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Introduction to Super 8 Animation

Introduction to Super 8 Animation:

This 6 week course* will introduce the participants to Super 8 animation using stop-motion techniques as well as direct animation by drawing straight onto the film strip. The course is taught by visual artist Cecilia Danell, who works with Super 8 film in her art practice, most recently as part of her solo exhibition at the Galway Arts Centre earlier this year where she presented the film ‘Tonight at the Magic Theatre’which was shot on Super 8 and contained stop-motion animated elements.

Danell will give a comprehensive introduction to Super 8 equipment, including how to operate a Super 8 camera, the difference between film stocks, and how to use a shutter release chord for making animated sequences where the film is fed through the camera frame by frame. The participants will learn the basics of stop-motion animation, covering frame-rates, storyboarding and camera operation. Making use of analogue film, which allows for a lot of experimentation, the workshop will focus on experimental animation, including the making and animating of large-scale props, trick filming people moving and so called direct animation, where markers or Letraset rub off letters are used directly on the film surface. Super 8 is quite a costly medium to use, so the film stock will be limited, encouraging collaboration and careful storyboarding before shooting. The participants need no previous experience of film-making but are encouraged to be open to experimentation. Danell will also screen some of her own film work and talk about how certain sequences were made. This includes her film ‘Mutare Animam’which was part of her 2012 exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre but has never been shown projected in its original form before.

The participants will also learn how to edit film by hand using a viewer and splicing tape and how to load up and operate a Super 8 projector. There will be a break before the final class to allow for the films to be sent to the lab in Berlin or The Netherlands for developing, and in the last class we will screen our work. The finished film clips will be digitally transferred and each participant will receive a digital file containing their animation work as well as having gained the knowledge of how to use Super 8 equipment on their own in the future should they wish to do so.

Cecilia Danell is a Swedish born, Galway-based artist who works with painting, installation and experimental film. Her recent exhibition ‘The Last Wilderness’was shown in Galway Arts Centre in the spring of this year where it received a 5 star review in the Irish Times, and has since toured to The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon where it’s been showing from June until mid-August. Danell has won several awards, including an Arts Council Project award for the making of her film ‘Tonight at the Magic Theatre’and other related works for her recent exhibition, a 2 month residency award at the Nordic Artists’Centre Dale, Norway from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Galway City Council Bursary- and Tyrone Guthrie Centre residency awards and the 2011 Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the RHA Annual, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Eight Gallery, Dublin Wexford Arts Centre and The 2016 Claremorris Open Prize Winners Retrospective. Her work features in the OPW collection, the Kelly Collection, Rosslare, Wexford County Council Art Collection, Galway City Council Art Collection and Motala Municipal Art Collection, Sweden.

*Wednesday 6th September- 4th October, with final class on Friday 27th October.

Course Times & Information

Start Date Wed 06th Sep 2017 - 7:00 pm
End Date Fri 27th Oct 2017 - 9:00 pm
Capacity 8
Cut off date 05-09-2017
Price per person €120.50
Location Galway Arts Centre

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