Erik H. Goulet has been active in the film industry since 1990. After studying film animation at Concordia University in Montréal, he worked for animation production houses and finally joined Softimage in 1998 as a 3D product specialist. Throughout these years Erik never stopped producing puppet-based animated shorts such as The Adventures of Saro Wormy. Since 2001 he has taught animation workshops in schools, film festivals, arts centres, and at Concordia University. His latest project, the Montréal Stop Motion Film Festival promotes and celebrates the talent of all stop motion artists.
As both filmmaker and teacher, Erik H. Goulet is passionate about animation, and over the years he has worked on a large number of productions and created multiple animation sequences. His goal is to share what he learns during productions with the general public to make them better appreciate the huge amount of work involved in producing even just a few seconds of animation. One reason Erik offers workshops is to demystify the process behind the best-known professional animation techniques. Students in his workshop do practical exercises to learn the basics of creating the illusion of movement and develop a more critical perspective on various animated productions in film, TV, video games, the Internet, etc.
Over eight courses, budding filmmakers discover the various techniques and methods used to make animated films. From drawing on 35 mm film through pixilation, the praxinoscope, paper cutouts, clay, and stop motion object animation, students work in teams to create a film every week. A DVD compilation of the films produced is screened for family and friends at the last class and handed over to the filmmakers, an excellent souvenir of their first forays into the world of animation.
Each workshop follows a structured plan: Introduction to the technique of the day, viewing of short films illustrating the technique, assembling teams, a 10 minute brainstorm to find an idea, 30 minutes to prepare the required elements, and finally the actual shooting. At the next class we review the previous week’s productions with a screening followed by a discussion about what went well and what could be improved, then move on to the next technique. The goal is to help students gain a more critical perspective on their productions and understand what can be improved from one week to the next.
Film animation workshop (a typical 8 class cycle)
Workshops can be adapted to fit your school’s time and schedule constraints within specific format if necessary. (Note: All workshops are hands-on. Students will make films every week.)
A typical 8 class workshop series will require an amount to cover single use materials like clay, construction paper, etc. (Amount subject to change depending on workshop selected.)
Workshops are offered as a turnkey solution. We provide all necessary materials and equipment except a digital projector. Only single-use materials like modeling clay and construction paper will be billed.
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