I was hired to animate this 3 minute clay animation for an organization here in Kentucky that helps abused and neglected kids. This was a really fun project, it was the first piece I have done that was for a real client. I have never had to develop existing characters before, so it was interesting to take someone else's drawing and turn them into workable puppets. Everything for this piece was built from scratch and animated in my very humble studio (more like an attic.) It took several months of work, trying to fit enough time in and around my senior year of high school. Any comments, advice or criticism is welcome. Everybody on this site is so knowledgable and any help I can get is great for a learning animator. 

Here is the link to it on YouTube http://youtu.be/ap7Q5Ew05gk

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Ah ok, I figured the style was yours. It came out really well, I hope it's ok to post on our page as a new news item.

Thanks Marc. Feel free to post it, that would be great.

I've been animating for a few years now, and there is nothing I can teach you! That was a thoroughly professional production in every way. The animation is both smooth and expressive, the lip synch works, the timing is well judged, it's well shot and well edited. You're in high school and you're doing work of this quality? I'm gobsmacked!
I was very impressed with your animation Ian. Excellent work!

That really is quite excellent!

Great work! It is very endearing and lovely to watch! Congrats on the job!

Rotten kids and their stoopid talent...grumble grumble...startin' so young...mutter mutter...doin' such fine work...arghul bargul whargle wheeze...

Just don't let me catch you on my lawn.

Let me repeat as others have and express my amazement at the talent you have shown here.

The only critiques I can offer are to work on your lighting as your puppets appeared (at times) a tad too flat looking, but, since I have a feeling that that's connected to your set limitations, it's hardly an issue and just me nitpicking. Animation wise, everything fits the style perfectly.

Congratulations on doing such great work for an equally great cause.

That was incredible ... and done in clay too ... OMG
I hate clay. It is so unforgiving and you did it so well ... Nothing worse than young talented kids in high school. O.K. I'm depressed ... sigh
Well done Ian, amazing, and in clay.
Yes I am so depressed .... time for a beer. ;-)
... jbd

Wow, that was nice. I especially like the cat walking around on the bed, circling as cats do. Nice characters and lighting, and professional-looking sculpting as well. Is your instructor a clay animator?

Thanks everybody, it means a lot! 

@Sean O'Hara, I agree, I think lighting is one of my biggest issues. It makes it a bit hard when I am working in an attic, but hey at least its better than nothing. 

@Don Carlson, I am glad I got the cat right. I am more of a dog person, so I had to watch a bunch of cat videos on youtube to see how cats move. I actually have never had any animation teachers. I am self taught along with the help of this site, books, etc. As far as I know there are no other stop motion animators in Louisville.

Wow Ian,

I can only loudly repeat what everyone else has said.  You've done an incredible job.  Your work is clean, precise and beautiful, and you're a youngster!  And therefore incredibly annoying.  Really nice job!

Randy B

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