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Copy of Wallace and Gromit: a History of Claymation

HIstory and making of claymation
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Nathan Pugliese

on 1 September 2016

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Wallace and Gromit
A Claymation History
Origins
In 1982 Nick Park started making a film for his graduation project for the National Film and Television School. His idea of a man and his talking pet cat turned into a man and his speechless dog who says everything through his eyebrows. It started as a simple claymation film...
Armatures and Materials
The original Wallace and Gromit films used a simple wire frame to build the characters around. Nick Park (creator of Wallace and Gromit) use plasticine as his material. It took him six years to complete his graduation project. The film was released in 1989 and won an academy award.
1990-2008
shorts
In these years, three more films were made each lasting about 30 minutes. These films were the wrong trousers and a close shave were made using the wire armatures previously used. In 2008 they started to use ball and socket armatures to allow for more movement. All of these were made with simple stop-motion and clay animation techniques. The characters were still made out of plasticine.
Backgrounds/Sets
all of the sets and the backgrounds are hand painted and hand made. Every little detail is either painted on the large board or hand crafted. In fact they have people who have been working for Aardsman productions whose sole job for 15 years is to create vegetables for sets. This takes an extreme amount of time and energy and only the most elaborate scenes are computer animated.
in 2005 they embarked on the production of a full-length motion picture film. All created from plasticine and using the same animation techniques used since the beginning. Nick Park made a point of saying that they wanted to keep it to the basics and what fans truly know and love. This film was title "The Curse of The Were-Rabbit" it runs 85 minutes long and took almost five years to complete because every single step in the movie was hand made. we will get into how that process goes.
Full-Length Motion Picture:
The Curse of the Were Rabbit
Drawing and Storyboarding
After that Nick Park and Steve Box started writing the storyline while one was drawing. pretty soon the story developed so far and the script became so visual for them that they started to story board.
The Process
1. Started with an Idea.
2. writing the storyline and drawing concept art.
3. storyboarding
4. creating:
figures
sets
backgrounds
5. Filming Begins
6. Editing with the Computer
Idea
the Idea was a horror/comedy where instead of a were wolf it was a were rabbit. This were rabbit ate the prize vegetables of the town people. The movie begins with the one central idea. The creators decided they wanted to do a horror but keep the same comedy that Wallace and Gromit is known for.
Creating
Just like when wallace and gromit began they have used plasticine and an armature to create the figures. they stayed to their roots. to begin a wire armature is created for the figure. the plasticine is then molded around the armature to fit the characters needs. Sometimes multiple copies are made for specific purposes. for exapmple multiple heads were made for the rabbit for different features (facial, bodily) they hire hundred of workers to make these models. Sometimes one worker will create one character or a picture on the wall, or some of the props.
Creating
Were Rabbit
Creating the Background
All of the backgrounds are handpainted and painted. No CGI.
Creating The Sets
all of the sets are hand painted and hand created.
Filming
This camera is spefically used to move with the attached armature of the rabbit to get it running away.
This is a camera that is used to film things in 3D. It is an overview picture of the camera in the bottom picture.
In this picture they are seting up a scene where a robotic hand comes out from the cars hood.
Editing
Most of the editing takes place on a computer. This is also where they add voices, clean up scenes, and do the elaborate scenes.
CItations
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bristol/content/articles/2005/09/27/wallacehistory_feature.shtml

http://animationartconservation.com/?c=art&p=wallace_gromit

http://emol.org/film/archives/wallacegromit/production.html

Aardman studio tour from youtube

The making of the Curse of the Were Rabbit from youtube
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