Clay Animation is an animation technique which is done with clay or plasticine. Some examples of Claymation films are Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit and our favourite, the 2003 Oscar winning Harvie Krumpet by Melbourne animator Adam Elliot. Animators use this form of animation to make the models look more realistic because the clay allows them to create flexible movements.
You make a movie by taking a photo using a digital camera. Next you move the model/s a tiny bit. Shoot,
move, shoot, move, until you create motion.
At YWPS we shoot our movies at 12 fps (frames per second) to make the animation look smooth and realistic. This means that 720 individual photos are taken by the students for every minute of animation!
The whole process is fun, but it can also be frustrating.
As of 2013, we’re posting our Claymations in unlisted playlists on YouTube. YouTube is blocked to students when they use the internet at YWPS. Please use an unfiltered internet service to view the animations.