Hands-on Animation Workshops & More!

 

In addition to quality films, BAICFF offers children exciting hands-on learning. Our very popular workshops were developed by Academy Award-nominated animator Jim Capobianco and staffed by talented film & media students of Berkeley City College. A unique feature of BAICFF is our commitment to show the day’s workshop films on the big screen. This is a big highlight of the festival and always a lot of fun.

Workshop ticket information

Watch the video of our 2014 Clay Puppet, Pixilation, and Found Object Animation Workshops, or download it here.

BAICFF 2014 Clay Puppet, Found Object and Pixilation Workshop Video from Baicff Videos on Vimeo.

 BAICFF Workshop Descriptions

Clay Puppet Animation Workshop (Saturday only)

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Our most popular workshop! Decorate and film your very own, professional stop-motion puppet and take the puppet home with you. Spend the first half of the workshop personalizing your “actor” with googly eyes, buttons, feathers, etc. Then lights, camera, action – it’s time to make your puppet come alive. Use your imagination to place your little “actor” in a series of poses that add up to action!  After the festival, we post the final films for download so that every child has a copy. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.


Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Start Times: 10:00a, 10:45a, 11:30a, 11:45a, 12:15p, 1:00p
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old
Fee: $30
# of Children per Time-Slot: 10

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Short stop-motion animation created by children taking a workshop at the 4th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in 2012.

Stop-motion animation created by children taking a workshop at the 3rd annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in 2011.

Pixilation & Foley Workshop (Saturday & Sunday)

What is Pixilation? It’s an animation technique that uses the most readily available tool at your disposal – your body! In this workshop, the participants are the actors. Just change your pose slightly from one photo frame to the next and you will magically fly around a room, ice skate, disappear and reappear in a different location, or almost anything else you can imagine!

You add the sound! In addition to creating your film using pixilation, you will then add your own sound effects in our Foley Sound workshop. We record you creating noises on our foley stage to the live playback of your pixilation film. We will provide a variety of noise making objects and props, you can even use your own mouth to make explosions – boom!, car engine noises – vroom! vroom! or other bips and boops.

After the festival, we post the final films for download so that every child has a copy. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.


Date: Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25, 2018 
Saturday Start Times: 9:30a, 10:10a, 10:40a, 11:10a, 11:50a, 12:20p, 1:00p
Sunday Start Times: 9:30a, 10:10a, 10:40a, 11:10a, 11:50a, 12:20p, 1:00p
Duration: 55 minutes
Age Range: 6 – 14 years old
Fee: $30
# of Children per Time-Slot: 4

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Pixilation animation created by children taking a workshop at the 4th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in 2012.

Family Fun Stop-Motion Workshop (Sunday only)

Make objects come alive! Using found objects, children and their parents will create short stop-motion animated films. Select your objects and use your imagination to change their placement slightly from one photo frame to the next to tell a story. Watch the objects come alive as they disappear and reappear, travel from one side of the screen to the other, or magically create cool patterns and designs. After the festival, we post the final films for download so that every child has a copy. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.


Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Start Times: 10:00a, 10:45a, 11:30a, 12:15p, 1:00p
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old & up to two adults
Fee: $25
# of Children per Time-Slot: 10

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How to Be a Kid Critic: “Meerkat Moonship” (Media Education Workshop, Sunday only)

We’re delighted to work with Common Sense Media to present “How to Be a Kid Critic: Meerkat Moonship” at this year’s festival. Our children are consuming an enormous amount of media, often filled with conflicting information. “We can’t cover our kids’ eyes, but we can teach them to see,” said Common Sense Media’s founding editor in chief, Liz Perle. In this workshop, kids who’ve seen the feature film Meerkat Moonship will learn what it means to evaluate media critically through discussion and hands-on activities based on Common Sense’s unique rating system.


Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Start Times: 4:00pm
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 10 – 15 years old
Fee: $15
# of Children per Time-Slot: 15

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