Final Project-

November 11, 2009

For my final project I plan on doing a second stop motion “claymation” in hopes of further exploring the animation style. I’m interested in capturing the nuances of human interaction that truly make situations real and un-glorified. With this said I feel I might move towards recreating “awkwardness” and a situation which has many silent pauses as the dialogue unfolds.
My preliminary situation/dialogue to take place is an attempted discussion between a father and his son (or possibly mother and son) about sex: a.k.a the first “sex talk.” For this it would be a simple scene, 20-30 seconds long of a father or mother walking into their sons room, sitting down and attempting to bring up the necessary discussion. For the animation I hope to capture the facial expressions of the characters and match as well as possible their mouth movements to the dialogue. As of now I’m thinking that the situation might be more interesting and humorous if the interaction is actually between two animals personified as humans. This might help show the ridiculousness of how children and adults stress over having to discuss sex.

Here is a loose store board of images (the script of the dialogue will be written in a day or so):

”dino”

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Stop-Motion Animation

November 9, 2009

Obviously this stop motion is a “clay-mation” animation. This 52-second animation took me uncountable hours but was at least fairly enjoyable. To make this animation I started by first sketching up a storyboard, followed by creating a dialogue. I tried reading through the dialogue myself first but the voice acting was terrible flat and unbelievable. Therefore I asked my floor mate, a theater major, to read through the lines for me while I recorded the audio and filmed his facial expressions. After buying clay and modeling my character I was then able to use both the audio and video from the actor Dylan Wallach. I edited the video, and then opened it in quicktime. Using QuickTime I tabbed through the video frame by frame, and almost in rotoscoping fashion I attempted to recreate the frames of my Dylan including his mouth movements, his eye brows and his blinks. Overall I’m satisfied with the project but I think for my final project I want to try another claymation in hopes of further capturing the human interaction.

In Class Stop-Motion

November 9, 2009