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Physical Traces : Rotoscoping Workshop

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Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

Physical Traces : Rotoscoping Workshop

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General Admin: Rotoscope Workshop   more info Ended $65.00 $4.57
Student Admin: Rotoscope Workshop Ended $50.00 $3.74

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A 2-day public workshop with artist Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga

Join Brooklyn-based artist, Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, for this hands-on workshop and learn to create a rotoscope animation.

Participants will shoot video sequences, trace and draw on each frame and export it as a short looped animation. The workshop will be taught using Adobe Photoshop CS6. The finished projects will be displayed on the web and exhibited in the storefront windows of ATA.

About the Artist:
Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga approaches art as a social practice that seeks to establish dialogue in public spaces. Having been born of immigrant parents and grown up between Nicaragua and San Francisco, a strong awareness of inequality and discrimination was established at an early age. Themes such as immigration, discrimination, gentrification and the effects of globalization extend from highly subjective experiences and observations into works that tactically engage others through populist metaphors while maintaining critical perspectives. Ricardo has established a socially investigative creative practice that utilizes whatever media possible to present content in a manner that may generate interaction and discussion by others.

*** Free Artist Presentation with Ricardo on Thursday May 30th, 7-9pm @ ATA ***

Workshop Schedule: 11am-4pm both Sat & Sun

Prerequisites: A Mac OSX or PC laptop with a copy of Photoshop CS5 or higher - PS CS6 preferred.

Click here to downlaod a 30-day trail of PS CS6

No prior technical or artistic skills are necessary beyond navigating the computer environment.

Questions: about the workshop should be directed to lucky@kildall.com

Refunds: We do not handle refunds for cancellations but you may transfer your registration to another attendee if you cannot attend.


Longer Workshop Description & Artist Examples:

This workshop presents an introduction to rotoscoping using popular computer graphics software. Rotoscoping, one of the oldest techniques for animation, is the tracing of live-action footage, frame by frame, to create an animated version of the movement that may later be modified to create a fantastic short.

Participants will brainstorm 3 to 5 second body gestures that will be recorded on video. The theme to keep in mind for the movement is human movements in the public space. Questions to consider may be how do we convey meaning and emotion in a public space through the use of our bodies.  How can a brief physical action or gesture convey a specific meaning in a public situation and stir reflection by others? Are there gestures that you have witnessed by a stranger that caused a reaction or remained as a memory?  How may a gesture be tied to a specific location?

Participants will be shown the workflow for rotoscoping from capturing video to importing video into drawing software to the use of drawing tools to export rotoscope animation as a video file to embedding the video file in a web page for distribution.

One of the earliest examples of rotoscoping is Max Fleischer’s, “Out of the Inkwell” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyetrAePLTA

Below are examples of one of the instructor’s students utilizing rotoscoping.  (Please be aware that these examples were done over a week-long period.)

Examples of briefer animations:

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When & Where

Artist’s Television Access (ATA)
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Physical Traces” is produced by Upgrade! San Francisco, a regular programming series with speakers and socializing designed to foster community around new media arts in San Francisco.



Support for this workshop is provided by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure Grant Program.  

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