Introduction: Claymation!

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How to make a cool easy claymations for very little price!!!!

Step 1: What You Will Need

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First of all you will need a few basic things,
-Clay, I prefer Claytoon clay but anything works
-A camera
-Light to light the scene
-And last a table of some sort to make the claymation on

Step 2: Clay People!!!

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Now you will need to make a clay person or animal to be in the claymation. There is all diffrent kinds of styles that you can create.

Step 3: Make the Claymation!!!!!

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After you have chosen a character and script start taking pictures!!! To make a smooth claymation you should just move the body part a tiny bit for every picture so when it melds together it looks like the clay person is really moving.

Step 4: Now Upload and Edit!!!

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After you have taken all the pictures upload them onto your computer. You then should put them into a movie maker such as iMovie or a claymation program to edit it. Most pros will set the pictures to 24 fps (frames per second) and you should probably do around the same also. Then last but not least add in a voice over and credits and you are done!!!

Now you have a smooth claymation!!! Make sure to add lots of humor and action for a pleasing claymation.


The Tinkerer (author)2011-07-24

When making a stop motion animation movie it's a good idea to avoid taking pictures of easily moved objects, such as papers, plants, or natural light.

tureturillo (author)2007-11-10

You don't need to use a 24 frames-per-second framerate. Better use 12fps or even 8 fps. This means saving a lot of time!

s-mac (author)tureturillo2007-11-10

ya it saves time but in the end of a 24 fps its gunna turn out a lot smoother. trust me i makeclaymations in my spare time as a hobby and 24 is by far the best.

jordomaller (author)s-mac2011-03-21

i use my pseye for stop motion the only downfall is that it only lets you do 30 fps :s i usually just do 2 pics of the same for small movements

jtobako (author)s-mac2007-11-10

Show, don't tell. Where are YOUR pics and vids?

BatAndOwl (author)2010-11-23

I don't have a camera, so I used my laptop instead. I made an octopus who ate a candy bar, a lollipop and bubblegum! I found a new hobby ;).

Beduk (author)2010-04-08

Its quiet difficult to make 24 films per second.Can i make 10 films per secondz???

knoxarama (author)2009-09-27

okay, the first guy is form knox's korner, the second is wallace and gromit, but who's the third?

cantthinkof bettername (author)2008-11-17

Does anyone know a free program for PC that I could make claymations with. also I don't have a camera stand.

444488889 (author)2008-11-09

i love clay mation

mage (author)2008-10-22

i did claymation in high school. it stared a booger that ate schoolwork when you slept in class

Grey_Wolfe (author)2008-09-01

Know of any free claymation programs? Any good ones.

SpaceDucky (author)Grey_Wolfe2008-10-09

a good program would be monkeyjam where you use a webcam to do stopmotion claymation. check out my instructable on monkeyjam and how to use it:

Grey_Wolfe (author)SpaceDucky2008-10-20

Thanks, will definitely check it out.

Grey_Wolfe (author)2008-09-01

And my brain has made a five second animation where he walks up to the flower to smell it, and it EATS him. lol Really, that popped into my head when I saw this. Nice Ible, btw.

Sunny124613 (author)2008-08-31

me and my bro made some that were really cool,but most of the pics were corrupted in the end and we used a different camera after word:( but nice clay people!!

CameronSS (author)2007-11-09

Nothing to do with the Instructable, but I want a magic lightbulb like in Step 1!

Easy, solder wires to the contacts, and position the camera in a way that the wires are hidden by the base. =]

Well, if you stacked button cells in the base, and put some EL wire in place of a filament, and then REALLY overexposed the shot, you might get an image like that...Or you could GIMP it. We can't really have long conversations....Our avatars are too similar.

If you don't want to read it all, look at the first picture, and then scroll down to the second one to get a quick idea of how it was done.

If I weren't shooting film, and given 24 shots roughly every week, I would have to try that for Photo 1. This definitely looks like a digital project. Maybe I'll wait until my sister gets the Canon Rebel XTi she wants.

You could really do it with any camera..

Yes, but I'd have to play around with it a lot, and with a digital camera, you get instant feedback. With film, I'd have to wait for the next developing day, then spent an hour developing the film.

I meant that you could use a point and shoot digital, if you have one.

I have one... but how would you do this without independent flash?

Use normal lights =]

Hmm...should we make a collaboration? How to take a cool picture with both a DSLR and a point-and shoot? I think I'll just GIMP it...

You mean...taking that lightbulb picture?

this a long ass coversation

CameronSS (author)sgt.paper2008-03-09

Not nearly as long as some. Scroll down to the conversation between killerjackalope and Goodhart.

iq_abyss (author)sgt.paper2008-03-08


Kiteman (author)CameronSS2007-11-10


the_burrito_master (author)2007-12-13

he looks good and... rely funny lol.

Saint (author)2007-11-11

What you are doing here is what we call "kicking in open doors" in dutch. I know you need clay for a clay animation, and that using light and a camera would make things lots easier. But if you made a few animations, you should know some stuff beyond that. What about using wires in skinny figures? What about the lights on your set? What camera do you use, and have you tried software like iStopmotion of similar? That's the stuff that would make an interesting instructable.

Kiteman (author)2007-11-10

Maybe I'm being picky, but shouldn't an 'ible on animation actually contain some animation?

s-mac (author)Kiteman2007-11-10

what are you talking about?????

Kiteman (author)s-mac2007-11-10

What I'm talking about is an Instructable that is almost entirely lacking in instruction, and doesn't even give an example of the potential end product. How about you showing us what you can do?

Weissensteinburg (author)s-mac2007-11-10

He's saying that you show show a video of a claymation you've actually done.

Weissensteinburg (author)Kiteman2007-11-10

My thoughts exactly...and maybe a definition as to what a claymation is.

jtobako (author)2007-11-09

A strait cut-and-paste from Wikipedia would have been much more informative.

Are ANY of the pics yours?

lilpunk1302 (author)2007-11-09

I've actually taken classes on classical animation, and yeah, I was hoping that ther'd be more of a tech how to on this, not that i need it, but since I have the knowledge and experience, I can say that this instructable is sub-par from one would expect.

On a different note, here's one that i made for a science project way back,

I used my dv cam, and since my mom took away my comp that week, I had to use a friends, and it just so happened that he didn't have ANYTHING on his computer, so I opened WMM (Windows movie maker) and imported all the frames, then under the TOOLS > OPTIONS > ADVANCED menu, I changed the default Image length as low as it went, clicked ok, and dragged all my frames into the time line, then I zoomed in and dragged some frames to lengthen them to suit the voice :)

Si yeah, there's my experience and a set of instructions that SHOULD'VE been included in this instructible.

badrang4 (author)2007-11-09

make a vid make a vid!

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