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Animation Masterclass with Nina Gantz

From ideas to production and completion of the BAFTA award winning animation Edmond.

25th of February 2017 10.00 - 16.00

£50 including buffet lunch

Limited to 15 spaces

Ditchling Road campus


Structure of the day


Nina Gantz introduction. Early interest in animation, skills and techniques, moving to England and the NFTS, current projects.

Students to give a 2-minute introduction of themselves and the area of animation that they are interested in.

What is animation?

Brief discussion about the different styles and type of animation, line drawn, stop motion, pixilation, 2D and 3D. Discussing the importance of story over technique or technique over story.

Screening of Edmond 

Ideas development

Where do ideas come from? Inspirations that come from theatre, sound, literature, life.

Production development

Planning and pre-production, storyboards, mood boards, animatic, editing in production, story, narrative, structure, writing, re-writing, script editing.

Working with music

Guest sound designer/composer - Terence Dunn.

The importance of sound at an early stage in production.

Case study of Edmond

From animatic to working with a DoP, animator, crew, tests, shoot, edit, acting/ set design/puppet-making/compositing/working with VFX and festivals.

Final Q & A and ending

Nina Gantz

Amsterdam born Nina Gantz, grew up in Rotterdam. From an early age, as the daughter of a theatre technician and an actress, she spent much of her time meeting weird and wonderful characters and watching countless theatre productions. From these early influences, she developed a keen sense for visual storytelling and from the age of four, she began drawing lessons with Dutch artist AMC Fok, something which can be seen in her current style.

Whilst attending St Joost Art school in Breda, Gantz discovered her passion for animation and produced her first notable hand drawn film, Zaliger (2010), which went on to be selected at 37 festivals winning the Golden Panda for best student film at the Sichuan Festival in China.

After setting up Studio Gantz in Rotterdam, she was commissioned, to be head of animation for a live action feature film in the Netherlands, Toegetakeld door de liefde (dir. Ari Deelder).

In 2013 Gantz began a Masters in directing animation at the National Film and Television School where she filmed her first stop motion film EDMOND.

EDMOND has received overwhelming acclaim thus far and since its premiere at Zagreb International Animation festival, it has won a host of prizes including the BIFA for best short film, the Short film Jury award for animation at Sundance and a BAFTA for best animated short.

Since graduating, Gantz has been working freelance on a variety of projects.

Having recently signed to London production company BlinkInk, with creative partner Simon Cartwright, she is currently developing a number of scripts for television shows, shorts and feature length films whilst exploring new ways of combining live action and animation techniques.