Nerve Belfast's First Animation Summer School with Joel Simon

Nerve Belfast's First Animation Summer School with Joel Simon

Nerve Belfast's first Animation Summer School took place during July 31-August 4 and offered fifteen young aspiring animators an intensive practical experience of the animation industry and the techniques of 2D animation. 

On Day 1, course tutor Joel Simon shared his long experience of working in the animation industry with the participants, screening a number of animation shorts and focusing attention on the question: what makes a good animation, in terms of both visuals and story? 

 

Two of the students

On Day 2 and 3, the 15 participants had the opportunity to learn skills in the industry software packages Adobe Photoshop and After Affects, to design an original animated character on screen and to make it into a 3D model. 

In the final two days of the summer school, the young animators brought their characters to life using the techniques of stop motion animation. 

Designed to take participants through the entire animation process and to provide them with an insight into the animation industry, the summer school was challenging and creatively rewarding for the 15 participants who each had the opportunity to develop their original ideas for characters and showcase their animation skills in a hands-on production. 

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