could potentially be interesting. Using and moving cutouts of different materials come together to create an animation. I thought that this was a wonderful example of how paper can be transformed.



Notblu is a channel on youtube that has several really interesting stop motion movies. The ones I've seen are all really large-scale animations on the sides of buildings. They're essentially moving graffiti, which is something I haven't seen anybody else do before. The animations are abstract, but flow very nicely into one another.

Monday, April 26, 2010

United States of Tara Opening Sequence


Here is the opening to the Showtime Show the United State of Tara using paper that I was inspired by. I put this link on my Power Point but the internet was not working. Enjoy!


Cute Jewish Claymation Video


This is very simple but very cute idea and very simple movement.
Maybe I could do something like this for my next project?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Here is another video that was realllly coooooool.

"Het Klokhuis" Opening titles from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.


While doing some research, I found this video. Using stop animation, the mood is truly set.

LUIS from diluvio on Vimeo.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Post for week of 4/20

I really enjoyed this claymation. It had an awesome soundtrack and set design, I was really impressed by the precision to detail. I am hoping that my next claymation will create a detailed world just like this girl managed to!


comment on styrafoam

After listening to the inspiration talks on Tuesday, and hearing Abbey's about how styrafoam interests you, I remembered a paper I had written on an artist named Jedidiah Caesar -- I saw a piece he did with styrafoam at the Whitney Biennial a few years ago, and he used resin over it to create an interesting and colorful look. I thought I'd share it on here -- nothing to do with stop motion, but thought you might want to check out his work.

Here's a link to a picture of the piece called Helium Brick (aka Summer Snow)


Wednesday, April 21, 2010


On youtube there is a channel called PESfilm and they are amazing. I just so happened to come across one of their animations called Game Over and I thought it was hilarious. They copied some classic games and made stop motion/claymation's out of them. I recommenced watching their videos.


The Ant and the Aardvark

Someone just sent this to me and I think it's from 1969! I think it's really fantastic and this course has given me such an appreciation for animation and it's many forms. I love animations that came out before computers - so imaginative.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I'm trying to create an abstract animation, these are two experiments that I created last week.


Game Over

So, this is a stop motion movie I found that uses tons of found objects in creative ways. The animation is jittery but, in this case, that's not a complaint. It works perfectly with the subject matter. I should probably write a more in-depth description, but I'm still trying to absorb all the information about fudge cutting that we learned today. It's a cool stop motion movie about old school video games. Enjoy.

Strata Cut Animation

So as I'm wrapping up my previous claymation I have been looking for different ideas. Since my last project was so heavily character based, I think it could be nice to try a new technique. I came across a method called strata-cut animation and think that the results can be very beautiful. Here is an example of the technique:


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Really cool video I found

-really smooth transitions, nice ideas


Silent Films

I love silent films, especially when they are silly and outrageous. Here is an example of a famous movie made into a silent film format: fast-paced, piano music, and grainy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mBDQXWflbM My project will involve the stop-motion technique to make these fast-paced scenes, but I'm incorporating more of a modern tone in music and adding surrealist elements. Imagine Charlie Chaplin in a Dali painting.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Adding Sound to a Claymation

So I've been undecided lately on whether or not I should add sound to my claymation project. I think I am going to see how it works. My only concern is that I don't want it to be overwhelming. I was looking for some tips when adding sound to the project and I found this link to be pretty helpful:


I hope this helps!
Woah, I just saw the amazon kindle stop-motion commercial on tv! I get really excited when I see an art media I'm working in used commercially

Sketch # 2

So, I just realized that I had forgotten to upload my second sketch to Youtube. Here it is if anybody wants to leave feedback or something. It's the "Zeus & Hades" one.


This isn't claymation, but this is something you all need to watch. On Demand>Movies>Same Day as Theaters, there's a movie called "the Art of the Steal" and it's about the rape of the Barnes collection by Philadelphia politicians. Must watch

Post for 4/13

I know I already posted this link, but I've decided to do my last sketch in this same format. I have a small, movable pirate who plays a violin. I'm going to use a single background and use vague shapes and colors to suggest places and actions.


I have also decided to fix up the "hair attack" portion of my Hair Assassins video in order to intensify the threat (relatively speaking). I am hoping that I won't have to re-do any portions of speaking because moving the lips of the characters and then trying to match them to the speech was wayy too time consuming!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Here is my second sketch on youtube, for anyone who is interested or wants to provide feedback:


Friday, April 9, 2010

The Dysfunctional Passover Seder


I'd just like to clarify that the woman is throwing matzah balls at the end.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

i've always found the transformation drag performers undergo to be fascinating. Makeup is used as an art form to create visual illusions to mask their real genders and impersonate another, which when done successfully goes beyond lipstick and eyeshadow into masking facial structure using artificial colors and shadows.
With RuPaul's Drag Race on television, which shows the drag queens before, during and after their switch from man to "woman", it got me inspired to do an art piece involving drag to show how drawing skills and knowledge of the different structural make up of male and female figures can be utilized to trick the mind by altering perception.

