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Well after this summer I have a greater respect for the patience and skill it takes to be a stop-mo animator! This is when I decided after years of reading and researching I would jump into making a real puppet with wire armature and tie downs etc. I have been teaching 7 and 8 year olds for 27 years and as an end of year project we make clay animation movies for the last 5 years. I break them into groups of 4 or 5 and they write a script based on something that they have learned in second grade. We then make the characters together- usually clay on pipecleaner-foil armatures. The kids write dialog and do the animation with me taking pics with my trusty little Kodak. I then use Windows Moviemaker to put it into video form and they record the dialog. We have a "Movie Night" and parents are invited to our premier. To say the least this is the highlight of the year, as my new students usually come in asking "When are we going to make the movies?"

I am nearing retirement and wanted to really do something with my hobby of playing with clay. I've been making polymer clay items- pins, ornaments, figures etc. So my wonderful hubby agreed to let me have a room in our gigantic metal building in the back yard to make a studio. This summer I made a fan page on Facebook to see if there was interest in parents sending their kids [and paying] for a week long movie camp. I had 18 paying customers and 2 of my grandkids. It was a great success and now I plan on doing a sculpting class once a month until next summer when we have our movie camp again. We read a simple chapter book and adapted the story to make our movie. There were gifted/talented and autistic kids all working together having a blast.

That made me want to try to do more and I am currently working on making a commercial for my fb page. Today I tried out animating my chief helper Kiki McGee, who will be starring in my Creative Clay Play commercial. Wow, you guys sure do make it seem easy. I've got a long way to go but am having a great time learning thanks to all the helpful advice and tutorials from sites like this. Let the adventure continue...

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Comment by marilyn goodman on July 20, 2012 at 7:48pm
Well thank you, you give your time and expertise so that newbies like me can learn and get better. Kids love this, it's almost magical...aww I do too. I still remember watching Jason fighting the skeletons and being in awe!
Comment by Anthony Scott on July 20, 2012 at 7:08pm

That is awesome Marilyn.  You are giving kids an opportunity to try stop motion at a perfect age.  I didn't start until I was 11, inspired by an amazing book in the library:  Make Your Own Animated Movies by Yvonne Andersen.  It came out in 1970. I wish you the best of luck and have fun, happy this site is helping you out in some way!

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