Clay Animated Biography: Adam Elliot Essay

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Adam Elliot is an Australian stop-motion animator. He has received over one hundred awards through his career. In 2003 Adam Elliot won an academy award for Animated Short Film for his movie “Harvie Krumpet”. Elliot calls his films “clayography” - clay animated biography - because most of them are based on his friends and family.
“Mary & Max” is an Australian clay-animated film written and directed by Adam Elliot. The film is about a friendship between two pen pals, Mary a eight-year old girl and Max a forty-year old man.
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. Most of his movies are very successful e.x. “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “Nausicaa of the Valley of the wind”, “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away”. With a
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Adam Elliot is an Australian stop-motion animator. He has received over one hundred awards through his career. In 2003 Adam Elliot won an academy award for Animated Short Film for his movie “Harvie Krumpet”. Elliot calls his films “clayography” - clay animated biography - because most of them are based on his friends and family.
“Mary & Max” is an Australian clay-animated film written and directed by Adam Elliot. The film is about a friendship between two pen pals, Mary a eight-year old girl and Max a forty-year old man.
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. Most of his movies are very successful e.x. “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “Nausicaa of the Valley of the wind”, “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away”. With a sixty year old career, he managed to earn international recognition, three Academy Award nominations including a win for “Spirited Away”.
“Ponyo" (Gake no Ue no Ponyo) is a Japanese animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The plot focuses on a five-year old boy who becomes friends with a goldfish princess who wants to become human.

“Mary and Max” is a “clayography” created by Adam Elliot. The film is based on true events and characters of the creator’s life. Elliot stated in an interview that the character of Max is based on a pen-friend he had and he described the film as “an almost documentary”.
What makes “Mary and Max” really special is the use of traditional 'in- camera' techniques Elliot used despite the fact that

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