Animation Workshop is a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of frame by frame filmmaking and handcrafted cinema. Camera-less techniques, stop motion, cut-out and alternative approaches to image design and acquisition are introduced as well as 16mm camera work, hand-processing, and non-linear editing. The development of personal vision is stressed. Our meeting periods will be used for discussion related to the production of animation; screenings to give you a sense of how other makers have approached the topic at hand; in-class demonstrations, exercises and workshops to familiarize you with concepts, processes and equipment; and critiques of your work. The first half of the semester will be devoted to weekly collaborative and individual exercises in which you'll develop an understanding of the basic principles of animation as you experiment with various approaches to working with images in sequence. You will complete a number of exercises to practice skills and learn essential concepts. In the second half of the semester, you'll complete a short project of your own design using one of the formal strategies and techniques that most interested you in the first half of the term. Students submit written responses to weekly screenings of international films that represent a variety of aesthetic, historic, and political approaches to the moving image. Enrolled students and top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster.