BFI Film Academy Animation Specialist Course: Stop-Frame Animation

An intensive course in stop-motion animation delivered by Calling the Shots. Applications are closed for 2023-2024.

During this specialist course, you will team up with other budding animators to create your own stop-motion animations, which will be screened at the Cube cinema in Bristol.

Before you start to make your films, you’ll get hands-on experience of a whole range of animation techniques and get to grips with all the skills required to create a professional animation. You will:

  • learn how to craft a great narrative
  • find out what makes a brilliant storyboard
  • get behind the lens and discover how camera work and sound design can transform your animated world
  • learn the model-making techniques used by professionals that bring stop-motion animation to life

Alongside learning practical skills, you’ll also get the opportunity to learn more about a career in animation. 

During the course, we’ll visit the renowned Bristol School of Animation at UWE, and take a guided tour around the world-famous Aardman Animations. There will also be a chance to meet Emmy-nominated and BAFTA winning industry professionals, so you can gain a better understanding of the skills and progression routes for a career in stop-motion animation.

Course details

Dates and location of the 2024 BFI Film Academy Specialist Course: Stop-Frame Animation
Delivered byCalling the Shots
Residential dates10 to 16 February 2024
Number of places25
Applications open18 October 2023
Application deadline4 December 2023

For further details please visit the Calling the Shots website.