Planet G(reece) #4: Doc & Animation

The workshop is implemented under the Active citizens fund.

Have you ever considered combining documentary and animation? It might sound strange, but there’s nothing more creative than imposing fantastical images on actual events, making the real world even more interesting or masking details you want to conceal – like someone’s identity. Even the most camera-shy subject can talk to the world if you replace their face with a colorful animated image! In this workshop, audiovisual instructor Ioanna Giakoumatou will use stop-motion animation techniques to ignite your imagination and help participants create an intoxicating mixture of animation and real life in a short documentary.

The workshop mentors, Odd Bleat (Yannis Zoumakis and Manos Gerogiannis), will welcome the team in the animation studio in the center of Athens to talk about their work. Is it as much fun as it sounds? What kind of animation do they do? Where can one see their work? What’s the difference between working on a film and working in advertising?

Participating in the workshop does not require any prior film experience. All equipment – except for your cellphone – will be provided by Exile Room. The short film you will shoot with Ioanna will be edited and shared within a month.

Ioanna Giakoumatou is an audiovisual arts and digital media educator. She teaches animation techniques to kids, adults and special groups (disabled, adult detoxification and dexterity groups, adult groups in prison), while also coordinating audiovisual workshops. She is currently teaching at the Master in Arts Art & Education offered by AKTO, Art, Design & Media.