The next edition of Animarkt Stop Motion Forum, a comprehensive event for stop motion animators, is set to take place in Lodz, Poland, from October 8th through 13th.

The event includes workshops, case study presentations, meetings, and a pitching program for stop motion shorts that are in development.

Organized by the Polish company Momakin, a key goal of the event is to create a platform for sharing experiences and best practices between stop motion practitioners of all skill levels and from around the globe.

A key highlight of the Animarkt are its three-day workshops with industry pros. All of the workshops are free to attend, but there are a limited number of seats for each workshop and interested attendees must apply on the Animarkt website. Deadline for applications is September 3rd. The names of selected participants will be announced on September 21st.

Animarkt has announced its three workshops for 2018. They are:

Character animation workshop with Tim Allen
The three-day workshop with Tim Allen (October 8-10) will be at least 21 hours of hard work supervised by the stop motion animation master, who will select an individual series of exercises on puppet animation for every participant according to his/her skills and needs. There will be only 6 participants in the workshop who will be selected among all candidates that will take part in recruitment by sending a film that presents their puppet animations.

Tim is a stop motion animator with over eighteen years of experience. He has worked on the sets of such film as Corpse Bride by Tim Burton, Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson, Peter and the Wolf by Suzie Templeton (which won the Academy Award in 2008), and the latest Wes Anderson feature The Isle of Dogs.

Directing stop motion animation workshop with the Beast Animation studio
In this directing-for-stop-motion-animation workshop (October 10-12), the Beast Animation team will take the participants on an exciting journey through all aspects of the directing process. Ben Tesseur and Steven De Beul will give an insight into how they work and on the basis of an assignment the participants will learn what they should pay attention to in every part of a ‘realistic’ production process.

Ben and Steven graduated from the same film school and worked as directors of animation, animators and 1stAD on several international productions before establishing their own stop motion studio Beast Animation. Since 2004, they are directing, animating and producing short and long animated films, series and commercials for cinema, TV and web.

Character development and storytelling workshop with Carlos Bleycher
Many creators ask themselves such questions like: Are my characters strong enough? Why am I having trouble fleshing out their personalities? Are my characters driving the story or is the story itself doing it? The participants of the workshop conducted by Carlos Bleycher (October 8-10) will try to find answers to those questions. They are going to see with theoretical and practical examples how they can develop characters that fit organically into their stories and give the key points to structure their episodes, from the springboard to the actual script.

Carlos is a scriptwriter, content consultant and story editor specialized in animation and children’s oriented content. Highlights among his work as Head of Story & Script are the stop motion animated series: Puerto Papel (Paper Port) (52×11’, broadcasted in over 9 countries), Horacio y los Plasticines (Horatio & The Plasticines) (52×7’ broadcasted on Netflix), and Los Papelnautas (The Papernauts) (3×5’ broadcasted in Discovery Kids). He has also worked writing original content for animated series broadcasted by major networks such as Disney XD, Cartoon Network LA, and Discovery Kids. Creator of the series Cagemates, winner of the MIFA Creative Focus Pitch in the International Animation Festival of Annecy 2013.

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