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; parents/guardians are welcome to attend with children at no additional cost. Youth under 12 must be accompanied.
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 on 16mm film without any cameras or computers, and watch the results projected right away! Direct animation is an analog fine art offering experiential liberation from increasingly digital visual cultures. In this workshop, participants will scratch, draw with sharpie markers and collage directly onto film leaders to create unique effects.

Photos from Devon’s previous workshops courtesy The Evergreen State College.

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.
Jackie Argo is a Latina multimedia experimental artist, poet, filmmaker and musician currently living in Seattle. She enjoys experimenting with analog and digital techniques and has created music videos for independent bands.


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

What is the minimum age for participation?
This workshop is open to all age! Parents/guardians are welcome to attend with children at no additional cost; youth under 12 must be accompanied to monitor the use of razor blades, abrasives, et cetera as artistic tools.

What materials will students be working with?
Sharpies, razor blades, inks, paints, plastic tablecloths, washi tapes, candy wrappers… the list goes on!

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 – keep them until you inevitably find a 16mm projector at Goodwill and become a lifelong experimental filmmaker whose work is shown at Northwest Film Forum.


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