E'llo. i'll be showing you how to use stop animation to get claymen to move. Be patient, as hours of work turn into minutes of film with hundreds, sometimes thousand of pictures. But, if your time is worthless, its worth your time and more. usually.
Here's a link to one such video
Step 1: Get the stuffs
To make a claymation, you need a few things: Animation software (i used a free version of Stop Motion Pro), clay, (Claytoons works the best), patience, a camera (webcam works) and a lot of time and patience.
addition: the video at the end was using 'monkey jams', it works so much better.
Step 2: Make the clay peoples
Take some of your clay andmash it into a ball. Than pinch it into the arms and head. Place the figure in you palm and flatten it with your other (not too much). Then decide if you want a flat head or a round head. the blue\grey guy is a round head and the purple is a flat head.
Step 3: Take the pictures
open up your animation program and select new project. fill out anything you want. Note, the F.P.S stands for frames per second. the lower the frames, the longer it takes for the frame to move, but also means more time elapsing with less pictures. My movie used 4 fps and took 365 frames and lasted for 1:31:37, or 1 minute, 31 seconds, 37 milliseconds. Anyway, a lot of frames. All you really have to do it take a picture, move a guy a little, take another picture. if you want to make the scene with that one picture take longer, take more than one picture. make sure while you're making it that you have time to put it audio so they can talk. also, there is a button that takes the picture so you don't have to press the shutter on the camera and risk throwing it off.
addition: i was using 24 fps and got 1Minute 8 seconds after taking over 1600 photos. i suggest a lower fps for beginners, like 4-7.