This project was really interesting, I have never ever done
animation on a computer before. It was so much fun and a learning experience
for sure. Before this project, I didn't even know that you could do stuff like
this in Photoshop. Who'd have thought!?! I never really ever have time to sit
down and play with Photoshop, so this was great. It was certainly a little over
whelming at first for not being very fluent in Photoshop and how things exactly
worked the way that I wanted them to. I had fun making up my own little
creature out of images that were collected by the class.
I think as an intro to animation, this project would be a
good start to kids or even just the simpler additive Photoshop animation
(simply drawn a little on a picture of someone, duplicate layer, draw a little
more, duplicate layer, etc). Kids would be allowed to take funny picture of
themselves and then draw on themselves to change what ever they want. It allows
the kids to learn Photoshop tools, different operations that you can do using
the program and to have fun while they are learning.
One thing that I might do a little more with kids is go a
little slower and make sure that they know the tools and how each one works
before really letting them loss to do their animations.
I think that this project is really great and will allow
children to feel like little directors, making the movie, editing it, adding
sound, EVERTHING!!! It is there own creation and they will be excited to do
I thought that our presentation of
Claymation went well. We pre-made our little worm creature so it would be
quicker to animate and demonstrate in class. One think that I might have
actually included more of was the background information such as history. It
would have been interesting if we had had more time to talk about when the
first claymations were made, who coined the phrase "claymation" being that it
is simply an extension of stop-motion animation.Sara and I just started playing with the clay and that is
where we came up with the little worm guy and eating the egg. We had originally
wanted to do something a little more complex but with the time limit, it had to
be sized down.
After doing claymation and having
an actual feeling for how much time it takes just to get 30 seconds of
animation, I have a higher respect for the animators and artist that do this. I
cannot really phantom making a feature length film of claymation. I think I
would probably go crazy, maybe if I had nothing else to do I might think it kind
of therapeutic. But Just trying to think of how much time and care they take to
make it perfect and the actions so smooth.
Some problems that happened that
are important to take note of for future experiments with claymation: ~The clay left a trail of color as
it moved across the "stage", which wasn't necessary a bad thing for this
project. But I could see that it might be a problem in a more expanded piece ~When watching the movie, you can
tell that the camera moved ever so little but it made a big difference in the
final piece. Our movie looks homemade because of this little camera giggle.
Coming up with a way (maybe using a better tripod) to keep the camera in one
place even if it has been bumped or even pushing the button to take a picture. ~Note really knowing the clay that
much and having the colors mix when we didn't really want to didn't really work
out to well. We worked with the blue and than we worked with the red, when
looking closely at the creature you can see little blue marks. This is a problem
because it gives it a dirty feel. ~Need to make sure the movement
changes in between each frame need to be small. A movement with a large change
in placement also makes to image jump in scattered.
Thoughts about doing this as an
activity with Children: If given a long amount of time to
work on a claymation with children, it would be fun to allow them to design and
build there own creatures. It will also be possible to allow them to storyboard
out what they would like for their creature to do. Doing the animation as a
whole group or whole class. Individual animations wouldn't really work very
well for one person instructing the process. If there wasn't a lot of time to
work with the children, it would be good to create a creature, storyboard and
backgrounds for the children. These actions will allow for you to teach them
how to actually animate the creature.
Here is a website I found that gives some insight into animating clay. It reviews some software that you can buy to help with the animating process, there is a shop, and they also give advise on how to do animation.