Special Effects Filmmaking: Monster Movie (10-15yrs)

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Thursday, 6 April 2017 - Friday, 7 April 2017
Exeter Phoenix

This two day workshop will give an introduction into digital composites, green screen and stop frame animation by combining video footage of you battling a stop motion movie monster of your own creation!

Like a digital variation of the classic movie magic techniques as pioneered by Willis O Brien and Ray Harryhausen, students will create and animate their own movie monster from modelling clay and then after filming themselves in combat against a green screen – battling their imaginary foe – they will use Adobe After Effects to blend the live action footage with their animated monster to create their own monster movie scene.

Skills and techniques covered will include:

Clay modelling
Stop motion animation
Green screen techniques
After Effects compositing
This course is capped at only 6 places so advance booking is highly recommended. Suitable for those aged 10-15 years, a knowledge or animation or filmmaking is not required.

Please bring a packed lunch with you. Parents welcome to stay to help younger children and join in the fun.

Course Tutor

Ashley’s short animated horrors Scarycrow, The Screaming Skull and The Hairy Hands have been screened across the world, winning numerous international awards. Ashley uses a wide array of animation techniques including rotoscoping, After Effects and stop motion and encourages those he teaches to experiment and rejoice in the form.

Ashley illustrates and writes for New York based horror periodical Fangoria Magazine and has also scripted two critically acclaimed radio plays for Larry Fessenden’s U.S production company Glass Eye Pix; The Demon Huntsman andDead Man’s Shoes. He has also provided animated sequences for BBC Manchester and Derren Brown’s Trick of the Mind for Channel 4.

Tickets: £80