Stop motion was a great way to show the changes undergone because the process allowed me to show the progress develop quickly while keeping my face in essentially the same spot. So yeah here is my video! I made it with some sort of storyline and "naturalism" to it with the growing and shaving of the beard. Enjoy!
I think the sound in stop motions plays a super important role for me, setting the mood in life-acted films, and helping make claymations more relatable.

also, I used to play with staining things with this type of berry all the time when I was little, so which makes this video great for me.

Tea Man

I know I'm a day late but I completely forgot about posting a blog. So here's mine. I was just searching for video's on claymation on youtube when I stumbled on to this link.


Its called the Adventure of TeaMan, I believe. Its really well animated and the voice sync with the lip movement is perfect. Check it out and you might get a laugh out of it as well.

~ Divya

Tuscar Studio Films


This lady's pretty interesting, Megan Ehrhart... This site doesn't have videos, unfortunately, but it shows an array of her characters that she's created for stop motion animation, along with images from different films she's created. She talks about narrative and meaning in her work, but the thing that caught my attention was the detail of her characters and what glimpses I could see of her settings in different films. Honestly from watching critique today, setting and detail seem to be really what grab my attention the most and keep me in awe. (Even though my settings may be poorly executed..)

well, somethin to think about anyway

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I found this website about a unique opportunity...even though it's in Chicago and started a few days ago, I thought I would share. Apparently this movie is going to be real-life film and also somehow incorporate claymation and they were actually looking for a claymation artist to work on the film.


That is the website with the info about the film and the position.


That is the website for the film.

I thought it was cool that there are opportunities out there like this, and the film might be kinda cool to check out to see how they incorporate the clay animation.

Legend of Zelda Stop Motion

Ok, so I only came across this video because I'm a geek and I like Nintendo alot, but I think it's actually pretty well-done in a few ways. 2D stop motion is a nice alternative to full, 3D claymation and I'm interested in trying it at some point. Also, the use of thought balloons is interesting. It's a cool way of expressing a narrative without dialogue (and speech wouldn't make much sense within the context of the game this is based on). So, yeah. It might just be nerdiness getting to me, but I thought this was kind of cool.

Post for 4/6


Here is my finished claymation sketch 2!

The PEN Story

I was trying to find YouTube videos on how to use the green screen, then I came across this video. They took 60000 pictures and created a stop animation using photo prints. Check it out!!!


Editing Techniques

So with my claymation project, I had quite a bit of editing to do. I found a quick way to edit out the wires in my project. In photoshop, if you put a similar 'base' image to the one that you are editing, you can simply erase the wires out to reveal the same background underneath. This ensures that the color will remain the same without actually seeing what has been edited out.


I didn't post any progress on this animation, but it is done and ready for viewing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJYD2N8pOrQ

I found this claymation, which reminded me of the guy I put into a horrifying situation. Though he didn't make it out like this dude did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21pHDGeK4EI&feature=related

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tuesday- 3/30


Sorry I have been away from any internet connection, so I was not able to post yesterday! But here is the first of my claymation which is all about the recent "human hair" threat facing the world!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


So, here's my progress with the objects/characters I'll be using in sketch 2 so far. I'll be trying to create a Mount Olympus set and an Underworld set.

These are a bunch of skulls and bones that I want to have scattered around the background of the Underworld.

This is my attempt at creating the River Styx.

This is all I have for Hades right now. I based the helmet and the fork thing on objects that Hades apparently used in Greek mythology (according to some brief research that I did).

This is Zeus, who I've spent most of my time on. I think he's mostly done now, but he's not very movable. I think I'll have him in that sitting position at all times.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Alex Claymation Super Compilation #10

This is a short stop motion film dealing with ready to use models - transformers.  I thought it was neat that the creator was able to get such a wide range of motion including flips and summersaults from mere toys.


Alex Claymation Super Compilation #9

Another painstakingly complicated claymation film, Chicken Run met the challenges of very intricate armatures to portray the different anatomy of a cast of chickens and the two vastly different scales - that of the human world and that of the chicken coup.  This film stands out in that like many traditional pen-and-ink animations, the voice actor is first filmed as they read the script, allowing free gesture, emotion, and delivery of the actor, which will later help animators later compose their claymations.


Alex Claymation Super Compilation #8

- Spoiler - If you haven't seen Wallace and Gromit - Curse of the Were Rabbit and would like too, watch it first before seeing this video!  Anyway, this video shows the difficulty involved in making an armature coated in fur.  The issue here is that when an animator needs to position a furry character in between shots, there is a high chance that they will displace the fur.  The solution is a sort of key-twist socket in the back to minimize handling of the armature and allow for control during animation.  It is also important when conceptualizing a film to have the appropriate mood in mind.  The creators wanted the film to be dramatic, but ultimately funny.  With this goal in mind, they then can plot out the type of character that would best deliver this mood.


Alex Claymation Super Compilation #7

This is an example of a piece built around music. The story and characters are very much an extrapolation of the carol taking on new life in the familiar bell tower of Notre Dame in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. However, it clearly doesn't rely too heavily on the book to drive story and rather makes a story out of simply performing a piece of music.


Alex Claymation Super Compilation #6

This is another approach to stop motion - let the setting dictate the story.  This is probably the largest stop motion I have seen, and if one were to pursue a project this large they would need more than one person to finish in any reasonable time.  It is interesting that one can create massive figures out of something as weightless as paint by showing other objects as reference points.


