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2013/41/1 Claymation human puppet armature, aluminium, made by Stop Motion Pro, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2012. Click to enlarge.

Claymation puppet armature

The maker of this armature, film-maker Paul Howell, is one of the founders of the company Stop Motion Pro, whose software has made the process of stop motion animation quicker and easier for both professional and amateur animators. This small company, whose co-founder was software engineer Ross Garner, has enjoyed international success with its products.

The armature was designed, like the software, to be affordable. It does not have all the features of a high-end armature, such as ball and …


Object No.


Object Statement

Claymation human puppet armature, aluminium, made by Stop Motion Pro, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2012

Physical Description

The armature is an articulated wire model of a human skeleton without ribs or fingers and with a trapezoidal pelvis, rectangular collarbone-shoulder element, tubular head and tubular sleeves to keep upper and lower limbs straight. The feet are attached to a small base via bolts and wing nuts.


Logo printed on label, adhered to front of base, 'stopmotionpro'. Above the maker's name are curvesto represent the motion of a ball that bounces at the position of each 'o' and concludes at the final 'o',



200 mm


70 mm



Paul Howell and Ross Garner, founders and directors of Stop Motion Pro, designed the armature. This final pre-production prototype was made by Paul Howell at Carrum, a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 2012.

Paul and Ross met when they both worked at Telstra Research Laboratories, Paul as a film-maker and Ross as a software engineer. They set up Stop Motion Pro in 1999 and have worked together since then.

The puppet is designed for use in claymation. The animator forms the body of a human puppet around the armature and gradually moves the puppet and parts of the puppet to create the movement they wish to capture on camera.



The object previously featured as a loan in the Powerhouse Museum display 'Australian Inventions', from December 2012 to May 2013. The Museum's Thinkspace education team, led by Peter Mahony, was using Stop Motion Pro software, and Peter suggested it feature in the display, which was developed to complement the 'Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention' exhibition.


Credit Line

Gift of Stop Motion Pro, 2013

Acquisition Date

31 May 2013

Cite this Object


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