In the films as well as in workshops and presentations, we are looking for the magic of a film puppet this year. On Friday 27 April, SE-MA-FOR studio will show their know-how, which created such pieces like the newest film by Quay brothers or Peter & the Wolf by Suzie Templeton, awarded with a Crystal from Annecy. Following is the presentation of French JPL Film studio (Jean Pierre Lemouland), which for example created Joska’s Snails (awarded at AniFest 2010). The programe will be completed with the presentation of Claude Barras and Florian Duval, producers specialized in puppet films.
Saturday will be a must-go for all fans of Henry Selick’s Coraline. She was born in US studio Laika, which will be represented by the producer Mark Shapiro at AniFest. During his talk, he also promised to show extracts from the long-expected new project ParaNorman. And finally, let the legendary director present the legendary studio Mackinnon & Saunders (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Corpuse Bride..).Here’s what Tim Burton says about them: „They do such beautiful work. They really raised it to a new level for this film. These puppets are so real, they are so sensitive and textural, you really do believe they are alive.“ Presentation by Ian Mackinnon himself is on Monday.
The course is composed for 10 – 15 participants, art school and animation departments students especially, who are interested in experiencing a traditional animation technique. A major part of the workshop focuses on making of classic puppet armature and afterwards, participants have the possibility of trying to make puppet animation.
The workshop consists of a practical and theoretical part. The practical part includes creation of movable wire armatures to pre-made heads and both are enriched by a historical-theoretical lecture on history of Czech puppet animation and video-shows of breakthrough films.
After the course, participants can take their work away.
Lecturers are Milan Svatoš and Ondřej Zika who occupy themselves with puppet animation, making and restoration of puppets and pedagogical activities (Institute of Architecture, Art & Design, Prague; Institute of Art & Design, Pilsen). They both participated in famous Czech puppet films as„The Pied Piper“, a cult film by Jiří Barta.
Milan Svatoš, engaged in animation since 1972 when starting in Czech Short Film Studio, has been preparing an exhibition „Jiří Trnka – Filmmaker“ which displays tens of original Trnka´s puppets.
The workshop completes the theme of this year’s AniFest – magic of film puppet. There are projections of (not only puppet) animated films, lectures and presentations available for participants of the workshop who are provided with an accreditation free.
The course is taking place in „Dům kultury“, Teplice (1st floor, classroom no.217) on Friday 27 April from10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. On request, participants can be provided with a certificate of course completition.
In case of interest or need of more information do not hesitate to contact us.
Tuition fee is 35 EUR. Tuition fee plus one-night accommodation is 45 EUR. Accreditation free included.
To register, please fill in a web form on this link.
Admission is charged at the workshop. Participants gather on Friday 27 April at 9:45 a.m. at an accreditation centre in “Dům kultury”, Teplice.
Contact person: Karolína Pojarová tel.: 00420 739 019 345