Venue: Digilab, Building 11, NAS


Seb Danta, Losing Face

Calling all animation fans/wannabe animators!

In this workshop we’ll dissect the sleight of hand – and hard work – behind the magic that is animation.

Learn about the mystical but totally practical “12 Principles of Animation” devised by the old masters at Disney, and put them into practice using a mix of traditional and digital methods.

We’ll do a range of exercises such as walk cycles and head turns using various techniques, including digital drawing (using tablets), cut-outs and claymation.

Some exercises will be done using Adobe After Effects and Flash, so if you can learn the basics by doing a few tutorials before the workshop, that would be ace. If not, never fear.


Here are a couple of links:

Quick and Easy Flash Tutorial (

Learn After Effects in 20 Minutes (

william-kentridge-studioWilliam Kentridge’s studio

Keep in mind, we won’t be touching 3D animation, so please don’t think this workshop will get you a job at Pixar. It may help with Studio Ghibli, though…

Yes, friends, it’s time to breathe life into your drawings and take them to the next level!

Joan ross

Joan Ross, BBQ this Sunday


Sebastian Danta is an animator/motion graphics designer whose work has screened on five continents.

In between gigs for clients such as the ABC, Sydney Film Festival, Disney Channel, Toyota, Westpac, Telstra and Nickelodeon, Seb teaches part-time – at UNSW and has taught animation at UTS for 5 years.

Seb’s short films have screened at over 50 international film festivals, including Telluride, Pusan, Flickerfest, Anima Mundi, LA Shorts Fest, Nashville, Montreal, Berlin Short Film Festival, Animafest Zagreb, Göteborg and Melbourne.

His last film, Father, screened on SBS and won Best Animation at the ATOM Awards.FAthers2

To see more of Seb’s work, visit

Alex Karaconji completed MFA at NAS in 2016.


And here are a few links to pieces of animation in case you need inspiration:

Sleepin bettey

Everything Will Be OK 


Deborah Kelly, Beastliness

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Sleeping Betty


Richard Lewer, The Sound of your own breathing.

Or for some other early playfulness with moving images, see Georges Méliès’s 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon