Guest post: My Point of View clay animation diary – Day 1

Guest post: My Point of View clay animation diary – Day 1

Guest post: My Point of View clay animation diary – Day 1

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This week we’ll be featuring guests posts from Callan, whose joined us to contribute to the My Point of View project.

My name is Callan and I am currently undertaking the task of creating a short clay animation based on a story about a young boy whose detached father gets locked up in prison. I am currently in year 12 and hope to one day work in the film industry.

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Today’s plan is to build sets, props and characters to start animating soon. Looking at the list of what needs to be made is quite daunting at the moment but even through just a few hours the list is already shortening. Moving in all of the materials needed to make these props almost required a moving van in itself. My desk is lined with different coloured paints, plasticines and crayons.

The first thing to tackle today was making the copious amounts of beer bottles that will cover the floor of the young boy’s house from his alcoholic father. I made several different size bottles out of hardening clay so when it comes time to film I can put bottles in the foreground and keep a sense of scale and size.

After that it was time to get cracking on the heads of the many different characters and extras that would be in several shots. I tested out several different kinds of faces for example I spread the facial features like the nose, eyes and eyebrows further away or closer together to try to find the best combination to make the young boy look as innocent as possible.

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