By Paula Briggs
This resource shares the making of a small clip from the How To Be A Creative Producer animation Project.
See this clip in its final context in Part 2 Scene 3 So How Can We Become More Creative.
The “Shower Scene” animation clip fits into a larger scene about how we can tap into our creativity and in particular how we can encourage ideas to land…
This small clip gave the teenagers lots of opportunities for making including construction and casting.
To Begin: Making the Stage
The stage for the animation was built using board and two brackets made by 13 year old Lluis, resident woodworker to the project. It was important that all elements of the stage came apart for transportation.
The boards were “wallpapered” with tile effect wall paper, glued with PVA to the boards and cut to size with a scalpel.
Making the Shower Curtain and Shower Rail
A shower curtain was made from fabric and metal eyes sewn into the top fold. The shower rail was made from a piece of annealed wire which was threaded through the eyes, and hooked over the back wall of the stage.
Making the Shower
Lluis worked to create a shower from copper pipe and the head of a watering can. A hole was drilled into the base of the stage, and another into the back wall of the stage, so the pipe work could be secured.
Making the Bath
Rowan and Alex worked on the bath.
A template was made to fit action man.
A mould was made from clay by creating the inside space of the bath. This was wrapped in plastic before being covered in modroc.
Legs were made from wire and added to the underside of the bath.
When the modroc was set, the bath was turned over and the plastic-wrapped clay eased out.
The top of the bath was finished with small pieces of modroc and handles added…
Animating the Scene
The elements were brought together and the animation filmed using Stop Motion Pro on an Ipad.
The bath was greased with vaseline to allow us to fill it with bubbles.
We downloaded walk cycles from the internet to help us understand how to encourage action man to walk across the stage, towards the bath.
Editing was then completed in iMovie. Music by Alex using Logic Pro X.
And the finished scene…
Many thanks to Stuart Tunstall for his help in this scene.