I have a learned a lot with this deeper focus project and time has been the most important thing I have learned.
With stop-motion puppets I would need a lot of time especially since I am a big perfectionist (I get it from my mom). I want it to look similar to Laika’s animation and there is a lot of work to do for the stop motion animation that I won’t be able to work out in this class. so I have decided to change my direction to clay-mation.
I have had a lot of success with clay animation and I am going to go further with it by doing 3D puppets. I have done an experiment with clay and it was an success.
Using a wire frame under neath the clay and using magnets or a tie down method to keep them up, this is how I will be doing my final project. The magnets were good to hold down my characters but there were challenges to doing it and I need to have a thin board for the magnets to hold correctly. Doing a walk cycle made it impossible because I had to pull the feet up but they kept wanting to go together when the magnets were too close so it didn’t turn out.
With clay it can stay by itself if there is enough for it to be stable like seen in my test, my figure is standing my itself.
I have done research into Aardman animation and they have many interesting ways they use that isn’t captured in the picture, I plan to use these methods.
I am planning to get a peg board. I have been working on getting my studio set up with supplies at home because it is hard bring my stuff back and forth to school and stop-motion puppets have a lot of supplies.