Filmmakers Wanted for Art Gallery Workshop – Brandon Sun

Aspiring digital artists and filmmakers have the chance to get their start in a one-of-a-kind workshop at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.

The gallery invites anyone who wants to try their hand at a new medium to come to its introductory course in stop motion animation on August 20. Hosted by Chris Reid and Erica Lowe, this four-hour workshop will focus on the fundamentals of stop motion video making. Groups of two or three are encouraged and families are welcome, but individuals are also invited.

Registration is $85 for gallery members and $105 for non-members. For groups, at least one person must be a member of the gallery.

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba invites all novice filmmakers to try their hand at stop motion animation at their next workshop on August 20th. (Submitted)

Anyone who registers can use the objects they want to animate for the workshop, but must have a smartphone capable of taking photos and running videos, said Ana Camelo, digital projects coordinator.

Stop motion involves taking a sequence of images to create a movie, Camelo explained. For this workshop, participants will learn how to create a storyboard, develop characters, create a script, shoot and edit their film. Entrants will receive a free app to make their movies that will help users take photos and align shadows so they can create accurate shots from frame to frame.

“It’s not like making a video, it’s taking a ton of photos,” she said. “We wanted to do a stop motion workshop because it’s a super accessible way to make a movie and really cute. You can make a character out of anything.

This workshop is the brainchild of Reid, who is a local digital artist, Camelo said.

Stop-motion animation is one of the earliest special effects in media, dating back to the early days of the motion picture industry where a model was meticulously posed, photographed, and rested to create the effect of fluid motion in a finished coil.

Some of the best-known examples include the King Kong films starring Fay Wray in the 1930s. It was popularized again in the 1960s with Ray Harryhausen superimposing stop-motion footage on live action for several monster movies like “Clash of the Titans” and “Jason and the Argonauts”. Director Tim Burton is also famous for using stop motion in his films, including ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Corpse Bride’ and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. It has also been used on television, from cartoons like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the long-running “South Park” series.

It’s also part of the gallery’s mandate to encourage more digital artists and make Brandon a hub for them outside of major centers like Winnipeg.

Camelo said there are very few opportunities for local digital artists in southwestern Manitoba, causing many to move away to work on their craft. The gallery is working on a digital art component with the Open Circuits platform, which opened last year. Adoption of the platform has been slow, Camelo said, so they hope to inspire new artists with this workshop and eventually get them to contribute.

“We’re trying to build a community and we want other people to see it and like it. We also want anyone who’s curious about it to jump in.

The gallery encourages participants to keep their films and submit them to a Culture Days animation arts festival in October. This workshop is a sort of open call for submissions, she says.

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