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AIGA Austin DESIGN RANCH : stop-motion workshop

BY: | April 18, 2011

i was not sure what i was in for as i traveled into Hunt, TX for the 2011 AIGA Austin Design Ranch…

i was charged with leading one of the many amazing workshops that packed the 3 day conference.

This isn’t one of those conferences: No slide presentations, no lectures—just small groups (20 or less) gathering up close and personal with workshop leaders. It’s about putting down your mouse, getting your hands dirty and reviving your creative spirit.

my workshop allowed participants to try their hands at stop-motion animation. it is geared at showing the basic/ bare bones technique behind stop-motion. no after effects, no fancy editing, just move a little bit, click, move a little bit, click, repeat, repeat, repeat…..

there are no storylines or storyboards to follow, each group of 20 is broken into 8 groups 2-3 participants then each mini group is assigned to an object and it is up to them to figure out how to animate their object simultaniously with other groups in the workshop. each following workshop had to start off from where the previous workshop had ended, this allowed all three workshops to create an exquisite corpse type of animation.

this 1 minute film is a compilation of all three workshops totaling about 6-7 man hours of animation

what an amazing conference! if you ever have a chance to attend, do it! if you are ever asked to lead a workshop there, do it!

here are some shots from the workshops and the ranch:

here is a shot of the me with the wonderfully crazy Kelly Stevens and the goat that Kelly won in a fierce silent auction bout on the final night of the conference.

for an official round up of the conference check out Matthew Porter’s musings at Against the Grain