Howard Master Classes In Bcfe

Max Howard (former President of Warner Bros. Feature Animation, an executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Executive Producer at DreamWorks Feature Animation, Producer at Exodus Film Group and consultant through his company Max Howard Consulting Group) will visit Ballyfermot College from the 7th to the 10th November next to deliver a series of master classes.

These classes are primarily aimed at BCFE students and industry guests but there are limited places for others so contact Gareth Lee at if you are interested.

The master classes, which are supported by the Irish Film Board, will be delivered in the Anna Brett Hall, Ballyfermot College Media Building on the following dates and times:

Monday 7th November 9-1pm: Creating An Effective Story and How To Pitch It (Part 1)

Tuesday 8th November 9-1pm: Producing Independent Animated Films

Wednesday 9th November 9-1pm: Acting For Animation and Character Design

Thursday 10th November 9-1pm: Creating An Effective Story and How To Pitch It (Part 2 – Interactive Pitching Session)

In addition there will be an industry-focused evening event (invite-only) with Max Howard (supported by the Irish Film Board and Animation Ireland) on Tuesday November 8th, 7-10pm in The Sugar Club on Leeson Street.

See below for more information on the master classes and Max Howard.

SESSION 1: Creating An Effective Story and How To Pitch It (Part 1) – This talk/workshop will cover how to succinctly create and effectively pitch a story for any type of film and TV production, live action or animation.

SESSION 2: Producing Independent Animated Films – This talk/workshop will look at the opportunities and challenges of producing ‘independent’ animated feature films. Every facet of the feature animation industry is tackled, from story development and physical production to marketing and distribution. Starting with an overview of the marketplace right through to the opportunity to enter a film for Academy Award consideration for Best Animated Feature Film. Max’s experience in working on over 12 feature films, plus 7 short films, provides an unparalleled insight into the challenges and opportunities of bringing an animated film to fruition.

SESSION 3: Acting For Animation and Character Design – The Acting For Animation talk/workshop looks at great acting, utilizing performance examples from both animation and live action. At the heart of any animated film is the requirement that the animators understand and utilize the tools an actor will bring to a role. It is not the technical aspects of animation that create a great performance but a fundamental understanding of the characters motivation.

Max’s career began as a child actor in the British theatre, subsequently working as a director and producer. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest actors, directors and writers. It is this backdrop that allows him to offer this unique program on Acting for Animation. This talk/workshop is designed to broaden the appeal and originality of character design, to establish a unique set of criteria that, used correctly, will enhance a designer’s outlook and originality. You will be taken through the entire development process, giving you the tools necessary to bring your new characters to life and charm your audiences.

SESSION 4: Creating An Effective Story and How To Pitch It (Part 2 – Interactive Pitching Session). This session will include working ‘live’ on specific stories, providing a practical application for the applied techniques that will have been outlined earlier in Part 1. This session will require three attendees to pitch their story ideas for a short, TV or feature with each pitch lasting no more than 15 minutes. Max will then have 30 minutes to discuss each project.

Max Howard

Max Howard created and ran studios for Disney in London, Paris, Orlando and Los Angeles, working on some of Disney’s most memorable films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.

As President of Warner Bros Feature Animation he oversaw such hit movies as The Iron Giant and Space Jam. At DreamWorks, he was co-executive producer for Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron.

Max Howard is currently producing a series of animated feature films for Exodus Film Group. The company’s first production, Igor was released in 2008.

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Igda Global Game Jam

The call for sites in 2012 is now open for the IGDA’s Global Game Jam.

Last year in 44 countries, at 170 locations, the dev community created 1500 games in one weekend. We had at least two sites in Ireland – in Thurles and in Dublin.

The next GGJ will take place January 27-29, 2012, worldwide.

Jam Site organizers are invited to apply at

The call for jammers will be coming in mid-November! All of last year’s games are playable online.

BagińSki Q & A

The Irish School of Animation at Ballyfermot College has teamed up with KINOPOLIS, the Polish Film Festival in Dublin and Pegbar to bring you an event that is open to animation students: a Q&A session with multi-award winning Polish animator Tomasz Bagiński on Sunday 6th November at 2pm in Filmbase, Temple Bar (

Tomasz Bagiński is a self-taught director and animation producer. His second short animation “The Cathedral” (2002) won first prize for Best Animated Short Film at the largest animation and special effects festival SIGGRAPH in 2002 and was nominated a year later for an Academy Award in the category Short Animated Film.

