Animation filmmakers to develop projects with professionals from Pixar and Lucas Art

Animators from the renowned American studios Disney and Pixar will be meeting for the seventh time now at the Litomyšl chateau to learn from animation professionals in the ANOMALIA series of courses.

Aside from the courses that are now tradition parts of the programme, focusing on perfecting acting and animating skills in computer animation, ANOMALIA has expanded out offer this year to include an incubator for developing stories and artwork for animated feature and series projects – the Story and Concept Art Labs. In this way we want to give domestic filmmakers the opportunity to complete their story ideas under the supervision of experienced professionals and thereby improve the number of qualified projects. Both individuals and teams can apply for the incubator. This is an ideal opportunity for producers and their development teams.

The Story and Concept Art Labs begin July 4 and end July 22. Capacity is limited and applications as well as project synopses can be submitted until the end of May.

Participants in the Story and Concept Art Labs have the opportunity to present their projects to the professional public for example one year later in the Visegrad Animation Forum competition, which is a chance for producers, studios, TV stations and film distributors to meet. This opens up the possibility for them to collaborate on animated projects.

“The economic and artistic potential of domestic animation is still waiting for its opportunity, among other things because of the low number of original projects.This makes an incubator for project development unique in the region of Central Europe and at the same time very necessary. It is only with a sufficiently large number of interesting projects that there can be any fundamental economic development of the field of animation. I feel certain that filmmakers will decide to take advantage of this opportunity,” adds David Toušek, one of the organisers of the ANOMALIA educational programme who is putting together the seven-week course for professional animators and instructors.

Also this year, ANOMALIA will be opening a course for less advanced 3D animators focusing on the basics of 3D character animation. This will be available for an advantageous price. “In doing this we want primarily to aid Czech animators and animation students who are for the most part skilled with classical techniques to educate themselves in what are at the moment the most progressive techniques in animation and strengthen the competitiveness of Czech films and games on the world-wide market,” says Toušek.

The educational programme of ANOMALIA has won renown both among participants and the professional public. An important benefit for the participants is the quality of the training offered, which manifests itself in the abilities of the participating young professionals to get work in both the Czech Republic and abroad. The continuous evaluation of feedback has shown that ANOMALIA’s courses provide world-class quality that goes beyond similar educational programmes in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. This has a direct impact on the applicability of the participants on the labour market. “We believe that the effect that our courses have on individual animators can apply to the creation of high-quality projects which will begin in the animation incubator.”

ANOMALIA was rank among the TOP 20 best schools of animation in the world by the US website Animation Career Review. In 2016 the ANOMALIA educational programme is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Association of Animated Film.

For more information, a press kit, illustrative pictures and applications contact:

David Toušek

+420 731 612 803

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