Today we were given a workshop on claymation, a method of film animation using adjustable clay figures and stop-motion photography.

To begin the process we were given the word “shape” this was used as a basis for us to then explore. We created a mind map to look in to how we could adapt the word into our stopmotion clip. We decided to go with simple geometric shapes and have the theme of sapphires throughout. We then came up with a short story board to show step by step seance within our clip. This was vital as it would allow us to look back at the sheet and to follow the story whilst filming. Filming was the most time consuming and problematic stage of the task. The reason for this is because it took real precision



 Tim Burton 

Tim Burton is a American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator. He started his career working with Disney. Along with his live action movies he creates incredible stop motion movies, he is mainly known for his 1983 movie the Nightmare Before Christmas which is an amazing representation of his dark, gothic, eccentric and quirky fantasy style

A list of a few of his famous films:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Corpse Bride
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Batman
  • James and the giant peach

Stopmotion is the method of the camera repeatedly stopped and started to give animated figures the impression of movement. The figure will be slightly moved in each frame. Then all the frames will be sped up to give the appearance of movement.

To make his movies a huge specialised team of over 100 artists, animators, set & prop designers, fabricators, camera operators, producers and directors were needed. The proses of stop motion is extremely time consuming. In a week only one minute of film may be taken. For his movie The nightmare before Christmas it took a hole 10 years to write, prepare, and film the movie.

For the task we were given today we used his technique of stop motion. I found that this specific type of film production was very time consuming and took a lot of precision to create the perfect scene. I feel that to create a film as well made as Tim’s a lot more time would be needed especially as we were only given an hour to create a film where as he had 10 years.

From this task I can take inspiration from his style of artwork to create characters as he has a very unique style. I’d like to be able to experiment with creating a certain atmosphere in my artwork as he does in his stop motion films. I am extremely in awe of the amount of time, preparation and dedication that goes into creating a full film of stop motion especially in the unique style he has.

Mike’s workshop


Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs


Graphics Interchange Format allows the creator to add multiple frames to a single photo to create a movement, repeatingly changing image etc.

Gif’s are different to a cinemagraph as it has a lower colour range and it is also of a lower resolutio
* Upload images of notes taken during the session.

* Process/method (may include step by step images)

* Insert your finished Cinemagraph

* Analyse an existing Cinemagraph that you like

Photography challenges 

We were given a number of themes to chose from I chose “People” I chose this as I thought it would be a challenge and I felt I could get some interesting photos of conversations, the market, buskers etc.  We went on a short loop around town taking us along the river to the church and back through town.

* Explain your walk, where did it take you?

* What were you inspired to take photos of?

* Did you find the task difficult?

* Did you think carefully about composition?

* Did anything go wrong? If so how did you resolve it?

* How well do you think you have addressed your theme?

* Did you use filters and adjustments? How effective were these?

* Final set of images (10)

Group film task

Today we were split into groups of 3/4 people we were given the task off creating a short video that was 10-20 seconds long and based on a word that was assigned to us by our tutor. Our word was “Mechanical” meaning operated by a machine or machinery. The task was a very enjoyable task as it was something different and we got to explore within another media.

To break down the word “Mechanical” we used a mind map, this helped us think of ideas and get them down on paper so that we can refer back to them. The sort of words we came up with doing this were repetition, automatic and movement. We also used small illustrations to show how we would go around doing the ideas. Our final idea for our video was a number of screens showing old vintage documentaries all playing at once.

As preparation for our video we had to make a storyboard. Personally I feel this wasn’t essential for making our video as it was a still piece and there was no movement other than the screens. However a storyboard can be essential for some ideas. The reason for this is it creates a plan for you to then follow and look back on.


Nothing went majorly wrong while filming however getting all the devices to play at once without having any notifications showing turned out to be our biggest challenge. The one thing I would have changed if I were to film it again would be that all the devices we used would be the same, this is because different devices have different shaped screens etc.

Personally I think we worked very well as a team. We had no problems working together and no disagreements. Everyone listened to each other and took on each others ideas. I feel I took on the leading role by inputting ideas, putting the set together and recording the video. The reason I feel this happened was because the initial idea was my idea. So therefore my team members helped me create my vision I had for the video.



Heather Hansen 

Heather Hansen is a contemporary performance artist and dancer based in New Orleans. She uses her body and performance to create large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings. She explores the combined movement and art for her experimental project, Emptied Gestures. She uses her body and the charcoal to track her movements to create the massive illustrations.

The the simple method of a small bit of charcoal in both of her hands creates amazing symmetrical shapes and lines. She then uses her hands to smudge the charcoal to create the wispy, smoky effect. I feel this gives the pieces movement and makes it look almost 3D. Personally I feel there’s something really mystical and sinister about her work,  I think this is because of the black on white combination. However some of her pieces are done with coloured pastel and these give off a whole different mood. For example the one below gives the feeling of passion and warmth whereas the black on white is very cold. I would like to use her technique of powerful simplicity in the future in my work.


What is time based media

Today we were given a new project brief that is 3 weeks long. In this project we will explore four time based media problems and be given the opportunity to work with different tutors and use a variety of medias and equipment. The project unit 7: To be given an opportunity to use previously acquired skills, knowledge and understanding to work towards the solution of a time based creative problem. Our interim assessment will be on the 6th March, the hand in for the project is 17th March and it will be assessed by 31st March.

Time based media are contemporary artworks that include video, film, slide, audio, choreography or computer technologies. The artwork has a story or a narrative to show progress and time as long as time is one of the main attributes in the artwork it is considered as time based media. They largely depend on technology but not always for example not in performance. Time base media is a very recent concept, the earliest artist to experiment with this media would have been Nam June Paik who was involved in the fluxus movement in the 70s also known as Neo Dada. The reason that it is such a new medium is that it is heavily dependent on technology to record the art/performance.