Claymation has always been something that fascinated me. When I was growing up, my neighbourhood best friend was completely obsessed with “Wallace and Gromit”- I was more of a The Little Mermaid girl myself, but hey.
I remember once viewing a claymation music video clip that my brother’s friend’s band made (sorry for the mouthful). I was amazed- “Those clay people look just like your friends! How did they do that?!”
“Well, Phil is really good at art,” my brother replied, “but this whole video took them all of most days for well over a week.”
After that, I really began to understand the kind of effort that went into this type of animation. There’s a certain amount of shots that go into one mere second of film. It takes not only a lot of effort, but a whole lot of time.
I just read this article about the changing and developments in the claymation process for “Wallace and Gromit” before the release of their feature-length film. They discuss the introduction of CGI, particularly in the use of things like fog and wind. However, after the making of Chicken Run, the creators decided to go back towards the homemade kind of look- with obvious fingerprints, so audiences could tell the kind of detail and work that went into making the puppets.

Here’s a link to that specific article:

And here’s a meme I made for y’all




One thought on “LETS TALK ABOUT CLAY.

  1. Loved this blogpost, Annika! Definitely a throwback bringing that nostalgia to the table! it’s always refreshing to be reminded of it every once in a while so thank you! Insane how claymation really is isn’t it? the amount of persistence and patience it takes to get a two minute scene might’ve been a matter of hours. This effort goes by far too unrecognised. It is truly an underrated form of film technique. As good as the advancement in technology has been in regards to our quality of filming, it just feels as though they’ve tried to make it easier for themselves. Ditching the clay filming for a faster more efficient animated computer version. Somewhat loses the authentic appeal. Just like when you see the new Banana’s and Pyjamas’. They used to film the characters in their costume, however over time the current generation of children are exposed to the disgusting site to those born in the mid- 1990’s which is a drawn up version modified through animation…almost hurts to see it does it not? miss the authenticity and feel of claymation. Great blog post again Annika! look forward to more. 🙂

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