Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters to hold Master Classes at Château de Belcastel

Master class

Time to plan our next vacation for this epic workshop coming in 2015!

An Extraordinary Invitation…

Master Classes
Kathie Olivas | Brandt Peters
Nika Dunne | Martin Meunier

Workshops in a medieval castle, Summer 2015
“An Animated World”
Week I: July 25th – August 1st or  Week II: August 1st – 8th
Brandt Peters | Kathie Olivas | Martin Meunier | Nika Dunne

Professional and amateur students alike will learn how to harness their imaginations through instruction and collaboration. Character design and story telling skills will be taught and used to create a stop-motion film. Finally, a seminar with a mentor who will guide students to acquire the savvy to successfully market and produce their own film project.

Students will follow a three-course curriculum over one week at Chateau Belcastel, located one hour south of Paris in one of Frances official “Most Beautiful Villages”

The Courses:

The Fine Art of Character Design, taught by Peters and Olivas

The Art of Stop Motion Animation, taught by Meunier

Producing Animation, taught by Dunne.

Peters and Olivas will train and navigate students through the visual story-telling world of idea and character generation. Students will design characters in both 2D and 3D. In their next class with Martin Meunier, they will breathe life into their ideas and forms through the practice of stop motion animation. In this hands on studio class, students will take their designs and make a final ready-to-shoot puppet.

In the final class of the day, Dunne will navigate students through the business side of animation and production. The class will be cumulative, and engage with material learned in the first two classes. Pitching, script structure, marketing, and setting and keeping budgets will be covered and will help set up film/animation projects for success.

Students will attend all three classes daily over the course of one week. This complete experience will give you the necessary foundation to begin the journey as film-makers focused in stop-motion animation.


WHEN: Session I: July 25th – August 1st | Session II: August 1st – August 8th

WHERE: Chateau Belcastel, a one hour flight south of Paris in France

WHAT: Master classes with four renowned artists to learn creative filmmaking and production skills in an historic monument coupled with a holiday in with a rich cultural and culinary experience. for professional and amateur students, and a holiday in a medieval castle which is both an historical landmark and a sprawling art gallery.

INCLUDED: One week of Master classes with accommodations in a semi-private fully furnished house to share in Belcastel, just below the castle where classes will be held. Transportation to and from the airport or train station in Rodez. (20 minutes away.)  A champagne reception with the artists, a private VIP tour of the castle, a fine brunch and dinner in the castle. Students will enjoy a visit to a neighboring village for trips to the market and have dinner at a local farm-to-table restaurant. Friday nights all are invited to attend a village feast by the river .

Students may prepare meals in their own kitchen or dine at the brasserie or Michelin starred restaurant in the village. Airfare and some meals and project materials are the only additional costs.

To see the complete itinerary and pricing, please visit the site here.

How is that for epic?


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