This month saw a lot of fabrication and puppet making for students on level 1 and level 2. In preperation for an advanced series of animation workshops next month, level one students had the chance to build their own UWE training puppet using wire and foam build up. The group had the chance to get their hands on some standard puppet making materials and tools, and the result is an army of little multicoloured people all prepped and ready to execute a complex action in stop motion. It was a very busy two days, but thouroughly enjoyable. We will post up examples of the completed exercises next month, along with the Maya and 2D exercises which form part of the same assignment.
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Some critical fabrication workshops also ran for those students at level 2 and 3 specialising in stop motion. Level 3 students attended a mould making for silicone casting workshop with Mary Murphy at the end of Janurary. This workshop took them through the process of making a two picce mould in plaster for retro casting in silicone around a wire armature. They are currently hard at work in 4B14 completing their puppets and sets in preperation for their final production shoot in March.
During the last week in Feburary level 2 students working on a fabricated outcome for their "Developing Animation" module attended a metals forming workshop run by Ryan Brown in the fabrication centre, and on the following day a set building workshop run by Justin Day in the wood centre. These workshops form part of a series running throughout the module and are focused on processes and materials central to the making of stop motion puppets and sets. The students attending were very impressed with the training they recieved and the ground they covered in such a short period of time.
" I just wanted to feedback that the last two stop motion workshops - metalwork and woodwork - were absolutely incredible! They've already really helped get the mental cogs in motion concerning this semester's work, and now that we know a lot more about the fabrication centre I think we all feel like we might be able to work there a lot more.
Ryan and Justin were brilliant..they gave us really great advice and made us feel more than welcome. They went at a great pace and I feel more than confident in using the equipment too, it was also obvious how much preparatory work went into the workshop. Thanks for running the workshops!
Danny Tose - Level 2 Animation Student