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Ob železnici 8
Maribor, Upravna enota Maribor, 2000

StopTrik International Film Festival is dedicated to stop motion techniques of hand-made, spatial animation as puppet film, claymation, object or photography manipulation, animation of loose materials (such as salt, sand etc), pixilation, traditional cut-out and many more. The list of sub-genres could be complemented with such exceptional techniques as animation of lights, fire, yarns, threads. Artists' imagination is limitless and so we can be neither orthodox nor strict while defining the term "stop motion". The ultimate goal of this unique annual gathering is to admire and celebrate artistry of hand-made, spatial animation together with all the other drifters of the surreal, absurd or merry highways who are ready to pursue frame by frame illusion.

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Style and technique as part of story telling

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Create a one-minute film that tells an intriguing and compelling story inspired by the collision of three totally unconnected images.

Pick three postcards from pictures provided and use one from each of the three separately themed groups that represent essential story elements; Character, Situation and Environment as a starting point for a story. The images range from abstract and fantasy to gritty reality. Each image has a strong graphic, illustration, or photographic style not necessarily common to animation, so participants will have to use imagination and learn new skills and techniques to galvanize unconnected elements into a powerful and unique film.

Your first task will be to analyse and discuss the 3 images you have chosen and devise a short scenario that involves a character from one of the images, in a situation from the second image, that takes place in an environment from the third. For instance, you might end up with space man wearing Dorothy's ‘Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers ballet dancing in a flea circus with a deep sea diver, that’s emerged from a bowl of soup, or an old shoe singing opera in a bad karaoke bar before being cooked with roasted potatoes and served with cream at a 5-star restaurant.

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Workshop Aims:

Working in groups of 5, quickly develop a simple, but compelling story. Create an outline or short synopsis within a few hours on one sheet of A4 paper. The quality of the story is not important in this case. The focus is on how you use 3 random images to inspire visual story telling; that's treated with animation styles and techniques you've not tried before. The aim is to develop and/or learn new pixilation and animation skills, that can be used in unique ways to engage the audience through surprise.

A rough storyboard should be created as a visual guide before production begins by end of day 1. Teams will then have a further 2 days working in collaborative teams to build models, light sets, animate, edit and add music, or sound design to complete films using any animation and/or pixilation technique of your choice. Always allow time for some post-production effects, editing of footage with sync music and/or sound design.

The finished film should have a soundtrack that heightens the atmosphere and emotion of what you are trying to communicate within your one-minute film. Dialogue and lip synch can be used, but I advise everyone to concentrate on music and sound effects for atmosphere.


Finished films must be handed in by 12 NOON on day 4: (Sunday 7th Oct) at the latest.

Learning Outcomes:

I will help support, guide and encourage participants to explore the potential of what different techniques and styles brings to the animated treatment of your stories; so individuals learn to collaborate, experiment and create work outside personal comfort zones through active engagement.

Be bold, inventive and playful with techniques you've not used before, but most of all - have fun and you'll learn new techniques and transferable skills, which you can use beyond the workshop and in your practice.





Thursday 4th October


Working in groups of approximately 5. Select 3 post cards each. Discuss ideas & techniques. Decide in your group, which story to tell and which techniques to use to communicate effectively. Create rough storyboard/visual script for a 1 min film by the afternoon and begin production by the end of day.

Plan, design and start building character(s) and/or prop(s) using a style inspired by one of the selected images. This must be ready for review, lighting and filming the following morning at the latest.

Alternatively, find interior or exterior locations to film in. Plan what and how your team will pixilate and most importantly shoot an animation test by end of day 1.



Friday 5th October


Group production review and feedback on character(s), design work, lighting set up and animation tests, as production continues progress with filming.




Saturday 6th October


Continue animating, but also start post production; edit, adding music and sound design to your film and if needed Visual effects (VFX).



Sunday 7th October

Hand in finished animated film by 12 noon DEADLINE.   

Finished films should include titles and festival workshop credits.

8 p.m. 8th StopTrik IFF Closing with Premiere & Public Screening of collaborative workshop films
How can you participate in the workshop?

The workshop is open for everyone interested in (stop motion) animation. The number of the participants is limited so make sure that you register for the workshops by contacting

The cost of the workshops is 20 EURO.
Please deposit the workshot fee to:
Zavod za podporo civilnodružbenih iniciativ in multikulturno sodelovanje Pekarna Magdalenske mreže Maribor, Ob železnici 8, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
IBAN: SI56045150000318668
Bank address: Nova KBM d. d., Ul. Vita Kraigherja 4, 2505 Maribor
Reference: Your name and surname + Workshot