Here are some of Jed’s favourite animation links and clips from Vimeo and YouTube
Creating Plasticine puppets
To reduce the risk that your characters fall over it is a good idea to keep them fairly squat, or even to animate them lying down… as though you are filming them from the side while actually filming from above. You may need to build them around a twisted wire armature.
Cut Paper as an animation technique
If you lack confidence in your ability to draw or sculpt characters then you might want to try the system popularised by Terry Giliam while working with Monty Python.
Music videos on YouTube and Vimeo
Gotye commissions videos for his music in a wide range of styles including stop-motion and drawn. You can see them at their highest quality on his Vimeo channel.
While you should always put your own work up on since many people just find videos while there, the quality at is higher and so it is worth getting a free account and uploading to Vimeo as well and there are many film-makers’ groups to join.
Delta Heavy use stop-motion ‘pixellation’ techniques to destroy favourite toys for their video to Get By:
stopmotion grafitti animation
- Using a graphics tablet
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