A couple of years I’ve dreamed make animated clay movie with kids. It seemed not difficult, but lack of time discouraged me. During my summer holiday I definitely decided to try. Do you think it is very easy to do animated clay project with a primary pupils? I don’t think so. Just because I have decided to try it, I keep working on.
BEFORE YOU START YOUR ANIMATED CLAY MOVIE
RULE 1 . Choose correct type of plasticine.
It is very important to choose good plasticine. For beginning I’ve bought 4 packs plasticine from different producents. From first sight it look similar, but when I start to make clay characters, noted very big differences and now is really big problem to buy right plasticine. So don’t save money for plasticine, because latter you will pay twice. In any case, try before you give it to your children.
- Very soft corn clay. It is good for background, but unfit for figurines. It is too soft, difficult to make figurines, keep in shape.
- Very dry plasticine. If plasticine became dry very quickly (I’m talking about usual plasticine) it became difficult to stick small details to each other, sometimes even impossible. After some time you can’t reuse it one more time, not elastic, can’t move small parts, it became crumbly, like old shewing gum.
- Use wire frame for bigger figurines, or use other capabilities, helping to move parts of the figurines, like toothpicks.
On this picture you can see our pure soft clay dog, seems melting from lights.
If you are planning make more than one movie, think on universality. Apple tree from one side, plum from other. If you stick details from corn clay, it became irremovable. Peace of grass made once you can use many times, like a flowers, birds and more.
For apple tree we used wire frame, very useful, you can change shape, position and more...
RULE 2. Immobilize your device.
Think how to immobilize your phone or other device. Because it is really important for better view, very useful to work. Now I think to set up place for shooting scenes separate from our work place.
I have found on Pinterest nice idea – a shoe box diorama. Really good solution for background.
Probably there are many things to note, but the best way is to try by your self.