We are going to mess around with claymation this summer. Krissy is planning on working it into the curriculum next year, and we wanted to experiment with it first at home to work out the kinks.
That said, if you have any helpful information or tips, feel free to send us a message on Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter. We’d also be open to any suggestions since we have literally no experience and do not know what is easy or what is hard.
We plan on using plasticine (or something) clay and making do with tools we have around the “studio” already. This will be a pretty simple undertaking, so we don’t anticipate needing much in the way of tools.
We will photograph the scene with my Nikon mounted on a tripod and create a static scene. Any motion will likely be in the background and with the clay object itself. Perhaps drawing a background on a roll of paper and slowly moving it across the scene will be the best way to accomplish a “dynamic” background.
We will light the scene with artificial lighting to keep the color consistent across the frames, regardless of date or time. I’ll probably boom my monolight over the scene for this, but we’ll see. Maybe we can pull off something a bit more dynamic lighting-wise.
So, claymationers, do you have any tips for a couple of newbies?