Claymation Tribute To Nanny (My Grandmother)
This is a claymation cartoon I created with assistance from my significant other and daughter as a tribute to my 95 year-old grandmother or as we have always called her, "Nanny."
Nanny has supported not just me but many of my relatives throughout their lives.
She had seven children the youngest being my father. We grew up all as a very close family and extended family and each of her children went on to have large families and many of her grandchildren now also have families on their own. Counting her children and spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spouses we are talking about many, many people connected to her. We all owe her a great deal and so we decided to do this for her.
She helped raise each one of my brothers and was always a great help to my parents. We used to go to her home from elementary school for lunch and at one time even lived in the upstairs of her home for a couple years while our father finished building our family home in the country.
I wrote the script and we shot scenes using a kitchen from one of our other claymation cartoons as well as creating a new set for a living room / dining room. We created a Nanny character and also a boy and young lady for use in this cartoon. We had fun as a family making it and incorporated many humorous little bits so that we could help Nanny smile or possibly laugh!
This stop-motion / claymation cartoon was shot one picture at a time slowly moving the characters and then each picture strung together to make up scenes.
We used a Panasonic GS-500 video camera set to take half second exposures without a flash for the pictures and just a normal living room overhead lamp for lighting. We put the video together in Adobe Premiere and added our own sounds and voices. sound was edited in Audacity, which is a free program for anyone taking notes.
So sit back and enjoy our claymation tribute to Nanny! Click the video at the top of this article to view it!
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