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Outaouais

Théa Pratt

Cinema and video
Animation - Media and multimedia

Presentation

Théa Pratt

I specialize in stop motion animation and have been working as an animator for 10 years and teaching animation for the past 6. As an animator I have worked on TV series including CBC Television’s POKO and What it’s like Being Alone and Dragon, a TV series for pre-schoolers produced in Frankfurt, Germany. In Montréal, I have worked on both commercial and independent films as an animation director and technical consultant. I have also created shorts independently and for the National Film Board of Canada. My film Out of the Weeping Web (2007), produced with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the NFB, and a Technicolor grant, has screened internationally. I have also worked in post-production as an animation stand technician both for the NFB and in the private sector. I have taught animation classes for Montréal’s French and English school boards and animation workshops for students of all ages.

I make animated films that celebrate the magic of the form as it describes a moment, story, or experience. My films combine image and sound to create animation that can be as playful as it is poignant, often embodying both qualities at once. Attention to detail and discovering the beauty in the small things in life has been a constant concern in my work. I view animation as a portal into the buried or missed moments in our lives. It is a wonderfully expressive medium capable of building discourse on subjects and experiences that otherwise might never have been communicated.

Proposed approach and type of activities



With students, my approach is to try to demystify the process of making an animated film and help students realize their vision in a short animated film. I start with an introduction to the fundamental principles and different types of animation. Students work in small groups (3–4) to create a short film. First we discuss possible subjects, and then each group works on a storyboard (a “map” of the film they will make). Students create characters and background and we then film the work. Once all footage has been captured we edit, do the titles, and create a soundtrack. Other elements can be added to the program, such as drawing directly on film and animating the human body (pixilation).

I walk students through the process of making an animated film, first by explaining the basics of creating movement frame-by-frame and then by describing how to achieve greater control of what appears on the screen. The program teaches organizational skills without placing constraints on participants’ imaginations. It combines storytelling, graphic arts, and technology.

 Other examples of activities

  • One type of possible collaboration with teachers is to use the animated film created by students to explore subjects being taught in class. For example, animated films could be made on rhymes or fairy tales, if these were part of the curriculum.
  • Films that discuss the seasons or explore actions and consequences are two other examples. The possibilities are endless and this approach to creating a finished animated film pushes students to explore their subject in ways they might not otherwise have the opportunity to explore.
  • Telling stories or exploring subjects through animated films might also give students an opportunity to approach subjects that they would ordinarily shy away from. In this way, teachers can use the process to approach these more difficult subjects.

Special conditions


For information

Théa Pratt
Phone : 819-459-2404
Other phone : 514 677-0807
Email : thea_pratt@hotmail.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

Yes

Levels

All levels

Available in

Estrie, Montréal, Outaouais, Laval, Laurentides, Montérégie

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