Co Hoedeman began his career in The Netherlands, before being hired in 1965 by the National Film Board of Canada, where he worked as an Animation Film Director until 2004. Since then, he has continued to be active as an independent film-maker and has hosted workshops, lectures and master classes. Over the course of his career, the artist has participated in the production of some forty films, including the direction of twenty-two of them. He has received over eighty awards, including an Oscar for the film The Sand Castle (1978), the Grand Prix d’excellence Radio-Canada for Ludovic – the Snow Gift (2002) and the Klingsor Prize (Slovakia) for his life-time achievements. The prestigious collection of Co Hoedeman entitled Four Seasons in the Life of Ludovic is recognized and appreciated by young people around the world.
In this workshop, the artist wants to introduce students to two types of animation: hands-on cut out animation using silhouette shapes animated on a light box or Stop Motion animation in which objects or characters are placed on a table then animated in front of the camera. The artist brings his own equipment to class, including a digital camera, a light box and a laptop computer equipped with an animation program to capture and edit the images.
Examples of activities
If time and the number of students permit, the class is divided into small groups of three to six participants, with each group producing a collective work. If the class is bigger (more than twenty students), each student will have the chance to take turns producing his or her own animation.
The artist first invites participants to find a theme or to create a simple story. Afterwards, each group must prepare drawings, cut out shapes, set elements and preparations. Modelling paste may be used. As soon as the first group has finished its preparation, filming can begin. The other groups will follow suit. The artist will advise young people on how to move their characters and to decide on their own action sequences. The workshop lasts approximately two hours. A half day or full day is preferable to obtain the best results. At the end of the workshop, the groups present their work to all of the workshop participants.
The school must provide paper, cardboard, scissors, color pencils, tables, chairs and a television.
Phone : 514 487-5923
Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5
Estrie, Laurentides, Laval, Montérégie, Montréal, Outaouais