Since I received the clay and tools I ordered a few weeks ago, I’ve tried out the various types of clay and made some short videos that I cut together to a longer clip. I started out with a material called Bubber, which handles a bit like snow (except that it isn’t cold). It comes in powder form and you just work it with your hands until it becomes more solid. It’s very light and pretty easy to make shapes with but doesn’t hold together very well so I quickly gave up using it for animating figures. I’ll probably use it for props and other background material.
I’ve bought some clay, tools and stuff to start making claymation videos! I didn’t know quite what to get (which type of clay etc) so I just picked out some different types of clay and some tools that might come in handy. Hopefully I’ll have time to make a short video this weekend starring clay in some form.
Clay 'n' stuff!
I’ve posted my first attempt at stop motion animation on Youtube. It’s called Viking Adventures and was made a couple of weeks ago. Recording took about an hour, and editing another hour (hadn’t done neither before). I use my Canon EOS 550D to take the pictures, and I have it connected to my MacBook Pro via USB. For recording I use Dragon Stop Motion where I can control focus, aperture etc. (not zoom) and take pictures without having to touch the camera. For now I’m using the 30-day trial version of the software which limits me to 50 frames per take. I set the frame rate to 12.5 fps which gives me a take that’s 4 seconds long. I’ll buy the full version soon but for now I’m just learning to create some simple animations and it’s working well. The editing was done in iMovie ’09 and the music is taken from the iLife library. I’m not sure how much things you can do with iMovie but hopefully I won’t have to get something expensive to create the videos I want.
The blocktastic game Minecraft passed one million copies sold tonight! A friend of mine introduced me to this game a couple of months ago and I got hooked instantly. It offers so much creative freedom and is easy to learn and cheap to buy. If you haven’t played it already, just search for Minecraft on Youtube to get some idea of what the game is all about. Once you’re convinced, head over to the Minecraft website and get it!
I figured it’s been enough time (a few years) since I last updated my website so I went ahead and installed WordPress and I’m currently working on setting it up to my liking. I’ll post some more this week once I’ve played around with all the settings.