3D Animation Claymation Techniques


In the animation industry, there are many animation techniques among them one is the 3D animation claymation technique which we are going to teach you in this Arena Sayajigunj blog post. This type of animation consists of a malleable substance, usually clay which can be moved, animated and photographed, some of these techniques do require more skill and precision than others. Let’s get started with different types of 3D animation claymation techniques, a bit about how they are made and show a video of some final productions made with these techniques.


Claymation Techniques


Each character or object is sculpted from clay or other pliable material as Plasticine, around a wire skeleton called an armature and then arranged on the set, where it is shot in an interval for the next shot and so on until the animator has achieved the desired amount of film. Upon playback, the mind of the observer perceives the series of slightly changing, rapidly succeeding images as motion.

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A consistent shooting environment is required to maintain the illusion of movement: objects must be consistently placed and lit and work must continue in a calm environment.

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Different Types of 3D Animation Claymation Techniques


1. Character Animation

This is the animation of the characters which are rigged with wireframe skeleton so shots can be precisely made this can assist when arcing moves which creates a more believable production.

One of the best examples of this technique of stop motion animation is the famous Wallace and Gromit series created by Nick Park.



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2. Freeform Animation

Freeform is a widely used animation claymation techniques which are used creatively and it involves the clay changing form rapidly throughout the animation into almost any form. In this animation the idea is that there is no set in-between point, the animator has a starting point and an end point and how they achieve can usually be quite random and creative. A clay sphere, transforming into a vase and morphing into a human structure is an excellent example of freeform.

3. Strata-Cut Animation

Strata-Cut is not more in used claymation techniques in the animation industry, it involves an advanced technique to create, as the actual animation is first created within a block of clay, this is then sliced away, fractionally at a time and photographed this when played back, produces a fluid animation.

Click on below Video: Strata Cut Animation


4. Clay Painting Animation

Clay Paintings give a similar effect to a Strata Cut animation however clay is moulded and moved around a canvas which can create a bizarre effect. An excellent example of this type of animation is the “Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase” which demonstrates transitioning and similarities between artists work.


Click on below Video: Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase


5. Clay Melting Animation

Sub-Variation clay animation can be informally called “clay melting”. Any heat source can be applied on or near clay to cause it to melt while an animation camera on a time-lapse setting slowly films the process.

For example, consider Vinton’s early short clay-animated film Closed Mondays (co-produced by animator Bob Gardiner) at the end of the computer sequence.

Click on below Video: “Closed Mondays”

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