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This is what the six of us made at the stop motion animation course. It was my first time doing stop motion and it inspired me to make one myself. We were tight for time creating this with trans and I’m planning to spend more time on my next stop motion. So far it’s about half done, I’m hoping to upload it shortly. Stay posted as it contains dancing bananas. Your day would not be complete if you didn’t see some dancing bananas.

The trans Festival 2010 is running today through to the 24th July. An annual, non-commercial arts festival based in Belfast which hosts a bustling programme of gigs, exhibitions, courses, seminars and more. The festival was originally set up to compliment the Urban Arts Academy. In its fifth year, they have quite a line up of potential courses with something to suit everyone. Free Running, Street Art, DJing, Game Design, Developing iPhone Apps, journalism and Urban Dance courses are just to name a few.

I’ve enrolled myself in the 3D animation workshop running 12th-16th July. This introductory course will focus on the evolution of a character, from its conception in the 2D stage to a fully formed 3D virtual mesh construction. Lighting, texturing and staging are also going to be covered. This will be very new for me as I have absolutely no experience with 3D animation. All the more to learn then.

I’ve also enrolled in the Stop Motion Animation course running that weekend, the 17th and 18th of July. We will be using street spaces and interacting with the landscape to create a stop motion street animation. Students are encouraged to bring script ideas and favourite art materials.  I best get some ideas jotted down. I’m really looking forward to both these courses.

There may be some spaces left, so if you’re interested check out their website for a list of full courses or call 028 9033 4400.