Alex Claymation Super Compilation #5

One creative twist an animator can use if they just can't seem to get that armature to do what they want - just use a live person!  There are of course other limitations that a human model presents, but if one can find someone who can stay still and pose as a figure model would, one can skip the whole painstaking process of character development and make an effective movie with a reliable model.


Alex Claymation Super Compilation #4

Here's a glimpse of how professionals push stop motion to the mediums maximum potential in the behind the scenes development of The Nightmare before Christmas.  If you notice, the animators use many traditional methods such as the standard 24 frames per second, multiple heads for various facial expressions, and armatures for puppet support and control during animation.


Alex Claymation Super Compilation #4

This is another stop motion video involving a live human figure. What is different about this one is that one shows that one doesn't need to actually physically go anywhere to give a sense of movement, travel, or scene change. One can simply manipulate the stop motion in a way to give an illusion of various sets rather than actually produce them.


Alex Claymation Super Compilation #3

This video involves the painstaking creation of the creatures for Return of the Jedi.  Concepts for the creatures were initially drawn out, and it was up to the creative minds of the artists and puppeteers involved to actually logistically make the characters work.  Jabba the hutt was the hardest and largest puppet for the team to create, and also took the most conceptual reworks 
to get right.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Alex Claymation Super Compilation #2

This is a short video of how the technical perimeters of the Hoth battle from The Empire Strikes back.  They used the standard 24 frames per second to get the illusion of smooth motion, used baking soda for the snow, and painted a realistic mural for the backdrop.  It's almost upsetting that today film makers use CGI effects entirely and disregard traditional yet effective methods.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Armature Wire

So here are a few tips that I have for making wire armatures. As in my last claymation, I created a man out of wire, sculpy, and fabric. The first thing that you need to consider is what your armature will be doing. Since my figure was sitting, I did not need extremely sturdy wire for the legs. I used bailing wire for the entire frames but triple wrapped them together. I used clay that would harden to add weight to the body. Be careful not to put wire on any portion of the body that will flex (i.e. don't put clay on the joints). After that I used scuply clay for any body parts that were visible past the clothing. Not every project will need the same materials so consider what you want your figure to do before you purchase supplies.

motion blur effect

I've been watching Stop Motion Pro tutorials (for those of you who use PCs) and I thought this feature was totally awesome. If your frames feel too disjointed and your animation looks choppy, SMP has a feature that AVERAGES FRAMES!!! That way, it "blurs" the motion together and looks great. I'm not sure how well it works in actual use but, the idea is great and could really help out rough spots if you're going for fluidity in motion.


thought this was a cool way of combining clay and actual objects
Hey guys,

I know in class people were talking about what wire is best for making armatures and what kind of clay is best also. I did some googling and I found a site that appears to be from a UPenn Claymation course. On it, there's links to how to build an armature, and it suggests the type of wire. If you scroll down, it also kind of compares the different types of clay that can be used to make a claymation -- even with price differences. Check it out and some of the links.


Very clever


There are quite a few of these stop motion animations on youtube by this guy PES, this one is really awesome. It just goes to show how far you can go without using clay, and still make an incredible video. The sound goes a long way, and the textures of the different materials found really make for interesting and fantastic animation.

I've been carving tiny pieces of furniture out of foam... let me tell you what... more difficult than I imagined! I'm thinking about finding some of that foam you stick fake flowers into and seeing if that melts with acetone. I would think it would, and if I'm recalling the texture correctly, it might be easier to carve into. We shall see!

Tiny Circus Summer Opportunities

Dear Friends,

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If you are new to Tiny Circus, please read and explore our website and blog, our animations on you tube, and come find us on Facebook!

Our 2010 session will run from June 1st to July 15th and will be based at the new Tiny Circus house in Grinnell, Iowa.  Summer with Tiny Circus will include work sessions to create new animations, community workshops, Tiny Circus shows, and many other great collaborations.  The Participant Handbook (attached) will help to outline a typical summer-session day and will give you a sense of what to expect while living at Tiny Circus. In the Handbook you also will find general information about fees, community work, meal and living arrangements, and tons of other valuable resources.

This summer we are looking for both short and long term participants with varied skills and an interest in collaborative community art creation.  If you are interested, please fill out the Summer Participant Application Form (attached) with your availability and anticipated length of stay.  Then email it to our Participant Coordinator Jessica Frelinghuysen at tinycircus@gmail.com with “Summer Participant Applicant” in subject line.  Please respond by Saturday, April 17th.

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Alex Claymation Super Compilation #1

Hey, guys and gals. Here's how to mak spaghetti stop motion style. An interesting way to use stop motion to change the properties of materials.


another snippet of some stars

and a still image of all the frames stacked

Japanese Google Maps Cartoon


So, I cam across this Japanese short, which seems to be an ad for Google Maps. It's done in very well-executed stop motion. It's all extremely colorful and has weird super-deformed feel to it that's very popular in Japan. Also, although it is from another country, the lack of dialogue helps keep the story clear. The music can get a little repetitive but, other than that, I think it's a great short.

