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…
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."
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…
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.
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.
We have a new member from our old site. Nile Plumb has always been generous sharing his work. The latest project he put together was his demo reel to show others what he is capable of. Do you have a demo reel?
If not, his reel is a good example of what you might also like to create. Demo (or show) reels are just short 2-5 minute long compilations of your best animation. Most animators will update their reels once per year because it will get others interested in giving you work. Sometimes in studios, sometimes from home.
You can check out Niles page on Animateclay.com over here and add him as your friend. Check out his Facebook photo gallery of work over here. And of course if you want to check out his animation, watch his show reel below.…
TheBobinWerleyBobPictures is a new member who has an ambitious project. It's not your normal sort of story, but one involving toilet characters and.....well....poop. But don't worry, they probably don't have potty mouths. Wait...maybe they do? Well, either way, "T.P." looks to be a great short film. It has nice character design, and we imagine the animation will be great based on the trailer below.
When asked what his biggest accomplishment in animation was, BobinWerly said: "Getting an entry level job at Henry Sellicks new Disney owned studio. This was followed a few months later by my biggest disappointment in animation when the studio closed."
This explains why the project has taken so long. Real life almost always gets in the way of good films at some point. To find out the nitty gritty details of what has been happening behind the scenes, visit the official blog…
What makes a good clay animated film? Sometimes you can get by without spending 30 million dollars. Sometimes all you need is some clay, a camera and imagination.
Member Joe Bagshaw has proven that the right combination of those three things can be very entertaining. You can watch one of Joes cool films called Rise Of Guy: Part 1 - Early Battles below. It features a few interesting clay characters who battle it out in a dark table top environment.
One of the things that sticks out in the film is the audio. It's creepy and perfect for what is going on. So what do you think about it and his creations?
You can become Joes friend here on this site by clicking here. Visit Joes online blog with a lot more information about…
Recently we got an e-mail from Dieter Wagner who has big dreams for stop motion. He also told us about a class he is taking which is very exciting and taught by a guy named Chuck Duke. Chucks stop motion class runs at six months long and covers all you can imagine. Since I met Chuck in the 90's, I can say that he is really talented. He used to work on the California Raisin TV commercials and specials (among other popular projects) and has years of hands on experience.
The course is created by a group called the "Animation A Team" and you can read up on it over here. Just based on Chucks previous experience I would definitely consider it in a serious way if you are trying to get into stop motion.
So, back to Dieter. He is also a new member to the site and you can friend him over here.
Way back in our last incarnation of this site, Jon was one of the first people we wrote about. Well, he's back and done some more interesting things. Including the above picture for a film (?) he may work more on called Heorot Hall. The video of it is equally impressive.
The geometric pattern behind his set is really unique and makes his short animation stand out in it's own sort of surreal way. Watch the animation he made of it below.
When asked - why do you love stop motion? Jons reason was "A connection to the monster movies I loved as a kid, and the inventiveness, problem solving, and creativity of the people that do it from their work spaces at home."
One of our newest members has a uniquely inspired clay animation style. It's based around the surreal look of Bruce Bickford. According to his profile, when asked:
What is your best stop motion skill? "Morphing" was Ryans answer.
It really takes a lot of bravery to go with the flow and shape clay over time. You constantly lose all your previous work as each frame is re-sculpted into something new 24 times per second. Check out Ryans profile on our site over here for more images of his amazing little…
Jason Rodgers recently uploaded a series of some great character designs in clay. Jason is really great at drawing cartoons, and according to his profile, his biggest accomplishment in animation is: My Bachelor of Arts (Animation & Interactive Media)
Jason has a web site and gallery with many pictures of his work over here. You can watch his reel of 2-D and 3-D work…
Dan Metalmadcat has been on the move over the past few years. From living in the US, he has moved to Argentina to start over after seven years. What we in the west take for granted, Dan Metalmadcat has had a hard time finding even the most basic materials. Still, it hasn't stopped him from bringing the knowledge he gained in the US and through the popular stop mo sites like ours with him.
Just the other week we interviewed Dan on our live show about his adventures which you can listen to over here. You can see his member page on this site over here. He's recently uploaded many pictures of his past creations that he made for some of our older monthly challenges. It's all very exciting and inspirational. But there's…
Xiakeyra is one of our sites biggest contributors over many many months. She has also won many of our monthly challenges, so you've probably seen her as one the most featured people on our challenges page.
When asked why she loves stop motion, she said: "I love all types of animation, but I'm not good at drawing. When I was a child, I used to make puppets with clay in order to play with my younger sister. The first time I watched Pingu show, I became interested in claymation."
You can watch one of her demo reels below showing her amazing clay creations. Click here to visit her profile here on…
Rebecca Smith is our first member to be featured in our Member Spotlight here on the site. Rebecca has been sculpting for a long time and can probably sculpt just about anything judging by her amazing photos. As a friend of hers on Facebook, she is also a talented sketch artists. What will she reveal here in the future? We can only hope even more great photos.
When asked why she loves stop motion, she said "I love stop motion because it has a magical and real quality, that you just don't get with any other style of animation."
Make sure to check out her profile and picture uploads on the site over here.