For one day at SIFF, artist-in-focus Martha Colburn will lead a workshop in her filmmaking techniques, guiding participants to create the collective “Syros Film” in the very same way as she makes her works. The experience is open to all ages, children and adults.
Led by Colburn, this workshop begins with a discussion – and if time allows, a screening – of different films demonstrating various stop-motion techniques. These include charcoal drawing, claymation, collage animation, and painted animation, by such makers as Stan Van Der Beek, Bruce Bickford, and other contemporary animators. In addition to these, Colburn shows excerpts of her films and draws from details in them to explain techniques.
Participants are asked to bring some small collaged, painted, drawn or cut-out materials or found objects that they wish to animate, centering around the theme of “Cracking Up Syros.” In the final phase of the workshop, several examples of direct “under-the-camera” special effects are presented: these include the use of lenses, gels, lighting tricks, and creating layers using acetate. Each participant films footage 5-10 seconds in length, after which all films are combined through jump cuts.
The final film will be screened at the festival.