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Mid-Term Animation Workshops: Developing Your Characters 14 - 15 Feb 2024

Children aged 8-12 will find inspiration and learn new techniques for developing animated characters in these fun workshops with award-winning animator Eimhin McNamara.

Using nature as an inspiration, you will create characters and stories, learn about animals and the environment, and connect with the world around you.

Award-winning animator Eimhin McNamara will demonstrate how you can use photographic references to design characters and come up with stories using techniques used in animation production. He will share tips on using shape language to construct a character and develop a story through sketching and use of paper cutouts, crayons & markers.

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About Eimhin McNamara

Eimhin is an Irish animator, illustrator, and educator. He supervised animation and was technical director on Carol Freeman's oil-paint-on-glass short film The Bird & the Whale, as well as Pádraig Fagan's cut-out period horror film An Gadhar Dubh. Alongside commercial and educational work Eimhin has created stop-motion pieces for Netflix and Adult swim and most recently supervising the experimental Wolfvision sequences for Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart's Wolfwalkers. He is currently developing TV series and feature film projects with Matchbox Mountain.

Make a Day of it with a visit to The Irish Film Institute


In association with our animation workshop, The IFI are showing a brand new animation from Illumination, the creators of Minions, Despicable Me, Sing and The Secret Life of Pets.

Migration, directed by Benjamin Renner (Ernest and Celestine), is an action-packed original comedy that invites you to take flight into the thrill of the unknown with a funny feathered family vacation like no other. As the Mallard family make their way south for the winter, their well-laid plans quickly go awry. The experience will inspire them to expand their horizons, open themselves up to new friends and accomplish more than they ever thought possible, while teaching them more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined.

Showing 14 Feb @ 11am; 15 Feb @ 1pm; 18 Feb @ 11am