I'm making my first character on my own, so I'll post my experiments here.  This is a test to see how well I will be able to integrate a stop motion character into a live action film.  For my first exprience I decided to use clay, because I like how it looks and it's something that's easier to understand.  I know that clay is particularly difficult to animate because one always has to smooth out any changes for each move, but I figured I'd give it a try.  For the armature, I'm following both this tutorial: Stop Motion Tutorial: Making an Armature as well as follwing some instructions from the book "Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation" by Susannah Shaw--which is a really great book and one I suggest anyone interested in learning stop motion animation purchase.

As a side note: A lot of my posts onto this website will be from my first animation which I'm doing in conjunction with my friend Damon. I wrote the script and am directing, however Damon is a really talented stage desinger and for our animation he's making the sets and characters and I'm assisting him.  So, for this post I'm showing only what it is that I'm doing on my own, this is not the same project as the one shown my previous posts and is not the same project that Damon and I are working on.

Thanks for viewing!

-Cait

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Sorry Andrew, somehow I just saw your question!  The armature I made was cheap, I just followed this online tutorial: http://youtu.be/uimF41CrMXM

Andrew C said:

Also how much did it cost all together to make the armature/ how hard were the materials to find? I am also going to make an armature!

Well done. That was awesome and not just because it was taken from one of my favourite movies lol

haha thanks!

Yay fish person!  That was really good!

Thanks Nick!  I just saw this 



StopmoNick said:

Yay fish person!  That was really good!

I still use twisted wire for fingers and use a small gauge.  Not a rule or anything but something to experiment with maybe.

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