Post for 3/23

My next sketch will be a mixture of stop-motion with people and with clay. So I have been looking at a lot of stop motion to see what works well and what I don't like as much. Although these clips are not going to help me much, I really really liked them and they have really opened my eyes to the amount of things that can be accomplished by stop motion!

Human tetris

This I really really enjoyed because it reminded me of the tv show Heroes. They look like they have super powers lol

This is just a really neat idea that was really well done (and probably my favorite):

I will hopefully post pictures of my set and characters later tonight as well.
Alyssa Nasca

Monday, March 22, 2010


I love PeeWee's Playhouse, mostly because they brought many new and fun things to the table when it came to entertaining us kids. One of my favorite segments was the Penny series which featured claymation. I like this claymation because it seems to be done on a flat surface and shows you do not need to build a character that stands up and walks around with a complicated armature within its shell. All you need is a camera and some clay. And maybe some pennies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suJgK_KltMI

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Soooo gross but a very good video...


Cool Website

While totally facebook creeping, I found this link on my friend's page. This website/director/artist/has some really interesting claymations.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Claymation Armatures

I thought that this site was interesting. I especially like the use of a turn table to view the armature from all angles. Here's the link:


Flying Objects

Okay so after looking through a coupe internet sites (and my own experience), I think I have found a relatively good method for having objects flying in your claymation video. Since my video incorporates several flying birds, some at the same time, I had to come up with a method. Above my set I screwed a basic shelving unit to the wall so that an object tied to string could slide back and forth. Originally I only had one string attached to each bird (embedded inside) but I found that I didn't have enough control. To keep the bird/object level I attached another string to the shelf above. To create an arched effect when flying, I used yet another string to pull the object forward or back. This process does require more editing in the end because of the extra string but I think it allows for the most control. I hope this helps!



This animation is really funny. It uses the qualities of the figurines themselves rather than having them imitate real people.


I found this post-it notes animation, check it out!!



This has nothing to do with my next project, but I thought it was pretty cool. Kinda just shows how you can take so many random objects and do pretty cool things with it...likkke candy.

As for my next sketch, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the ballerina jewelry box. My plan is to use a little live-action video and then eventually have the ballerina trying to escape from her own jewelry box. I didn't work with figures in the last sketch, so I'm hoping that all will go well!

How We Met


So, I thought this was a pretty creative use of stop motion animation. It's an example of animating in an unconventional way. The animation is pretty entertaining as well, though. It's surprisingly smooth considering how much movement would have been required to make it work. It also incorporates music well.

Better video

Magik Markers

Im going to see them in four days but im scared.
Watch all the way till the end, she starts accusing the audience of something.

progress so far for next clip. all i can say is...yes.

Alyssa Nasca 3/15

In my next sketch I am trying to incorporate actual water. The problem is the size of the water droplets is hard to change. So I was trying to find advice or clips that incorporate actual water.

Here is a cute one:

This review said that real water will disintegrate clay, but I am hoping they meant a lot of water exposure would and not a small amount:

And if real water doesn't work, than maybe I can do something similar to this underwater shot:

sound effects

The more I work on my sketches and ideas, the more I feel I'm realizing the importance of sound effects. There are so many ways in which sound can add to (and take away from) the overall success of a piece. I think sound adds some kind of texture to stop-motion and I want to take advantage of that without over doing it. Here is an example of sound effects used to give the film a tactile quality. I think the sound effects are crucial to the success of this piece.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!!


This video for a news station gave me an idea to use effects in movies that are not necessarily clay. The blending of the dreidel and the claymation characters worked well to convince me that the scene was created with these elements in complete synchronization.

Le Narrative


This video is really funny, but it shows what you can do with so little to make a great narrative. This guy keeps these photos on his digital camera in case he loses it. It's priceless, but it really does engage the viewer in such a way... I feel as though people could be inspired by the simplicity.

Anywho, my next sketch is going to be fun... I'm gonna carve furniture (small) out of my polystyrene and melt it. I'm excited. I keep seeing this image of a chair disintegrating in a puddle. Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Japanese Music Video - Stop Motion


So, it just so happens that I really enjoy listening to Japanese music and the link I posted above is my favorite Japanese boy band group. I know, weird but this music video blew my mind away. Its a live action + stop motion music video. There is this one part in the song that is simply amazing. If you scroll through the song, the part I'm talking about is where the group will be on a white block and it looks like a train moving along the track. Plus, they used really random objects to make it look cool. I really enjoyed the stop-motion in this MV. Check it out if your curious.

I finally got my blog fixed-- it would not let me post for the last 2 weeks

Here is my video (post for last week): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLGrq9OcK-M

And my post for this week: Here is a site for sound effects that I found. Many sounds in different categories: http://www.soundsnap.com/browse

Thursday, March 11, 2010

my first sketch

so yeah the concept of this animation came out of this inside joke that there is a ghost in my house who always undoes the hook to the basement door. All of this was shot in my basement. Like freal my basement is this creepy and there is a weird cave thing.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

a little late...

I "stumbled" across this stop action video, it has the most annoying music EVER but if you turn the volume off the concept is really interesting
It's an interesting take on 2D stop animation, and the silhouette concept is pretty sweet. Usually I pretty much hate anime, but the mute button and the black and whiteness helped immensely.

