Make! 2

Coleg y Cymoedd’s Make! programme will open to the public this summer to highlight career opportunities and emerging technologies in film, such as creature effects, digital technologies and costume construction through a range of practical workshops, lectures, and industry engagement from leading professionals.

Location – Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus, Cardiff, CF15 7QY

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2024

All sessions are FREE

Minimum age restrictions in place – all sessions are for those aged 16+

Aardman : Animation

Monday 1st July (9am-4pm)

Workshop (1 day)

Description

Aardman Animations is world famous for its endearing characters brought to life through Stop Motion. This one-day workshop delves deeper into the animation form.

The Aardman Academy’s Home | Hannah Brooks  and Zoe Hutber   (zoehutber.com) will be hosting this one day event. They will use their talent and experience to brief and guide you through every activity.

We’ll kick off the day with a short film exercise exploring the impact of timings in your animation.

While making your own clay character you’ll explore design by thinking about its 3d body shape and what effect it has on your characters ‘performance’.

You’ll then test out your new clay puppet through some squashing and stretching animation!

The afternoon will see you planning and shooting your scene, learning about performance, key poses, points of difference and ‘LAVs’

Age Suggestion 16+

Designed for those who have had some stop motion experience.

All materials needed for these activities will be supplied

Please bring your own Smart Phone and charging cable

Download Free App – Stop Motion Studio

Gorilla Academy : Ingest, Edit and Deliver

Monday 1st July (9am-1pm), Tuesday 2nd July (9am-1pm), Wednesday 3rd July (9am-4pm), Thursday 5th July (9am-1pm), Friday 5th July (9am-1pm)

Workshop (5 days)

Description

Gorilla Academy is part of Gorilla TV – one of the largest post production facilities in the UK, responsible for delivering over 400 hours of Welsh and over 500 hours of English programming to almost every channel.

We’re proud to be involved with Make2!, delivering a real world post production experience at Coleg Y Cymoedd. Ingest, edit and deliver using cutting edge editing software and broadcast level network storage for the real-deal experience.

We, as does over 80% of the TV and Film industry worldwide, use Avid Media Composer to cut with as well as Avid Nexis storage to ensure a seamless end to end workflow.

For this project you’re be briefed to film a Behind The Scenes package of content that will ultimately make up some of the “Make!” social media marketing. You’ll be shooting, guerrilla style, around the facilities and interviewing some of the key speakers to build an overview of the event for people who couldn’t attend (news style) as well as using the media to document the activities taking place for prosperity.

We’ll be working to TV and Film industry workflows and giving you a taste of what it could be like working in the industry and helping you visualise the career pathway to getting there.

Breakdown:

Monday 1st July

Introduction to Gorilla Academy, project briefing, equipment demonstration and training.

9:00-1:00pm

Tuesday 2nd July

Filming content/interview

9:00-1:00pm

Wednesday 3rd July

Introduction to Editing, titles and music

9:00-4:00

Thursday 4th July

Editing and access to equipment at CYC facilities

9:00-1:00pm

Friday 5th July

Presentation of films and feedback from Gorilla Academy

9:00-1:00pm

Creature FX : Like they do in the movies

Monday 1st July (6pm-9pm), Tuesday 2nd July (9am-6pm), Wednesday 3rd July (9am-6pm) Thursday 4th July (9am-6pm)

Workshop (1 evening, 3 days)

Description

When delivering Creature FX solutions for the film and television industry, you’re often given very limited time!  This free workshop will give participants the unique opportunity to gain insights into real-world CFX delivery. Taking an idea from concept to camera… just like they do in the movies!

With supportive guidance from vastly experienced industry professionals, you’ll have a taster of what it’s like to be on a Hollywood production.

You won’t be alone… just as happens on production, you’ll be in teams, which will allow different skills to develop and shine.

The director will give your team the brief, followed by the build leads helping you conceive a deliverable CFX solution.

Over the workshop days, you’ll have supported access to a full props workshop and suitable materials, which will allow you to make your creature effect. The result will be a working prototype.

On the final afternoon, you’ll get to screen test your creature, under the watchful eye of the director… the same as happens on a real-world production.

NB:

•             The Concept to Camera workshop has limited spaces, so early sign-up is recommended.

•             This workshop is for people who have some familiarity with tools and making.

Your Creature FX Guides:

Billy O’Brien – is a BAFTA nominated director and writer.

He has written screenplays for Paramount, Bad Robot, Film 4, Working Title, Element Pictures and Random House.

