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 Pixar 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.

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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 each child has a copy of his/her own. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.

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Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Start Times: 9:30a, 10:15a, 11:00a, 11:45a, 12:30p
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old
Fee: $30
# of Children per Time-Slot: 10

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 each child has a copy of his/her own. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.

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Date: Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12, 2017 
Saturday Start Times: 9:30a, 10:00a, 10:30a, 11:00a, 11:30a, 12:00p, 12:30p, 1:00p
Sunday Start Times: 9:30a, 10:00a, 10:30a, 11:00a, 11:30a, 12:00p, 12:30p, 1:00p
Duration: 55 minutes
Age Range: 6 – 14 years old
Fee: $30
# of Children per Time-Slot: 4

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

Found Object Animation Workshop (Sunday only)

Make objects come alive! Using found objects, participants 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 each child has a copy of his/her own. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.

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Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Start Times: 9:30a, 10:15a, 11:00a, 11:45a, 12:30p
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old
Fee: $25
# of Children per Time-Slot: 10

How to Be a Kid Critic: Media Education Workshop
(Saturday & Sunday)

We are delighted to work with Common Sense Media to present “How to Be a Kid Critic” 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 will develop their media literacy skills, learning what it means to evaluate media critically through discussion and hands-on activities. Participants will see film clips and review them based on Common Sense’s unique rating system. They will also be shown a selection of news stories and learn why it’s so important not to take everything they see in the media at face value.

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Dates: Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12, 2017 
Saturday & Sunday Start Times: 11:00a
Duration: 75 minutes
Age Range: 8 – 14 years old
Fee: $15
# of Children per Time-Slot: 30

Introduction to Animation Character Design : with Pixar character designer Deanna Marsigliese
(Sunday only)

A rare workshop opportunity not to be missed! In an extensive 2 hour workshop, learn what goes into designing an animation character by one of the top designers in the business today, Deanna Marsigliese. This workshop is not about characters with big eyes and silly faces this is the real deal!  Story telling through shape, line and color. Using real materials, pencils, markers, cutouts and glue participants will learn what makes a character read with appeal, with humor, with villainy, with well a story to tell. Deanna is also the host of the podcast Straight Against the Curve about character design,  so participants should not be surprised if she happens to pull out her recorder for an impromptu interview.

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Dates: Sunday, March 12, 2017 
Saturday & Sunday Start Times: 10:30a
Duration: 120 minutes
Age Range: 6 – 12 years old
Fee: $10
# of Children per Time-Slot: 20