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Digital artists and budding filmmakers are getting their chance to make their debut thanks to a first-of-its-kind workshop at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.

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Digital artists and budding filmmakers are getting their chance to make their debut thanks to a first-of-its-kind workshop at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.

The gallery is calling on anyone who wants to try their hand at a new medium to come to its Introduction to Stop Motion Animation class Aug. 20. Hosted by Chris Reid and Erica Lowe, this four-hour workshop will focus on the foundations of making stop-motion videos. Groups of two or three are encouraged and families are welcome to come, but individuals are also invited.

Registration is $85 for gallery members and $105 for non-members. For groups, at least one person must be a gallery member.

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is calling on all novice filmmakers to try their hand at stop-motion animation at its upcoming workshop Aug. 20. (Submitted)

Everyone who registers can use whatever objects they want to animate for the workshop, but they must have a smartphone that can take photos and run video, said Ana Camelo, digital projects co-ordinator.

Stop motion is taking a sequence of images to create a film, Camelo explained. For this workshop, people will be taught how to create a storyboard, develop characters, create a scenario, shoot and edit their film. Participants will be given a free application to make their films that will help users take photos and align shadows so they can create precise photos from one frame to the next.

“This isn’t like making a video, it’s taking a ton of pictures,” she said. “We wanted to do a stop motion workshop because it is a super accessible way of creating film and really cute. You can make a character out of anything.”

This workshop is the idea of Reid, who is a local digital artist, Camelo said.

Stop-motion animation is one of the first special effects in media, going back to the earliest days of the film industry where a model was meticulously posed, photographed, and reposed to create the effect of fluid motion in a finished reel.

Some of the most well-known examples of this include the King Kong movies starring Fay Wray in the 1930s. It was popularized again in the 1960s with Ray Harryhausen overlaying stop-motion images over live film for several monster movies like “Clash of the Titans” and “Jason and the Argonauts.” Film director Tim Burton is also famous for using stop motion in his movies, including “Beetlejuice,” “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” It’s also been used in television, from cartoons like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the long-running series, “South Park.”

This is also part of the gallery’s mandate to nurture more digital artists and make Brandon a hub for them outside of major centres like Winnipeg.

Camelo said there are very few outlets for local digital artists in southwestern Manitoba, causing many to move away to work on their craft. The gallery has been working on a digital art component with the Open Circuits platform, which opened last year. Uptake on the platform has been slow, Camelo said, so they are hoping to inspire some new artists with this workshop and eventually get them to contribute.

“We are trying to create a community and we want other people to see it and appreciate it. We also want anyone who is curious about it to just go for it.”

The gallery is encouraging participants to keep their films and enter them into an animation art festival for Culture Days in October. This workshop is a kind of open call for submissions, she said.

To register, visit https://forms.gle/PA89i1yENboUgWP49

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