Discontent in Japan's Anime Studios
Behind the scenes of Japan's popular anime movies, discontent among low-paid artists is growing and DVD demand is slipping.
Adam Elliot won his first Oscar for his half-hour claymation called "Harvie
Krumpet" in 2004 .
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A style of animation developed in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art and often adult themes.
[Japanese, short for animēshon, animation, from EnglishANIMATION .]
Clay animation is one of many forms of stop motion animation. Each animated piece, either character or background, is "deformable"—made of a malleable substance, usually Plasticine clay. The portmanteau term "Claymation" is a registered trademark in the United States, registered by Will Vinton in 1978 to describe his clay animated films. While the word is not considered a genericized trademark, it has become a trademark which is often used generically in the US to refer to any animation using plasticene or similar substance.
All traditional animation is produced in a similar fashion, whether done through cel animation or stop-motion. Each frame, or still picture, is recorded on film or digital media and then played back in rapid succession. When played back at a frame rate greater than 10-12 frames per second, a fairly convincing illusion of continuous motion is achieved. While the play-back feature creating an illusion is true of all moving image (from zoetrope, to films to videogames), the techniques involved in creating CGI are generally removed from a frame-by-frame process.
━━ n. 【商標】クレイメーション ((粘土模型を使ったアニメ映画（手法）)).