Direct Cameraless Animation Workshop (All Ages)

Sunday, March 8
@ Rainier Arts Center
2:00pm to 5:00pm

DROP-IN HOURS! Please come and go as you please throughout this time period.

Location: Off-Site at Rainier Arts Center
(3515 S Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118)

Age range: All Ages; adults who accompany youth may attend!
Capacity: 12–16 students
$15, $30, or $45 sliding scale tuition. Those who can afford to pay at higher price point are encouraged to do so, to create more accessibility for those who might not.

** Scholarships available: email **

**Co-presented with Engauge Experimental Film Festival, hosted in November at NWFF!**

Children and parents can explore experimental filmmaking in this hands on, analog workshop. Learn how to create beautiful, handcrafted motion graphics in 16mm and 35mm film without any cameras or computers. Direct animation is an analog fine art offering experiential liberation from increasingly digital visual cultures. In this workshop, participants will scratch, ink, paint, and collage directly onto film leaders to create unique effects. Parents are welcome to attend with children.

Since 1989 Devon Damonte has made, taught, and shown handcrafted cameraless direct animation hither and yon, including: REDCat Theater at Disney Hall in LA; New York Film Festival Views from the Avant Garde; Ottawa International Animation Festival; Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley Art Museum; Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary; and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Devon is featured in recent books “The Animation Bible” by Maureen Furniss, and “Experimental Filmmaking: Break The Machine,” by Kathryn Ramey. Damonte is currently adjunct faculty at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA teaching a summer Visual Music 16mm & 35mm direct animation intensive, also a ringleader of the Crackpot Crafters collective, and believes we are now all smack dab in the Golden Age of Adhesive Tape.


Who should participate? Is any experience necessary?
Newbies heartily encouraged! Especially science nerds and random misfits.

What is the minimum age for participation?
Participants under 16 should come with an adult responsible for monitoring stuff like razor blade usage, etc.

What materials will students be working with?
Sharpies, razor blades, inks, paints, plastic tablecloths, washi tapes, candy wrappers, bleach for the fumes-tolerant (can do that outside too)…

Can students bring their own materials?
Heck yeah! Best results = permanent inks and semi-transparent materials that stick on bending plastics without flaking off.

What kind of finished product might one expect?
Participants can make 16mm loops and bring them home, wear them as necklaces, string up raspberry plants with them, shoot them dead with cellphones, whatever.

We’ll be collaborating on a 35mm trailer? That’s amazing…
Heck yeah it is! Where else you gonna get 35mm hands-on production? Well, Evergreen college, but besides that? Nowhere! It’s wild! Large format movies at your fingertips, literally! The 90-second, 35mm Engauge Welcome for last year’s fest was composed by instructor Devon Damonte using all hi-con photograms and cyanotypes on film (!!). This year you get to mess with Devon’s footage to create the Engauge 2019 Welcome, huzzah!


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