In the meantime, I am currently trying to convert my iMovie into a quicktime so I can post it on here... so......

Well it didn't upload. I waited about 15 minutes and gave up so hopefully we watch it in class.
Sorry! I blame my computer
live action + animation remains my favorite kind of stop-motion, cute modest mouse throwback:


I wonder if iStopmotion has layering video capabilities

Alyssa Nasca: First Sketch

Here is my first sketch!
I have been trying to upload this for like an hour and a half now because I'm dumb. I am sorry its so late!

It is also very compressed so its longer than it should be and jumpier than it actually is.

Crawling Hand

Here is a link to this video called "Crawing Hand", is pretty cool, is made out of aluminum foil something that I might use later on, it also reminds me of "E" my little blue character, so I want to share it with you all!!!!

Also here is the link to My in progress claymation!!!!

Sketch 1

Here is a link to my first sketch that we watched in class today:


It was supposed to be 30 frames/second, but imovie is really limiting for stop motion animation, as you all know. I think it came out sorta creepy anyway which was arguably my intention. Anyway I just thought I'd share it!

Improvised Stop Motion + Sketch # 1


So, I found a cool video that in which the animator apparently took suggestions on what objects he should use in his stop motion. This is nice because it's a good example of using found objects and bringing them to life. The channel that this video came from has a bunch of stop motion movies on it, some including commercials, which are part of an "Animate the World" series. Those also seem pretty interesting from what I've watched.

Also, I guess I might as well link to my first sketch, which was the fly one.
And, yeah, I know my youtube user name is kinda stupid. I came up with it years ago and never felt like changing it.

How To Play Checkers


This claymation inspired me and made me think about timing. There is a part that has the guys keeping the beat of the music while playing checkers. The creative part is how they keep pieces of clay in the air so easily, this technique would be useful to make my scenes realistic with the world we live in and to better my skills in the world of "clay physics."


we've been extended a special invitation to the DCCA welcome reception for artist-animator Carlos Ferguson on Thursday, March 18th from 4-6 PM. if people are willing to carpool I think this is a good use of class time and it will give everyone a chance to meet Carlos and find out more about the Tiny Circus project.

we'll discuss this Thursday in class
Neat video I found. Goes to show that the skills in this class can be used for television.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Fun Claymation Artist on Youtube

Last year, I found this youtube user who basically makes a bunch of random claymations.


This is his youtube page, go check it out. What I really like about him is the way he moves his figures around. I am particularly fond of the break dancing video he does with the clay figurines. Recently, mamshman started making his figures talk which is something that I really want to get into. So, check out his work.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fly Watching TV

So, I guess I'll make a second blog post this week because, strangely, somebody requested it. Here's the few seconds of footage I have of my fly character watching TV. It's running at 30 fps, except for the animation on the TV, which is only at 10 fps. Hand-drawn animation, by the way, is ridiculously time consuming and I have no idea why I thought it would be a good idea. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who wants to finish their project in a reasonable amount of time. I plan to add little audio clips of insect-related movies and TV shows while the fly is flipping through channels.

Symphonie Diagonale

not clay, but still a cool subject for a short film.



Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Haha I like stop-motion haircuts a lot, also the ode to tetris in the middle of this clip gets my goose.

I think you don't need as high a frames per second rate in situations people are used to seeing to make a seemingly smooth motion, specifically in live-action stop-motion; peoples' brains fill in what's missing for you.

-Justin Blair
I found this really fantastic claymation video.  I think it is a really good example of how clay can transform a figure. The artist is Allison Schulnik and the video is called "Hobo Clown"

Here is the Link:




Tuesday, March 2, 2010

3/2 Post

I was going to try to post some pictures of my set, but my technologies are not working with me today, so instead here are some clips that other people have done that I have been looking at in order to help me. They mostly contain rolling balls.

This last one I found interesting because of the way that the ball bounces up and down, which is an idea that I am working with:

At least I think it was funny... This shows that you don't need to go crazy to make a compelling story.

The set....

Here's a picture of the set for my claymation. I am using 4 panes of glass, and needed to create something that wouldn't be too reflective, so it's a box. The top has a hole that my camera goes through, and as you can see one side is open and the others have some holes for lighting. The idea of my claymation is a leaf falling and maybe a bird flying through. But if anyone is thinking of working with glass in the future, a box may be your solution!
i thought these were interesting. they are half documentary, half animation and have some really cool morphing scenes in them. check them out!


single frames

I am doing a wave approaching shore and then breaking...here's some single frames so far.
Sets approaching and ripples

The Dancing Boy

So this is the start of my claymation. It isn't much because I'm still trying to get it right. My biggest problem is moving him around because he constantly falls down and positioning him so that it looks like he's walking is also hard. Any suggestions?

And I know its kind of boring right now but I promise it will be more interesting when the final video is done.

Fly and Plane

These are the objects that I have designed for my claymation movie. i may need to work a little more on the plane, but I feel that the fly is a fully realized character at this point. I just need to figure out how to get him to walk on such thin legs. I have done some animation of the fly character, mostly him watching TV and changing channels (after I realized that actually showing the TV I made for extended periods would take forever). And I have a bunch of pictures of the plane, but I feel that I need to get it flying at a smoother rate before I actually finalize the animation.

