COURSE – Simple Silhouette Puppets & Animation – Analogue Style


Lynn Dana Wilton







IN-PERSON** at 1411 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON

Beginner and/or Intermediate Animators

$90.00 for TAIS Members; $110.00 CAD for Non-Members

**We are planning to hold this course in-person at TAIS, but we reserve the right to postpone or hold it online depending on COVID protocols needed at the time. Full refunds are available if changes to the dates or hours of the class are prohibitive for the registrant. Registrants will be notified as soon as possible of any changes to the class and/or schedule.


Course Description

Starting with a quick history, this introductory course will cover simple and more elaborate silhouette cutout puppets including alternative methods 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 with design ideas for characters that could be found in a (boreal) forest as we’ll have a background suggesting that environment. We’ll be making puppets to be up to roughly 4 or 5” on their longest side. If you bring a USB stick, you can take home a copy of the raw footage. If you wish to leave an email address with Lynn, she will produce a credited version with sound at a later date and connect you with a link to it on Vimeo where you can download a copy for a limited time.



  • Design ideas for characters that could be found in a (boreal) forest



A Sheridan Classical Animation grad, Lynn’s experience ranges from int’l. film fests to studios including Stoopid Buddy (Toronto), Cuppa Coffee, Halifax Film Corp., and Alliance Atlantis for AMC, the CBC, BBC, Family, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Logo, et. al.  Work includes TV series (“Ultra City Smiths”, “Scout & the Gumboot Kids”, “Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple In All the World”), specials (“A Miser Brothers’ Christmas”), docs (“Book of Dog”, “Four Faces of the Moon”), ads & interstitials (TVO’s “What’s Inside?”, Sesame Street), indie film & art installations (“Angakusajaujuq:  The Shaman’s Apprentice”, “Biidaaban”), plus personal shorts (“Chrysalis”, “(Re)Cycle”).  She works repeatedly with TAIS and was TPL’s first animator for the “Artist In the Library” residency where she worked with the community to produce “10,000 … Or So”.

“I’m a professional stop-motion nomad. Getting my hands on a range of materials and moving them around under camera is what gets me excited. The best thing about stop-mo is having a connection to something real; whether it’s a fully armatured, three-dimensional puppet or pile of sand on a light table. An audience understanding what your character or material is thinking & feeling is where the real magic happens.”