Directing credits include: the darkly funny supernatural thriller, “I am Not a Serial Killer”, starring Christopher Lloyd and Max Records and the intense horror, “Isolation”, starring Ruth Negga, Essie Davis and Sean Harris.

Worldwide, his films have garnered over 25 prestigious awards and nominations.

Throughout his career, Billy has directed numerous commercials, music promos and short films.

Billy will be your client director.

Armorel Hamilton – is a full-time artist specialising in doll & creature making. Her creations are sought after by collectors all over the world.

She has also worked in creature effects, on the BBC’s “His Dark Materials” and the Netflix series “The Dark Crystal – Age of Resistance”.

She draws inspiration from the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it.

Armorel will lead on creature look.

Philippa O’Brien – is a mixed media and textile artist specialising in puppets, masks and specialist costumes.

She has built for film, television, theatre and even the circus…working independently and for companies such as Neil Scanlon Studios, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, ITV and BBC, and Northern Ireland Opera.

She has a passion for finding creative design solutions.

Philippa will lead on creature mechanics.

William Todd-Jones – is a world-renowned creature designer, performer, director, movement consultant, digital performance artist and writer for award winning film, television, and theatre productions.

Highlights include: Destroying the Earth as a Vogon in “Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy”. Hagrid’s brother Grawp in “Harry Potter”, Batman’s cape, Narnia’s Glenstorm & John Carter’s Woola.

Head of creatures, daemons & bears for “His Dark Materials” Lots of Muppets, principal puppeteer “Little Shop of Horrors” & “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. Goblin and Toby wrangler for “Labyrinth”.

Todd will be guiding progress as production manager.

Timetable

Monday July 1st – evening only – Screening & Director Q&A

Opportunity to watch Billy O’brien’s, “I Am Not a Serial Killer”, starring Christopher Lloyd and Max Records, followed by Q&A with Billy and a chance to meet ‘The Monster’.

‘The Monster’, is the screen used puppet representation of the daemon that inhabits Christopher Lloyd’s character in the film. It was built specifically for the production by Toby Froud (the Babe from Labyrinth and Oscar winning creature builder for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio).

Tuesday July 2nd – 9am to 6pm – Build Day 1

1) Intro to CFx by your mentors.

2) Create teams – given the amount of work entailed and the different skill sets needed to successfully produce an in-camera CFx creature… teams of 4/5 individuals will be assigned to work together.

3) Design your creature.

4) Create the armature and start on mechs

Wednesday July 3rd – 9am to 6pm – Build Day 2

1) This is the main build opportunity to MAKE! your creature, including any mechanisms.

2) Aim to complete the majority of construction, so that only finishing off remains.

Thursday July 4th – 9am to 4pm – Finish & Screen Test

1) Finish off your creature – complete mechanisms and art finish

2) Final tweaks and rigging for performance

3) 2pm – in front of camera!

4) Shoot a short, directed piece that you can take home!

 

Creature FX : I Am Not a Serial Killer

Monday 1st July (6pm-9pm)

Directors Q and A (1 evening)

Description

Opportunity to watch Billy O’brien’s, “I Am Not a Serial Killer”, starring Christopher Lloyd and Max Records, followed by Q&A, and an opportunity to meet ‘The Monster’.

‘The Monster’, is the screen used puppet representation of the daemon that inhabits Christopher Lloyd’s character in the film. It was built specifically for the production by Toby Froud (the Babe from Labyrinth and Oscar winning creature builder for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio).

Billy O’Brien – is a BAFTA nominated director and writer.

He has written screenplays for Paramount, Bad Robot, Film 4, Working Title, Element Pictures and Random House.

Directing credits include: the darkly funny supernatural thriller, “I am Not a Serial Killer”, starring Christopher Lloyd and Max Records and the intense horror, “Isolation”, starring Ruth Negga, Essie Davis and Sean Harris.

Worldwide, his films have garnered over 25 prestigious awards and nominations.

Throughout his career, Billy has directed numerous commercials, music promos and short films.

 

 

Aberdare

Wellington Street
Aberdare
Rhondda Cynon Taff
CF44 8EN

Nantgarw

Heol y Coleg
Parc Nantgarw
Cardiff
CF15 7QY

Rhondda

Llwynypia
Tonypandy
Rhondda Cynon Taff
CF40 2TQ

Ystrad Mynach

Twyn Road
Ystrad Mynach
Hengoed
CF82 7XR

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