Callum's Claymation Compilation 2

I came across this video that shows simple claymations and I think is incredible how something this simple can grab tons of viewers due to the flow the "artist" creates.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I am going to have nightmares tonight!


I was always afraid of Edward Scissor Hands...n.ow he is a claymation! I found this and had to watch.

Snails, Shells, and Exhaust Pipe Tails

Here is what I have so far. It is still "slow" in frame rate, though I hope to solve more of those issues in the next few scenes. I moved the scenery every frame, which was a pain but the snail does look like he is speeding out of control (hopefully). My biggest issues are doing more scenes without complicating the storyline. I may have him break down in a desert setting using cotton as smoke. I have a solid ending, just trying to pull it all together.


I was looking up tips for making armatures; not specifically human-form, just in general I was curious what materials and techniques are commonly used. I think armature is going to be the most important part (figuratively / literally) of my work. I found a few informative websites (they are easy to find) but I liked this one because it went really in-depth and showed different kinds of armatures and photos of different techniques.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Volunteer Opportunity with Stop Motion at DCCA in April

from Jane Chesson @ the DCCA, please contact her directly  jchesson@thedcca.org and/or let me know if you are interested in this opportunity:

Carlos Ferguson will be an Artist in Residence at the DCCA from 3/15/10 - 5/7/10.  He will be partnering with 10 - 12 year olds at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club for the Residency.  They will be creating a stop motion animated video using cut paper.  This video will be screened on May 7th at our Art & Community Outdoor Video Screening and Picnic from 5 - 9pm on the Wilmington Riverfront/Justison Landing. 

Carlos will also be speaking for our Art Salad Lecture Series on 4/14 from 12 - 1, this would be a really informative session for your students to hear about Carlos' personal artwork as well as previous community partnerships, all dealing with animation. 

Carlos will also be serving as a Teaching Artist for our Free Family Program on 4/18 from 12 - 3pm.  This will be a chance for community members to come and take part in a cut-paper animation project first hand.

We are looking for participants and volunteers to help with all of these events.  If you would like any more information on them to bring to your students just let me know.  If you have any other thoughts on how you would like your students to engage in this project please let me know.  We are thrilled about the opportunity to have a closer relationship to the University of Delaware and its students. 

Thanks so much,  for more information on Carlos you can visit his site: www.carlosferguson.com/

Friday, February 26, 2010

Rough Draft

It's only about 12 FPS, but wanted to see if I could get any feedback.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Food Fight

This is a neat video I found. It's deep as well as humorous. It was done as stop motion using software...


Using Slow Shutter Speed for Stop Motion Blur


I want to use a slow shutter speed on a moving figure to capture the motion blur in order to create an eerie trace of the figure. This site has a few videos showing breakdowns of movie clips that use this effect showing the individual frames at a much slower speed to show how the shutter speed affects the sense of motion of an object.


I really love the idea, specifically with claymation, of things that turn into something else constantly. As of right now I'm basing my project conceptually around the idea of just that - that you're eyes can and constantly do deceive you and that there is no absolute knowledge upon which to base anything. Of course that's a pretty big and serious question but I think it can be demonstrated with clay. It's been really helpful to find examples of claymation that explore the idea of letting the clay take on a mind of its own by seeing how it morphs almost accidentally from one thing to another. This video also uses changing camera angles to explore the many changing faces of the clay blob. Also it seems to be done by amateurs which is totally inspiring and makes me feel less intimidated by the whole thing!



I first saw this my senior year of high school and wondered how it was made, it is the best stop motion video ever times a million litrally. I am especially curious about the pool scene, and amazed by the "flying" legs bent in the air jumping scenes, it must have been incredibly difficult to make:

Tony vs. Paul

-Justin Blair

Last week's post

It's amazing how even the simplest of childrens' toys can be used in stop motion, Lite Bright is certainly a classic!

-Justin Blair

Beast Mouse Conquers All

progress so far on the characters in my film :)

Project with a bit of pop culture

I'm using the glass approach for this first project (4 panes of glass), and I just did a test run of how to make some fog appear. So, with some help from Abby,I put the top pane of glass in the freezer, which created the fog appearance, but you need to blow on it to make it really show up. My next approach is going to be using a hair dryer on it once it comes out of the freezer to make it appear a little more quickly and easily. Just a little trick I thought I'd share because I probably wouldn't have thought of it had Abby not have suggested it.

By googling I also realized that the California Raisins commercials of the past were all claymation. I always liked those guys, so here's a link to one of their commercials just for fun.

for the freak in you.


if you can hie yourself up to NYC

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Set designing

So I am in the process of creating my set. So I have been scouring the internet for information on set design.

(this was really basic)

(A video that has ab indoor setting. It's not quite what I want but it gave me some prop ideas.)

(This was a video how-to which also helped me a little. This guy is all about sharing ideas too, so that's pretty cool.)

