Introduction To Clay Animation For Beginners
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Introduction To Clay Animation For Beginners

Learn how to create stop motion animation at home with your smartphone!
4.5 (24 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,473 students enrolled
Created by Rachel Beaney
Last updated 3/2017
Price: $45
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • understand how to write a script and storyboard
  • know what things to consider when building a clay character
  • know how to create and find sound and audio for their animations
  • understand how to create an exposure sheet (aka dope sheet) to lip sync their characters
  • learn how to film their animations
  • understand how to edit their animations
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  • To build a character and set, students will also need clay or plasticine, a tripod for your phone, cardboard, PVA glue, scissors, pen, paper. Optional extras include: Stamp/water sponge pad, Toothpicks, White beads and black enamel paint for eyes, Clay carving tools, Lamps.
  • Students will need a smartphone, with a stop motion app. Recommended apps are iMotion for iPhone and Motion for Android.
  • Students will need access to a computer, with free editing software. Windows Movie Maker for PC or iMovie for Mac both should be already on your computer. We'll run through how to use this.

How To Create Clay Animation For Beginners

Last updated Feb 2016

Do you want to learn to create clay animation?

Have you always wondered how clay animation works, but didn't know where to start?

Are you looking for a new fun, creative hobby to jazz up your week?

This course teaches you how to create stop frame clay animation at home, using your smartphone.

You will learn the end-to-end steps for creating stop motion animation, from writing a script, to building characters and sets, to adding audio and lip syncing sound, and filming and editing.

This course is a hands-on course, which you can follow step-by-step to create your own clay animation short film, using a class project as an example. The camera you will be using is the one you've already got - the one on your smartphone!

Why take this course?

Are you a creative looking to tell stories in a new medium?

Are you a parent looking for a course in clay animation for kids? Children under the age of 13 might need a set of adult-sized hands to help out in this course.

Or have you always loved claymation and wanted to be a clay animator yourself?

In this course, you will learn:

  • The basics of animation
  • How to create a script and storyboard for your animation
  • How to design a basic character using the medium of clay
  • How to build a set using a templates as a guide
  • How to lip-sync your characters mouths using tools like Audacity to help create an exposure sheet
  • How to film using a smartphone app (on either iPhone or Android)
  • How to edit your film (using iMovie or Windows Movie Maker)

Including the hands-on project, you can finish this course in a few hours, or over a series of weeks, depending on how you want to create your film!

About your course instructor:

Rachel Beaney is a clay animation hobbyist who has been creating clay animation on Youtube for two years. She has researched how to create clay animation and come up with easy and accessible DIY solutions so you can create stop motion animation at home.

Student reviews:
“Very interesting explanation how to produce the video and audio for clay animations.” - Randy H, with a 5 star review.

Who should take this course?

This course is for anyone who is passionate about learning clay animation as a hobby at home.

You don't need to have studied animation or film, but being passionate about learning, experimenting and creating is a must! Clay animation can be a slow process, so having patience pays off.

Having a basic understanding of computers will be a useful skill as we use different types of software along the way.

Don't forget that all Udemy courses have a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you're unhappy with the course for any reason, you can get your money back.

What are the course requirements?

You are welcome to watch the course just to learn about the process, or you can follow along step-by-step and create your film based on a class project.

If you're going to embark on a stop animation adventure, you will need a few supplies - but most of these you should have around the house.

Shopping List:

Things You Need:

  • Clay or plasticine – whatever colours you want your character to be! Two or three handfuls of clay should be enough.
  • Smartphone Tripod (it could be a mini phone tripod, a smartphone attachment to a traditional tripod or a DIY-clay-and-glad-wrap tripod will do!)
  • Cardboard (thick – i.e., a pizza box)
  • Cardboard (thin – i.e.,. from a newsagent or cereal box)
  • PVA glue
  • Plain Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen

Optional extras:

  • Stamp/water sponge pad
  • Toothpicks
  • White beads and black enamel paint for eyes
  • Clay carving tools
  • Lamps

Smartphone apps:

  • iMotion app for iPhones (free!)
  • Motion app for Androids (free!)

Computer software:

  • Microsoft Movie Maker – editing software for PCs (free!)
  • iMovie – editing software for Macs (free!)
  • Access to a printer to print resources/handouts

What are you going to get from this course?

You will learn the complete process of how to create a stop motion animation film.

This course has a resource kit for animation, which provides resources and templates for your stop motion.

You will create a complete clay animation short film when you are done with this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in learning clay animation as a hobby
  • This course is not for experienced film makers or animators
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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction To Clay Animation
1 Lecture 04:57

Find out about what resources you will need for this course, learn about the basics of animation, and find out about the class project.

Preview 04:57
Scripting And Storyboards
1 Lecture 03:35

Learn about the importance of scripting and storyboards.

Preview 03:35
Character and Set Design
2 Lectures 10:03

What do you need to keep in mind when designing characters with clay? Find out in this lecture.

Preview 03:03

Follow this lecture step-by-step to build your own set, using the downloadable templates to help.

How do I build a set for stop motion?
Sound and Exposure Sheets
5 Lectures 17:53

Bang! Boom! Huzzah! Learn how to find and create sounds for your animation.

What do I need to keep in mind with sounds?

The first part of learning how to make your characters talk in sync with the sound is understanding just how the mouth moves.

How The Mouth Moves

The exposure sheet is like the sheet music for a song - it's the guide from which you animate. In this lecture, learn how to add your sounds to the exposure sheet.

What is an exposure sheet?

The exposure sheet also needs actions and movement. Here's how to add life to it.

How do I add movement to my exposure sheet?

Select the sound your monster will make to incorporate it into your film!

What sound will my monster make?
Filming And Editing
3 Lectures 12:43

What tools and resources do you need for filming? Here are the basics.

What filming resources do I need?

Lights, camera, action! Combine your character, set and exposure sheet and begin filming! Here's the essentials...

How do you film?

Whether you're using a Mac or a PC, find out how to edit your film using free editing software.

How do you edit a clay animation film?
Here's what we've learned
2 Lectures 02:46

Let's review what we've learned in this course.

What have you learned?

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About the Instructor
Rachel Beaney
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Digital and Social Media Specialist

Rachel Beaney is a freelance digital media specialist, with a wide variety of experience in creating multimedia projects, social media and online content.

She has worked as an editor, a social strategist, on social media execution, community management and real-time social media integration. She is fluent in creating engaging content, with a solid technical understanding of the web.

She’s worked on social media campaigns for big names like Microsoft, Aussie Home Loans, Network Ten, MasterChef Australia and more.

Rachel is passionate about teaching in a friendly and accessible way and helping people get the most out of digital and social media for their businesses.

Rachel lives in Sydney, Australia and in her spare time, creates clay animation.