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Posted by DNA182, on 2003-04-14 15:29:34

School Assignment

I'm doing an assignment in school and my friend and I are making a stop animation movie with clay characters. We are really struggling with ideas for our sets. We are both new at this and want to really impress the teacher, we have some wild ideas. Anyway, I was just wondering what is the best way to go about making sets keeping in mind that we have to do this during class time and makybe at lunch and are limited in our supplies. Should I try contruction paper and britsle board or something else? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by Strider, on 2003-04-14 22:48:07

Foamcore works well, and is stronger and more versatile than construction paper. It's like a sandwich board, two sheets of white paper glued onto a thin sheet of foam. You could then glue different types of paper over it for different effects. I like to make paper mache sets myself. for rough outdoor sets, like cliffs or caves or just ground, mix up a batch of Durham's water putty (like plaster, but more user-friendly, found at hardware stores) then crumple up some newspaper and soak it in the putty mixture. You just need to get it onto both sides real good, then lay the crumpled paper onto your board, on which you have form already created from tape and wadded paper for hills or whatever. use full sheets of newspaper, and layer them three or four sheet thick, and when it set up you'll have a good sturdy shell. then you just paint it up, maybe detail with crumbled cork or chopped hemp fiber for grass, or whatever.