Alyssa Nasca

Runner II


Although it isn't a claymation, I feel that this animation makes good use of stop motion to convey movement and has an interesting way of doing so. I think it would be interesting to try to combine this type of 2D animation with claymation, although obviously very difficult. Also, the concept of the runner leaving a series of after images behind as he moves would be cool to see in three dimensions, although it would then obviously become a stylistic choice rather than a convenient way to animate.

Space Inturder

I found this video that is similar to the environment I want to create, so i just want to share it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im5JO8GaG7c

Also check this video out for more tips !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKWoSu_RB5I

Susana Cortez


Here is my armature so far. His name is Herman. He made from wire and clay and I sewed the clothing from scraps. The entire process took a while to make but I had fun experimenting with the final product. I'm in the process of making the background and will add those as soon as I'm done!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chainsaw Maid


This claymation actually gave me a visceral reaction when I saw it out of the many claymations posted on Youtube. Even though they are just clay people, the effect of blood rushing out of the bodies is astounding. My goal is to find ways to make my animations this fluid. Once again, the facial expressions are a big part of the piece as well as the noises made when people react to something. I am figuring out ways to give my pieces life like this zombie-filled flick has inspired. The purple brain matter is definitely a plus. (Don't worry, blood doesn't get me this excited. I just appreciate good animation)

Cool Claymation Process

So I was looking at video's on Vimeo and I then I remembered something that I saw recently that was really well animated. This video I found was the making of the movie. It shows the process of how the sets were made and how the characters were made too. I thought I'd share it because the whole making of part blew my mind away.

Making of Plywood Pirates:


Final video of Plywood Pirates:


I know I know....


This is absolutely not claymation, but it is an image based video, and it always amazes me. I think it could definitely inspire some out of the box ideas for this class. I'm thinking growing plants, melting candle, rotting fruit, decaying roadkill........... (you know I love that smelly aesthetic!) But think process based... this is the direction I'm taking. I know in my last post I was contemplating the sand art, and trust me, that idea is possible for one of my future works. However, for my first 30 second masterpiece (I am oh-so-kidding), I'm going to be working with styrofoam and acetone. The reaction is fantastic and so cool, the chemical eats away at this material like a disease, which I suppose is why it appeals to me so much!

Well, please watch this video it is definitely worth it. Check out this guy's other work too, he's pretty cool, just click on the finished works link at the top left corner. I don't remember how I came across him, but he seems awesome. He's got a matchbook ASL alphabet... and a middle finger. In fact, here's the link to that because it's pretty cool too.



Soooo....This is my robot so far. (He is only on a plate so he doesn't get stuck on the table....not to eat.) I think he still needs a little bit of tweaking but I am trying to make him look as "hand drawn" as possible. I didnt realize how much class this little guy would take. It doesn't look like a lot but it truly was. Now to make the others and the background!

How they Donut

found this great 20 minute long clip on how they animate and film wallace and grommet. its a great lil video to watch if you are interested in using plasticine for your characters or models.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Clay Resource

Okay so this isn't a "how to" post but I saw this in my gem and bead catalog and thought people might like this. It is clay that comes in all different colors similar to Sculpey but they even have metallics. The other perk is that you can buy wholesale with assortability so you can buy 3 of one, 2 another and 10 of something else and get almost a dollar discount per package of clay and shipping rates are reasonable.

Fire Mountain Gems-- Kato PolyClay

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Aesthetics are not dead. Ideas may be to the lowest extreme rudimentary, but application and function should be precise in order to present even the more common of ideas with love and attention. Thought can be explored through any man with any means, but to create true art is to present thought appropriately and with dignity.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Look here: three beautiful stop motions!



How to incorporate wire into your clay


Here's a link for a really simple tutorial on using wire in your figures. I figured it would be kind of relevant considering we went over it briefly in class.

Some stuff on lighting

and a little more advanced

Also remember that if using natural sunlight from a window or something of the sort that the light will constantly be changing!

The Neverhood


I found footage from a video game called The Neverhood which uses claymation. I thought this was interesting because it's the only time I've seen this style used in anything interactive. This shows that there is a great variety of things that can be done with claymation provided you have time and patience.

This is a cool site to check out if you want to create animated people. If you look around the site, you'll find some animated examples of facial expressions, and the best way to make your figures walk, and even kick a ball. They also have some examples of the best way to set up lighting, something that I definitely found helpful. The site is not the best quality, but if you just read through it a little bit it is helpful.


This video was also really cool. I was wondering how it would be possible to make a claymation that includes water, and this one kind of explains a little bit. Not so high-tech, but really cool. Definitely gets the ideas flowing.

Ali Blaha

What super power does your animation have?


Alex Marchetta Post 1

This video shows a smarter way to do speech with animated characters. Instead of mushing the face each time during animation, you can make several jaws beforehand and just cover up the seam.


Cool Music Video and Lip-Syncing Tutorial


I love this music video. I find it so amazing how the artist creates a sense of the woman actually jumping or running etc. just by using pillows, sheets and clothing to imitate different objects. My favorite part is the train scene where the artist uses patterned sheets to create the illusion of the woman riding the subway.

I was always curious as to how animators sync prerecorded dialogue with the mouths and expressions of the clay figures. This tutorial covers mouth shapes-to-sounds synchronization and offers tips for creating realistic animated speech.

