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Cameraless Animation w/ Richard Reeves

Richard Reeves
 image of an individual working on cameraless animation from a workshop richard reeves did in Colombia.

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July 01, 2024

12:00pm - 4:00pm


Quickdraw Animation Society, 2011 10 ave SW Calgary, AB



About this event

Join us at the Quickdraw Animation Society classroom to learn from QAS alumni and contemporary Canadian filmmaker Richard Reeves.

10 participants will each get their own section of film as they experiment with cameraless animation techniques such as scratching with various tools, markers, and other materials to create textures, colours, and images. The constructs will create an array of abstract shifting images that will be presented on a film projector at the end of the workshop.

Richard Reeves, master of cameraless animation, has created over 14 films that have screened around the world, most notably at the prestigious Annecy Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival as well as our very own GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation. His 35mm film prints are in the collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Film Archive, Hollywood.

Some words from Richard Reeves:

I am a kinetic film scratcher, visual music maker, animated traveler of time and space, light sensitive, spinner of zoetrope’s, looper of loops and collector of projection bulbs for total enlightenment.

In 1989 I was living in Canmore and called ChromaColour in Calgary to inquire about animation supplies and it was Rita Egizii who answered the phone. She mentioned QAS was having a meeting if I could attend. Then I signed up for an animation workshop mentored by Kevin Kurytnik. He inspired us to try all sorts of animation techniques and always reminded us to do something with animation that live action cannot do. During this time I would bring handmade optical soundtracks on 35mm film to listen to on QAS Intercine machine late at night…often sleeping under the machine.From 1994 to 1996 I was part time Film Production Coordinator and drove back and forth from Canmore to help people with their projects, all being shot on film as there were no computers at QAS during this time. By the end of 1996 I moved to the west coast and returned about once a year to provide cameraless animation workshops. In 2002 the Film Production Coordinator job came up again and we moved to Calgary for the next 6 years.

Since then I continue to produce independent animated films and have collaborated with artists often involving dancing human projection screens, interactive animation installations, online animation jams and large outdoor projections. I've been Artist in Residence at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia, and Iris Film Collective in Vancouver BC