TAIS WINTER WORKSHOPS 2015

As the weather starts to get colder, we’re gearing up for our annual slate of winter workshops here at the TAIS Studio. From January through April we’ve got six weekend workshops, each of which focus on a specific aspect of animation.

You can register online by paying via Paypal (login and send the payment to tais.animation@gmail.com and list your item number in the notes) or contact tais.animation@gmail.com to make arrangements for payment by cash or cheque. Please note space will be limited to 8-10 participants per workshop.

PLUS! In addition to our individual workshops, we also offer the following bundles (which would make great Holiday gifts in our humble opinion!) Treat yourself or someone you love to the cultivation of an inspiring new skill!

Season Pass (item 001): $475 members / $630 non-members

Classical Animation 101+102 Bundle (item 002): $260 members / $350 non-members

Buy three get one free! (item 003) Book any three workshops and get a fourth of equal or lesser value for free!
Just purchase three workshops and then email tais.animation@gmail.com with your choice for the fourth workshop and you’ll receive a confirmation email.

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INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS:

Classical Animation on Paper: 101 with Bryce Hallett
2 days: Saturday January 10 & 17, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm *
$160 members (item 004), $200 non-members (item 005)

This two-day crash course will cover the fundamental principles of animation, including timing, facial expressions, movement flow and simple walks, etc. This is ‘old school’ animating with pencils on paper for beginners or simply those who’ve never had the opportunity. Students will be given some work to try out at home to be reviewed on the second day. Materials and peg bars will be provided for use.

Instructor Bryce Hallett is an independent animator with 15 years of experience creating animated shorts, videos and commercials for clients in Canada and around the world, usually in his pajamas. He is perhaps best known for the “Ranger Gord” animations on the Red Green Show, and as the illustrator of the book Animation Unleashed written by Ellen Besen. Some of his other works can been seen on his website www.frogfeetproductions.com

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Dragonframe Workshop with Evan DeRushie
Saturday January 24, 2015,
10 am – 5 pm *
$75 members (item 006), $90 non-members (item 007)

Learn how to use the world’s leading stop-motion capture software (Dragonframe) while practising the basics of stop-motion character animation. Multiple animation stations will be setup- each with a camera, computer, stage, and a puppet waiting to be brought to life… by you! Participants will be guided through the software as they learn tricks-of-the-trade from a professional animator to create smooth, dynamic puppet animation. By the end of the day, participants will take home a video of their animation, and a firm understanding of the software they used in the process.

Instructor Evan DeRushie is a professional stop-motion animator. He has animated for broadcast TV series, commercials, and short films (http://vimeo.com/41787486). Most recently he animated on the unreleased feature film ‘The Little Prince’ (http://youtu.be/x-zgPM-QPaIunder the creative direction of Jamie Caliri, creator of Dragonframe software. More info at www.evanderushie.com

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Cutouts and Paper Puppets with Lynn Dana Wilton
Sunday February 8, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm *
$75 members (item 008), $90 non-members (item 009)

This introductory course will cover simple cutouts and more elaborate paper puppets including an alternative method of construction using easily found materials. This will be followed by an opportunity to get under camera and animate. Materials will be provided and everyone will get the opportunity to see their puppet come to life. Please come prepared with a design idea for a character(s) that could be found in meadow (close up – at the scale of insects). We’ll be making our puppets to be roughly 5” on their longest side.

Instructor Lynn Dana Wilton is an animator/designer/artist and former board member of TAIS. She took a diploma in Classical Animation at Sheridan but also holds a BAAID from Ryerson. Commercially, Lynn recently directed a stop-motion kids’ educational TV production for a local public broadcaster but principally animates stop-motion for TV series & specials including “Glenn Martin, DDS”, “Rick & Steve”, “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas”, “Lunar Jim”, “A Cape Breton Ghost Story”, and “Henry’s World”. Her experimental shorts, including “(Re)Cycle” and “Celestial Red & Blue”, show in festivals internationally. Find her at https://vimeo.com/lynnscrowbar.

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Classical Animation on Paper: 102 with Bryce Hallett
2 days: February 14 & 21, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm *
$160 members (item 010), $200 non-members (item 011)

Animation 102 picks up where Animation 101 left off and builds on the concepts and techniques learned there. Participants will be able to apply these newly learned techniques to create more elaborate actions and explore different short cuts and approaches to animating characters and moving objects convincingly in the picture plane. Learn how to approach 2d hand drawn animation and how best to give the illusion of 3d dimensional space in the picture plane.

Instructor Bryce Hallett is an independent animator with 15 years of experience creating animated shorts, videos and commercials for clients in Canada and around the world, usually in his pajamas. He is perhaps best known for the “Ranger Gord” animations on the Red Green Show, and as the illustrator of the book Animation Unleashed written by Ellen Besen. Some of his other works can been seen on his website www.frogfeetproductions.com

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Stop-Motion Puppet Workshop with Philip Eddolls
Saturday March 7, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm *
$75 members (item 012), $90 non-members (item 013)

This workshop is an introduction to different types of stop-motion puppets and their armatures, including wire, aluminum, paper, and ball-and-socket. Topics covered will include puppet-planning, materials used, tie-down types, and mouth replacements. Participants will be able to fabricate their own wire armatures during the workshop (materials provided), and puppet examples will be available for reference.

Instructor Philip Eddolls was born in Bristol, England but raised in Ontario where he graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. His short film Wat a Wonderful Day received awards at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Children’s Film Festival. Eddolls was additionally recognized by RES magazine as one of the ‘Top Ten students of 2006’. His films are self-designed, self-constructed and self-animated.

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Motion Control Workshop with Evan DeRushie
Saturday March 14, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm
$90 members (item 014), $120 non-members (item 015)
This workshop will cover the DitoGear motion control system for use with Dragonframe stop-motion software, which is available to any TAIS studio member. We’ll cover what it is, what it can do, and why you might use it. You’ll learn how to setup the unit, preview and adjust camera movements in Dragonframe, and shoot animated or time-lapse shots. We’ll also cover safety concerns along the way to protect the camera and the rig from damage. The equipment we will cover: DitoGear’s OmniSlider, OmniHead (Pan & Tilt), LensDrive (Focus motor), and the DragonBridge interface.An advance knowledge of Dragonframe software is advised.

Instructor Evan DeRushie is a professional stop-motion animator. He has animated for broadcast TV series, and commercials for Kraft, Tim Hortons, Indigo and Lays. Most recently he animated on a feature film under the direction of Jamie Caliri, creator of Dragonframe software. More info at www.evanderushie.com

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*Participants have access to use equipment for an additional 2 hours during regular TAIS office hours.
WORKSHOP CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Up to 2 weeks before the workshop: full refund
  • Otherwise : No refund