News: Pop The Culture Brings Comics And Animation Workshops To Cape Town

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 25 November 2014
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This week The Animation School in Cape Town will be hosting a series of workshops, collectively called Pop The Culture, that will focus on the areas where comics and animation intersect, as part of this year's Kunjanimation animation festival.

News: Pop The Culture Brings Comics And Animation Workshops To Cape Town

Pop The Culture is a series of comics- and animation-related workshops that is taking place in Cape Town this week as part of the 2014 Kunjanimation animation festival. All the Pop The Culture events are suitable for students and those casually interested and will be taking place at the Cape Town campus of The Animation School, 42 Searle Street, Woodstock.

It's advisable to book through Quicket, either separately for each event or as a festival pass, but tickets will be available for some events at the door (take your student ID to be eligible for the student discount).

The lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Panel Discussion (Free Event): Intro To The Pop The Culture Initiative
Lauren Beukes, Mike Scott, Richard Morgan-Grenville, Moray Rhoda, and Sean Isaakse discuss where comics & animation meet. (Please note that this event is free but you still have to book.)
09:00 to 10:30

Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes, who wrote a multi-issue story arc for Bill Willingham's Fairest, among other comics projects, tells her story and discusses how she got started in comics.
11:00 to 12:00

Strika Entertainment: Comics To Greenbacks
Richard Morgan-Grenville from Strika Entertainment talks about the business side, branded entertainment, and making money in comics.
13:30 to 15:30

Thursday, 27 November 2014
Storytelling And Collaboration For Creating Comic Books
Moray Rhoda, the co-publisher of Velocity Graphic Anthology, and Sean Isaakze, the co-creator of Stray, will be running a four-hour workshop with a practical outcome of idea generation for stories, plotting a story, and creating a hero. The workshop will cover the writer and artist relationship and the importance of having a beginning, middle, and end, as well as discussing Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey" as an example of simplified storytelling. The workshop will also touch on different art and writing styles in service to different stories and will have practical comparative examples of international comic books, as well as a segment on current local books.
09:00 to 13:00

Rico Schacherl: Madam & Eve
Cartoonist Rico Schacherl will discuss "a few things I learned about graphic storytelling in over 20 years of drawing funny pictures", covering the principles of humour, character, storytelling, knowing your audience, and working to a brief. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
13:30 to 17:00

Friday, 28 November 2014
Create Your Own Superhero Workshop
Comics creators and illustrators Su Opperman and Roberto Millan will once again be presenting their popular workshop that works through the process of creating a superhero. The aim of this workshop is for participants to create a fully conceptualised superhero with focus given to particular anatomical drawing elements and figure poses. The workshop, therefore, is not limited to pure visual character design but will place emphasis on character and narrative development as well. Participants are expected to come up with an original character, including a name, powers and a back-story (namely the mythology behind a particular character) of how they came to possess these powers. It is the aim of this workshop to introduce and develop narrative elements that conceptually align with the character created by participants. The intention is to develop an understanding of how the character created has the potential to bridge a variety of platforms, ranging from comics, to games to movies, once key narrative and conceptual development has taken place.
10:00 to 12:00

Starting From The Bottom Up
Animator Mike Scott will take participants through the creative process, focussing on character design, illustration, inking, background design, layout, compositing, key framing, and animation.
14:00 to 16:00

Saturday, 29 November 2014
Masterclass: Writing Stories And Characters To Care About
Whether it's for film or comics, all stories have similar structural elements and ultimately the same end goal - engaging the audience with an interesting character. Building on from his experiences working on the animated films Zambezia and Khumba, Triggerfish Animation Studios's Anthony Silverston will look at the tools (not rules) to create stories that grab the reader's attention from beginning to end, and well-rounded characters that leap off the page.
09:00 to 13:00

Storyboarding Tips And Tricks
Daniel Snaddon from Triggerfish Animation Studios will host a hands-on workshop on graphic storytelling and techniques. The first hour will focus on how composition and staging within a frame affects the audience's experience of an image, and how a storyteller can use these simple ideas to enhance their ability to communicate. Daniel Snaddon will use examples from his own work, as well as animated and live action films to illustrate these ideas. In the second and third hour he will give the audience an exercise to story board, and then spend time doing one-on-one consultations to try and help people understand the principals covered in the talk.
14:00 to 17:00

Sunday, 30 November 2014
Character Design Fundamentals: Designing Appealing Characters
Lorraine Alvarez Posen, a visual development artist and illustrator based in Cape Town who works in the animation, film and publishing industries, will present a character-design workshop that will explore fundamental techniques to achieving solid character design for animation. Participants will learn the basics of gathering research before delving into using shape experimentation, story, and observation to start the process and the workshop will touch on the different mediums of digital and traditional as well as the importance of style flexibility.
09:00 to 12:00

Strika: A Creative Practical Workshop
Nic Hoekstra from Strika Entertainment shares how the team approaches the monthly task of putting together a Supa Strikas issue, which will be followed by a Q&A and feedback on participants' work.
14:00 to 16:00

More Information: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Tickets

Tags: #arts_and_culture, #books, #cape_town, #comics, #lauren_beukes, #sacomics

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