SAS Conference 2018

Direct-To-Film Animation Workshops

Join renowned filmmaker Steven Woloshen and animation sound expert Luigi Allemano in a set of hands-on workshops exploring experimental scratch-on-film animation techniques and drawing sounds on film. Participants may sign up for one workshop or both. Those who attend both workshops will learn how to create both image and sound directly on film. No previous animation or sound experience required!

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Animated Sound Workshop with Luigi Allemano

Monday, June 18, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Animated Sound Workshop offers participants the unique opportunity to engage with a rare and idiosyncratic method of making sound through pictures on film, a technique made most famous by acclaimed animator Norman McLaren. Working with vintage tools and equipment, participants explore a step-by-step process of generating rhythmic beats and controlling pitch and volume through frame-by-frame mark making and etching on 16mm film. At the end of the workshop, the individual ‘scratch tracks’ created by participants are spliced together and played back on a 16mm film projector, forming a collaborative ‘animated sound’ composition of several minutes duration.



Direct-to-film Animation Workshop with Steven Woloshen

Monday, June 18, 2018

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

If you want to create like a painter and a filmmaker, here’s a great opportunity to make your own 35mm animated or experimental film without a camera and without processing film. Both Norman McLaren and Len Lye explored this technique in the 1930s and almost 80 years later, it still continuously surprises audiences.

In this workshop led by Steven Woloshen, we will explore the multiple techniques of camera-less filmmaking and discover new ones along the way. Participants are encouraged to choose materials and tools that work effectively, then scratch, paint and collage directly on to the surface of clear leader, black leader or previously shot material. We also look at popular methods of synchronizing soundtracks and digitizing hand-made films, too.


EV 6-720, 6th floor, EV Building Concordia University

1515 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3G 2W1


  • Workshops are free of charge
  • Materials and equipment are provided
  • Activities include some sharp cutting tools unsuitable for young children
  • Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants
  • Participants must register using the form below