Hi All,

Didn't see much going on in here so I'd thought I'd break the ice.  Fantastic workshops taught by former employees of the Trnka Studio.  That and you get to be in Prague while you learn (if only for the beer)...

http://www.puppetsinprague.eu/up_coming_animation.html

Have fun!

trikfx

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Thanks trikfx, this looks like a great opportunity, have you been in the program?

tim

Hi Tim,

Well, kind of; I was an apprentice under Milan Vins (and Ondre Zika and Vit Lebeda) in the machine shop at the Trnka studio back in 92 and 94.  Zdar Sorm, who used to be the head of the Carpentry Shop at Trnka's taught me woodcarving during that time; the head on the horse armature on my site was the first result after instruction from him and some of his coworkers.

Something that sticks with me to this day is the attitude in teaching they had.  Unlike most (but thankfully not all; thanks James Chai and Tim Hawkins) of my experiences learning the ropes at Jim Hensen Productions in NYC back in the day, the artists at the Trnka Studio held nothing back.  For example, my first lesson in carving, which was actually a lesson in sharpening chisels, was kind of like; "ok, so there are many approaches to sharpening chisels, but after 20 years, I find that simply doing this and then that gets you a razor sharp, factory perfect result in a fraction of the time" (showing me to create a quick, subtle hollow grind that allows you to easily see and keep even and parallel the leading edge as you hone it on the stone).  Anyway, just one of hundreds of examples of sharing that I received (and still receive) during my time there.

I can't recommend the program more highly.

Best,

Ted

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Hi Ted,

Thanks for the information about the program and the instructors, I'm glad to hear that it was a positive experience.  My introduction to stop motion was through the Czech films (Švankmajer, Jiří Barta, Trnka) so when you posted the link to Puppets in Prague it really seemed a little too good to be true.  You actually answered a somewhat vague question I had; sometimes in a class room setting there is a sense you are being taught a curriculum rather than actual knowledge gained from experience.  An apprenticeship would be ideal and from your description it seems this comes close.  I'll be applying directly for the winter session.

Thanks again, feel free to share more of your experience with the folks from Trnka, I would love to hear more about it!

tim

Enjoy!  Be sure to tell them (especially Milan) that Ted says "ahoj!" (hi).  I hope to post more (I certainly posted volumes at the old site) but I want to do so as part of the resurrection of my shop and the building of a new armature (I have not built one in 5 years).  This gives it a fresh point of reference to a new audience.  With a toddler (and last years flooding), this has taken a little longer then I would like.  But it is inching closer...

Best,

Ted

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t. r. burns said:

Hi Ted,

Thanks for the information about the program and the instructors, I'm glad to hear that it was a positive experience.  My introduction to stop motion was through the Czech films (Švankmajer, Jiří Barta, Trnka) so when you posted the link to Puppets in Prague it really seemed a little too good to be true.  You actually answered a somewhat vague question I had; sometimes in a class room setting there is a sense you are being taught a curriculum rather than actual knowledge gained from experience.  An apprenticeship would be ideal and from your description it seems this comes close.  I'll be applying directly for the winter session.

Thanks again, feel free to share more of your experience with the folks from Trnka, I would love to hear more about it!

tim

Wow, that sounds amazing. Wish I could cast off the chains and go. Just to live in Prague for a while, if nothing else. 

Do it!

Cast them away!  I'm sure I'll be draging a lot of those tethers with me if I get there.  Ted, if I make it into the program I'll be sure to tell them all ahoj for you.  Look forward to seeing what you churn out in the new studio. 

tim



grecodan said:

Wow, that sounds amazing. Wish I could cast off the chains and go. Just to live in Prague for a while, if nothing else. 

I'm here! In Prague! So far it's amazing. I'm only a few days in and we've done a short film at Hafan Studios, had a latex hand demo by Jarda Bezdek, and saw an amazing exhibit of Jan Svankmejer's work in the House at the Stone Bell.  It's been great fun so far, I'm so glad I could make it here. Thanks again for recommending this Ted!

My pleasure. I haven't seen Jarda in years; please give him my warmest regards. Big hellos to Zdar and Milan too. Maybe Milan will take you to the pub that used to be his old workshop (it's one of his favorite spots in the center of town); make sure you hit U Ruldolfina for a great Czech dining (and drinking, of course) experience (past the small bar and down the stairs is where they hide the main resturaunt). Milan knows all my favorite spots... Wish I was there; have a wonderful time!

Best,
Ted

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