2016 Workshop Schedule

Laika Studios workshop

Animate This! Stop-Motion Animation

Saturday, October 29, 2:30–5:00 p.m.
Facets Lounge, Cinema 2


Ages 8+
Limit 15

Learn how to create stop-motion animation and other special effects from award-winning Festival Filmmaker, Meghann Artes.

Workshop participants will become familiar with easy-to-use and innovative special effects techniques, like the ones used by filmmaker Michel Gondry and in music videos by Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, and Coldplay. With these tips and tricks there is no end to the imaginative stories that you can create on screen.

Meghann Artes is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker and animator who has worked with Sesame Street, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Bix Pix, Nick Jr., NBC, and ABC. Her short films have enjoyed success at festivals across the country.

Takeaways:

  • Learn about various special effects
  • Create a stop-motion animation sequence

Registration: $30 Facets members, $35 non-members

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Light It Up: Costume Character Creation

Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Facets Lounge

Ages 8+
Limit 15

Learn how to create fully formed characters—costumes and all—with filmmaker and tech extraordinaire, Jeff Sweeton.

Workshop participants will bring to life from their favorite films or from their own imaginations, just in time for Halloween! After developing their characters, participants will design costumes, weaving L.E.D.s through fabric, cutting cardboard armor plating, or using whatever their imagination can muster to create that 21st century appeal! Each newly created character will then give an interview about who they are. Please note $5 materials fee.

Sewing skills not required, only your imagination!

Takeaways:

  • Design and create costumes
  • Learn basic circuitry to light up the costume
  • Record video interviews with the imagined characters

Registration: $40 Facets members, $45 non-members

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Be Your Own Hero: Computer Animation Meets Live Action

Sunday, October 30, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Facets Lounge

Ages 8+
Limit 10

Ever wondered what it would be like to be an animated character? Now you can with the technological wizardry of animator and educator, George Berlin.

Using special software, participants will use their imaginations to create computer animated characters and environments. Participants will then act, dance, and groove through their short scenes. No teleportation skills needed! With motion capture technology, participants are able to be animated and live-action at the same time.

Takeaways:

  • Create characters and sets with special software
  • Write and create a mini-scene between two characters
  • In pairs, kids will "act out" their scenes using real-time animation

A link and password will be emailed following the workshop with footage documenting their real-time projects.

Registration: $30 Facets members, $35 non-members

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Telling a Story Through Computer Animation

Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (CPS in-service day)
Facets Lounge

Ages 7+
Limit 10

Learn how to tell compelling stories through animation and computer programming with filmmaker and tech extraordinaire, Jeff Sweeton.

Like playing video games, but you'd rather tell a story of your own? Start out by learning character development and storytelling basics, and then bring these ideas to life with coding fundamentals. In the end, you will program your very own animated storyboard—or as we call it in the biz, an animatic.

Takeaways:

  • Learn principals of storytelling
  • Computer programming and coding language
  • Universal relationships of characters within media
  • Basic drawing
  • Animatic creation

Registration: $40 Facets members, $45 non-members

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iPad Movie Magic

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Facets Lounge

Ages 10+
Limit 15

Learn how to make your own iPad movie with animator, educator, and all-around wacky dude, George Berlin.

It's easy to take photos and videos with an iPad, but how about making a movie? Workshop participants will learn filmmaking fundamentals, from cinematography to editing and sound design using the Pinnacle Studio app. Add some imagination to the mix, and you've got the perfect recipe for a fantastic movie!

Please note: Participants provide their own iPads and will need to download Pinnacle studio ($3 fee) before the workshop.

Registration: $30 Facets members, $35 non-members

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Animating the Amazon

Saturday, November 5, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Facets Lounge, Cinema 2

Ages 9+
Limit 15

Learn how animation comes to life with award-winning Peruvian animator and Festival filmmaker, Alois Di Leo.

