Animate Blackpool

10-3pm, Sat 16th March 2019

Family-friendly drop-in workshop

FREE

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come along and make funny animations using Blackpool’s amazing historic collections. Take a fresh look at the Albert Eden photography collection of Blackpool; send the Tower rocketing into the sky, put a funny hat on a 1950s holidaymaker, cover the beach in candyfloss! It’s all yours to play with.

Living Pictures will help you use iPads and apps to create some fantastic GIFs to be shared with the world. The activity is really simple and easy to pick up. You could spend 20 minutes creating a quick animation or stay for longer to create a digital masterpiece!

This activity is brought to you by Blackpool Museum Project with support from Heritage Blackpool.

 

Prince Achmed Animation Workshop

​1pm Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House Activity Room B

Feeling inspired after watching The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) with live score?
 
​Come to our animation workshop and learn how to make your own short film influenced by early film-maker Lotte Reiniger​. You’ll find out how to make and animate adventurous characters, striking scenery and fabulous beasts, so let your imagination run riot!
 
  • Workshop length: 2 hours
  • Suitable for over 6 years and adults who are young at heart!
  • All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult(1 chaperone place included with ticket).
  • We are charging a small fee (£3) to guarantee attendance as we have very limited places.
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The workshop will follow a screening of the The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) with live score at 11am.
 
This event has been supported by the DM Thomas Foundation​

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

With Live Score By Chris Davies

Doors open 10:45am, Screening starts 11:00am, Saturday 17 16 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1926
Running Time: 67 mins
Director: Lotte Reiniger
Cert: PG
Genre: Animation, family, art film

Lotte Reiniger’s beautiful 1926 silhouette animation, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, brings to life magical tales from the Arabian Nights.

First shown in 1926 in Germany by Lotte Reiniger. It’s preserved in the BFI National Archive and is the oldest surviving animated feature film and still stands as one of the great classics of animation — witty, lively, delicate, inventive, stirring and romantic.

Three years in the making, made in card, cut entirely by hand, Reiniger’s exquisite shadow characters move intricately through colourful worlds of demons, witches, beautiful princesses and flying castles.

The film features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented which involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead moved frame-by-frame under a camera. Several famous avant-garde animators worked on this film with Lotte Reiniger, among them Walter Ruttmann, Berthold Bartosch and Carl Koch.

Musician Chris Davies reinvigorates the film with his skillful composition and live performance using a spectacular array of instruments from around the world to accompany Prince Achmed’s journey from the Middle East, to Africa, China and beyond.

Instruments used in this production:

Classical guitar, oud, darbuka, gong rack, bass drum, djembe, tin whistle, bowed psaltery, xylophones, thumb piano, zither, crystal singing bowl, bamboo flute, soprano saxophone, rattles, shakers and bells, voice, sequencing and computer programming.

Tickets: Adults £5, children £2.50.
Special early bird offer: buy one adult ticket get one child ticket free – book before 5 March 2018.

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