April 28 – May 07, 2023
* participation fee 1.290,00€ = includes full ticket to the 19th Pictoplasma Berlin Conference and Festival
Coming Spring 2023, Pictoplasma admits a limited group of participants selected upon application for a unique 10-day intensive Character Development Course, including the full-on immersive experience of the upcoming 19th Pictoplasma Conference and Festival.
Supervised by Academy professors Rilla Alexander and Nathan Jurevicius, daily hands-on workshops and exercises challenge participants to bring their artistic character skills to the next level, discover new ideas, battle procrastination, understand a diverse range of techniques and media, work out and highlight the visual essence of their creation and refine its narrational and conceptual framework.
Additionally, acclaimed international artists and professionals join the group to give inspiring incentives, act as mentors and additional critics to presentations by participants, and offer insight on aspects such as copyright, licensing, promotion and production.
Essential part of the experience is the lively exchange in the group, with further cultural programs and excursions in the evenings, all leading to the ’embedded’ participation in the 19th Pictoplasma Conference and Festival, including all lectures, screenings, further workshops, and an opportunity to share your Academy work-in-progress with industry professionals.
DEADLINE TO APPLY WAS February 1, 2023
10 INTENSE DAYS IN BERLIN (APRIL 28 – MAY 7) WITH THE FOCUS ON DEVELOPING YOUR OWN CHARACTERS UNDER PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE DURING DAILY WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, PANELS AND EXCURSIONS!
INCLUDES A FULL TICKET FOR THE 19. PICTOPLASMA BERLIN CONFERENCE (MAY 4 – 6), WITH ACCESS TO ALL LECTURES, PANELS, SCREENINGS, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, ART HAPPENINGS AND PARTIES.
ACADEMY TUTORS & TEACHERS:
FROM SKETCH TO CHARACTER
Author, illustrator, designer and picture book maker Rilla Alexander helps participants re-fine their characters hiding in a pile of pencil lines and work out their main graphical value via expression, posing and silhouette.
A CHARACTER’S CORE
Artist, illustrator, author and toy designer Nathan works with the participants on defining the essence of their characters, while minimising it to the max and preparing it to remain appealingly unique throughout different media, techniques and styles.
Philip Hunt / Studio Aka
NARRATION & VISUAL STORYTELLING
Director and Creative Director of London-based STUDIO AKA, Philip helps participants to define their characters’ attributes, adding biography and depth, to enable strong stories and memorable encounters.
DAY 1 – 4
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, BIOGRAPHY, VOLUME, WORLDS & BIBLE
Rilla Alexander & Nathan Jurevicius
Rilla Alexander and Nathan Jurevicius introduce you to concepts on how to refine the visual essence of your characters while exploring their main graphical value. These intense four days will be a back and forth of presentations and drawing exercises, constant individual feedback and group discussions.
CHARACTER DRIVEN STORY TELLING AND NARRATION
Philip Hunt / Studio AKA
Phil Hunt throws you in the lion’s cage of story-telling: discuss your storyboard sketches, pitch your concepts and get help to refine your very own narration. The sessions are extended by practical exercises on visual storytelling, and how to set up your characters’ attributes to enable strong stories and memorable encounters.
COPYRIGHT, MARKETS, SELF-PROMOTION
Rilla Alexander & Nathan Jurevicius
Rilla and Nathan share valuable insight on aspects such as copyright, trademark, media law, licensing, promotion and production.
DAY 7 – 9
DAILY CONFERENCE RECAP AND MENTORING
Rilla Alexander & Nathan Jurevicius, daily changing mentors
As a group, you will start each day of the conference by meeting up with your main professors, Rilla and Nathan, and discussing on what to expect from the day and how to benefit most from the programme and workshops. Conference speakers will join these meet ups and act as additional mentors to the participants.
On the final Sunday following the conference, you will join once again in the group for an overall recap of the experience and discussion on how to move on. The challenge lies in how to keep the energy and experience alive in your day-to-day routine. We will help you define possible milestones for your work and provide tools for how to continue to profit from another in a group.
APPLY FOR THE PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY 2023!
HOW TO APPLY
YOUR APPLICATION SHOULD CONSIST OF 2 PARTS:
#1: a brief CV, including your full legal name, your nationality, your date of birth, your full current address, a URL to your online portfolio or website, and your degree of experience.
#2: some reference images of your previous work and general style.
Please send all above material as one PDF FILE (screen resolution) via > EMAIL > academy2023(at)pictoplasma(dot)com
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 2023.
All applications will be reviewed by the Academy’s tutors during the first weeks of February. Selected applicants will be notified via Email by the 10th of February.
The fee for the 10 day character development course is 1.360,00€ (incl. VAT*) per participant and includes a full ticket to the Pictoplasma Berlin Conference and Festival 2023.
The fee will be invoiced by Pictoplasma during the last week of February, to be paid in full via international bank transfer upon receipt of acceptance within 2 weeks. All needed studio materials for the workshops and a healthy, vegetarian lunch will be provided.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
1. The minimum of participants per Academy course/group is 20 persons.
2. The maximum of participants per Academy course/group is 60 persons.
3. In the event of a cancellation made by Pictoplasma, the participant’s event fee will be fully reimbursed. We will however not be held liable for any claims over and above the reimbursement of the said participant’s event fee, except in cases of intent or gross negligence.
4. In the case of cancellation by a participant, the advance payment will be reimbursed, if we are notified before March 31. In case of later notification we won’t be able to reimburse the payment.
Pictoplasma Academy Campus
The Pictoplasma Academy Masterclass takes place at the cultural center “Silent Green” – a former crematorium in Berlin’s Wedding district.
After being closed and forgotten for a decade, the premises with an extensive green have recently re-opened and now accommodate various creative industries, including the Pictoplasma headquarters.
The venue is not only equipped to meet all of the courses, lectures and workshop requirements, but also offers facilities for the daily communal lunch, a welcome “campus” feeling and a warm, friendly atmosphere.
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