Over the course of three days, join Sabine Gruffat (Moving or Being Moved, Take It Down) with other filmmakers and animators creating the most compelling non-fiction animation in the field to discuss and think through various modes and techniques of animation!
This workshop will uncover the powerful visual language of animation to upend its conventional uses in documentary. Looking closely at several animators’ work, we will question and develop animated strategies from Motion Graphics, to Virtual Reality, to Stop Motion, and 2D/3D and illustrated or bricolage methods that enhance structural elements of the documentary form. We will discuss how animators might work with curated collections of photographic or moving image archives, how to use animation to question the authorial voice, how animation might be useful for an interview, and finally how animation can be used as another layer in montage.
Images that are processed and manipulated in animation not only question the truth claims of documentary photography, but allow aesthetic form to become its own truth teller, imbuing images with expressive energy. By exploring animation methods that express the complex and layered experience of bearing witness through collaged, drawn, painted, and lens-based images, we hope to expand the documentary form and current uses of animation within it.
On Friday Jacqueline Goss (Stranger Comes to Town) will discuss documentary in virtual spaces. Saturday will involve a deep-dive into how to use animation to question the authorial voice in stop motion and action animation, and how animation might be useful for an interview, as led by Ezra Wube (Possible World), and Ariana Gerstein (In Glass Houses). On Sunday, Lei Lei (Recycled, A Bright Summer Diary) will discuss how he works with archives and how animation can be used as another layer in montage, and Lucy Raven (China Town, Shape Notes) will walk us through her practice of animation as documentation.
Come spend a weekend exploring various methods of animation, and come away with inspiration and information to guide your own work!
Folks who have animated non-fiction works in progress are encouraged to bring them at the workshop- but participants who have never animated before (but have an extreme interest) are also encouraged to join!
Please note: This workshop will require in-person participation from all participants. Participants must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status through paper form, digital application, or the State’s Excelsior Pass. As per CDC recommendations, participants will also be required to wear masks at all times while indoors during the workshop.
UnionDocs will be implementing current CDC guidance available at the time of the workshop to keep this experience safe for all participants. We’ll host a maximum of 15 fully vaccinated participants in our screening room. Please contact us with any questions regarding health and safety.
Any and all questions, please reach out to [email protected].