Lizz Andronaco

Wire Armature


I thought this short clip was a great example of the
underlying structure of a clay animated object. It really
shows how the magic is made and how the wiring
provides the right amount of support and structure
so that you can get a believable animated character with
fluid movements. Pretty spectacular. This semester
should be a lot of fun!


Monday, February 15, 2010

This video is really cool

OK so I really like how this is constantly evolving and it seems simple because only one type/color of clay is used but I am not sure how I would make something like that.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHA9thmrI20

Also, did I do this pool of knowledge thing right?

Please accept

check a load of this one.



Iron Man Vs. Bruce Lee


So, I just so happened to be snooping around on youtube when I came across this specific video. It is probably one of the most interesting stop motions I've seen so far. I think what really stood out to me, other than the fact that Ironman is in it, is how smooth the video is. The way each figure moves very smoothly and makes the final product look very cool. Probably my favorite part of the video is in the beginning when Iron Man is fly around and when Bruce Lee is thrown into the wall. I really want to learn how the animator was able to make his figure punch and kick like they did. I'm sure it took a lot of time and patience to make such a smooth and constant video. I'd recommend watching it just for the heck of it, its a lot of fun.

~ Divya

Jan Svankmajer

  • I found these awesome/insane videos by Jan Svankmajer, check them out!! They are really helpful in terms of how to incorporate everyday life objects, simple sounds and textures in claymation.



  • In terms of lighting and how to create believable movement these two videos can be helpful, plus he talks a little bit about software too.



Susana Cortez

Western Spaghetti


I thought this was a really fun and creative stop motion which helped me start thinking about using everyday household items in videos. I recommend looking at various stop motions from PES.

Frank Zappa - Baby Snakes


When I saw Frank Zappa's "Baby Snakes" on DVD I was blown away. The claymation is absolutely mind-blowing; it takes you, by simply using clay and a camera (film SLR at the time!) into a completely different universe. The animators (not always Zappa, he does more of the weird musical accompaniment) are obviously brilliant artistic madmen who would be totally weird in any other context. When you watch their animations, as in the sample video from Baby Snakes that I posted above, you actually feel as though you are in the mind of the artist. Thusly you may feel a little bit crazy... It's seriously nuts. The transitions are completely insane and unexpected, and yet totally inevitable and beautiful at the same time.
The clay comes to life in a way that seems alien. You can actually see the brain of the artist working seamlessly with the clay, but there is an element of autonomy to it. That is to say, it could be that the clay is changing on it's own terms. It's hard to explain, and probably useless to try. I just suggest that you watch, watch, and watch again. I think you can actually stream the entirety of Baby Snakes on youtube now, which is awesome, but in case they take it down by the time you read this, it's available on DVD from Video Americain on Elkton Rd. and I highly highly highly recommend it. Great inspiration.

Will Vinton Studios


Go here....you will NOT be disappointed. I came across a music video with a Will Vinton claymation as the subject. I then was intrigued to learn more about this artist. If you watch it, you will be surprised how many characters, commercials, movies, and tv shows you will be familiar with that this studio has created. A little old school...totally 90's but still very cool.


A Quick Overview

I know that this site only covers some of the basics, but it was the kind of thing that I needed to read in order to better understand the art of claymation. I think this link has some good suggestions especially about how to make your figure walk and how to create a good storyboard. I hope you find this helpful!


Alyssa Nasca

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Claymation Resources


I came across this student resource page when I was looking for information about armatures. The links include information about armature construction and support. Also, there is a chart on clay which is really useful because it looks at the properties of clay in terms of which would be the most appropriate for your claymation project.


The Fantastic Mr. Fox


Here is a link to a featurette on the stop motion movie 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox'. When I saw the movie I was extremely impressed with the craftsmanship and detail oriented nature of the characters and the set. I think seeing this could be useful in terms of looking at armatures along with incorporating voices with characters. Enjoy!


Mrs. Spider


This links to a bunch of test clips from James and the Giant Peach. The really interesting character to take a look at is Mrs. Spider... her leg movements are so expressive and precise, and I hate spiders but she was my favorite character in that movie. The other link I have to show is actually a youtube video I was forwarded from a friend. It's not clay... but definitely a direction I'm interested in pursuing. Sand painting................. I'm going to have to make a light table


let me know what you think!



This is a claymation about a boy stealing a batman doll that comes to life. When I watched it I wanted to figure out how they made the characters blink in a convincing manner. The eyes were probably glass, though I'm not entirely sure how they manipulated them. Most of my work deals with figures and how they move in their realm. Learning simple things like eye movement could help my work seem more real or even more unreal if I make it a surrealistic piece. The smallest details usually become the biggest ones.

Friday, February 12, 2010

T-Shirt War


A great stop-motion video!!! This might give some people a few ideas when taking pictures for their animations!

student film competition


Monday, February 8, 2010


contributions should be posted here. we are oh so busy creating resources and a claymation community in UD/Art.

follow links, add links, join forums. the more information the better.

your posts should appear here according to the schedule as outlined in the syllabus

the sources

or at least two of them. everyone needs to bookmark these and use them early and often!


stopmotion central