Animation Camp

FSS Animation Camp

The 5-day "Animation Camp" gives international participants the opportunity to learn the techniques of animation filmmaking and to experiment with images in the studios and workshops of the Film University.

Date: 27-31 July 2020

Language: English

Number of participants: 10-12      


Cost: 500,- EUR


Like in many places all over the world, the Film University is confronted with measures in order to counteract further spread of the coronavirus. The new requirements for the time being regarding distance and hygiene make it impossible to hold a practical course with a group of people physically present. Therefore we decided to shift our courses in July to online format.

Alberto Couceiro is currently designing the concept of the online class. He has good experience from his online teaching in the Animation Bachelor. And, of course, you will still be able to do your own film with the guidance of Alberto.

From the initial idea to practical implementation and finalization: In this 5-day workshop, filmmaker Alberto Couceiro will teach the techniques of animation filmmaking. The workshop will allow participants to extensively deal with animation-related subjects in a hands-on manner, experiment with images, and make use of their creativity.

Participants will use stop motion, cutout animation, and object animation techniques to create short films.

Animation is a pioneer of cinema. In flip books and zoetropes, still images learned to move. Animation is a field of experimentation that condenses time and allows for unique depictions of motion.

Alberto Couceiro
Artistic Assistant, Animation Department


The workshop allows participants to engage with specific subjects in animation filmmaking and starts with an introductory session in the cinema. As an inspiration, various films will be shown that provide participants with an overview of the world of animated films from the past to the present day. Here, the focus will be on the diversity of technological and aesthetic approaches used in animation art.

Moving from theory to practice, several introductions on the subjects of motion and dynamics will be followed by practical exercises acquainting participants with different working techniques. Some of these will involve using an animation stand where the basics of animated movement will be shown. With the help of a digital camera, analog sequences of individual images will be brought into motion.

The exercises deliberately focus on handmade animation techniques as they allow for direct contact with the materials and, thus, haptic learning.

This way, participants will get a hands-on experience of animation filmmaking. In the creative facilities of the Animation department, they will develop characters and ideas for animated sequences and make figurines as well as objects that can be used to tell a short animated story. Participants will be encouraged to use their imagination, experiment with the materials during the limited time available for the workshop, develop techniques that are suitable for their animation approach, and produce a short story frame by frame.

During the exercises, participants will acquire basic knowledge of photography, digital filming techniques, lighting, lighting design, cutout animation, and stop motion through learning by doing.

In the last part of the workshop, participants will learn the basics of film editing and sound design and gain practical experience in postproduction by turning animated sequences into a finalized film. This will involve editing the images and sound of the animated footage, using sounds from the archive and recording sound effects, and synchronizing images with audio material. Working in the computer labs and dubbing studios of the Film University, participants will develop a feeling for film rhythm and practically experience the interconnection between images and sound.

After several days of intensive work on the animation and postproduction of their ideas, participants will meet again in the cinema for a screening of the films produced during the workshop.

Instructor Alberto Couceiro

Alberto Couceiro has been a visiting lecturer at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf since 2014. He has been working as an artistic assistant in the school's Animation department since 2018 and specializes in stop motion filmmaking.

Couceiro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and studied Fine Arts and Photography at the Manuel Belgrano School of Fine Arts.

In 1995, he enrolled in the Animation program of the Konrad Wolf Film and Television Academy. His intermediate diploma film Das Hemd earned him a DAAD Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievements.

For his 2002 graduation film TV City, Couceiro collaborated with Alejandra Tomei. The film was shown at the 56th Cannes Film Festival in 2003, where it won the Third Prize of the Cinefondation. TV City was screened at more than 30 international film festivals, won numerous awards, and was shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Couceiro has been working, among others, as a director and animation artist for TV stations such as RBB and ZDF since 2000.

He is co-founder of Berlin-based Animas Film, an independent animation and production company specializing in stop motion. With support by FFA, Filmbüro Bremen, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, and Arte, the company produced the animated film Automatic Fitness. The film premiered at the 2015 Berlinale and was awarded several prizes at international film festivals.

Aside from being an animation filmmaker, Couceiro regularly holds workshops at national and international institutions, including C/O Berlin, filmArche e.V., the Jilin Animation Institute (JAI) in Changchun, China, the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (UAO) in Cali, Colombia, and Qingdao University in China.

Participation and Registration

The Animation Camp workshop is directed at creative people with or without previous knowledge who would like to learn animation techniques in a hands-on manner, are interested in applying their imagination to this field, and consider the possibility of becoming a professional animation artist.

Since the course will shift to online format participants will need the following things:

  • a smartphone with camera
  • a computer with camera and microphone
  • WiFi

More information about the software and working space will follow after registration.

Participants are asked to register online using our application form. Spots are limited and will be awarded based on registration date after assessment of the application and receipt of the participation fee.

Funded by:

Science + Technolgy + Arts (S+T+ARTS)


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 Julie Halten

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