PSA Claymation By My Daughter
After my families last Easter claymation cartoon (which can be found here if you didn't see it) my daughter began working on a project for school. She was to come up with a poster, play, concept for some form of public service announcement and in this case decided to go with promoting healthy eating. She decided to create a claymation cartoon and asked me if she could use one of our sets and a couple of characters we used in previous cartoons to which I agreed. Below is the resulting PSA claymation she created with some help from yours truly. Click it to give it a watch! If you don't see the video below for some reason click this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5T6iINh7CQ
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched the video above you may want to before reading on as the story is explained in detail. If you don't mind then read on.
In the healthy eating public service announcement my daughter chose to use the little boy from our Nanny Tribute claymation cartoon. She also selected the character we used for Izzy from the Charlie Butters claymation series of cartoons we have been creating. The set we used in numerous cartoons dressing it up to appear as a few different living rooms, a bathroom, even a dining room.
The story follows the boy and girl as they enter the kitchen in search of a healthy snack. The little boy chooses the nice red apple while the little girl selects the large chocolate bar. After which they exit the kitchen and head to the living room to watch a bit of TV. Upon entering the living room they sit on adjoining couches. Noisily they wolf down their respective snacks.
After consuming the huge choclate bar the little girl lets out a tremendous burp (that sounds like it came from a grown man, wonder who that could be?) at which point she declares that she feels sick. The little boy after eating the healthy apple says that he doesn't and in fact he feels healthy and strong. At the end of the claymation a bunny comes on and explains the importance of eating healthy before he breaks into humming the theme from Star Wars while waving his carrot around like a light saber! Very funny!
When I put the animation together for her in Adobe Premiere on my computer I tried to leave the shots unedited wherever I could so it would reflect her artistic direction on this one. I probably could have smoothed it out but I think it would have lost a little of it's character. So if you find it a little rough or the script a little cheesy keep in mind that she is a kid and that it is meant to make you laugh (we did get a little silly with it.)
As usual I assisted by lending my voice and the other voices were done by her. We again used our GS-500 camera for the shot and Adobe Premiere CS5 to assemble it. Sound was edited in Audacity. Thanks for watching!
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