Sheridan Animation Faculty Teaches Workshop at India’s National Institute of Design

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Sheridan Animation faculty Chris Walsh recently returned from teaching a workshop at India’s National Institute of Design (NID). The topic Chris proposed was “Stop Motion Animation Production,” drawing from his own expertise, and its intent was to create a short, stop motion film by the end of the workshop.

Associate Dean Angela Stukator and the Dean of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, Ronni Rosenberg, have visited the Institute in India to develop our inter-college partnership as recently as December 2013. Andrew Ness and The International Office at Sheridan gave Chris the help he needed to arrange his travel.

“My specialty in animation is stop motion, and since it involves a lot of hand-made work, hand crafting the puppets and sets, [Angela Stukator] saw it as a good fit for a school like NID that prides itself on production,” said Chris.

Chris’s plan for the workshop was “on day one, we’d have nothing but high hopes and passion, and by day 10, a finished film.” Accomplishing this meant coming up with a story, doing storyboards, making all the assets (puppets, sets, props), animating it, and doing all post-production (sound and visual effects). And it would all be done by a group of 10 students, max. Fortunately, the workshop proved popular and filled up with students from various programs such as Furniture and Costume, whose skills lent themselves well to set and character production.

YOU CAN VIEW THE FINISHED FILM HERE.

While in India, Chris learned a few things about the similarities and differences between Sheridan College and the National Institute of Design. In summary: “both schools are filled with ambitious young students, striving to make a mark in the world of design and art. Both schools have passionate teachers who honestly want their students to succeed. One school has peacocks, monkeys, and giant fruit bats roaming the campus. The other has Tim Horton’s.”

Other highlights from the trip included mixing with art teachers from around the world who had come in for the workshop. “This allowed me to swap teaching strategies and experiences, and broaden my network of international art teachers,” Chris said. He also enjoyed the final presentation day, and said that NID students and faculty made him “feel so appreciated by my students there… they truly wanted to learn, and they truly wanted to dive into the project. What more does a teacher want, then to have students that can hardly wait to dive into the topic!”

Now that Chris is back on Trafalgar campus, he is teaching Animation History to Animation first years, two sections of the Cinema of Horror course, helping senior stop motion students, and mentoring senior animation students as they craft their graduation films in drawn, CG, or stop motion animation.

To learn more about Sheridan’s department of Animation and Game Design, click here.

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