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Character Animation Workshop

Start date:
Oct 24, 2015
Ability Level:
Beginner to Intermediate

A collaboration between the Doha Film Institute and the Qatar Animation Centre, an initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. This two-week workshop offers a basic introduction to various animation techniques and the filmmaking practices involved in them. With an emphasis on character animation, the workshop is structured around lectures and practical exercises. The first week will allow students to explore stop-motion animation by creating their own simple clay figures and using them to produce a short test piece. The second week focuses on 2D computer animation using Adobe Flash and provides students with an outline of the software and an opportunity to use it to create their own animated work. Lectures cover areas such as model making, concept/story/scripting, character design, art direction, storyboarding and animatics, sound and editing in animation, the role of the director and animation in advertising.

Peter Peake is a UK-based animation director with over 23 years’ experience in the industry, covering a range of techniques including stop-motion, CGI, Flash and live action. He has worked extensively for the UK’s Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace & Gromit, ‘Chicken Run’ and ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!’ As a stop-motion key animator, his work on Nick Park’s Academy Award-winning ‘A Close Shave’ included developing the character of Shaun the Sheep. In 1994, he made his first short film for Aardman, ‘Pib and Pog’, which won the McLaren Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA. This was followed in 1998 by ‘Humdrum’, which also won the McLaren Award and was nominated for a BAFTA and an Oscar. In 2002, he directed the half-hour special ‘Robbie the Reindeer II – Legend of the Lost Tribe’ for Comic Relief and BBC Worldwide, which won an International Emmy. He continues to work with Aardman directing television series, short films and commercials for clients including Coca Cola, and Wrigleys. His most recent short film for Aardman, ‘Pythagasaurus’, was completed in 2011.

This workshop is suitable for beginner to intermediate applicants and is open to residents of Qatar only.

24 October – 5 November 2015


Submission Deadline:
20 October, 2015

Submission Requirements:

  • CV or short biography

  • Copy of Qatari passport or Qatar Residence Permit

If interested, please send an email including the documents listed above to: