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Gromit's Movie Marvels: Animation Workshops
To accompany Watershed's summer series of doggy films (chosen by Gromit!) we programmed a month-long stop-motion animation summer school as part of Cinékids. Every Friday afternoon throughout August, kids aged 6-11 worked with plasticine, paper, dog figurines and animation software to create their own canine stories!
Aug 2013 -
To celebrate Gromit Unleashed - a trail of 80 five foot tall Gromit sculptures set loose on to the streets of Bristol - Watershed hosted a month long season of films featuring man's best friend. To accompany the series we programmed a month-long summer school as part of Cinékids. Aardman (the animation company who created Wallace & Gromit) hail from Bristol, so the scene was set for a stop-motion animation summer school to inspire Bristol's young people to get creative and learn some industry-standard skills.
Every Friday afternoon throughout August, kids aged 6-11 enjoyed one of our doggy films (chosen by Gromit himself), and a dog-themed stop motion animation workshop. There was a different focus each week, we sent plasticine dogs to summer camp with Snoopy, paraded fancily dressed hounds down our "dog-walk" with 101 dalmations, played doggy Consequences with Lassie, designed luxury dog-friendly houses for Marley & Me, and created our own doggy-packed action movies inspired by Tintin.
The resulting creations were screened the following Friday in the cinema before the film for everyone to see! There is nothing like seeing your work on the big screen. Watch the animations online here.
The series aimed to give children confidence with art materials and software, help them create something within a guided framework, and show them that animation is something that simply requires imagination and patience. A number of the children attended all five classes, and many became keen to pursue animation and filmmaking as a profession.
Week 1: Snoopy's Summer Camp Plasticine animations made by children in response to Charlie Brown: Race For Your Life
Week 2: Dalmation Dogwalk Paper animated dogs strutting down a 'dogwalk' - made in response to 101 Dalmations.
Week 3: Doggy Consequences Animations made with mismatched doggy body parts, inspired by Lassie's adventures.
Week 4: Doggy Mansions Luxury dog-friendly houses with animated dog figurines inside, made in response to Marley & Me.
Week 5: The Adventures of Fred the Hero Dramatic paper stories made in response to The Adventures of Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn.