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