The Netherlands Institute for Animation Film organises diverse masterclasses and workshops for their participants and others two or three times a year.
These masterclasses are primarily organised for the participants of the Ateliers. The professionals we contact and the subjects will be focussed on the needs of the participants at that time. However, these masterclasses are also accessible for other interested professionals. We will ask for a fee to attend these masterclasses. Subscribe yourself for the NIAF newsletter (at the right side of this page) and we will keep you posted on upcoming events.
12 > 15 September: Between Motion and Stillness
Stop motion masterclass by Suzie Templeton
In a four day master class Oscar winning animation director Suzie Templeton gives insight in her creative process and working methods. She presents the genesis of her films and focuses on the importance of stillness in animation. How to capture ones intentions and the characters in stop motion? She talks about the formation of PETER AND THE WOLF, how the score interacts with the narrative and animation. Sketches, original puppets and the films will illustrate the process.
Suzie Templeton’s look inside her working process and the discussion of the participants work will form the ground for the practically oriented days to follow. Participants are emphatically invited to bring earlier works and work in progress to share and discuss.
Meet stop motion master Suzie Templeton and discuss your work and animate under her experienced and watchful eye.
Suzie Templeton (UK, 1967) is an Oscar-winning writer, animator and director specialising in stop-motion. She is experienced in working independently and solitary as well as in a studio setting. She studied science and animation in Farnham and at the Royal College of Art. DOG (shot in the basement of the school) won Grand Prize at the Holland Animation Film Festival and a BAFTA. The half hour adaptation of Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF premiered with a live score at the Royal Albert Hall. The production of the film took over two hundred people and over five years to complete and won major prizes all over the world, including an Academy Award.
About Suzie Templeton: www.suzietempleton.com
When: Wednesday September 12 > Saturday September 15 / 10AM – 5PM daily
Where: Netherlands Institute for Animation Film, Tilburg
Language of the master class: English!
Costs: € 350 VAT excluded, but lunch included.
Applications are open till 1 September!
Number of participants is limited.
Contact: Erik van Drunen, email@example.com
Master classes 2012
Master class Piotr Dumala, November 15 > 18, 2011
Polish animation master Piotr Dumala visited NIAf and tutored ten animation talents in a master class for the NIAf participants and attenders from outside. A master experienced in both, animation and live action, short and long, artistic and commercial work. His technique and style, etching in plaster boards proved to be suitable for his intentions to penetrate the ‘ultimate mystery’. That is what we do not understand, what has got no name. But his work is diverse and ranges from black humour to poetry and sometimes alienating and surreal. Dumala teaches animation, writes stories and in 2010 premiered his first feature live action film The Forest. Dumała boasts a number of animated film awards at the major animation film festivals worldwide. Some of his well-known animated shorts are A Nervous Life of Cosmos, Freedom of the Leg, Franz Kafka, Crime and Punishment. In the master class Dumala supervised the filmmakers in new and cutting-edge decisions. More photos of the workshop in the NIAF Facebook photo album.
And the compilation of the individual master class results can be found here.
Master class Igor Kovalyov, 12 > 15 oktober 2011
… ‘an experience that I will hold dear for a very long time. His point-of-view on art-making was inspiring and thought provoking… ‘
Also this year the wilful animation director Igor Kovalyov visited NIAf for a four day master class. He tutored an international group of young animation eager animation directors with his background in the modern animation production. With his years of experience in the industry and working on films as Aaahh Real Monsters, Duckman en Rugrats in Paris but also his independent shorts like Milch, Hen his Wife and Bird in the Window. Fourteen participants were privileged to discuss assignments and their own work with this master of animation. The participants returned inspired to their own works in progress. Igor Kovalyov is back to Moscow where he currently develops a pilot for a series and his new short Before Love.
Find more photos of the workshop in the NIAF Facebook photo album.
Master class Piet Kroon, May 19 > 24 2011
A thousand pictures (and as few words as possible)! The demystification of the creative process.
‘… Piet really dealt with the subject and gave insight in the professional process. We really had to think and work hard. Very good! Wonderful master class….’
In an intense six day workshop story board artist and animation director Piet Kroon shared his knowledge, creative and practical visions with the twelve participants. Case studies revealed the importance of all stages of development in production, script, story board and animatic. The creative process is not a matter of just inspiration but a hard an labour-intensive process. Kroon conveyed techniques and methods to develop story concepts for feature animation. Teams developed short narrative strategies. Six days of storyboarding and discussions how to and how not to … Piet Kroon (1960)has been working in the American feature animation industry for more than fifteen years. He directed Osmosis Jones and wrote and developed many animated features, also for Walt Disney Feature Animation. He worked as a story artist for Shrek 2, Despicable Me and the recent Blue Sky production Rio. The European feature project Not the End of the World, is in pre-production now. Find more photos of the workshop in the NIAF Facebook photo album.