Aardman animator Andy to host two day workshop
A two day animation workshop for children will take place at the end of the month with well-known animator Andy Symanowski.
The event will be held in Empingham on June 30 and July 1.
Andy, a former Casterton College pupil, has worked as an animator, writer and director for Aardman Animations for more than 20 years.
He has worked on Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Chicken Run and more recently, Early Man.
Andy said the two-day course was open to children between the ages 11 and 15.
“All materials will be supplied, the children just need to bring a packed lunch,” said Andy, who was drawn to animation after watching the early Star Wars films.
“I was amazed at how the At-At (All Terrain Armoured Transport vehicles) moved and were brought to life in the films,” he said.
After leaving school Andy went to study at Southfields College in Leicester before moving to the Surrey Institute of Art and Design where he completed an animation degree.
“Aardman was running a training course to work on Chicken Run and I applied and got selected,” he
In addition to working on a number of full length motion pictures, Andy has also worked on Morph, the lovable claymation character who lived on Tony Hart’s desk.
He said a lot of time and effort went into making an animated film, but that it was a rewarding career.
“It takes 24 pictures to make one second of animation,” he said.
“But it’s very rewarding. The best bit is when you go to the cinema and see people laughing at things that you worked on.”
Andy, however, cautioned that it was a difficult career to get into without the right experience.
“It’s a small industry with many people wanting to do it.” he said.
For details of the workshop, which costs £75 per child, visit www.trickfilmanimation.co.uk