The Toronto Public Library in association with the Toronto Animated Image Society sponsor free workshops as part of their Artist In the Library programme. Tuesday evening class participants, kids in the After School Club, a YMCA youth group, and members of the community who dropped in to learn on Saturdays were introduced to under-camera animation, a different type each week. Almost all the participants had no experience and these exercises are the results of their introduction to silhouette animation.
This is a very old form of animation that grew out of the ancient shadow theatre traditions throughout the world including Indonesia, Turkey, and China, to name a few. The most significant contributor to developing silhouettes for film was Lotte Reiniger - look her up!
While the conditions under which we shot on site were sometimes challenging it was a lot of fun and everyone brought a lot of enthusiasm to the project.
We're very grateful to TPL, TAIS, and the Toronto Arts Council for funding this programme and making it possible to introduce the general public to DIY animation.