As a UK stop-motion animation studio, all of our team has a favourite Claymation character. Whether from a love of the character whilst growing up or an appreciation of the animation it comes from as an adult, there is always a character that any stop-motion animator loves and adores. But what makes these characters so appealing?
Stop-motion animation is a great analogue visual medium. We at A+C love the fact that it’s so tactile, and as animators and artists, there’s nothing quite like being able to work with your hands and bring characters and scenes to life on a physical set. Read More
Probably the most prominent aspect of a stop-motion film is the characters. They are the vehicle for story-telling and arguably the element of the film the audience find most memorable.
Over the years, many different puppet making techniques have emerged that have changed the face of stop-motion animation. These changes can be technical, helpful to the animators or they could simply be artistic changes that allow for new and interesting styles to emerge. Leaps in technology have also helped to merge these into one, creating aesthetically pleasing and easily accessible models.
Paper-craft animation is loved the world over thanks to its charm, striking aesthetic and accessibility. Cut out animation was one of the earliest forms of stop-motion and is still a firm favourite with audiences today – thanks in no small part to the early seasons of South Park. We love nothing more than using the versatility and adaptability of paper to push the boundaries of stop-motion, creating 3D sculptures, handmade crafted characters and immersive environments.
Being a stop-motion animator is the ultimate job. What could be better than being paid to play around with puppets and make incredible films? But it’s not for the faint-hearted. Beyond the obvious skills of the job, there are less apparent attributes that are essential, paramount even, to being an incredible animator. Here are six of them:
When people think of stop-motion more often than not what springs to mind, after Wallace & Gromit of course, is the craft involved in making it. Not least the time. Oh, the time. Often described as ‘time-consuming’ or ‘painstaking’ stop-motion is by nature, not the quickest process around, but how long does it really take to make?