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Zoran Krstic

Cinema and video


Zoran Krstic

Zoran Krstic has completed a B.F.A. degree with a Major in Cinema - film animation option at Concordia University and a second degree in Visual Arts at U.Q.A.M. Since 1993, he has been working as an independent filmmaker and director. He has a good knowledge of film production and has been assisting various artists with their work. He is a professional film editor and screenwriter. For many years, he has been working with children ages 5 to 14 and teaching cartooning, filmmaking and drama. He has produced nearly 60 films for schools. He taught animation to children with special needs in Edmonton, Alberta as well as in Montréal. Since May 2003, he has been a C.A. member in communication of the ASIFA-Canada (Canadian International Film Animation Association). During his practice he has always given priority and serious consideration to children's artistic expression. He places particular value on children's way of telling stories and the way these stories have been shown to them.

Proposed approach and type of activities

The artist works a great deal on identifying the creative needs of students and how to stimulate them through varied cinema projects. In addition to individual work and the acceptance of individual responsibility, team work remains an important factor for carrying out this type of project. Several work methods are proposed and can be developed in conjunction with the teacher, based on pre-determined objectives. Varied educational material will be used throughout the session. A detailed program of the workshops including a list of films to be seen in class is available upon request.

Just imagine bringing your favourite cartoon characters or toys to Iife and making them do anything you like. These workshops will show kids all the wonders of the "frame by frame" technique in order to produce a 2-D and 3-D 16 mm puppet & claymation animated film. Students will work on story development, sets and making miniatures, film camera shooting, animating, directing and, of course, special effects. In addition, they will have fun drawing and scratching on film, making flipbooks, phenakistiscopes, pixillation, etc. Students will use their drawing skills and style to make and see movies Iike never before. They will explore different ways to turn original stories and characters into films. By following easy step-by-step techniques they will familiarize themselves with many filmmaking aspects of animation. Animated movies will no longer hold a mystery for them. So get ready! Their own Teletoon showtime starts here.

The duration of this workshop is 10 weeks (a series of 10 classes per semester for each group). The educational approach and the content of the workshops are geared to multitasking and can cover many subjects such as history, science and nature, geography, language arts, music, computers, etc. The program offers a unique blend because its content will help students acquire special skills for and an interest in creativity, while the teachers involved in the project will develop new expertise in this field and will have a renewed vision and/or approach allowing them to better analyze and understand films in general.

Examples of activities

  • Storyboarding and writing short stories for a movie. Kids work in teams and share their experiences in order to find solutions and a technique that best suits their interest, theme and objective.
  • Designing and making miniatures (sets and characters) built using various materials such as recycling materials. Planning of structures and organization of space.
  • Animation shooting “frame by frame” using a 16mm film camera. Designed for pixilation (special effects created with real objects and students in a real environment).
  • 16 mm camera techniques: loading and unloading the film from the camera, shooting tips, framing for photography, lighting, film formats, etc.
  • Film editing: using 16 & 35mm splicer, knowing how to cut and assemble scenes. Making corrections, changing the order of sequences.
  • Making a cliposcope: computer animation of NFB, etc.
  • Introduction to live video monitoring for 3D animation. Filming of 3D sequences using 16 mm cameras, use of digital video (camcorders and laptop computers) for monitoring and use of a specialized animation system and software for video capture and editing. Students will be invited to take turns at the monitoring station. Two production systems including all of the equipment (cameras, laptop computers, etc.) will be put at the disposal of workshop participants.

Special conditions

The artist will provide the material, equipment and specialized production services required for the workshop. The production expenses are approximately $30 per group (maximum of $100 per day). The artist does a final editing of the sound and images of the young people’s production. Professional video editing with copies for students can also be done at an additional cost.

For information

Zoran Krstic
Phone : 514 716-5961
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