The dust has now settled after our third BFI Film Academy residential animation camp.
After a week of trying out new techniques, agreeing on an idea and then putting it into production, our team of twenty five 16-19 year olds from across the UK made five really varied animated shorts. With a story about an escaping headache pill filmed using stop motion and pixillation and a lyrical exploration of climate change using sand, hand drawn and paper cut-outs, our teams created some lovely work using all the techniques open to them.
Based at Barton Camp, participants learnt a range of lens-based 2D and 3D animation techniques including exploring how to re-create life-like movement on screen and lip syncing. The group also had sessions with a range of industry professionals talking about their own career histories and sharing their work. One of the most useful sessions was the progression routes evening, this aimed to help participants think about their own personal next steps to develop a career in the industry. Modelled on a speed dating event, participants talked in small groups to industry contributors who helped them think about apprenticeships, studying animation at university or developing their career through exhibiting their work at festivals.
All the films and a ‘making of’ documentary were screened at the Cube Cinema on Thursday night to an invited audience. Certificates were handed out by Dave Sproxton from Aardman Animations.
The Bristol Animation camp was delivered by Calling The Shots in partnership with UWE School of Animation. A huge thanks to all the visiting speakers and project staff who made the camp such a success. We’re hoping to be running the camp again in February 2017, so keep an eye out for information on how to apply in September
- Written by Steve Gear