4 DAY COURSE
A concentrated 4-day course run by BAFTA Award winning Animation Director Kevin Griffiths who will give you an introduction to 3D stop-frame model animation. You will see how an animated series is put together from start to finish, design and learn how to make your own stop-frame model animation puppet and bring it to life through animation. You will produce a short animated sequence to showcase your work. All accompanied by demonstrations.
2 DAY COURSES:
You will have the opportunity to work alongside a professional puppet maker (20 years in the television industry) and will be shown how to make a stop frame puppet. This course encompasses a full step by step guide to sculpting a clay head, making a plaster mould, casting in latex and constructing a body with bendable arms, hands and legs to create a final, completed puppet ready for animating. All accompanied with full demonstrations, examples of actual TV puppets, slides and video clips. ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Ideal for beginners who want to learn to animate or those who want to improve their animation skills. You will have the opportunity to try out various exercises with an actual stop-frame puppet, demonstrations and video clips will be shown for analysis. Many important aspects of animating will be discussed and applied with emphasis on acting, timing, eye focus, anticipation, follow through, key frames, using timing to suggest mood, walks, overlapping, all of which should improve your awareness and make your animation more dynamic.
The animated series South Park started this way- a quick and cost effective way to animate and break the notion that animation takes long to produce. In two days you will design a character, you will be shown the techniques of how to construct a flat cut-out animation character with pivoted joints. You will learn the tricks of the trade and with an articulated character produce and edit a short animated film approximately two to three minutes long with voice recording, sound effects and music.
1 DAY COURSE:
This one-day specialist workshop will focus on animating to dialogue: lip-sync. For those who want to take their animation a step further. You will learn lip-sync technique and the end of the session will have a Quicktime film clip of your voice recording with animated mouth.