A 3-day intensive modelmaking course in which participants build a character of their own design and are shown step by step how to create a practical, workable stop-motion puppet.
DAY 1 + 2 – BACK TO BASICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO PUPPET TYPES FOLLOWED BY ARMATURES AND RIGGING PART 1
A study of puppets from Aardman commercials and Features, encapsulating a variety of techniques and approaches to modelmaking. This will be followed by Rex the Runt- style press moulded character building, and an introduction to armature types, culminating in a wire and K+S armature making workshop.
DAY 2 + 3 – ARMATURES AND RIGGING PART TWO, FOLLOWED BY HANDS, HEADS AND MOUTHS
The day begins with armatures and coring ready for animation. This will be followed by an introduction to hands and the different approaches used, with a focus on the two most popular types of hand: wire fingered and paddle hand. An introduction to mouth shapes comes next, demonstrating how to add character and expression with various mouths ranging from pressed and rolled to paper, followed by approaches to eyeballs. At the end of the course each participant will have a 1:1 tutorial with Jim Parkyn to discuss how they might progress the puppet to the next stage, i.e. how they would incorporate hair, features and clothes at home. Participants can also receive feedback on its construction and receive advice on their own projects.
NB. There is restricted access in this part of our site. Please contact us through the enquiry form if you have any specific access needs and we will do our best to facilitate your participation on the course.
What to bring: All tools are provided but participants are welcome to bring favourites if preferred. Also bring a character design of model to be created.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Students, graduates or freelancers looking to develop their modelmaking skills and recieve feedback from a professional.
Yet to be announced.
Cost: £900 + VAT @ 20% = Total £1080 (including lunch and refreshments)
Aardman Academy, Aardman Animations, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6UN, UK
Jim has worked at Aardman since 2000, starting on the studio’s hugely successful feature film Chicken Run. His credits include Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and Timmy Time. Jim has a wealth of experience as a senior model maker and team leader in the puppet department and also has a role as an Aardman ambassador, running model making workshops in venues all around the world.