Brett is a new member who has been working on an ambitious project called "Fabricated". It uses his machining skills and blends his animation skills into a finished film, but without sound. Here's what he says his film is about:
"A story of growth and rebirth, it is a wondrous and fascinating journey through an alien world that was once our own. Strange creatures built from discarded parts range across the landscape left behind after organic life has passed from the scene. The film follows one of these creatures as he explores this strange world and discovers his purpose in the evolution of his imperfect kind."
More recently, Brett successfully raised enough funds to add music and complete the project on Kickstarter. If you'd like to study what he did, check out his Kickstarter campaign page here.
You can also visit Bretts site which reveals all kinds of details about his film over here.
Jack is a new member who posted a fun little short called "The Dreamer's Voyage". At over 5 minutes long, it's ambitious and uses a lot of what Jack had lying around to tell his story. Even with limited resources, he got a ton of expression out of his little clay figures.
When asked what his future plans are in animation? Jack writes: "Trying to make more short films to build up my portfolio, in hopes to eventually go to an art school."
And the winner this month by vote is.....Jim Reeve! You can check out his online profile by clicking here.
Here's our 2012 Update Video:
Scott Daros is an experienced clay and stop motion animator who has a knack for infusing puppets with quirky personas. Take for example the above video of a Dorito chip. Have you ever seen a Dorito dance to techno music?
Nicholas is one of our more advanced new members. He has been in the business for many years, working in many types of media. His specialty is build-up puppets, using wire, foam, latex, paints and cloth.
When asked what his future plans are in animation, he says "Keep doing it. Keep helping others to do it."
So if you have a complicated question, Nick may be able to help you out. You can view his member page to become his friend over here. Or, watch some of his tutorialson his YouTube page over here. There are also tutorials and inspiring photos on his PictureTrail page here.
Here is last months winning entry that Shakycow made! Congrats to everyone who entered, all entries were very very good this time!
Jim Reeve is a new member of our site who created the above funny video. When asked what his future plans are in animation, he says: "I really want to improve in all areas and eventually produce something of broadcast quality."
What do you think of The Lion Sleeps Tonight? Let him know over on his profile page here.
Member Ian Harding hopes that his Zey the Mouse project will get enough exposure for a TV show. Will it happen? Maybe! The short animation below is definitely good enough, and the official blog over here is nice as well.
When asked, what is your future plan in animation? Ian answered "To make a team up so i can make a series of Zey The Mouse, Mini Episodes!!"
What do you think? If you'd like to support Ian, become his friend on our site here.
During our last live show, Clay Mara mentioned that she created a short clay animated film called How to be a Hero. We showed it to our audience, and everyone thought it was great. So who better to feature this week for our Member Spotlight?
When asked whather future plans were in animation? "Hoping to grow and become an exceptional Clay animator and meet/work with other unique animators." Hopefully our other members can help fulfill that goal and share some animation tips. You can find her profile on this site over here.
This months winner goes to our member Garrick Gordon!
There were two entries submitted for the month. One from Buckner (which is also very good) and one from Garrick. His film is titled "cyborg 11 (Back to School)" and turned out great!
You can join the monthly challenges to learn and have fun too. Read the full set of rules here.
Zach is one of our previous members who joined the new community. He's been creating short clay animation tests, making puppets and dabbling in the art for some time. As always you can become Zachs friend on his Animateclay.com page over here.
So what sort of puppets has he made? Most of it is on his "Zachs art and stopmotion stuff" blog that you can find right over here.
Is it impressive? Actually you can see how he's progressed rapidly from simple clay puppets, to a puppet with an armature, to a new anatomically shaped body and a head sculpt with loads of detail.
Below is a short film called ZOMBIES that he is also proud of and posted on his profile.