Sheridan Professor Brings Expertise in Stop Motion Filmmaking to India
Sheridan Professor Chris Walsh will be visiting the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India from January 27-February 7 as part of the school’s open elective program series that invites leading experts from around the world to work with NID students.
NID is regarded as India’s pre-eminent design school and research institute, with specializations in Industrial, Communication, Textile and Integrated (Experiential) Design. Walsh will deliver a Stop Motion Animation Film Production Workshop in which participants will create a collaborative animated film that explores the theme of “The Moving Image in India” through the craft of stop motion puppet animation. All key aspects of production will be covered, from story development and storyboards, through to fabrication (sets, props, puppets), animation and post production (sound).
At Sheridan, Walsh teaches Animation History and stop motion animation. He also mentors 4th year films, and lectures on aspects of story. He developed and now teaches Canada’s foremost college-level stop motion course, whose graduates have worked on major feature films (Paranorman, The Boxtrolls) and television series (Robot Chicken).
Walsh is an active filmmaker, and his short animated films have been screened internationally, including the Toronto International Film Festival and The Ottawa International Animation Festival. Chris is also the owner of Mad Lab Productions, a small animation studio that specializes in sci-fi, horror, and comedy animation.
Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design is the largest arts school in Canada and only the second in Canada to earn membership in the U.S.-based National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD). Its four-year Bachelor of Animation degree traditionally receives 800 applications from across Canada, the US, Korea, China, India and Brazil for 125 spaces each year. Another three, eight-month long post-graduate certificates are offered in computer animation, digital character animation, and digital visual effects. Sheridan is currently working on becoming Ontario’s first university that is exclusively dedicated to undergraduate applied and professional education. Under the new model, creativity will become a hallmark of a Sheridan education and students will have even more pathways to continue learning throughout their careers.