Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
(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
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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!:
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
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
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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.
Monday, May 3, 2010
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!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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
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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
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Here's a link to a picture of the piece called Helium Brick (aka Summer Snow)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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!
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.
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
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.
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, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
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.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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.
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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.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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!
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:
Monday, March 15, 2010
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.
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
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.
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
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
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
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
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!!!!
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!
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'll discuss this Thursday in class
Monday, March 8, 2010
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
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
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:
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!
And I know its kind of boring right now but I promise it will be more interesting when the final video is done.
Monday, March 1, 2010
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.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
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
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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.
Tony vs. Paul
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.
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(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.)
Monday, February 22, 2010
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)
Making of Plywood Pirates:
Final video of Plywood Pirates:
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.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Fire Mountain Gems-- Kato PolyClay
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Also, did I do this pool of knowledge thing right?
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.
- 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.
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.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
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.
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!
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
Monday, February 8, 2010
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