Films also available for digital download at nfb.ca/Animation
Animation directors screen their films and share their insights in this series of master classes.
Montreal (in French), Toronto (in English); 80 mins
Throughout his career, Co Hoedeman has made many acclaimed films that speak to young people, including the Oscar®-winning animated short The Sandcastle. In this master class aimed at teens and young adults, he discusses the creative process, the importance of working collaboratively and why he strongly believes in telling stories that promote values such as consideration for the environment, social inclusion, respect for diversity and fostering peaceful resolution.
The master class will include screenings of The Sand Castle (1977), The Garden of Ecos (1997) and his latest film, 55 Socks (2011). After the screenings, Co will demonstrate the magic of bringing inanimate materials to life, showing participants how to animate by blowing sand, and by using puppets and paper cut-outs.
Montreal (in French), Toronto (in English); 1–2 hours
In this intimate workshop for children and teens, Oscar®-winning animator Co Hoedeman teaches the basics of animating with paper cut-outs on a lightbox. Participants are divided into small groups, and, working together under Co's guidance, create a short film on the theme of peaceful resolution.
Montreal (in French), Toronto, Winnipeg and Regina (in English)
Luigi Allemano is an animator, musician, composer, teacher and sound designer. In this workshop, he presents several short animation films in various stages of music production, demonstrating the process of creating music for animated film. Using interactive exercises and discussion, Luigi offers musicians some tricks of the trade for composing music for animation. This master class is also aimed at animators, covering effective ways to communicate, collaborate and create with music composers.
Vancouver and Abbotsford (in English)
Director Marv Newland's new film, CMYK, uses a vast collection of cyan, magenta, yellow and black symbols and registration guides taken from the hidden flaps of common printed materials like cereal boxes. Freed from their workaday origins, these objects become moving artwork in a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement.
In this master class, Newland screens CMYK, presents the original artwork used in the film and discusses the techniques used to animate the material.
Montreal (in French)
This master class delves into the history and nature of stereoscopy, and the challenges of 3D design. Producer Marc Bertrand and director Nicola Lemay will screen their animated short Private Eyes, based on the book Les Yeux noirs. It is the story of a blind child, told from his point of view. The use of 3D, which enhances the spatial sense of viewers, alters his experience navigating the world.
Lemay and Bertrand then discuss the challenges of adapting the book into a hand-drawn stereoscopic film—and doing it in a relatively economical fashion. More broadly, the master class touches on when and why to use 3D, and ways to migrate traditional animation techniques to stereoscopy.
Want to know what life is like behind the camera? Meet acclaimed animation directors, learn about their techniques and ask your own questions.
In select cities, the NFB's New Releases programs will be followed by Meet the Directors sessions. Celebrated animation directors will be available to take questions from the audience and to discuss the art of animation. Visit the Get Animated! schedule for dates and times.
Calgary - Q&A with Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis (Wild Life)
Winnipeg - Q&A with Anita Lebeau (Big Drive)
Montréal - Patrick Doyon (Sunday)