Highly-polished animatic that includes moving cameras, depth-of-field, and blocked character animation? That’s possible!

Join the ASK: Animation Support Kit for a 3-week workshop with Martin Bell and learn how to make a high-quality animatic, that can serve as a guide for stop-motion animators, and as a presentation tool for producers.


Week 1: Preparing an assembly cut and basic editing

  • Cutting storyboard pages up in Photoshop
  • Importing into Premiere
  • Setting up bins and a sequence in Premiere
  • Importing audio
  • Sound effects, dialogue and music
  • Basic editing concepts

 Week 2: Organising a sequence and prepping shots for animation

  • Numbering a sequence
  • Adding “burn-ins”
  • Folder structures
  • Rebuilding a storyboard with layers in Photoshop
  • Importing a Photoshop file into After Effects for animation
  • Basic animation in After Effects

Week 3: Advanced techniques and polishing the edit

  • Version numbers
  • Camera moves
  • Depth of field
  • Motion blur
  • Ambient motion
  • Rebuilding the edit with animated shots
  • Fine-tuning the edit
  • Exporting your work

With a background in creating animatics, character animation and computer graphics, Martin Bell is a professional visualisation supervisor in the UK film industry. His credits include “No Time To Die”, “1917”, “Dora & The Lost City of Gold”, “Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw”, “Aladdin” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. In addition to his work on major blockbusters, Martin writes screenplays and develops storyboards and animatics for his films and properties. More on his site:

A framework plan for every week of the workshop:

  • Monday: video lecture (pre-recorded) in which the tutor presents the materials for the coming week with the task to do
  • Wednesday: Q&A with the tutor, during which he will answer participants' questions and explain selected issues
  • Friday: deadline for sending completed tasks
  • Sunday: individual (pre-recorded) video for each participant with remarks and comments from the tutor about the completed task

1. English language: Independent/Proficient User
2. Adobe CC software (Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects): having & ability to use

The order of applications according to rule first come, first served, if the requirements are met and the participation fee is paid. The limit are 10 places.

22.06 open call for participants
15.07 end of the recruitment
16.07 announcement of the shortlisted participants
19.07 deadline for paying the participation fee
20.07-10.08 workshop (detail plan will be sent after the results of recruitment)

The participation in the workshop costs 295 euro (including VAT).

The application form for the workshop can be found <HERE>

Regulations of participation in ASK: Animation Support Kit can be found <HERE>

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