His next film, “Fallen Art” (2004) won the Jury prize at SIGGRAPH festival in 2005. Bagiński became the first director in the history of the festival to win both main prizes. “Fallen Art” also received the BAFTA Film Award for Best Short Animation. He completed his latest film “The Kinematograph” in 2009 and is currently developing his first full-length feature film “Hardkor 44”.

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Darklight 2011 Coming

Darklight 2011: Strictly Roots
20-22 October 2011, The Factory, Grand Canal Dock

Darklight Festival is in just two weeks time! Festival passes are on sale now for €20 via the Darklight website

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Darklight is currently recruiting enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to assist with this years festival which takes place 20 – 22 October in the Factory, Grand Canal Dock.

Available roles include front of house, ushering and technical support. Volunteers are essential for making the festival run smoothly and are hugely appreciated. So, if you’re interested and want to be involved in Ireland’s premier festival celebrating independent, DIY and artist films, email volunteers at darklight dot ie for more information

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**3-D.I.Y, Friday 21 October 2011, 2.30pm The Factory, Grand Canal Dock. A symposium of workshops & discussions on the democratization of 3D techniques programmed by Gavin Kelly and Caroline Campbell.

Break-out topics including –

**Mocap Hack Friday 21 October 2011, 3.45pm The Factory, Grand Canal Dock.

Hosted by Gavin Kelly (Piranha Bar), Gavin will run a live experiment to hack the XBox Kinect into a motion capture for 3D animation.

**Mocap Animate –The Making of ’The Last Train’ Friday 21 October 2011, 3.45pm, The Factory, Grand Canal Dock
presented by Ben Harper, director at Giant Creative.

An in-depth look at the production of Mocap Animate short film ‘The Last Train’. This workshop will look at the production techniques of the short film from the original concept through to post production.

**Stereoscopic pipeline Friday 21 October 2011, 3.45pm The Factory, Grand Canal Dock
– camera to screen – for the first Irish 3D film with Sophie Merry and Sigmedia (TCD).

For the workshop Sigmedia will share the insights gained during the production and post-production of the live action material for Clockhead 3D, the first Irish 3d stereoscopic short.

**DATA – DIY Light Graffiti Workshop by Recyclism Saturday 22 October 2011, 2.00pm, The Factory, Grand Canal Dock

Learn how to create a simple Light Painting Software with Max/Msp and build your own Light Spray Can by creating a simple circuit using a battery, LED and push button.

**TOG Friday 21 October 2011, 3.45pm & Saturday 22 October 2011 All Day, The Factory, Grand Canal Dock

TOG will be creating a unique 2 day hardware hacking area at the upcoming darklight festival. LED displays , gas powered music visualizer (Rubens Tube), e-clothing and pin hole photography. Be amazed at the printing of 3D objects with our Makerbot. Be flashy by making one of our LED badges. Be thrilled by the heat of our infamous Ruben’s tube.

SFX UNPLUGGED Saturday 22 October 2011, 2.00pm, The Factory, Grand Canal Dock.

Bellflower Workshop
Inspired by our trip to SWSX, we’ve invited Evan Glodell and Joel Hodge from Coatwolf Studios, producers of critically acclaimed Bellflower to come and talk about their extraordinary DIY special effects skills.

Bellflower Workshop taster via Darklight website :

Shadow Puppetry workshop Saturday 22 October 2011, 11.00am, The Factory, Grand Canal Dock
Hosted by Daithi O’hEignigh & Yvonne Woods.

Daithi and Yvonne will make a short presentation on Shadow puppetry concentrating on its practical and artistic applications. The presentation will be followed by a workshop on how to make both elaborate and simple shadow puppetry stages (it’s possible to make a stage from an empty cereal box!) and the actual puppets themselves.


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Weekend and individual day passes are now on sale via the Darklight website

This year it’s a Recession Special – tickets for this year’s Darklight Festival are of great value…

Tickets allowing Access All Areas All Weekend, that is, access to all Film Screenings, Symposium, Workshops and the Darklight Closing party are an incredible E20 (VAT and Membership Inclusive). Alternatively a one day pass is available for E10.

Buy Yours Now!