Zoetrope Workshop with Thomas Stellmach in Kassel.

Zoetrope Workshop Kassel, 3 to 6 October 2024

Workshop Subject

In the Zoetrope workshop in Kassel, we develop an effective animation of repetitive movements on paper strips and disks.

With the help of various historical optical devices, e.g. a zoetrope*, we break down the production process into small work steps and repeatedly check the intermediate results until the animation leads to the desired movement.

On the first day of module 1, one or two animated strips are created with just under one second of animation. If everything has been done correctly, we will see an endlessly repeating loop animation with the zoetrope.

Zoetropes are made in workshop module 2.

In module 3, we set our animation created on a disc in motion with strobe light.

In module 4, we use an app to make music and sounds for the animations, digitise the animations with a camera and create a film file with sound.

The workshop ends at the end of module 4 with a public presentation in which the participants themselves present their results together with music and sounds on the zoetrope and other optical devices.

*The Zoetrope was developed in 1834 before the invention of film. The device can be used to show images in motion. Typical representations are, for example, walking, waving or jumping cartoon figures.

Teaser

Report of the Hessian Television on a past Zoetrope workshop.

Dates

Module 1:
Thursday, 3 October 2024, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including break

Animation on paper strips – working with the Zoetrope

Module 2:
Friday, 4 October 2024, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including break

Zoetrope self-made

Module 3:
Saturday, 5 October 2024, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including break

Animation on discs – working with strobe light

Module 4:
Sunday, 6 October 2024, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. including break

Adding music and sounds to the animation – making a film from the animations – preparing the presentation

After module 4:
Sunday, 6 October 2024, 3 to 4 p.m. public presentation

Final public presentation

Download description of the workshop modules in German: Pdf file

See results of the last Zoetrope workshop.

Workshop Modules

Module 1
Thursday, 3 October 2024, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including break

Animation on Paper Strips – Working with the Zoetrope and Praxinoscope

To learn about the physical functioning of a Zoetrope and Praxinoscope, we create a cartoon animation on a strip of paper and uses the optical devices to check the movement. With the help of these devices, the principle of the film is made comprehensible.

Animation on a paper stripe

Module 2
Friday, 4 October 2024, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including break

Zoetrope Self-made

How are the number of drawings and slits, the diameter of the drum and the speed of rotation of the Zoetrope related? While tinkering with the device, the function and the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of construction are made comprehensible. The homemade Zoetrope can be taken home.

Crafting a Zoetrope

Module 3
Saturday, 5 October 2024, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including break

Animation on Discs – Working with Strobe Light

More possibilities open two- and three-dimensional animation on a disc. We use strobe light to make the movement visible and experiment with the flash frequency and duration and change the brightness.

Animation on a discs

Module 4
Sunday, 6 October 2024, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. including break

Adding Music and Sounds to the Animation – Making a Film from the Animations – Preparing the Presentation

We add music and sounds to the animation and work with the Music Maker JAM app to easily compose music together with sounds.

For digitizing the animation we photographed the results using the stop-motion method and exported as a film together with music and sounds using film editing software.

The films can be taken home and will be published online by Thomas Stellmach for promoting his Zoetrope workshops, if no objection is raised.

Music and sound editing

After module 4
Sunday, 6 October 2024, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Final Public Presentation

In the afternoon participants of all modules will show their workshop results on the optical devices in a public presentation. I recommend to participate module 4 to show your animation with music and sound.

Check out some exceptional presentations, the so-called Spinning Animation Show.

Final public presentation

Selection of Modules

A single module can be booked or several modules in combination. I recommend to start with module 1.

Typically, you will create 1-2 animations per day. If you participate over several days, you can also produce more animations independently of the theme of the modules.

Please indicate which days you will be attending when booking.

Fees and Expenses

Early bird offer until
15 August 2024

Deadline for registration and regular price
10 September 2024

1 day:

2 days:

3 days:

4 days:

182,- €

352,- €

500,- €

611,- €

1 day:

2 days:

3 days:

4 days:

199,- €

385,- €

547,- €

668,- €

Early bird offer until
15 August 2024

  1 day:  182,- €

2 days:  352,- €

3 days:  500,- €

4 days:  611,- €

 

Deadline for registration and regular price
10 September 2024

  1 day:  199,- €

2 days:  385,- €

3 days:  547,- €

4 days:  668,- €

The participation fees include coffee, water, tea, snacks, graphic and craft materials and 19% VAT.

It is desirable to bring additional graphics and craft materials for the creation of the animations.

Booking and Payment

The course can be booked through my store via Paypal, Mastercard or bank transfer. VAT will be shown on the invoice.

In case of cancellation after 31 August 2024, 20,- € will be retained.

In case of cancellation after 28 September 2024, 50% of the amount will be withheld from the refund.

If the canceling party can offer a replacement person, only a processing fee of € 20 will be charged instead.

Accommodation

Participants should arrange their own accommodation. I would be happy to send a list of accommodation options.

Venue

Offener Kanal Kassel
Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1 (in the central station)
34117 Kassel
Germany

More Information, Reports and next Events

Read general information about my Zoetrope workshops.

I wrote a report about my Zoetrope workshop Kassel, which took place on 9-12 January 2024.

See my other events.

Feedback of a participant

A workshop that opens up completely new creative possibilities and enables impressive results in a short time.

Many thanks, best wishes and continued success in bringing the joy of animation to the world.

Matthias

Questions

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the following contact form.