From 24 to 30 January 2014, a stop motion animation workshop was organized for 2nd year students in Interaction Design, in partnership with the association Anim’age.
The aim of this seminar was to initiate interaction design students in traditional modeling and animation techniques for a stop motion film. The students had to work on creating volume, lighting, composition and cinematic storytelling before specializing in the design of 3D digital worlds.
This year, L’École de design joined forces with the Nantes-based association Anim’age to host this workshop. Anim’age organizes cultural and educational initiatives on image and multimedia in the Pays de la Loire region, aimed at different audiences (children, teenagers, adults, etc.) Sophie Biteau, specialist and trainer in film animation and founder of the association, and Eric Montchaud, a director of animated films, supervised the 28 designers. This duo brought students a solid theoretical grounding on the one hand and the opportunity to appropriate techniques on the other. Not to mention getting the viewpoint of a professional animated film-maker who passed on tips and ideas for the various short films produced by the students.
Eric Montchaud has worked on various large-scale projects for short animated films (L’odeur du chien mouillé -The smell of wet dog, La petite casserole d’Anatole – Anatole’s little saucepan), commercials (Chanel, Orange, Coca Cola), music videos (La femme chocolat by Olivia Ruiz) and even some feature films (The Science of Sleep and Mood Indigo by Michel Gondry).
For each of the 7 teams of 4 students, the challenge was to make a stop motion animation film of about one minute long. The apprentice animators created a simple narrative, characters and settings and used the stop motion shooting technique as well as computer-assisted technology.
Below, some examples of students’ work:
Florent Michel, Course Leader for Interactive Design (Undergraduate Studies)
Photo credit: Jean-Charles Queffélec