If you're using a pen and paper, clay, or even a computer, animation is a complex task. Workshop participants will get an in-depth overview of the animation process, from art direction to lighting and music scoring. Then, using basic materials, participants will create stop-motion animation sequences inspired by the Amazon rainforest.

Takeaways:

  • Basics of stop-motion paper animation
  • Soundtrack/voiceover dubbing
  • Lighting basics

Registration: $30 Facets members, $35 non-members

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Building Robots: Animatronics in Film

Sunday, November 6, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Facets Lounge

Ages 11+
Limit 15

Learn how to conceptualize and build working animatronics with filmmaker and tech extraordinaire, Jeff Sweeton.

Interested in robots? Workshop participants will be introduced to electronic and circuit building techniques used to build animatronics for films. Then, using raw components, participants will create their own animatronic puppets with moving parts.

Takeaways:

  • Imagine and build an animatronic character or machine out of cardboard and other materials
  • Design the electronic circuitry to make moving parts or sections that light up

Registration: $30 Facets members, $35 non-members

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Litterbugs: Found Object Character Creation

Sunday, November 6, 2:00–4:30 p.m.
Facets Theater 2/Conference Room

Ages 9+
Limit 15

Learn how to design characters from everyday objects with Festival filmmaker and recipient of Creative England's "Emerging Talent" award, Peter Stanley-Ward.

Are you an aspiring inventor? A budding filmmaker? Or a fan of quirky sci-fi heroes like Wall-E? Workshop participants will take some pointers from the budding genius heroine from Festival film, Litterbugs. Combined with methods used by major studios, they will learn how to conceptualize and build an actual character. Starting with pen and paper, participants will then create a storyboard, and film a sequence with their own "litterbug."

Takeaways:

  • Character creation
  • Storytelling fundamentals
  • Basic building techniques
  • Storyboard development

Registration: $30 Facets members, $35 non-members

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Pitch Perfect: A Peer-to-Peer Presentation

Sunday, November 6, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Music Box Theatre Lounge

Ages 18+
Limit 30

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Sesame Workshop Film Producer, Kim Wright. and Creative Development Producer, Kim Diaz have the directions In this presentation and Q&A dialogue, get the road map from the expert: from the pitch processes to commissioning deal guidelines for independent filmmakers. How does a theme or issue fit with the premise and concept from a social-emotional/curriculum standpoint for the age? What are standard structure episode "blocks"? What might be interstitial content? What should a live-action sequence include versus animation, music video? What are do's (and don'ts) for an RFP ("request for pitch")? It's a two-way street to learn from the world-wide leaders in children's television.

Kim Wright joined the Workshop five years ago as the Film Producer, commissioning live action, animated, and mixed media short films for Sesame Street. She spent the majority of her career as a daytime television producer, working for Telepictures, NBC, and Paramount Pictures, and producing several national daytime talk shows Her experience has allowed her to help make viewers dreams come true, and help young people tackle local issues with a global perspective.

Registration: $20 Facets members, $25 non-members

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Pitch Perfect: Tweens & Teens Presentation

Sunday, November 6, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Facets Theater 2

Ages 13+
Limit 35

Interested in learning how a national leader in television gets their shows together from independent filmmakers? Sesame Workshop Film Producer, Kim Wright and Creative Development Producer, Kim Diaz can tell you how! If you have ever been curious how to get a show on national tv, learn the basics with the expert. A TV show gets a variety of independent film and tv segments to include from many different sources, and it starts with a project "pitch" from the filmmaker. Learn the "do's and don'ts" for a good pitch, including a variety of formats: from live-action, to animation, to music video format. Sesame Street is not just for the little ones, as Usher, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell can tell you.

Kim Wright joined the Workshop five years ago as the Film Producer, commissioning live action, animated, and mixed media short films for Sesame Street. She spent the majority of her career as a daytime television producer, working for Telepictures, NBC, and Paramount Pictures, and producing several national daytime talk shows Her experience has allowed her to help make viewers dreams come true, and help young people tackle local issues with a global perspective.

Registration: $20 Facets members, $25 non-members

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