Finding Animation is an exceptional 3-day program that offers participants the rare and exciting opportunity to be guided by two of Pixar’s most talented story and animation artists, a Hollywood script consultant and animation specialists working in Australia. Offering two days of comprehensive lectures, inspirational evening talks and a third day in your choice of a practical workshop or a deconstruction of animated classics, Finding Animation offers career building opportunities that are as relevant for film and tv writers as they are for artists, illustrators and game designers.
Sydney 24, 25 & 26 May 2014
Melbourne 29, 30 & 31 May 2014
Day 1 10am-6pm
Story Development with Matthew Luhn
Storyboarding & the Story Artist | Preliminary Storyboards | 3-Act Story Structure | Sequence Boards & Character Development | Gags | Storyboarding from a Script | Composing Your Storyboards | Line & Value | Q & A
Day 2 10am-6pm
Animation with Andrew Gordon
Pose Design | Locomotion | Acting for Animation | Gestures | Planning | Blocking | Facial Animation | Polish | Demo Reels | Q & A
Day 3 10am-6pm
Animation Workshop with Matthew and Andrew
Limited to 50 places per city.
Participants will work in 5 groups of ten. For the first half of the day the students will develop a short story idea based on a story premise we give them. The students will use the "Six Stages of Story Structure" to develop their ideas under our supervision. They will then transfer their ideas to beatboards and each group will pitch their story idea before lunch. After lunch, the students design the characters, explore the acting for the characters, and animate walk cycles. Throughout the day we will have each group pitch what they are working on and get feedback from Andrew and Matthew.
|Thanks to Wacom Australia we will have 5 Intuos Medium Pro tablets for use during the workshop. www.wacom.com/en/au|
Day 3 10am-6pm
Deconstructing Pixar Classics with Bobette Buster
Drawing from the techniques and tools of the extraordinary filmmakers of our time, Bobette will deconstruct Finding Nemo and Toy Story 2 to illustrate key concepts to understand the purpose of story structure, a character's arc of transformation, the core theme, zeitgeist and how these are interwoven and enhanced through cinematic language. Bobette's seminar offers a clear, methodological and unique approach to developing a screenplay that is essential for any screenwriter, producer or director. In understanding how to use these tools to orchestrate the audience's emotional response, a filmmaker will be able to elevate a script to the highest quality.
Sydney Toons After Dark 6.30pm-9.00pm, 24 May
Featuring talks by
Trent Kusters - League of Geeks
Christy Dena - Universe Creation 101
Mark Gravas - Kapow Pictures
Screening of The Gallant Captain by The Lampshade Collective and Graham Base
Best Short Short, Aspen Shortsfest
Wacom Tablet Giveaway
3 day pass holders will be in the running for an industry standard Intuos Medium Pro. Thanks to Wacom Australia.
Melbourne Toons After Dark 6.30pm-9.00pm, 29 May
Featuring talks by
Peter Viska - Viskatoons
Malcolm Turner - Melbourne International Animation Festival
Screening of The Gallant Captain by The Lampshade Collective
Presentation and screening by
Isabel Peppard - Butterflies
Yoram Gross Animation Award, Sydney Film Festival
Toons After Dark
Adult Animation in Australia
Isabel Peppard (Butterflies) will join Felix Colgrave (Aardvark Butter) and Daniel Fowler (Alien Red Wolf), the man quite literally behind Willy Bum Bum, (12,395,588 YouTube views last time we looked) on-stage to have a look at some of their work, including a sneak peak at WBB#2, and have they're brains picked by Ingrid Elkner.
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