Barry Purves to do Masterclass at Norwich Puppet Theatre

Barry Purves

Oscar and BAFTA-nominated animation director Barry Purves will lead a two day discussion and celebration of puppets in all their many and varied forms, from the most basic rod puppets to stop motion animation figures.

The event entitled PASSION, PROCESS and PERFORMANCE takes place on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 February 2010 at the Norwich Puppet Theatre, in Norwich, UK.

Barry Purves will not only look at the different techniques, but also at why puppets, and the relationship between puppets and puppeteers, are such a fundamental element of all cultures throughout history. With the group he will try to answer ‘what are puppets?’ and ‘why do we need them?’

In the evening Barry will screen a selection of his own and some of his favourite films in full.

Barry has animated on and directed many series for television such as The Wind in the Willows, Rupert Bear, and most recently, Bob the Builder. He has worked in significant roles on such feature films as Mars Attacks and King Kong, and directed over 60 commercials and titles sequences, including a current campaign for Marketing Manchester.

His talk is based on his book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance which was released last year. Using animation as a catalyst, it looks at the creative process of many media. A second publication Basics Animation: Stop-motion will be released in early 2010 and will be aimed at students and first time animators.

You will find more details and booking information on the Norwich Puppet Theatre website.

Have you read Barry Purves’ book “Stop Motion – passion, process, performance”? If you have please share your thoughts on it in a comment to this post.

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