Make your own animated short film using the frame-by-frame
techniques employed by stop-motion animators, such as Tim Burton
and Aardman Animations. Make a simple set and character and learn
how to bring them to life. Bring a stills digital camera with
This is a fun practical activity, learning how animation works and making your own stop-motion model film, using a stills camera, web cam, smart phone or tablet.
As you make a simple set and bring life to one or more characters, you learn the skills that will allow you to make professional looking stop-motion animations at home.
We will focus on a mixed media, artistic approach to animation, allowing everyone the maximum freedom to explore the possibilities of moving image.
Starting with a group exercise, you go on to make your own animated film using the frame-by-frame techniques employed by stop-motion animators.
You will be learning the skills that allow you to make animation at home.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Will Bishop-Stephens is an award winning Animation Director, specialising in Stop-Motion model animation. Will's most recent film 'Two Films About Loneliness' is currently being screened around the world including at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, acclaimed Sundance Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival. It went on to win the Future Shorts Spring Season 2015 prize. Will has been Programme Leader for Animation and Illustration at the University of East London since 2014. Prior to this he was a lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Westminster University and Plymouth University and led animation modules at UEL.