Rotoscope Workshop with Casey Reas

detail of mural and film still

Landmarks is offering a free, two-day, experimental animation and coding workshop for UT student artists and programmers led by Landmarks artist Casey Reas. A free, public Q&A with Reas and filmmaker Bob Sabiston will kick off the workshop on Friday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the ART building.

Working in pairs (one artist and one coder), teams will draw and write custom code to create a short animation. The workshop will focus on rotoscoping, an early animation technique where an artist traces a sequence of photographic images. This technique can be found in animations such as: 

Out of the Inkwell (1915)
Snow White (1937)
Star Wars (1977)
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Tron (1982)
Waking Life (2001)

In collaboration, the coders and artists will develop an idea that will include creating a custom drawing tool that will be used to render the animation. The students will go back and forth between coding and drawing and drawing and coding for a fully collaborative project. At the end of the second day, works in progress with screen at the FAL Foundry.

All code will be written with Processing, a java-based code environment for drawing and animation. Part of the workshop will be spent learning about coding in Processing.


Friday, 26 April 
What: Public Q&A with Casey Reas and Bob Sabiston
When: 5:30–6:30 pm
Where: ART 1.102 
Who: open to the public

Saturday, 27 April
What: Workshop
When: 9:30 am–6:00 pm
Where: Fine Arts Library in DFA
Who: invited students 

Sunday, 28 April
What: Workshop
When: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Where: Fine Arts Library in DFA
Who: invited students

Sunday, 28 April
What: Screening and reception
When: 6:00-8:00 pm 
Where: Fine Arts Library Foundry in DFA
Who: open to the public

To Apply:

Submit this form by Friday, 5 April, 2019. You will be notified if you were chosen by Friday, 12 April, 2019.

Who is Casey Reas? 
Casey Reas has emerged as one of the leading artists in the field of software art. His work bridges the gap between the technical world of programming and the visual worlds of art and design. Reas lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is as a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA. Reas and his colleague Ben Fry initiated Processing, an free, open-source programming language that gives visual artists and designers tools to creatively express themselves through software. Today, hundreds of thousands of students, artists and designers use Processing for education, prototyping and production. In 2015, Landmarks commissioned "A Mathematical Theory of Communication", a mural in two parts for the administrative suites in the Gates Dell Complex. 

Who is Bob Sabiston?
Bob Sabiston is film art director, computer programmer, and creator of the Rotoshop software program for computer animation. He began developing software as an undergraduate and then graduate researcher in the MIT Media Lab. In 1997, he developed his interpolating rotoscope program, Rotoshop. His films and animations have been screened at film festivals and are housed in museum collections. 

Event Date: 
Applications due 5 April, 2019