First we had to break out the supplies. A couple of weeks ago, we went to Michaels, and I bought oil-based clay, 20 gauge wire and a wire cutter kit with other tools. We got a cool Minion-themed cardboard treasure box to keep it all in. It is his "animation box."
It was my first time building an armature, and I made it a little too long with wire a bit too soft. Later we made him a back-brace! Then it was time to add the clay. I showed Liam how to build it up a little at a time.
Here's the finished puppet, with a 12 guage backbrace. We need shorter puppets or stronger wire next time!
After he built the star of the show, we needed a background to shoot against. Liam chose what he calls, "Spiffyman yellow."
Lights, Camera - ACTION
I left the room and this is what he created. He says that the characters are all speaking English, but in reverse. Here is Liam's first stop motion with an armatured puppet (and friends):
The assignment from his DIY.org camp was to animate a face. We'll save the puppet and work on adding additional movement for episode 2. Stay tuned!